Marla2_resizeMARLA LEVIE, BSW, MA
Marla is the founder of Focus on Aging and has more than two decades of experience in marketing. She is widely known and well respected in Chicago’s elder care industry and beyond.

The daughter of a dedicated Chicago ad man, Marla grew up understanding the value of business relationships and solid marketing practices. When she founded Focus on Aging, she was among the very first to specialize in the elder care market. Today she has adapted the mission of Focus on Aging to reach new markets and audiences in a variety of fields.

The author of numerous articles on marketing consulting, Marla serves as an expert on elder care and multi-industry marketing. She is also well-known for public speaking and her expertise in relationship marketing.

As an active volunteer, Marla is involved with many professional and civic organizations, among which she holds several board positions.

Marla received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and her master’s degree in Gerontology from Roosevelt University in Chicago. As an advocate for lifelong learning, she has also taken graduate-level business classes at North Park University.



As Marketing Strategist for Focus on Aging, Rick offers consulting on business plans, strategy, marketing, sales and fundraising to small businesses and nonprofits. He also teaches online courses in marketing, entrepreneurship, nonprofit management and strategy for many colleges including North Park University.

Rick is a graduate of North Park University with an MBA from University of Arizona.






As Marketing and Communications Consultant for Focus on Aging, Katie has over fifteen years of agency and production experience. She recently served in senior account management, PR and production roles for Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide where she lead strategic development and execution of customized shopper marketing and public relations programs for Procter & Gamble’s full portfolio of brands and PUR water filtration products.  Throughout her career, Katie has managed large Fortune 500 accounts to local public relations campaigns with a keen focus on content development and distribution.

Katie received her bachelors degree in communications from North Park University.





Cathy brings more than 20 years of marketing experience from within the elder care community. As Marketing Consultant for Focus on Aging, Cathy’s dynamic background in relationship development allows her to assist various clients in meeting goals and achieving desired results.

Cathy has a bachelor of science in Communications from Bradley University.





                                                           EDUCATION COORDINATOR

Our Education and Continuing Education Coordinator for Focus on Aging assists clients in obtaining approval for seminars offering continuing education credit and assures that the required procedural requirements are met.

Our Coordinator received her bachelor of science degree in Marketing and Business from the University of Illinois.