About Us

About Us

We ease the burden of navigating life decisions that accompany cognitive conditions so our clients can focus on participating in life more fully and independently. We are health and wellness meets technology, delivered through a simple, yet powerful web service.

Cognitive Concierge is the second healthcare new venture started by husband and wife entrepreneurs, Omar and Becky Khayum. After launching and operating their first startup, MemoryCare Corporation, the pair saw the struggles that individuals and families with cognitive conditions had in navigating complex and difficult life decisions. All the while, the traditional fee for service healthcare model was not providing for services and solutions to meet their needs.

Thus started their journey to build Cognitive Concierge. Simply, we believe that the diagnosis of a cognitive condition should be approached with the same level of rigor and care as those with any other chronic condition. We aim to make it so by delivering exceptional cognitive advocacy and enrichment programs.

Leadership

Becky Khayum, M.S., CCC-SLP, Founder

Becky is a speech-language pathologist and a nationally recognized leader in providing person-centered care for people living with cognitive conditions. Over the past 15 years, she has held leadership positions in rehabilitation centers, assisted living communities, memory care communities and home health environments with a focus on addressing the needs of people living with dementia, stroke and traumatic brain injury.

In 2009, Becky co-founded MemoryCare Corporation, a therapy company specializing in providing care for families coping with dementia. Becky currently serves as the CEO of MemoryCare.

Becky previously served as an Adjunct Instructor at the Northwestern Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology & Alzheimer’s Disease where she collaborates on research initiatives in the areas of telehealth and Primary Progressive Aphasia. She speaks nationally to train healthcare providers and families on how to creatively utilize high-tech and low-tech strategies to address common problems associated with aphasia, memory loss and behavioral challenges. She has also co-authored various articles on these topics.

Becky is passionate about providing individuals living with cognitive conditions and their family members with the tools, support, and advocacy they need to preserve dignity and participate in meaningful life activities. Becky holds an MS in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Arizona and an BA in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from Purdue University.

Omar Khayum, Founder

Omar is an experienced healthcare and energy executive, having founded and led startups across both industries.

In the healthcare space, Omar co-founded MemoryCare Corporation, which is a pioneer in providing person-centered therapy for individuals and families coping with dementia and other cognitive conditions.

In the energy space, Omar has raised equity capital for and led the development of large infrastructure projects, including natural gas liquefaction, natural gas power generation, wind, solar and battery storage projects spanning the globe. Omar currently serves as the CEO of Annova LNG, a liquefied natural gas export startup company in Texas.

Omar is passionate about building sustainable businesses that solve underserved healthcare and energy needs. Omar holds an MBA in Economics, Finance and Entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago and a BS in Computer Science from Purdue University.

Advisory Board

Michelle Bourgeois, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Michelle S. Bourgeois, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, GSA Fellow, and AAAS Fellow, is a Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of South Florida. She has received numerous grants from the National Institutes of Aging (NIA) and the Alzheimer’s Association to evaluate memory aids and interventions for persons with dementia, aphasia, and traumatic brain injury,  to investigate interventions for spousal and nursing home caregivers designed to improve the quality and quantity of communicative interactions with residents with dementia, and to develop training programs for institutional caregivers.  A clinical researcher, Dr. Bourgeois has published numerous research articles, training manuals and CDs, and books.   She was the recipient of the 2007 Barry Reisberg Award for Non-Pharmacologic Research, Theory, and Clinical Practice and she served as an Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Audrey Holland, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS

Audrey Holland, Ph.D., CCC/SLP, BC-ANCDS, is Regents’ Professor Emerita of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at The University of Arizona. Dr. Holland is a world renowned researcher, author, and speaker in the area of aphasia. Over the course of her career, she served on some of the most prestigious and influential bodies, including the Advisory Council for the US National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIH) and the US Department of Veterans’ Affairs Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special Disabilities. Dr. Holland received the Honors of the American Speech, Language, & Hearing Association, the Clinical Achievement Award from the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences, and the Professional Achievement Award from the Council of Graduate Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has published over 145 research articles, book chapters, and reviews, in addition to four books. She also served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Communication Disorders

Since retiring, she has tried to be her own role model for successful aging. She has undergone extensive training as a life coach, first with Coach Training Alliance, and then as a student in authentic happiness coaching, under the direction of Dr. Martin E. P. Seligman.