Class of the 2017 Leadership Institute


Kevin Anderson has worked for County of Los Angeles Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS) since December 2013. From 2013-2016, he was Deputy Director of the County’s Workforce Development Board. Since February 2016, he has served as Special Assistant to the Director for WDACS. In this capacity, he advises the Department Head, serves as a liaison to the Board of Supervisors’ offices, and oversees communications for the Department. He also helps to manage the Purposeful Aging Los Angeles Initiative (PALA), a landmark effort to unite public and private resources, ideas and strategies to prepare the Los Angeles region for a rapidly aging population. He received his MSW and MPA from USC, where he also served as Vice President of the Graduate Student Government. He received his BA from Northwestern University.

Monica Araujo is a Social Service Coordinator for TELACU Residential Management and has been so for the last three years. She currently leads an eight person team of Social Service Coordinators, all of which are located throughout the Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, serving as the Lead Social Service Coordinator. Her duties include providing support to those facilities that do not have a full time RSC and with approval of Director of Resident Services (DRS) she oversees and manages RSC staff with challenging resident management issues. In 2016, she was recognized by and received Social Services Coordinator of the year award from The Affordable Housing Management Association (AMHA). Monica Araujo has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work.

Patricia Baldwin is the Director of the Hannan Center for Lifelong Learning and Volunteer Services for the Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation in Detroit, Michigan. She has over 20 years’ experience in the field of aging, which has included development and implementation of programs, volunteer engagement, and advocacy. Pat is a Certified Senior Center Director through the Michigan Association of Senior Centers (MASC) as well as a diversity and inclusion trainer. She sits on several boards including as Vice-Chair and Program Committee Chair for SAGE Metro Detroit and the newly-formed Safety and Security Task Force for Detroit’s new M-1 Rail (Q-Line Transit). In the next ten years, Pat hopes to become a nationally-recognized program development expert in the field of aging.


Swamini Wakkar Bajpai is the Director of the Senior Services Department at MidPen Resident Services where she manages a team of 20 staff coordinating services to over 1800 seniors. At MidPen, she designed the Aging in Place model for Seniors, empowering seniors to stay independently in their homes for as long as possible. In addition, Swamini led Health & Housing initiatives at MidPen through participation in the Community Transitions project with the Health Plan of San Mateo. She has a medical background, and prior to MidPen, she managed PACE programs in Northern California. Swamini holds a Master’s Degree in Gerontology from University of Southern California. In the next ten years, she hopes to establish an industry benchmark program revolving around advancing Health & Housing initiatives that significantly impacts reduction in hospitalization costs and unnecessary nursing home placements.

Sarah Ballini-Ross is a Long Term Services and Support Innovator Agent at Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments where she leads efforts to bring together the long term care system and other health care systems, such as Coordinated Care Organizations, Medicare plans, medical, dental and mental health providers and other social service agencies. Historically, health plans, providers, and social service agencies serve the same individuals but have done so independently; now Sarah strives to bring all of the organizations together to better serve shared individuals. In the next ten years, Sarah hopes to play an integral role in improving the integration and coordination of care across systems while maintaining a person-centered trauma-informed approach.

Mark Bradford is currently a Social Service Coordinator/ Crisis Management Manager for PK Management located in East Cleveland, Ohio has been with this company for 12 years. Mark’s role as a service coordinator is to link elderly, low income seniors to affordable housing and assist in coordinating activities to enhance daily living. He is currently a Social Service Coordinator/ Crisis Management Manager. With his current position, he has the opportunity travel to other properties, and interact with seniors. Upon graduating from High School, Mark joined the United States Marine Corps Reserves. After fulfilling his duties in the Marine Corps Reserves, Mark attended Central state University located in Wilberforce, Ohio, where he received his bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and Marketing. Within the next ten years, Mark plans to further his education by obtaining his Master Degree.

Jill Cigliana is the Program Director at Memory Care Home Solutions, a non-profit based in St. Louis, Missouri, where she develops and evaluates evidence-informed programs to improve the health and well-being of people with dementia and their family caregivers. Jill supervises an inter-disciplinary team of clinicians and she has over 17 years of experience serving this population in acute, home health, and community-based settings. Jill holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in occupational therapy from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. She is a licensed Occupational Therapist, a member of the Missouri and American Occupational Therapy Associations, and a member of the American Evaluation Association. In the next ten years, she hopes to contribute to the national dialogue on dementia caregiving and advocate for community health options to address the many unmet needs of people with dementia and their families.

Beckie Cornett is currently a Program/Branch Manager with Multnomah County Aging, Disability and Veterans Services in Portland, OR. An essential part of the job is to make sure that all the programs are administered and delivered correctly using Federal, State and County rules, policies and protocols. Beckie has worked in Long Term Care for the past 30 years in various positions: case manager, relocation worker, Adult Protective Service worker, supervisor and now branch manager. Looking into the future, she hopes to provide her staff with the tools needed to do the best job that they can for their customers.

Ronnie Cox currently works for the Westchester County Public/Private Partnership, a non-profit corporation, serving the county Department of Senior Programs and Services where she is a Livable Community Coordinator, South Central Region, for the area Office of Aging. She works with seniors in community centers, senior housing, and other locations where she secures speakers for special topics, schedules meetings, and provides information for seniors and caregivers to plan for successful aging. Prior, Ronnie was a public relations and marketing specialist for American Express Corporation, Travel Division, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, the Florida Department of Citrus, and other corporations. She has lived in Mount Vernon, New York, for over 40 years and is an active member of community, particularly with senior and youth programs. Ronnie has served on several community Boards and is current Chair of the Montefiore Mount Vernon Hospital Community Board.

Sheila M. Dessau is currently Director of Community Services, Supports and Managed Care Programs at the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging in Cleveland, Ohio. In her current role her responsibilities include the oversight of all community-based care management services for PASSPORT, Assisted Living, Ohio Home Care, Specialized Recovery Services and MyCare Ohio: United Healthcare programs within a five county area. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work from Tuskegee University and earned her Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University. She is licensed by the State of Ohio as a Supervising Licensed Independent Social Worker. Her background in aging spans over 20 years in various capacities protecting elderly rights and supporting their services. In ten years, she sees herself as a respected advocate for older adults and those with challenges related to adult abuse.

Jeff DiMeolo is a Supervisor of Service Coordination with Allegheny County, Area Agency on Aging in Pittsburgh, PA. He manages a team of Social Service Coordinators who work directly with seniors, providing products and services that assist in keeping them in their home communities and out of Nursing Home Facilities. Since joining the AAA in 2009, Jeff has also served the agency as a Care Manager and Ombudsman. Jeff has a BSW and an additional degree in Multi Media, Graphic Design. He came to the AAA with 25 years of supervisory experience in Customer Service in the airline industry.


Emily Farah-Miller is a program developer with Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging in North St. Paul, MN, and has worked in the field of aging and family caregiving for more than 15 years. She is currently the Executive Lead of ACT on Alzheimer’s, a statewide collaboration seeking large-scale social change and community capacity-building to transform Minnesota’s response to Alzheimer’s disease. Emily’s professional experience also includes coordinating statewide initiatives and implementing programs requiring collaboration with state and local partners. She holds a M.S. in Gerontology and a B.A. in Psychology. Her work with aging and Alzheimer’s issues has been strengthened by a caregiving journey with her father, who had Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

Tiffany M. Favers works for the City of Boston as the Area Agency on Aging Director for the Commission on Affairs of the Elderly. She found her perfect fit working with older adults and has been working with seniors since 2013 in varying capacities and has worked extensively with LGBTQ+ senior groups, helping to increase outreach and programming and decrease health disparities experienced by these groups. Tiffany received her MSW from the Boston College School of Social Work in May 2015. She also has an MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs and a BS in Human Development and Family Science, both from The Ohio State University. She is also a proud member of Flashback Sunday, an LGBT Elders of Color group. Ten years from now Tiffany hopes to have contributed greatly to the field of aging by introducing universally implemented culturally competent methods of programming and care for seniors of diverse backgrounds.

Kerry Finegan is currently a Team Lead with the Alzheimer’s Association’s Contact Center 24/7 Helpline. In this role she assists with overseeing the day to day operations of the helpline, provides technical assistance to staff and supervises a team Helpline staff. Kerry has previous experience in social work with older adults as a case manager coordinating discharge planning for patients on a rehabilitation unit. Kerry worked with the Senior Community Service Employment Program SCSEP at an Area Agency on Aging. In the next ten years Kerry would like to further develop projects and plans combining healthcare and older adults.

Susan Foster has been Administrator of Perry County, MO Senior Centers since 2006 after she worked her way up through various positions within the organization. Recognizing that her Senior Center was only reaching a small percentage of the population, she formed the Senior Citizens Advisory Council and was an active member of Committee #233 to educate our community of the need. She lobbied for Proposition B, a senior sales tax to provide funding for nutrition, transportation and information which passed in 2008 and to date, has provided over $950,000 in funding to her Senior Center. Susan’s ten year goal is to continue trying to convince our society that “Senior Lives Matter.”

Tara Garside is Administrator of Senior Citizens Community Center in Paris, MO. Though the Senior Center is in a very rural location with a smaller census and limited resources she worked to make the senior center a safer, healthier more enjoyable place to not only to eat but also to visit and fellowship. In the six years since Tara accepted the position, she has helped provide healthy, well portioned, quality meals to the community and created a fiscally sound operating budget. She feels that she has improved the quality of our senior citizens’ lives by their inclusion in the community and the community’s inclusion in their lives. Tara is involved with Missouri Foundation for Health, The United Way of the Mark Twain Area and Meals on Wheels America. She is a respected and dedicated member of her community.

Shannon Guzman is a policy research senior analyst with the AARP Public Policy Institute, where she works primarily on livable communities issues. She conducts research and analysis to inform community members and assist local decision makers in their efforts to support residents who want to age in their homes and communities. Shannon has coauthored publications on community livability, housing, and transportation; analyzed national crash statistics; and assisted in the development of community assessments. Prior to joining AARP, she was a senior planner for the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission, in the Prince George's County Planning Department. Shannon received a Master of Community Planning from the University of Maryland; an MA in communications, culture, and technology from Georgetown University; and a BA in Spanish from the University of Virginia.

Nicole Hawkins is the Quality Assurance Manager for PK Management, LLC. She is responsible for completing new and ongoing training of PK Management; LLC’s Social Service Coordinators and also provides training for three agencies who contract with PK for Quality Assurance Services. Along with training Social Service Coordinators, Nicole also assists in auditing the Social Service Coordinator programs to ensure they maintain compliance with the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s rules and requirements for Social Service Coordinators. Prior to coming to PK Management, LLC Nicole was as a Social Service Coordinator working with the elderly, families, and individuals with disabilities living in HUD assisted housing. Nicole has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a certificate in Gerontology from Cleveland State University.

Nosheen Hemani is currently a Team Lead at the Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline at the National Office in Chicago. Nosheen has over 6 years of experience in working in the field of mental health and aging in various capacities in the health and nonprofit sectors including working on an inpatient geriatric psychiatry unit at Rush University Medical Center. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration. Over the next ten years, she hopes to contribute towards the creation and improvement of informed and effective policies to meet the evolving demands of an aging population.

Stephanie Herbers is the Manager of the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at the Institute for Public Health at Washington University. She oversees the implementation of the Friedman Center for Aging's key initiatives and events, including the center's support of aging-related curriculum, peer learning groups, global aging network, and pilot research projects. Prior to joining the center, her career focused on the evaluation of public health programs and policies throughout the United States, working most frequently with the Missouri Foundation for Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She serves on the board of two organizations focused on improving the quality of life in neighborhoods and an exploratory committee to form a Village in the St. Louis region. In the next ten years, Stephanie would like to serve as a leader in implementing programs and initiatives that are effective at promoting healthy, supportive, and equitable neighborhoods for all ages.

Rhonda Kamper is currently a Service Coordinator, PK Management, LLC where she has served for 7 years working at 130 unit and 31 unit buildings. Rhonda has worked in the Social Services field for 19 years serving clients from six to ninety-three. She has an AS in Pre-Med, Dixie College, a BS in Sociology, Southern Utah University, and a MS in School Counseling, La Verne University. Rhonda's biggest accomplishment was implementing a mobile dental clinic in July 2015 that takes care of dental needs for the low income aging population in the Ogden area. In the next 10 years, she hopes to educate the aging population and give them the tools they need to age successfully in place.

Joanne Kopper is the Resident Life Manager at Lincolnshire Senior Care LLC. (Sedgebrook) and has been with the company since September 2011. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Master of Arts in Counseling. While in graduate school Joanne interned with a senior leaving community and that is where her passion for working with the aging population first started. When first working with the aging population her focus was primarily with social services, over the past 4 years she has expanded to other areas including her current role of managing a staff of 14. Her experience focuses on caregiving, long term services and support, education, community planning and development. Joanne successfully completed a leadership development program within the Sedgebrook organization. She effectively leads fundraising initiatives for the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Illinois Chapter. In the next 10 years she hopes to accomplish a role in a senior leadership position with an organization that serves the senior living population.

Sandy Kreisman is Manager of Education Initiatives with University Circle, Inc. where she has worked since 2001. She currently coordinates the videoconferencing initiative, a long-range plan to create an interactive life-long learning center from University Circle’s cultural district serving the K-12 community and adult learners. In 2011, she began creating a life-long learning consortium with retirement communities and senior community centers in Ohio using real-time videoconferencing technology via the internet. The program’s innovation brought the honor of being invited to the Leadership Exchange at The White House Conference on Aging to share this unique approach to high-quality programming for adult learners. Sandy’s hope is that over the next ten years this model will change what is possible in life-long learning for the most educated group of seniors in human history. She received her BFA from University of Maryland and her MA in Arts Management from University of Illinois (Springfield).

Lena Kwong serves as a Lead Resident Services Coordinator for TELACU Residential Management, an affordable housing provider for low-income seniors. Throughout her education and career, she has worked with many groups of under-served individuals; beginning in 2004, Lena volunteered to help feed hungry families, drug rehabilitees, and low-income elderly. In the last six years, Lena has dedicated and focused her efforts toward improving seniors’ care and quality of life. Hoping to expand her abilities, Lena has pursued and achieved state certification as Administrator for Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE). Lena hopes to broaden and expand the use of the community integration and civic engagement tools she has implemented at TELACU, so she can contribute towards the transformation of senior living communities.

Linda Levin has been the Executive Director of the Area Agency on Aging for Northeast Florida d/b/a ElderSource since January 2004. In addition to managing the state and federal programs for older adults, ElderSource manages the SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Elders) Program, the Aging and Disability Resource Center for the seven counties, their Care Transition Coaching program, and their Mobile Resource Center and Benefits Enrollment Center. ElderSource started the Coalition to Stop Senior Hunger in Northeast Florida and have been actively involved in work related to LGBT older adults including the development of their LGBT Elder Cultural Competency Training. Before coming to Jacksonville, Linda worked for the Area Agency on Aging in Broward County and the Area Agency on Aging for Miami-Dade County as well as served as the Director of the Area Agency on Aging in Rock Hill, South Carolina. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Florida and her Master’s Degree in Gerontology from Nova Southeastern University.

Sarah Lovegreen is a National Health Director at the Oasis Institute, a national nonprofit that offers healthy aging opportunities through lifelong learning, health programs and volunteer service. She has been at Oasis for 11 years working at the national and local levels to lead the planning, implementation and evaluation of health related programs and grants. Sarah is an active Master Trainer in the Stanford Chronic Disease and Diabetes Self-Management Programs and a Lead Trainer for A Matter of Balance. She also leads the Gateway Wellness Network, a network of community providers improving quality of life, health outcomes and hospitalization rates for older adults. She obtained her Master’s in Public Health from Saint Louis University and is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist. Sarah’s primary goals for the next ten years include increasing the business acumen for community non-profits as well as continuing to take on increased leadership and mentoring opportunities.

Kathleen (Kate) Madl is Associate Director of Training with the Contact Center at the Alzheimer's Association. Her prior experience includes being a Care Consultant with the Alzheimer's Association; a Family Services Specialist with Catholic Charities; and Private Practice with an Aging and Chronic Illness Specialty. In the next ten years, Kate would like to advance the resources available to improve the wellbeing of caregivers in the field of dementia.



Eric P. Martin is Business Services Manager with Cuyahoga County, Division of Senior and Adult Services where he directs all financial management activities for the Division of Senior and Adult Services. He is responsible for managing an $18.2 million dollar budget and directs all business operations and financial strategic planning initiatives. Mr. Martin has over 22 years of leadership experience and serves on the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging (WRAAA) Advisory Council. He has also co-chaired a major merger planning committee while at Cuyahoga Jobs and Family Services in which he directed the development of a key proposal to create functional synergies in order to improve service-related outcomes. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration with a focus in the field of Public Administration and is a Microsoft Certified Professional.

Brenda Martinez currently works for PK Management as a Social Service Coordinator for an elderly community in the city of Redondo Beach. Prior to this position she spent three years working with children as a teacher assistant and two years working as a training specialist for developmentally disabled adults seeking independent living. Brenda also volunteers assisting the homeless population in the city of Los Angeles and other vulnerable groups in the city of Long Beach. She earned a bachelor's degree in Sociology with a concentration in Interaction and Group Relations from California State University of Long Beach. In the next ten years, she hopes to gain knowledge and experience so that she may use it as a platform to help our elder members of the community.

Matthew (Matt) Maughan is currently the Policy Manager at Benefits Data Trust, a national non-profit committed to transforming how people in need access public benefits and services. Matt focuses on policy options that streamline the benefits experience for seniors, data-driven strategies to increase access, and developing systems that allow seniors to age with dignity. He earned his B.A. from Tulane and J.D. with a health law concentration from Drexel University. Matt has worked in the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, and contributed to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Health Cents Blog. In the next ten years, he would consider it a major accomplishment to support the development of state systems that fully leverages data from across multiple agencies to holistically better the lives of their constituents.

Elyse Murrell is the Education & Outreach Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association, St. Louis Chapter. After graduating from the University of Tennessee at Martin, she moved to St. Louis to pursue her Master of Social Work at Washington University. Elyse began as a graduate intern with the Association in 2014, and it led to a passion for serving those affected by this disease. In the next 10 years, she aims to continue developing a sustainable and effective community education program and to see rural access to disease information and resources dramatically increase in her service area. Growing up in a rural community outside of Nashville, TN makes her especially attuned to this issue. Her ultimate goal is to put herself out of a job by helping find a cure for Alzheimer’s!

Tim Niyonsenga is the Program Development Director at Region 2 Area Agency on Aging in Michigan where he has been for 5 years. He obtained his Masters in Social Work from Michigan State University with a focus in Organizational and Community Leadership; especially in the area of gerontology. Tim has spent the last 13 years working with older adults in the role of a direct care worker, case worker, senior citizen housing advocate, community educator and an administrator. In the next ten years, he wants to maximize every opportunity to advocate and serve seniors be a part of an institution that is dedicated in developing the next generation of social workers, especially in the area of aging.

Ladisa Onyiliogwu is a proficient leader and trainer who has provided services to private and government sectors for nearly two decades. She has developed inclusive planning processes to translate key strategic priorities into actionable, comprehensive plans. Ladisa is experienced in performance measurement, data analysis, implementing concepts for training, process improvement, instructional design and organizational development in compliance with an agency’s mission, vision and core values. In her current role as Program Coordinator with the Fulton County Aging and Youth Services Department she has had the privilege of developing her department’s strategic plan and annual reporting structure, standardizing the senior citizen facility registration process and writing & reviewing contracts for the Office of Aging.

Ofelia Ross Ott has been with Howard County Office on Aging and Independence since 2000 with over 24 years of experience in the field of aging. She currently serves as the Home and Community Based Services Division Manager overseeing programs that allow individuals to maintain a maximum level of independence and facilitate aging in place with support services. Prior to this role she served as the Long Term Care Specialist managing the Long Term Care Ombudsman and the Public Guardianship Programs. As a graduate of Florida International University she worked as a Geriatric Care Manager for a private Care Management and Guardianship firm. As a passionate Elder Justice Advocate she played a vital role in the development and coordination of bringing partners and other agencies to serve on the Vulnerable Adults Committee for Howard County and in 2014 she spearheaded the first Elder Abuse Awareness Conference in Maryland.

Sonali Parnami is a Public Health Institute Fellow and program manager at The Health Trust, under its Healthy Aging Initiative since 2014. Sonali supports development and implementation of a variety of projects related to long-term services and supports integration and systems reform. Sonali is a passionate advocate for older adults and an active member in the County’s aging sector, serving both on the Santa Clara County Senior Care Commission and on Aging Services Collaborative’ s Leadership Council. Previous to joining the Health Trust, Sonali served as regional consultant to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of HIV/AID’s Policy in the New England area and worked on several HIV/AIDS community outreach initiatives and capacity building projects both domestically and internationally. Sonali holds an MPH from Boston University and a BS University of Virginia. As an overall goal, Sonali aims to bridge her research, community, and policy experience together to improve the health and health systems for vulnerable older adults.

Luis Perez is a Senior Lead Resident Services Coordinator for TELACU Residential Management, Inc., in Los Angeles, California. In 2007, Luis came to TELACU Residential Management where he joined the field of aging as a Resident Services Coordinator (RSC). Currently as a Sr. Lead RSC, aside from fulfilling the RSC role at his community, Luis supports the Director of Resident Services Programs and RSC staff in delivering the highest levels of social services and programming possible to their residents. He strives to continue supporting the senior residents at TELACU communities and elsewhere with aging in place by way of a supportive and service based environment. Luis studied Sociology at the California State University of Los Angeles and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2003.

Jocelyn Powell has worked for 10 years providing community outreach and support to underserved communities facing health disparities. In 2011, she decided to put her interest in health disparities to great use- earning a Master of Social Work from the Jane Addams College of Social Work. From coordinating outreach for chronically homeless seniors with the 100,000 Homes Campaign to connecting seniors with home and community based waiver services as a care coordinator for Meridian Health Plan, Jocelyn has focused on improving health outcomes for her clients by connecting them to needed resources. This work continues as a Team Lead at the Contact Center of the Alzheimer’s Association, where Jocelyn manages staff assisting callers with needs across the service spectrum. Jocelyn plans to continue eliminating health disparities by improving the integration of health services with community based organizations within the next ten years.

Kelly Rice is the Program Manager for Intensive Community Care Services at Howard Brown Health in Chicago, IL. She currently oversees a Ryan White Part A medical case management program and an Illinois Division of Rehabilitative Services Home Services Program, which includes a team of seven medical case managers and supports approximately 300 clients annually. She is an active member of the Aging Committee at HBH and is providing administrative oversight for a comprehensive health-focused aging needs assessment for the aging LGBTQ Chicago population. Kelly is an active member of the Chicago LGBTQ Aging Network and the ASA Chicago Roundtable planning committee. She has worked within the HIV/AIDS service network for over fifteen years. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and Women's Studies and a Master's Degree in Public Health, both from DePaul University. Within the next ten years, she hopes to have implemented a holistic aging health and wellness program that will help to reduce health disparities for members of the aging LGBTQ population.

Jennifer Rosich joined the Cleveland Department of Aging in 2011 as the Information and Assistance Project Coordinator for the city’s Aging and Disability Resource Center. In 2014 she assumed her current role of Chore Services Coordinator which assists seniors and adults with disabilities with home maintenance tasks such as grass cutting, leaf raking, snow removal, smoke detector installation, and basic housekeeping. Jennifer holds a B.A. in Family Studies and Gerontology from Kent State University and a Master’s in Public Administration from the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. Prior to joining the Department of Aging, Jennifer managed a Senior Community Service Employment Program at a non-profit organization. She also currently serves on the Cuyahoga County Advisory Board on Senior and Adult Services. In the next ten years Jennifer hopes to be in a leadership position, using her skills to help enhance the quality of life of seniors and adults with disabilities.

Evelyn Santos-Rodriguez, with a professional background in Sociology, planning and community development, came to Cleveland Ohio in 2006, where started working at a Hispanic organization with youth AOD Prevention Programs. She has been the Director of the Catholic Charities Hispanic Senior Center for the last 5 years coordinating the provision of supportive services to mainly Hispanic elderly. During the last two years they opened the center to other elderly members of the Cleveland’s Community, mainly elderly from the Nepali refugee’s community. That experience has not only enriched the cultural exchange at the center but has also brought to Evelyn’s attention the need to transform the current typical scenario of the “seniors centers” into a more vibrant, open and inclusive place to create community.

Kelly Shiraki, CHES is a Certified Health Education Specialist at McDonough District Hospital (MDH) in Macomb IL. MDH is a 49 bed facility in rural west central Illinois. Kelly has been the coordinator of Memory Support Services since 2003 and performs memory testing as well as helping families manage symptoms and diagnosis through education. Kelly has a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Sciences, is a Certified Wellness Coach, has earned a Certificate on the Fundamentals of Gerontology from USC Davis School of Gerontology and recently completed certification as a PAC trainer through Positive Approach, LLC. Kelly provides community education on healthy aging, dementia and a myriad of health topics. She has a passion for the aging community through both personal and professional experience. She would like to continue to grow in the field and create an Aging Friendly Community.

Mary Staackmann has worked in the field of adult education for almost 20 years in a variety of organizations including museums, research institutions, and adult education organizations and for the past 13 years, she has worked serving seniors. Mary currently is the Director of Lifelong Learning at North Shore Senior Center where she and her staff bring together an array of programs that provide opportunities for older adults to engage, explore, enhance their well-being, and enrich their lifestyle. Mary serves on ASA’s LEARN Council, as well as the National Institute for Senior Center’s (NISC) Accreditation committee, and is on the Governing Council for the Association of Illinois Senior Centers. Mary is a Certified Program Planner, Certified Marketing Professional, and holds masters’ degrees in Anthropology and History, with an emphasis on education, from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Kellogg School of Management.

Rosalyn Stewart is currently the Volunteer and External Relations Manager at Keswick, which provides healthcare solutions to enhance the quality of life for older adults and their families. Prior to this, she was the Events and Outreach Coordinator for the National Aquarium for over 12 years, where she developed and coordinated The Cultural Series, a long-running arts program at the aquarium, as well as worked with the aquarium’s many senior volunteers. Rosalyn has served on various nonprofit boards and volunteers with several organizations in her community. Ms. Stewart plans to continue pursuing a degree in Communications in 2017. In the next ten years, Ms. Stewart’s plans are to secure the resources and create the partnerships necessary to provide easy access to cultural arts for, primarily, students and seniors, as a means of bridging intergenerational gap. In addition, through partnerships with senior centers and senior housing complexes, the young people would provide art classes and studio experiences to Baltimore’s growing senior population.

Heang Tan is the Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Aging and CARE Services. As a long time public health and community advocate, she leads the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD)’s efforts to improve the lives of seniors. The Division’s mission is to act as the primary public agency responsible for advocating for, and delivering services to older adults, their family and caregivers in the City of Baltimore. Prior to joining BCHD, Heang served as the director of Health Justice CT where she led a state wide initiative to address health disparities in Connecticut and applied her deep content knowledge of the social determinants of health, healthcare reform policies, and chronic disease prevention. She is a member of several professional associations and has served on the Boards of the National Association of Asian American Professionals, Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services and Junior League of Hartford.

William (Will) Tarter serves as the Policy Planning Associate and coordinates Community Advocacy for The Center for Community Solutions, a non-partisan, non-profit public policy think tank located in Downtown Cleveland. He works primarily in health and human services, examining demographic trends in seniors and young adults, as well as what public policy makers and community planners can do now to effectively prepare for the future. Part of that position includes serving as the staff liaison for the Council of Older Persons (COOP), an independent committee of 50 senior organizational leaders and advocates from across Greater Cleveland. Will previously worked as the Community Engagement Specialist for OneCommunity, a technology firm in Downtown Cleveland, as well as Manager of Business Research and Communication for the Downtown Cleveland Alliance. He graduated cum laude with a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies from Ohio University.

Marikate Taylor is the Communications Manager at Benefits Data Trust (BDT), a national not-for-profit social change organization committed to transforming how individuals in need access public benefits and services. She is responsible for managing the organization’s brand and developing messaging in order to share best practices with partners and stakeholders to collectively make benefits access more simple, comprehensive and cost-effective. Additionally, she researches and identifies opportunities for BDT to enhance client outreach, with a specific focus on engaging senior communities to decrease barriers to access. Prior to BDT, Marikate worked for the Epilepsy Foundation Eastern Pennsylvania on program communication and delivery. In the next ten years, she would like to implement innovative outreach solutions that align with the changing needs and preferences of the aging populations to make service delivery more efficient and effective. Marikate received her BA in History from Clemson University and earned her MA in History from Villanova University.

Pattie Tingle was appointed the Executive Director of Maintaining Active Citizens, Incorporated (MAC, Inc.) in May 2016, an Area Agency on Aging serving four counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Leading a staff of 58 employees, her team offers vast array of cutting-edge services including the Maryland Living Well Center of Excellence, Maryland Access Point/Aging & Disability Resource Center, Ombudsman & Guardianships Programs, Senior Employment, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Nutritional Services/Meals on Wheels and a thriving Senior Center—all located in a largely rural setting. Pattie has 28 years’ experience in management, governance, and operations. She is a graduate of Wilmington University’s Administration of Human Services, Master of Science Program. Pattie looks forward to attending the 2017 ASA Leadership Institute to gain greater understanding and skills for political advocacy and public policy, to better influence and impact positive change for our aging population.

Jessica Westropp is the Workforce Development Manager for WIRE-Net ( where her current role focuses specifically on managing the Technical Corps Program (Encore initiative through the Cleveland Foundation) and an internship program with manufacturing career tech students, both housed at Max S. Hayes High School. Jessica’s work involves facilitating intergenerational learning for youth through mentorships and training with current and retired industry representatives in Northeast Ohio that help guide youth to success. She hopes that her biggest accomplishment in the next 10 years will be assisting with making TCP a sustainable long term model and expanding the program to additional high schools in Northeast Ohio. Prior to WIRE-Net, Jessica was a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor for the State of Ohio serving adults and youth. Jessica earned her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders from Bowling Green State University and her Master of Education in Rehabilitation Counseling from Kent State University.

Terri White is currently the Elder Care Educator for A Labor Of Love ElderCare. For more than ten years, Terri has focused on community education for care recipients as well as coaching and elder care preparedness for caregivers. She also provides application support for property management companies in New York City for senior and special needs tenants. Terri is one of the founding members of the Crown Heights Farm Share where she ensures seniors and other underserved groups have access to affordable organic foods and the co-facilitator for a Dementia Caregiver Support Group in Brooklyn, NY. In the next ten years, she plans to continue to provide educational and practical resources on the many aspects of caregiving to busy professionals, especially in faith based communities on dementia. Her big goal is to provide an annual all-inclusive Elder Care expo in NYC to highlight healthy aging and bring service providers together with aging influencers.

Jamie Wiggins is the Program Director for the Spokane Fire Department Community Assistance Response Team (CARES). The CARES team is innovative program that is a collaboration between the Spokane Regional Fire Departments and the Social Work Department with local universities. She has a Master’s in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago and Bachelor’s in Social Work from Eastern Washington University. She has worked in a variety of arenas including housing homeless/disabled individuals, the criminal justice system, community corrections and behavior management, an adjunct professor in the social work department and the current director of CARES Team. She also co-facilitates the Remembering When program teaching Fire and Fall prevention to older adults.

Ellen Wong is currently a Resident Service Coordinator II for LOMCO, a property management company that provides affordable housing for older adults in Southern California. In the last eight years, she has worked at both Plymouth West Apartments and Community Garden Towers and assisted over 400 residents with successfully aging in place. As a lead Resident Service Coordinator, she assists the Executive Team with growing and strengthening LOMCO’s Service Coordination Program. Ellen has worked as a Service Coordinator and Care Manager for thirteen years providing services to seniors and adults with disabilities. She has a Master of Science in Gerontology, a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, and a Professional Service Coordinator Certificate from the American Association of Service Coordinators. In the next ten years, Ellen hopes to develop innovative supportive programs through community partnerships for older adults living in affordable housing.

Mary Ziomkowski has been a Registered Nurse for over 35 years and has worked in settings including acute medical-surgical and cardiac care, a neurosurgical practice, and the perioperative environment. In the midst of her nursing career, Mary obtained a secondary education teaching certificate with degrees in biology and chemistry, and taught math and science for several years. Throughout her nursing career and while teaching, she always held positions in skilled nursing facilities. Currently, Mary hold positions as Affiliate Faculty for the Kirkhof College of Nursing at Grand Valley State University and as the MDS Director for a Laurel Health Care SNF. In addition, she will complete a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in December of 2017. As a DNP, Mary hopes to be engage in policy work which will ultimately change how the care of older adults is funded and delivered.