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Marjorie Almeda

Marjorie Almeda, DO, is medical director at Huron Valley PACE, in Ypsilanti, MI, and a clinical instructor in geriatrics at Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor, MI. She received her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her internal medicine residency at McLaren Macomb Regional Medical Center. She is board-certified in internal medicine and completed her geriatric medicine fellowship at the University of Michigan. 

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Danny Bi

Danny Bi, RD, is program manager at the On Lok PACE Peralta Center in Fremont, CA, where he helps to oversee one of the most diverse PACE centers in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has helped lead and volunteered on several committees and presented at NPA conferences. He received the Above and Beyond award for direct care in 2014. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of California-Davis and completed the Dietetics Program at California Polytechnic State University in Pomona.

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Shawn Bloom

Shawn Bloom has been the president and CEO of NPA since 2000. He is responsible for the strategic direction, operational activities and overall performance of the association and leads state-related activities. Previously, he was executive director of the Missouri Association of Homes for the Aging and worked in the Policy and Governmental Affairs Department at the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging.

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Denise Boisvert

Denise Boisvert, NP, MSN, has worked at Element Care for seven years. She has practiced in the psychiatric field for more than 30 years, first as a nurse and then as an NP. Throughout her career, she has integrated behavioral and medical health care. A member of the NPA Behavioral Health Education Taskforce, she has presented at Massachusetts PACE Association and NPA conferences. She won a regional award for Best Nursing Practice.

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Adam Burrows

Adam Burrows, MD, has been the medical director of Upham's Corner PACE, the PACE organization of the Upham's Corner Health Center, since its inception in 1996 and has guided its expansion to three PACE centers throughout Boston, MA. Board-certified in internal and geriatric medicine, he has been active nationally in promoting and supporting integrated models of community-based care for older adults who are frail and disabled, serving as chair of the NPA Primary Care Committee, editor of the PACE Medical Director's Handbook, health services consultant for the Rural PACE Project, and member of the NPA Board of Directors. Dr. Burrows developed and chairs the Rural PACE Ethics Committee and is a long-standing member of the Massachusetts PACE Ethics Committee. He is a graduate of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and completed his medical residency at Boston City Hospital, chief residency at the Boston VA Medical Center, and geriatric fellowship at the Harvard Division on Aging. He is on faculty at Boston University and the Boston University School of Medicine, where he twice received the Excellence in Teaching Award.

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Ross Colt

Ross Colt, MD, MBA, is medical director and a founding member of Gary and Mary West PACE. He is a family physician with more than two decades of full-spectrum clinical practice experience, including academic medicine and leadership in managed care environments. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Davis, his medical degree at Dartmouth Medical School, and his MBA at Pacific Lutheran University. A decorated war veteran, he served two combat tours in Iraq and retired after 24 years as an Army Colonel.

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Joanna Duby

Joanna Duby, MD, is medical director at Element Care in Lynn, MA. She is a geriatrician affiliated with North Shore Medical Center-Salem. She received her medical degree from McGill University Faculty of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

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John Elliott

John Elliott, AC-BC/Edu, CDP, CADDCT, is the corporate program manager for PACE Southeast Michigan. He is board-certified as an Activity Consultant/Educator through the Activity Professional National Credentialing Center, an independent Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia Care Trainer with the National Councill of Certified Dementia Practitioners, and a member of the Michigan Association of Activity Professionals and the National Association of Activity Professionals. Since 2004, he has served in many roles, including director of Activities/Therapeutic Recreation, memory care specialist and program enhancement consultant in skilled nursing, long-term care and PACE.

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Robbie Felton

Robbie Felton is founder and CEO of Intus Care, Inc., in Providence, RI. He has researched long-term care technology at the Brown-Lifespan Center for Digital Health and Health Outcomes at the University of Michigan Department of Health Policy and Innovation. A graduate of Brown University, he was named to the Rhode Island 25 Under 25 Innovators list in 2019 and won the MassChallenge and Brown Venture Prize for his work in elder care. He has volunteered with the Men’s Group at Huron Valley PACE.

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Otashe Golden

Otashe Golden, MD, is regional medical director at WelbeHealth Sierra in Long Beach, CA.

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Rachna Jawa

Rachna Jawa, MS, RD, is a dietitian at the On Lok PACE Peralta Center in Fremont, CA. She has worked with On Lok as a dietitian for seven years. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Lady Irwin College, in Delhi, India, and her master’s degree at San Jose State University.

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Tim Johnston

Tim R. Johnston, PhD, is senior director of National Projects at SAGE (Services & Advocacy for LGBT Elders), where he oversees the SAGECare cultural competency training program and national partnerships with other advocacy organizations. He facilitates LGBT cultural competency trainings, is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences, and authored “Welcoming LGBT Residents: A Practical Guide for Senior Living Staff,” the first comprehensive book on how to create a positive and safer experience for LGBT older adults in senior living settings.

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Rebecca Kowaloff

Rebecca Kowaloff, DO, is a primary care physician at Summit Eldercare in Leominster, MA. Her focus is on educating PACE staff on palliative care principles and practices and better integrating palliative care into participant care through prognostication, exploring and documenting goals of care, and compassionate communication. She studied medicine at TouroCOM-NY and completed her internal medicine residency and fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine at Maine Medical Center. 

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Michael Kurliand

Michael Kurliand, MS, BSN, RN-BC, is director of Telehealth & Process Improvement at the West Health Institute, in La Jolla, CA, where he is a subject matter expert in developing and scaling models of care that use technology such as telehealth to enhance care for the elderly and aging population. He also advocates for telehealth policy, serving on state committees and educating community, hospital and system leaders about best practices and the benefits of telehealth. He received his ADN and BSN at Drexel University School of Nursing and his master’s degree at Johns Hopkins University.

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Zandra Lee

Zandra Lee, MPH, is program manager at the On Lok PACE 30th Street Senior Center, the largest multipurpose senior center in San Francisco, CA. She has provided leadership for family planning, primary care programs and now PACE programs serving underserved and diverse populations for more than 20 years. She joined On Lok in January 2020. She earned her master’s degree at the University of Washington.

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Sonja Love Felton

Sonja Love Felton, LMSW, MPA, is executive director at Huron Valley PACE in Ypsilanti, MI. Previously, she worked at Hospice of Michigan, Detroit Area Agency on Aging, and Detroit Wayne County Long-Term Care Connection. She was a member of the Michigan Supreme Court Foster Care Review Board for seven years. She earned her bachelor’s degree at East Carolina University and her MPA at North Carolina State University, where she was a Patricia Roberts Harris Fellow. She attended the University of Michigan School of Social Work as a McGregor Geriatric Social Work Fellow.

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Michelle McAllister

Michelle McAllister joined Franciscan Senior Health & Wellness, in Dyer, IN, in February 2019. She volunteers with the Alzheimer’s Association as a support group leader, the Lake County Walk to End Alzheimer’s as a committee member, and Meals on Wheels.

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James Mittelberger

James Mittelberger, MD, MPH, has been chief medical officer at the Center for Elders’ Independence (CEI) since 2019. He is board-certified in internal medicine, geriatrics, and hospice and palliative medicine and is a clinical professor of medicine at UCSF School of Medicine. He has more than 30 years of experience caring for frail geriatric patients as medical director of the Over 60s Clinic; chief of the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Care for the Alameda Health System, in Alameda County, CA; and senior medical director for Optum. His experience in behavioral management includes 20 years of hospital and nursing home care for elders and serving as a founding medical director of a behavioral skilled nursing facility in northern California.
 

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Maureen Nash

Maureen Nash, MD, MS, FAPA, FACP, has been medical director of Providence ElderPlace PACE in Portland, OR, since 2014. Board-certified in internal medicine and psychiatry, she is co-editor of “Neurocognitive Behavioral Disorders: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Patient-Centered Care.” She is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the American College of Physicians. Previously, she was medical director of two inpatient geriatric psychiatry units. She is a graduate of Dartmouth Hitchcock Combined Medicine/Psychiatry Residency and University of Kansas School of Medicine.

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Cindy Noordijk

Cindy Noordijk is director of Quality and Compliance at Providence ElderPlace in Portland, OR. She is a member of the NPA Public Policy Committee and a graduate of Michigan State University.

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Mike Parmer

Mike Parmer, DO, FAAHPM, CPE, is medical director at Prisma Health SeniorCare PACE in Columbia, SC. He is board-certified in Family Practice and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, a fellow in the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and a certified physician executive through the American Academy for Physician Leadership. He has been an associate clinical professor for nearly 20 years. He was named Family Practitioner of the Year in 1997 and 2001 by the Graduate Medical Education Program. A graduate of the Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine, he is a volunteer physician and assistant chief medical officer with Boy Scouts of America.

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Randall Ramírez

Randall Ramírez, LCSW, LMFT, is a gero-clinical social worker and behavioral health specialist at WelbeHealth, serving the San Joaquin and Stanislaus County regions of California. He also chairs the Bio-Ethics Committee and Behavioral Health IDT. He has more than 40 years of experience treating inpatient and outpatient populations impacted by emotional disorders, health-related illnesses and toxic stress. He has worked in management and direct services in the mental health, social services, residential and health care industry. He has been a professor in the School of Social Work at San José State University and trains in the Transcultural Engagement Model of Practice.

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Rebecca Reed

Rebecca Reed, LCSW, has been manager of Quality, Risk and Informatics at Providence ElderPlace, in Portland, OR, for seven years. Providence ElderPlace-Oregon serves 1,675 participants at nine PACE centers across the state, including a rural PACE center, and at an assisted living facility and two residential care facilities. She is a licensed clinical social worker with an emphasis in health care and geriatrics. After learning about the PACE model of care as a student, she worked as a social worker and social work supervisor in PACE for 15 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in social work at the University of Portland and her master’s degree in social work at Portland State University.

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Sharon Reilly

Sharon Reilly, MD, is medical director at Piedmont Health SeniorCare in Burlington, NC. Previously, she practiced rural family medicine with Centra Health and Central Virginia Community Health Centers. She earned her bachelor’s degree at George Mason University and is a graduate of the Medical College of Virginia, now the VCU School of Medicine. She completed a rural family practice residency in Blackstone, VA. She was inspired to go to medical school by the need for a primary care physician in the rural area of Virginia where she lived.

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Robert Schreiber

Robert Schreiber, MD, is vice president and medical director at Summit ElderCare. Previously, he was medical director of evidence-based programs at Hebrew SeniorLife and medical director of the Healthy Living Center of Excellence, which is funded by The John A. Hartford Foundation and Tufts Health Plan Foundation. He has been a faculty member of the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife, served on the faculty at Harvard Medical School, and is a senior leader of the Practice Change Leaders Program, mentoring physicians, nurses and social workers to improve the care of older adults. He was department chair at the Lahey Clinic, in Burlington, MA, and a national consultant for the National 4A National Aging and Disability Institute.

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Verna Sellers

Verna Sellers, MD, MPH, CMD, AGSF, CHCQM, is medical director at Centra PACE, in Lynchburg, VA, which operates three sites in the region. An internist and fellowship-trained geriatrician, she is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care. She is a member of the NPA Board of Directors and NPA Primary Care Committee and has presented at national conferences on a range of topics, including transitions of care, risk management, geriatric syndromes and advance care planning.

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Allison Silvers

Allison Silvers, MBA, is vice president of Payment and Policy at the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), where she educates payers and policy-makers on the value of palliative care and key strategies ensuring access and quality and palliative care programs on opportunities under value-based payment. Previously, she was chief strategy officer at VillageCare. She helped launch two health insurance programs and served as the long-term care subject matter expert for the New York State Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, an MBA at Yale University, and a Geriatric Scholar Certificate at the City University of New York.

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Kathleen Surowiec

Kathleen Surowiec, MPA, joined Franciscan Health in 2015 and Franciscan Senior Health & Wellness, in Dyer, IN, in February 2017. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Purdue University and her graduate certificate and MPA at Indiana University.

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Colby Takacs

Colby Takacs, MPH, CHES, CDP, is an instructor in Health Promotion at the College of Health Sciences at the University of Lynchburg, in Lynchburg, VA, teaching undergraduate topics in health aspects of aging, the dimensions of wellness, and contemporary issues in health. She is the chair of the General Education Oversight Committee and a member of the Beard Center on Aging Advisory Board. She also is a member of the Virginia Public Health Association and a new board member for the Adult Care Center of Central Virginia. She earned her master’s degree at Liberty University.

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Lawanda Warnsley-Parrett

Lawanda Warnsley-Parrett, LCSW, LCAC, CADAC II, is a social worker at Franciscan Senior Health and Wellness in Dyer, IN. She has worked with Franciscan Alliance for 17 years, starting in behavioral health and joining the PACE team five years ago. Previously, she worked in the Gary Community Schools, Lake County Justice System, Community Mental Health and private practice. She founded the Calumet Area Women’s Association and is a core member of Rehab’s Daughter-Northwest Indiana Initiative in the fight to end human trafficking. She manages clinical services at the Mustard Seed Center and facilitates a monthly social worker peer group.

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Jennifer Wathen

Jennifer Wathen, RN, joined Franciscan Senior Health & Wellness, in Dyer, IN, in 2018, working in the clinic and as an intake nurse before being named coordinator of PACE Quality Assurance Improvement in March 2020. Previously, she held multiple roles in geriatrics and long-term care.

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David Wensel

David Wensel, DO, HMDC, FAAHPM, is chief medical officer at TRU PACE in Lafayette, CO. Previously, he spent 10 years as chief medical officer for hospice, palliative care, home health and PACE at Midland Care in Topeka, KS, where he was instrumental in developing the PACE program. He chairs the NPA Primary Care Committee and serves on the NPA Board of Directors. He is past chair of the Membership and Communities Committee for the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and serves on the board of directors of the Hospice Medical Directors Certification Board and the Governance Committee for the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He helped start the palliative medicine consultation service at St. Francis Medical Center and an outpatient palliative medicine clinic at Cotton O’Neal Cancer Center, both in Topeka.

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Ohmar Win

Ohmar Win, MD, MS, CMD, HMDC, is medical director at Prisma Health SeniorCare PACE-Upstate in Greenville, SC. She is board-certified in family practice, geriatrics, hospice and palliative care and is a clinical assistant professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Originally from Myanmar, Burma, Dr. Win has worked in the geriatric, hospice and palliative care fields for more than 10 years. She served as medical director at Palladium Hospice and taught end-of-life care symptoms management as part of the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium in 2020.

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Kimberly Woodley

Kimberly Woodley is a certified quality engineer with the American Society of Quality. She has more than 30 years of experience in the quality field, including health care and the manufacture of pharmaceuticals and medical devices. She has presented at conferences held by the National Association of Healthcare Quality, the National Database for Nursing Quality Indicator, CMS and NPA. She is a graduate of Longwood College, now Longwood University, with a BS in chemistry.

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