Directory of older adult specialists engaged in policy, education, research, or delivery of services who promote the UCOA collaborative effort and are available as educational speakers. In this section you will find names and contact information for individuals and their areas of expertise to assist your educational and outreach efforts.
Amy Anderson, MHA
Amy Anderson brings to the Utah Commission on Aging a perspective from both her civic and long-term healthcare background. Serving as Chair of the Logan City Council, she was recommended by the Utah League of Cities and Towns to Governor Herbert. Her dual roles at Sunshine Terrace Foundation as Director of Outreach and Spiritual Counselor for Sunshine Hospice provide background in long term care and end of life care. She is a certified Dementia Dialogues instructor through the UT Department of Health and has chaired Cache County Walk to End Alzheimer for three years. Amy holds a Masters in Healthcare Administration from Washington University in St. Louis and a BS in Communications Studies from Northwestern.
Chief Burbank is the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships with the Center for Policing Equity. He has been involved with CPE since its inception, utilizing their research capability at the height of the immigration debate, and supporting their efforts throughout the Nation. He is an unwavering advocate of the National Initiative and Justice Database as solutions to waning public trust and confidence in policing. CPE produces analyses identifying and reducing the causes of racial disparities. Their. partnerships with police departments across the country change outcomes. CPE delivers science to passionate change advocates and law enforcement agencies. They are distinguished by doing more than collecting data. They take numbers off the spreadsheet and provide actions for the police and the communities they serve. Chief Burbank was with the Salt Lake City Police Department from 1991 until his retirement in June of 2015. He was appointed to the position of Chief of Police in March 2006, becoming the 45th Chief of the Department. During his nine year tenure as Chief he distinguished himself as progressive and innovative, influencing not only the City of Salt Lake but also the profession. In 2014, Chief Burbank was selected as a member of the Enlightened Fifty most influential leaders in the State of Utah. In January 2013, Chief Burbank was selected as one of six Police Chiefs in the nation to meet with President Barack Obama to discuss the Administration plan and direction concerning gun violence in America. He was recognized in June 2013, by the Utah National Guard with their annual Minuteman Award for contributions to the wellbeing of the State of Utah Chief Burbank has been an outspoken opponent to the cross deputization of police officers as immigration enforcement agents. He has participated in several national conferences regarding the issue, including the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division 2009 Title VI Conference. In May 2010, Chief Burbank and nine other Police Chiefs met with Attorney General Eric Holder regarding Arizona immigration laws. During the last two years, he addressed the House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary regarding racial profiling and civil rights issues. Chief Burbank was chosen by the Salt Lake Tribune as Utahn of the Year for 2011. The states largest newspaper cited his handling of several high profile protest incidents and stated, stature as a community leader, including a willingness to endure threats and criticism over his position on immigration enforcement, is noteworthy at a time of ebbing confidence in those elected to govern. Chief Burbank was honored for his work on behalf of the women and children who live, play and grow by the YWCA Salt Lake City as the 2010 Public Official of the Year. Additionally, in 2010, Chief Burbank was recognized by the Utah Minority Bar Association as their Honoree of the Year for his service to minority communities and dedication to diversity. In May 2009, Chief Burbank received special recognition from the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah for work in protecting immigrant civil rights.In June 2009, he was recognized by the Latino Community Center for his dedication to community policing in building and maintaining a great foundation with the Latino community. Additionally that year, Chief Burbank received the Vicki Cottrell Community Hero Award from the Utah National Alliance on Mental Illness for assistance to individuals suffering from mental illness. Chief Burbank was appointed a Venue Commander during the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games,also serving as a liaison to the U.S. Secret Service during the Games. He was recognized by Director Brian Stafford, United States Secret Service, for outstanding cooperation in support of its protective mission, by Utah Governor Michael Leavitt for his contribution to the law enforcement volunteer program, and by Major General Brian L. Tarbet, Adjutant General, Utah National Guard, for exceptional meritorious service in support of the Games. Chief Burbank served as the First Vice President of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, an assembly of the 75 largest policing agencies in the United States and Canada. Chief Burbank has a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from the University of Utah and is a graduate of the FBIs National Executive Institute. In June 2017, he was named the President of the FBI National Executive Institute Associates. Chief Burbank has a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from the University of Utah. Prior to his service in the Police Department, he was a professional squash player achieving a number 38 world ranking in the World Professional Squash Association.
Curley has served as a trusted healthcare advisor to State Governors, U.S. Senators, federal & state agencies, association executives, and philanthropists to advance health for vulnerable populations. Since 2018, she has been an advisor and adjunct professor at the Center for Health Policy at Columbia University School of Nursing, a public policy consultant, Board member, and volunteer including the Utah Medical Reserve Corps.
From 2009-2018, Curley was CEO of Jonas Philanthropies to advance nursing education, vision research, veteran’s healthcare, and environmental health. Signature accomplishments: supporting 1,200 doctoral nursing scholars and future educators in all 50 states, developing a public private partnership with the U.S. Veterans Administration (2016-21), and collaborating with 25 national/global funders.
Elected to the Maine State Legislature in 2001, she served on both the House & Senate Appropriations Committee, charged to negotiate and balance the 8 billion-dollar state budget, and the Health & Human Services Committee, responsible for combining and reorganizing the Dept. of Human Services and Dept. of Behavioral and Developmental Services into one DHHS Agency. Curley co-chaired the State Long Term Care committee, Blue Ribbon Commission on Medicaid, and was appointed to the Health Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Darlene has given over 20 keynote presentations, published articles in the LA Times and Politico, and served on the Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professions Education at the National Academies of Sciences. She has been recognized for healthcare policy leadership by the New York Academy of Medicine, American Academy of Nursing, the University of Maryland, and Columbia University. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Universities of Maine and Maryland and is completing a Doctoral degree.
Alzheimer's Association of Utah
Elizabeth Fauth, PhD
Elizabeth Fauth is a Professor in Human Development and Family Studies and the Director of the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Research Center at Utah State University. Her research interests are in caregiving for people living with dementia, cognitive and psychosocial predictors of functional ability in late life, and interventions for stress and mental health across adulthood.
Utah Commission on Aging UtahAging.org
Rob Ence, MBA
Rob Ence is the Executive Director of the Utah Commission on Aging connects research, public policy, and community resources on behalf of older adults. He also manages the Bateman Horne Center, a non-profit clinic and research practice specializing in myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and other post-viral syndromes.
Previously Ence was the West Regional Vice President for AARP after serving nearly a decade as AARP Utah State Director. His other career work includes Planned Parenthood of Utah and the Midtown Community Health Center, Sage Creek Apparel, work in the financial services industry and Marriott Corporation.
Ence has an MBA and BA Psychology from the University of Utah. He has lectured frequently on financial security and older adult issues and has served on several boards of directors including Comagine Health Utah, Envision Utah, Alzheimers Association Utah, Community Counseling Center, and Repertory Dance Theater.
Mountainland Association of Governments
Andrew Jackson has served as the Executive Director of the Mountainland Association of Governments since assuming the role in 2011. Jackson worked for Mountainland for 13 years before becoming Executive Director (including two years as deputy director), and previously worked for Clark County, Nevada and the City of Lindon. He holds Masters Degrees in Geography and Public Administration from Brigham Young University.
Gary is a recognized national leader of performance improvement in the long term care profession. As president/CEO of Mission Health Services (MHS), a multi-state skilled nursing, ALF, residential, and ICFID organization and is recognized as a catalyst for innovative approaches resulting in measurable improvements through his efforts as a pioneer of culture change.Under his leadership, his facilities/communities were the first Eden registered centers in Utah, and has achieved five QIO Health Insight Quality awards, received four five-star CMS ratings, two deficiency free surveys, and won the distinguished Best of State for Skilled Nursing Facilities in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019. From his earliest job as a nursing assistant to his current state and national roles with MHS, American Health Care Association, and Utah Health Care Association he has dedicated his life to improving the quality of life for the elders he serves: AHCA Board of Governors, Utah Health Facilities Committee, Utah Commission on Aging, Utah Aging and Disability Resource Connection, Utah Medical Advisory Committee.
Emergency Preparedness Specialist
Linda Milne is a voice in our state for Disaster Preparedness for Aging Adults including how to create appropriate 96-hour emergency kits. She is recognized as a resource for disaster planning, response recovery having served on multiple community, Millcreek and SLCO organizations as well as Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), a significant response and recovery presence in local, state and national disasters. Having served on the SLCO S.A.F.E Neighborhoods Task Force as a community voice, she speaks throughout the county about this unique community response strategy for catastrophic disaster. Milne in concluding 6 years as a director of ChamberWest Chamber of Commerce and is Chair of the Emergency Prepare Committee for Millcreek Business Council.
Alan Ormsby comes to AARP Utah with a strong background in leadership and advocacy for Utah's older adults and people with disabilities. His training is in law, with a focus on health care law, long-term care, home and community-based services, HIPAA, Medicare and Medicaid. Immediately prior to joining AARP in 2011, Alan served as the Director of the Division of Services for People with Disabilities (DSPD,) leading Utah's efforts to provide the best possible services for people with disabilities. Before serving as the DSPD Director, Alan was the Director of Aging and Adult Services at the State of Utah, and in this role was responsible for statewide home- and community-based services for Utahns 60 and over. In addition, he worked with the local Area Agencies on Aging, and was instrumental in drafting legislation to initiate Utah's Commission on Aging. Alan has served as a member on the Board of Utah Developmental Disabilities Council, Senator Orrin Hatch's Advisory Committee on People with Disabilities, and several long-term care policy groups. He also supervised Adult Protective Services, which investigates claims of abuse, neglect and exploitation involving persons who are disabled or elderly. Alan received his undergraduate degree from the University of Utah and law degree from Quinnipiac University.
Division of Geriatrics University of Utah
Mark Supiano, MD
Mark A. Supiano, M.D. directs the VA Salt Lake City Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center. He is also the D. Keith Barnes, M.D. and Dottie Barnes Presidential Endowed Chair in Medicine, Professor and Chief, of the Division of Geriatrics, University of Utah School of Medicine, and Executive Director, for the University of Utah Center on Aging. Dr. Supiano has substantial experience in geriatric medical education leading D.W. Reynolds Foundation supported projects at the University of Michigan (2001-2005), the University of Utah Comprehensive Program to Strengthen Physicians Training in Geriatrics program (2006-2011), and the Reynolds funded project (2013-2017) that targets training in patient quality, safety and care transitions for graduate medical education trainees. Dr. Supiano’s research interests focus on geriatric hypertension. He is currently investigating arterial stiffness as a predictor of outcomes in the NHLBI-sponsored Systolic Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT) study.He has authored over 80 research papers and book chapters and is the recipient of the 1999 Outstanding Clinical Research Award from the American Geriatrics Society (AGS). He currently serves on the AGS Board of Directors and is Chair of the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs.
Troy Wilson, JD
Troy T. Wilson is a practicing attorney with offices located in the Sugarhouse area of Salt Lake City. His firm focuses exclusively on estate planning, administration, and Elder Law, including the related areas of business planning, special needs and Medicaid planning, guardianship and probate and trust administration. Mr. Wilson holds a B.S. Degree in Finance, and a M.B.A. from the University of Utah, and a J.D. from the S.J. Quinney College of Law. Mr. Wilson is also a Certified Financial Planner. He is a member of the Utah State Bar Elder Law and Estate Planning sections. He serves on the Utah Commission on Aging, and is a member of ElderCounsel, Wealth Counsel, the Financial Planning Association, and the Salt Lake Estate Planning Counsel. Mr. Wilson has taught as an adjunct college professor as well as many continuing education courses to attorneys, financial planners, insurance agents and health care professionals and the public on topics such as Elder Law, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Medicaid and VA Planning, Estate Planning, Special Needs Planning, and Probate and Estate Administration.
Weber-Morgan Area Agency on Aging
Nobu Iizuka has earned a bachelor’s in gerontology from Weber Sate University and a master’s in gerontology from the University of Utah, and has worked for Weber Human Services Area Agency on Aging since 2003. He has also worked as a long-term care ombudsman and Medicare/Medicaid counselor, as well as a supervisor for various Aging service programs, including caregivers, Medicaid waiver, health promotion, case management services, and so on. He has been serving for Aging staff, older adults, and other county residents as director of the Weber-Morgan Area Agency on Aging since 2018.
Nobu Iizuka has initiated the Weber-Morgan Elder Abuse Coalition, the Weber-Morgan Aging website, and the Weber-Morgan Senior Online Art Gallery. The online gallery received a 2020 Aging Innovations Award from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (currently USAging). It was also named one of 2020’s Best Practices for Helping Older Adults Stay Socially Engaged by engAGING, emphasizing that this program has successfully adapted to continue safely engaging older adults throughout the COVID-19 crisis.
Nobu Iizuka is from Tokyo, Japan. He is especially interested in various aging topics such as arts and aging, caregiving, elder abuse, financial fraud prevention, health and wellness, long-term care, social isolation, and veterans’ services.
College of Nursing University of Utah
Linda Edelman, PhD
Linda Edelman is an Associate Professor at the University of Utah College of Nursing where she directs the Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence. Dr. Edelman’s academic career is dedicated to advancing health equity and healthcare quality for rural residents and older adults. As a team scientist and educator, her research and workforce development work implement and evaluate innovative programs to improve equitable access to care for these populations. She directs the Utah Geriatric Education Consortium; a Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program providing education and training for students and the long-term services and supports workforce. Dr. Edelman leads an education initiative to enhance primary care in rural and underserved areas of Utah by integrating primary care digital badges into the undergraduate curriculum and supporting rural primary care nurses working to the top of their license to precept students.
Ruby Chou, PhD
Dr. Ruby Chou specializes in creative aging and intergenerational learning through music. She earned a doctorate degree from the University of Texas at Austin in Music and Human Learning. To learn more about her research and programs, visit www.rubychoupianist.com
Homecare & Hospice Association of Utah
Matt Hansen, DPT
Matt has been serving the older adult population as a physical therapist, healthcare administrator, consultant, and professional writer/speaker for the past 15 years. One of his greatest passions is helping others be as healthy and happy as possible through a holistic approach that addresses the social determinants of health. Matt has spent the last decade working in the homecare and hospice industry, advocating for solutions that allow others to remain wherever they call home.
Matt works as the Executive Directive for the Homecare & Hospice Association of Utah, and as a Deputy Director for the Home Care and Hospice Association of Colorado; APTA Home Health, an Academy of the American Physical Therapy Association; and APTA Colorado. He is a graduate of the University of Utah's Masters of Physical Therapy and transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy programs.
Intermountain Southridge Clinic Geriatrics
John Lassere, MD
Dr. Richard "John" Lassere is originally from Cajun Country, in South Louisiana and the Golf Coast. He trained at LSU, Completed Family Medicine Residency in Baton Rouge Louisiana. He is Board Certified in Family and Geriatric Medicine and has been practicing medicine for over 34 years, and in that time successfully completed over 9 specialty board exams.
John enjoys working with senior patients, their families and caregivers, to maintain and improve their health, functioning and quality of life. He also enjoys living in Utah, paddle boarding, electric mountain biking, skiing and being with his Box-ador (Boxer/Labrador) pup
Adult Development & Aging Brigham Young University
Nancy Madsen, MS
Brief bio (feel free to edit): Nancy holds a MS Degree in Gerontology from the University of Utah. She served as the Caregiver Support Program Manager for the State of Utah until her retirement in 2021. She currently teaches Adult Development & Aging as adjunct faculty at BYU Provo and is a trained facilitator in several caregiver and dementia curriculums. A former family care partner herself spanning almost 25 years, she understands the role of a caregiver well.
Sally Aerts, PT, MPH
Sally Aerts is a physical therapist who has specialized in orthopedics and fall prevention. She and her husband owned a physical therapy clinic in WA state for 11 years. Since receiving her MPH in 2014, Sally has worked at the Oregon and Utah state health departments, implementing evidence-based community fall prevention programs such as Stepping On and the Otago Exercise Program. She was the Utah Falls Prevention Specialist at the Utah Department of Health from 2015 - 2017. Sally and Senator Jani Iwamoto started the Utah Falls Prevention Alliance in 2017. Currently she is working on a CCTS grant with the University of Utah, Salt Lake City EMS, Gold Cross and other stakeholders to reduce repeat 911 calls for older adult falls.
Salt Lake County Adult & Aging Services
Paul Leggett became the Division Director of Salt Lake County Aging & Adult Services in January 2017. In this role Paul oversees the services provided to older adults in Salt Lake County. Prior to this position Paul was the Executive Director of Community Action Partnership of Utah where he worked hand in hand with Utah's Community Action network to provide solutions to poverty and effect change. Paul also previously chaired the statewide Earn it. Keep it. Save it. coalition and directed CAP Utah's statewide Asset Development initiative. Paul currently serves on the Alzheimer’s Association Utah Chapter Board, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging Board, the Lt. Governor's Commission on Service & Volunteerism and is the chair of the Utah Association of Area Agencies on Aging. Paul, originally from Northampton, England, earned a bachelor's degree in behavioral sciences from the University of Northampton and a master's degree in management from the University of Leicester.
I am a resident of Park City and Summit County, settling here, in 2006, after 58 years of travel that included residence in 8 states and 3 foreign countries and work in over a dozen other countries. After growing up in urban New Jersey (Paterson), rural Pennsylvania (near Hershey) and upstate New York (Poughkeepsie), I attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, graduating in 1969 with a BS in Aeronautical Engineering. My 6 years in the USAF included 2 combat tours in the Vietnam War as a Forward Air Controller (15 Air Medals, DFC). I spent nearly 3 ½ years of my 6 years outside of the US, in Vietnam, Thailand and Germany. I spent 30 years in the corporate world as a safety engineer and manager for the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, working out of offices in Los Angeles, Boston, Northern N.J. and South Florida. During the final 12 years I traveled primarily to most of Latin America, but also to Canada and Europe. I retired from Chubb in 2005 as a Vice President in charge of Latin American Loss Control. Beginning in April ’09 I joined the Board of Fair Boundaries and served as the Field Director of the organization until April 2010. In 2010 I joined American Legion Post 14 in Park City and was drafted into the position of Post Adjutant in 2011. My wife Shirley and I served on the board of Habitat for Humanity of Summit and Wasatch Counties and were instrumental in 3 house builds, a house renovation and the opening of the ReStore over the 6 years on the board. I ran for HD 53 in 2010 and HD 54 in 2014 and was elected to the Summit County Council in November 2016, serving on that body since January 2017. My additional duties on the Council include service on MAG, Chair of the MAG Aging committee, Joint Transportation Advisory Board, UAC, Renewable Energy, Forest Health and the Wildland Urban Interface, Liaison to Mountainlands Community Housing Trust and Habitat for Humanity
Caregiver Support Program Utah Division of Aging & Adult Services
Kate Nederostek, MGS, CDP
Kate is a gerontologist and a Certified Dementia Practitioner with 20+ years of experience within the long-term care industry, dementia care, and family caregiver support. Kate has published articles and numerous trainings on dementia topics for the Alzheimer’s Association and the long-term care companies for which she has worked. Kate serves as the Caregiver Support Program Manager for the State of Utah/Division of Aging & Adult Services, overseeing the support offered to family caregivers by the Area Agencies on Aging throughout the state. Having served as a family caregiver herself, she understands the role of a caregiver well. As a gerontologist, Kate is devoted to supporting and advocating for older adults as well as caregivers throughout Utah. Kate received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the College of Wooster and a Master of Gerontological Studies degree from Miami University, both in Ohio.
Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias State Plan Specialist
Kristy Russell, CHES
Kristy Russell is a Health Program Specialist for the Utah Department of Health and Human Services, focusing on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD). In this role, Kristy coordinates the ADRD State Plan and Coordinating Council to ensure that the goals and objectives within the plan are met and to reduce duplication of efforts throughout Utah. Kristy provides statewide education and assists individuals in accessing resources available to those with dementia and their caregivers and loved ones. Kristy also assists in producing and maintaining the public awareness campaign for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and serves as the Public Relations Chair for the Utah Society for Public Health Education. Kristy has 15+ years in prevention, endoscopy and long-term care and was a personal caregiver for a loved one with dementia. Kristy has a bachelor’s degree in Health Education from Utah Valley University, a master’s degree in Health Leadership from Western Governors University and is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).
Kristy Cottrell, MPA, RN
Kristy Cottrell is formerly the Deputy Director of Senior Services for the Davis County Health Department. She oversaw the Department’s Senior Services Division and the local Area Agency on Aging. Prior to this position, she served as the Department’s Family Health & Senior Services Division Director beginning in 2013. Cottrell came to the Davis County Department from Salt Lake County, where she worked in a variety of programs, including aging services, immunizations, pediatrics, and women’s health, with a primary emphasis on increasing access for underserved populations. Through her academic pursuits, particularly at the graduate level, Cottrell emphasized learning about leadership, research, evaluation, and policy analysis. While still in nursing school, she realized the value of prevention, and focused her entire professional career in public health and keeping people healthy. She enjoys problem solving, and working together to make communities a better place to live, work, play, and age. Cottrell received her undergraduate degree in nursing from Westminster College and obtained her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Utah.
Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity
Ed Blake has been involved with Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity for 15 years and has been a strong advocate for decent and affordable housing. He has carried his message to Washington DC, local municipalities and the private sector in an effort to bring awareness and solutions to one of the most basic of needs, safe shelter.
TantaLisa Clayton has been a member of the Utah State Bar since 1980. She is currently an attorney at Utah Legal Services, where she specializes in elder law. At Utah Legal Services, she has served as the Senior Task Force Chair since 2001 and has supervised all activities under contracts with the Area Agencies on Aging.
Ms. Clayton is currently the Project Director under Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime Project, “Innovative Remedies to Reduce Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation”. Ms. Clayton has been the Project Director on several other elder law projects including the Model Approaches Grant/Utah Senior Legal Helpline, Senior Lawyer Volunteer Project, Emeritus Attorney Pro Bono Indigent Guardianship Project, and the Brookdale Foundation Relatives as Parents Program.
She is currently a Board Member of the Guardianship Signature Program and is a member of the WINGS (Utah Working Interdisciplinary Network of Guardianship Stakeholders) committee. She served as a Commissioner on Utah Commission on Aging (2005-2006), and was a Past Chair and has been Member of the Elder Law Section of the Utah Bar Section (previously called the Needs of the Elderly Committee) since 1995.
Ms. Clayton served as Corporate Trust Counsel for over 15 years for First Security Bank of Utah, specializing in municipal bond and equipment lease financing.
Camille Collett was raised in Colorado and came to Utah in 1975 to attend Westminster College in Salt Lake City. I graduated from the University of Utah Medical Center (UUMC) in 1983. Camille completed a Family Medicine Residency at Holy Cross Hospital with the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine (DFPM) at the University of Utah in 1986. She joined the faculty at the UUMC – DFPM and began my medical career training teaching young family medicine physicians. Camille continues to hold a faculty appointment at the medical school and helped to start a new Family Medicine Residency Program in 1994 that is now based at St. Mark’s Hospital. We train four new family physicians a year and many of our graduates have chosen to become geriatricians and palliative care/hospice care specialists. At the age of 60, she decided to go back to complete my Masters of Public Health (MPH) at Westminster College. Camille will graduate from Westminster College in May of 2018 with updated knowledge to continue to train family medicine physicians. Her research area is dealing improving advance care planning so our goals and wishes can be followed at the end of life. She still see patients of all ages and delivered babies for 27 years. Camilla loves being a family physician in Utah. Her husband is a physics professor at Westminster College, and my 31-year-old son is completing his Master’s degree in music in May 2018 at Steinhardt Graduate School of Music at New York University. In her spare time, she loves singing, hiking, swimming, skiing, and bicycling.
Douglas K. Cummings is the founding member of Cummings Law Firm, LLC. His practice includes issues related to tax and estate planning, business entities, asset protection, veterans' planning, special needs trusts, trust and estate administration, guardian/conservatorship, and elder law. Douglas currently serves on the Salt Lake Community College Planned Giving Committee, and as Counsel for the Trustee of The Utah Pooled Trust, associated with Turn Community Services. He is prior Chairman of the Estate Planning Section of the Utah State Bar, and the Salt Lake Estate Planning Council, a former member of Primary Children's Medical Center Planned Giving Committee, and has also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of The Arc of Utah, and the Foundation for Homecare and Hospice, sponsored by Intermountain Health Care. He has been selected as Utah's Legal Elite, presented by Utah Business Magazine. Prior to attending law school, Douglas was an accountant with Arthur Anderson in Washington, D.C.
Division of Geriatrics University of Utah
Timothy Farrell, MD, AGSF
Dr. Timothy Farrell is Associate Professor of Medicine and Adjunct Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine, and is a Physician Investigator at the VA Salt Lake City Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center. Dr. Farrell received his A.B. from Dartmouth College and his M.D. from the University of Massachusetts, followed by family medicine residency and geriatric medicine fellowship training at Brown University. He currently serves as Director of the University of Utah Health Interprofessional Education Program, which trains approximately 1500 students per year from the Schools of Dentistry and Medicine and the Colleges of Health, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Social Work, and was named as a Student Hotspotting Hub by the National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs. A 2010-2015 recipient of a HRSA Geriatric Academic Career Award (GACA) and a co-investigator on a HRSA Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement (GWEP) grant, Dr. Farrell’s main academic interest involves transitions of care. With HRSA support, he developed the Geriatric Transitions Objective Structured Objective Video Examination (GT-OSVE), an online care transitions teaching and assessment tool for individuals and interprofessional teams that has been used by medical educators in the US and internationally. He serves as a member of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Ethics Committee, as Co-Chair of the AGS Care Transitions Special Interest Group, as a member of the Utah-Intermountain West Partnership to Improve Surgical Care Transitions (U-IMPACT), as a member of the VA Decision Making Capacity Education Planning Group, as a Fellow of the University of Utah Academy of Health Science Educators, and on the Geriatrics Review Syllabus and Journal for Healthcare Quality editorial boards. Dr. Farrell was also named a 2016-17 Leadership Scholar by the Tideswell/AGS/ADGAP Emerging Leaders in Aging Program.
Deb is the Director of Adult Programs for the Utah Pride Center. The largest program of the Pride Center is SAGE, which provides service and advocacy for LGBTQ+ elders. Deb has a background in gerontology, LGBTQ+ aging issues, Alzheimer’s, hospice/palliative care, as well as non-profit management. Deb is part of several boards and board committees including UTA Diversity and Inclusion advisory board, Department of Aging and Adult Services, Alzheimer's Dementia and Related Dementia Coordinating Council, among others.
Salt Lake County Aging & Adult Services
Jeremy has over twenty years of experience in public administration and municipality services. He is currently the Associate Director for Salt Lake County Aging and Adult Services. He has worked for the division for over five years in a few different roles. Before coming to Aging and Adult Services he worked for over 15 years with Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation with a variety of job responsibilities. Jeremy loves serving the community and providing resources that enhance people’s lives.
Deborah Parker currently serves as the Director of Nursing at BrightStar Care, a Joint Commission accredited Home Care Agency in Murray, UT providing both unskilled and skilled hourly care to seniors and others in their homes. Deborah received her Bachelor’s in nursing from Towson University, her Master’s in Public Administration from University of Hawaii and most recently a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology from University of Utah. She is also a certified Care Transitions Intervention Nurse, Certified Case Manager and has Advanced Professional standing in the Aging Life Care Association, which is the national professional organization for Geriatric Care Managers.
Deborah has a great passion for providing high quality health care to seniors in the community and to this end a penchant for working with partners, providers and caregivers across the health care spectrum. Deborah has been passionate about senior health care since nursing school days and has always LOVED working with aging persons in the community, in clinics, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, senior independent living settings, care homes and private homes. Some areas of particular interest to Deborah are creating good endings to lives well lived, reducing and preventing falls among seniors, reducing hospital admissions and re-admissions among Medicare recipients, and the provision of high quality dementia care in the home.
Deepthi Rajeev is the Director of Patient Safety and Innovation for Comagine Health. She leads the Adult Immunizations project for the Comagine QIN-QIO serving Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and Utah and oversees quality improvement initiatives in nursing homes, home health agencies, hospitals, and pharmacies in Utah. Her areas of interests include quality improvement, advance care planning, personal health records, and public health surveillance and reporting. She has worked on several projects that have involved modeling of healthcare data using standards and vocabularies, research design, workflow analysis, usability testing, and evaluation. She co-leads an advance care planning advisory group that hosts an annual end of life care summit in Utah. Dr. Rajeev has a Ph.D. in Biomedical Informatics from the University of Utah, a Masters in Statistics from Brigham Young University, and a Masters in Computer Science from Osmania University, India. She was awarded a fellowship from the National Library of Medicine during her doctoral research. She has published in prominent medical informatics forums, including the Journal of American Medical Informatics Association and the Proceedings of the American Medical Informatics Association. She serves on the Utah Commission on Aging Board and the Utah Department of Health Institutional Review Board. She is a member of the Steering Committee for The Utah Chapter of the Conversation Project and is a member of the electronic POLST steering committee in Utah.
Allie Spangler began her career in long term care as a Certified Nursing Assistant while in high school. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business Management, and a Masters of Business Administration in Healthcare Management. Allie has worked for the Utah Healthcare Association for 3 years and enjoys the chance to work with members and help them provide better care and services to residents. She organizes all educational events for the members, works with associate business members who provide services and/or products for long term care, and ensures the members have the tools and services they need to be successful.
Adaptive Recreation Specialist Freelance Writer
Bob Wassom is a freelance writer and blogger who specializes in writing about adaptive outdoor recreation. Previously he was an advertising agency writer/producer, writing and creating award-winning campaigns for well-known brands like McDonald’s, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the Utah Office of Tourism, Park City Chamber of Commerce, Deer Valley Resort, Aramark (Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas), Rio Tinto Kennecott, the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics and others. Bob was Creative Director at Harris and Love Advertising and later Executive Vice-President at Riester-Robb Advertising before embarking on his freelance career. He also taught advertising copywriting as a guest instructor at Westminster University in Salt Lake City. He is a volunteer and consultant for AARP Utah, providing communications expertise on selected projects. He has also been a volunteer member of the marketing committee at the National Ability Center and a team captain for the Multiple Sclerosis Society’s MS 175 Bike Ride. A Tooele native, Bob earned his degree in Journalism from Utah State University. While he values his formal education, some of his most powerful lessons in life came as a result of a life-changing spinal cord injury he sustained in a diving accident, while a senior at USU. Initially paralyzed from the neck down, he regained the use of his arms and legs, allowing him a second chance at living life to the max. His passion is pursuing any and all outdoor recreation, from cycling and golf to alpine and Nordic skiing, utilizing whatever adaptive equipment is necessary. When he can’t get out and do it, he’s most likely writing about it. You can find out more about Bob on his website: www.SpinningMyWheels.net.
Utah Division of Aging and Adult Services
Nels Holmgren is the Director of the Division of Aging and Adult Services at the State of Utah, which oversees programs mandated by the Older Americans Act to promote healthy and secure lifestyles for Utah’s growing senior population. Working with local partners, the Area Agencies on Aging, and other interested parties in the Aging network, the Division provides critical services to empower Utah’s seniors to remain independent in their own homes. Additionally, the Division oversees Utah’s Adult Protective Services which investigates cases of abuse, neglect, and exploitation among Utah’s seniors and vulnerable adults, and works to resolve protective needs.
Emily Christensen is a nationally board-certified music therapist who has been working with older adults since 2009. Completing a bachelor’s degree in music therapy and a master’s degree in gerontology, she divides her work life between the two disciplines. Emily owns Crescendo Music Therapy, where her company contracts with hospice agencies and care facilities across Utah to provide music therapy services to their clients. Additionally, she serves as the Arts and Aging Coordinator for Jewish Family Service of Utah. Here she connects older adults to a variety of arts-based experiences, including the Gleeful Choir, a chorus for those living with dementia and their care-partners.
Patricia W. Jones, CEO
The mission of the Women’s Leadership Institute is to elevate the stature of female leadership in the state of Utah. The organization was formed in January, 2015 through the visionary efforts of key business leaders to address Utah’s deficiencies in the presence of women at top levels of corporate and political leadership.
Jones was tapped as CEO because of her background and expertise in the business and political worlds as well as her ability to engage, collaborate and lead.
As co-founder and former President of Dan Jones & Associates, a successful public opinion and market research firm for 35 years, Jones helped lead and manage the company while serving on numerous community and company boards. Jones is an experienced and highly-regarded researcher, specializing in qualitative research, having conducted hundreds of focus groups throughout the country for a variety of industries since 1980.
Senator Jones served in the Utah Legislature for 14 years, serving in leadership positions 12 of those years. She was a member of the Utah House of Representatives from 2000-2006 and was elected to the Utah Senate in 2006-2014, serving eight years there, including serving as the first female leader in either party and in either House. While in the Utah Legislature, Jones was a member of various committees, including Public Education, Higher Education, Health and Human Services, Judiciary, Economic Development, Law Enforcement, Government Operations and Executive Appropriations. A University of Utah graduate in Communications (magna cum laude), Jones currently serves on the Utah Board of Regents, the Board of Governors of the Salt Lake Chamber, Zions Bank Board, Chair of Intermountain Healthcare Community Care Foundation, Dominion/Questar Advisory Board, the Transportation Governance & Funding Task Force, Chair of Mental Health Working Group for the Board of Regents, a Commissioner on the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education, Garff Foundation Success in Education Board, and on the National Advisory Board of the University of Utah School of Dentistry. Jones has served on the boards of United Way of Salt Lake, Zions Bank Women's
Financial Group, Utah Symphony and Opera, St. Mark’s Hospital, Hale Centre Theatre, Columbus Community Center, University of Utah Alumni Association, Coalition for People with Disabilities, This is the Place State Park, Utah Commission on Aging, and the Coalition for the Understanding of Substance Abuse Disease.
Pat Jones’ interests are many, but she prefers to move rather than sit. She enjoys exercising, biking, skiing, playing pickle ball, tennis, watching sports (especially basketball and football), reading, politics, cooking, having fun with her children and grandchildren and traveling. Her least favorite thing to do is to wait in long lines.
Patricia is married to Dr. Dan E. Jones and has four children and 10 grandchildren.
Hospice and Personal Care Specialist
Margene is the president of Equity Income Incorporated and Plaza 1100, local real estate companies. She is the past owner and administrator of Hospice of Hope, and owner and manager of Personal Care Services. She recently retired as a nurse after serving in various nursing positions for 43 years. Previously she served as Secretary and Membership Co-Chair of The Utah Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. She worked with the Miss Utah Scholarship Pageant system as Co-Director and Judges Chairperson. Margene served on the Governors Initiative for Families, Senator Hatch’s Senior Conference Committee, St. Marks Integrative Care Committee, Spirituality and Healing in Medicine Institute member and as a volunteer Chaplain at Primary Children’s Hospital. She is an original founding member and current board member of the non-profit 501c3, The Utah Coalition for Caregiver Support. She is a past Board member of the University of Utah project, Neighbors Helping Neighbors and currently serving on the community advisory board. She is a Certified Grief Support Specialist and Community Education Coordinator with Premier Funeral Services.
I am a Physical Therapist and owner/operator of Western Summit Rehabilitation, a therapy services staffing and consulting agency. I am a former president of the Homecare and Hospice Association of Utah, a member of the Utah Falls Prevention Alliance and a recipient of a falls prevention grant from the NIH. I received the Excellence in Home Health Therapy Leadership Award from the Home Health Section of the APTA in 2020 and the Physical Therapist of the Year from the Utah Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association in 2021.
Family and Consumer Studies University of Utah
Sonia Salari, PhD, FGSA
Sonia Salari, PhD, FGSA is Professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Studies, President-Elect of the Academic Senate, University of Utah and Fellow, Gerontology Society of America; BSS Section. Dr. Salari has taught over two decades at the University of Utah and she has won the Distinguished University Teaching Award. Her research focuses on family violence, elder abuse, diverse aging, formal service use, and public policy. Her work on domestic violence fatalities has been cited by journal articles and news organizations across the U.S. and internationally. As an advocate for victims, she has been a court expert witness focusing on intimate partner violence, as well as exploitation of elder and disabled adults. She is co-founder of the University of Utah Gender-Based Violence Consortium, Project Director on the OVW Campus Prevention Grant and is Chair of Utah Domestic Violence Coalition Board of Directors. She recently published her book Family Violence Across the Life Course: Research, policy and prevention (2021 2nd ed., 456 pgs) and is currently editor of Family Violence and Abuse: An encyclopedia of trends, issues, and solutions, Government, Policy & Issues Division, Reference ABC-CLIO Publishing (forthcoming 2022).
Mike Hollingshaus, PhD
Mike Hollingshaus is a Senior Demographer at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, where he researches, writes, and presents on Utah demographics. He is an expert in population projections, birth rates, death rates, racial and ethnic demographics, and the aging population.
Dr. Hollingshaus holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Utah, with certificates in Demography and Diversity. He previously worked as a researcher at the Utah Population Database in the Huntsman Cancer Institute, identifying genetic and social factors contributing to human health and behavior. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Utah, including Social Statistics, Epidemiology, Family Health History, and Demographic Methods. He has published several pieces of applied research specific to Utah, and also in multiple peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Dr. Hollingshaus designs, programs, maintains, and operates Utah’s demographic projection modeling system. He is a member of the Federal-State Cooperative for Population Projections where he is proud to represent Utah. This group convenes researchers from the Census Bureau and state demography offices to improve research and communication of the country’s future population trends
University of Utah, BS Mathematics
After working for over 30 years in the Computer Industry Bonnie retired from Hewlett Packard and became the caregiver for her husband Ned who was diagnosed with Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD), Ned died in 2011. The experience of being a primary caregiver of a dementia patient motivated her to engage in awareness and support of all families dealing with a loved ones Dementia. Bonnie worked on the Utah State Governor’s Task Force that developed the first State plan for ADRD which resulted in the State plan approval and ultimate passage and funding. Bonnie has served on the National Board of Directors of the Association of Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD) and the Utah Alzheimer’s Association. Bonnie wishes to remove the stigma of Dementia in our state and create a dementia friendly community. Bonnie has facilitated a monthly Caregiver’s support group for Dementia since 2007 to provide hope and support.
Occupational Therapist Intermountain Medical Center
Dr. Florentina Muller-Planitz
Dr. Mueller-Planitz is an occupational therapist who has specialized in neurology and fall prevention. She has been involved with the Utah Fall Prevention Alliance since the beginning of the task force. Florentina has presented at state and national conferences on fall prevention, interdisciplinary collaboration, evidence-based practice and continuous improvement. Her clinical background includes acute care, home health and in-patient rehabilitation settings. She works for Intermountain Medical Center and was an instructor at Ameritech College of Healthcare and lectured at the University of Utah and Salt Lake City Community College.
Guardian & Conservator Services
Deborah Brown is a professional guardian employed at Guardian & Conservator Services in Salt Lake City, Utah. Deborah has been certified nationally through the Center for Guardianship Certification (CGC) as a Master Guardian. She is currently a committee member of CGC and has also served on their board. Education about ethical guardianship as well as alternatives to guardianship remain a priority as she works with community and clients to improve understanding about the need to serve vulnerable adult surrogate decision-making.
Caregiving Advocate and Writer
Marti Lythgoe is a freelance writer and a “self-taught’ expert on caregiving. She cared for her aging father for 10+ years and for her husband who had Alzheimer’s—both now deceased. For nine years she has researched and written a monthly blog for a home healthcare company. She loves to help others and herself by sharing what she has learned.
Marti graduated from the U. of U. with a BS in Education, completed the nine-week Stress-Busting Course for Family Caregivers sponsored by the Salt Lake County Aging & Adult Services Caregiver Support Program, and counsels with people in her local church congregation who need caregiving resources or just someone to talk to.
Patient and Family Advisor Department of Neurology University of Utah
Melissa Mauchley, LCSW, MSW
Melissa Mauchley, LCSW, MSW, provides dementia care to individuals and caregivers. She has personal and professional experience supporting individuals with dementia. In her profession, she meets with patients and caregivers providing education, advance planning, counseling, resources, and support in individual and family settings. She also facilitates support groups and teaches dementia education classes to family and professional caregivers in the community.
She graduated from the University of Utah with her Master of Social Work in 2018. Currently, she works in the University of Utah’s Cognitive Disorders Clinic and is a field instructor for the University of Utah’s College of Social Work. She is a member of the state’s ADRD Coordinating Council (Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias) and a member of its sub-committee, Supported and Empowered Family Caregivers.
Emmie Gardner is CEO for Holy Cross Ministries (HCM), a non-profit social service organization in Salt Lake City Utah that responds to the underserved community’s need for health and well-being. HCM’s programs include early childhood education, health outreach, counseling, and immigration services. Emmie is a mission driven leader with a demonstrated 35-year history of working in non-profit health system as well as mental health care and social service settings. Emmie is a passionate advocate for quality-of-life conversations for those with life limiting conditions at any age. As the daughter of an immigrant, she is also passionate about helping immigrant and underserviced populations and helping them to find their voice. She is a clinical social worker by training who also hold a graduate certificate in mediation and conflict resolution, both from the University of Utah. Emmie and her husband are proud parents of 2 amazing adult daughters who have launched and now live and work in the Pacific Northwest.
Candice Daniel, PhD, ABPP
Dr. Daniel was born and raised in Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah, then attended the University of Wyoming for graduate school in clinical psychology. She returned to Utah for her clinical internship at the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System and continued her specialized training as a VA Advanced Fellow in Geriatrics. She is Board Certified in Geropsychology. She has previously worked as the Assistant Director of Psychology Training and advocated for geriatric training opportunities for psychology interns and postdoctoral fellows. She is currently living in Southern Utah and continues her professional work with Veterans of Southern Utah. Dr. Daniel is also the Assistant Chief of the Psychology Service.
Dr. Daniel loves the outdoors, and can often be found cycling, hiking, paddle boarding or playing outside in the sunshine with her two children.