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NVG 2017 Speaker Bios

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Peter Rabins
Richmond Family Professor of Alzheimer's and related diseases at Johns Hopkins University; Author of "The 36-Hour Day"
Dr. Peter Rabins has focused his career on the study of psychiatric disorders in the elderly. His current research focuses on the effectiveness of current therapies for Alzheimer’s disease, the development of measures of quality of life in persons with Alzheimer’s disease, the care of patients with late-stage dementia, and autism in the elderly. Dr. Rabins was a core faculty member of the Berman Institute up until his retirement in 2016. Dr. Rabins received a B.A. in political science from the University of Florida, his medical degree from Tulane University and an M.P.H. from Tulane University School of Public Health. After a psychiatry residence at the University of Oregon, he completed a one-year fellowship in consultation/liaison and neuropsychiatry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and has been on the faculty there since 1978.


Rona E. Kramer, Esquire
Rona E. Kramer is a lifelong resident of Montgomery County, Maryland. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Baltimore School of Law. Secretary Kramer comes from a long career in commercial real estate development and management. She was President of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce in 1992-1993 and President of the Shopping Center Management Association in 1999-2000. In November 2002, she was elected to the Maryland Senate, representing Montgomery County, and served for eight years. She served on the Budget and Taxation Committee during her entire tenure, which included serving on the Capital Budget subcommittee and Pensions subcommittee. Other committees served on included the Joint Audit Committee, Executive Nominations Committee, and Spending Affordability Committee. She also chaired the Montgomery County Delegation. During her tenure she was a committed advocate for seniors. She was a lead sponsor for bills establishing the Silver Alert Program, reverse mortgage protection for seniors, and protection of seniors from financial exploitation through the use of undue influence. In January 2015, Secretary Kramer was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan to the position of Secretary of the Maryland Department of Aging. She leads the Department’s efforts in protecting the rights and quality of life of our elder residents, most importantly to provide the services necessary to allow them to age at home and in their community.


General Session Speakers

Roger Anunsen
Roger Anunsen is a brain health educator, author and program consultant based in Oregon where he teaches five college gerontology courses in Portland, including The Aging Mind, Applied Legal & Policy Issues in Aging and Cognitive Activity Design. Roger has been pioneering in the field of memory and aging since 2001 and is a founder and co-principal in MINDRAMP Consulting that provides brain health and wellness events, staff training programs and educational courses. His educational methods were developed over the past decade of hands-on experience teaching older adults and health care professionals how to apply the latest breakthroughs from neuroscience. Roger presented the MINDRAMP System© (MR//S) at the First Global Conference on Ageing at the University of Oxford and, with his MINDRAMP partner Michael C. Patterson conducted a sold-out seven-hour brain health seminar at the Smithsonian Institution. Anunsen and Patterson have co-authored books including Better Brains by Design (2016) and their textbooks Strong Brains, Sharp Minds (2015), Cognitive Activity Design (2015).


Connie Row
Constance Row is a retired hospital and health systems CEO and small national aging service association executive director who is currently leading an effort to start a Village in Friendship Heights, Maryland. She also led a grant-supported effort by Maryland Nonprofits to promote nonprofit sustainability through collaborations including shared services, affiliations, and mergers.


Don Moldover
After working 25 years with IBM as a systems engineer, software engineer and product planner, Don entered the government contracting world with the CIA, NSA and IRS. His primary experience is with banking applications, database technology and security of access. His significant design and development experience with text and data architecture including markup languages (grandparent to HTML and XML). Since retirement, Don has directed his energies to learning web site design and construction. He began volunteering with Potomac Community Village in 2011 and with WAVE in 2013, where he organized the WAVE IT committee. Don believes that WAVE can be a significant incubator for community Villages within their region, since it serves as both a focal point for information exchange and dissemination and a concentrator of excellence and knowledge of past experiences.


Martha Tecca
Martha Tecca is healthcare consultant and founding president of CommunityCare of Lyme, a Village-based organization designed to help individuals and families live healthy lives in a compassionate, engaged, and improving community. She is a healthcare measurement and management strategist, who has worked with providers, community and faith-based organizations, networks (including VtVN) and associations, vendors, researchers and policy-makers for over 25 years. An executive leader with an entrepreneurial background, her aim has always been on new ways to bring people and organizations together to share, learn, and improve, strengthening personal connections and having fun. Ms. Tecca holds an M.B.A. from Dartmouth and a B.A. in biology from Harvard.


Jessica Maurer
Jess Maurer is the executive director of the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging. She advocates for the health and economic security of older adults at the national, state and local levels on behalf of Maine’s five Area Agencies on Aging. She also assists the area agencies in strategic planning, program development and implementation. She provides leadership within Maine’s aging network, including the Maine Council on Aging, to advance public policy initiatives that support Maine’s aging population. She is the co-author of a report entitled Building a Collaborative Community Response to Aging in Place and Maine’s Blueprint for Action on Aging and annually organizes statewide and regional events that advance aging policy. She created and leads the Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging that supports “aging in place” initiatives through shared learning across Northern New England. As a volunteer, she leads one of these initiatives in her own town called Harpswell Aging at Home. A licensed Maine attorney, Jess worked for nearly 17 years in the Maine Office of the Attorney General. In her last 7 years in the office, she served as a Special Assistant Attorney General, implementing public policy and legislative initiatives for the Attorney General. She is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.


Jane Nyce
Jane Nyce was the founding executive director for Staying Put in New Canaan. She started when the Village was in development in the summer of 2007 for an internship for a masters of health advocacy at Sarah Lawrence College. Her previous work for over 20 years was in consumer insights and market research. Her education includes an bachelor's degree in psychology from Smith College and work in the doctoral program in psychology at Cornell University.


Valerie Jurik-Henry
Valerie is a professional national speaker on Aging In Place, Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS), author and business advisor/consultant. With over 30 years experience in healthcare and housing, she has a unique view when it comes to educating businesses, industries and families. She works with businesses and industries to help them engage in the multi-trillion dollar Aging In Place market. Valerie realizes how important choices are in life. A choice can only be made if people are presented with two or more options. Having a complete understanding of all community living options is key. Valerie became a speaker and consultant to help businesses and people make important decisions as educated choices rather than a gamble. With Valerie’s years of experience she navigates the waters to help you better understand aging, Aging In Place and how to engage in the market regardless of your business type.


Kate Hoepke
Kate Hoepke has been in the field of aging since 2001 and Executive Director of San Francisco Village since 2012. Under her leadership, SFV has grown exponentially: membership has tripled, volunteers have quintupled, the budget has doubled and so has the staff. In addition to her role at SFV, she co-chairs the leadership team designing and launching the California Village Coalition, advancing the Village Movement statewide. Kate has a BA in sociology and an MBA from San Francisco State University.


Jake Tunney
Jake is a Project Manager at I3 Healthcare Consulting where he oversees performance improvement and technology development and implementation for leading health systems. He is also the Baltimore Ambassador of Aging2.0, an international organization whose mission is to accelerate innovation for the 55+ community. Jake began his career in the senior living and medical office building investments with Windsor Healthcare Equities, a sister company of Erickson Senior Living. From there, he transitioned to a healthcare investment banking role with SC&H Capital where he played a leading role in forming the Carroll Hospital partnership with LifeBridge Health. Jake graduated cum laude from Loyola University Maryland with a Bachelors of Business and Finance. He is an avid reader, musician, and fly fisherman.


Larry Wolf
Larry is the Chief Transformation Officer at MatrixCare, addressing the ever-changing healthcare environment. He has over 40 years of health IT experience in a wide range of care settings. Most recently, he ran his own advisory services company. Prior to that, he was at Kindred Healthcare for many years where his final position was the CIO for Emerging Markets, supporting new care delivery and payment models. Larry is a leader with national associations to advance the use of information technologies to improve health and health care. He has been a member of the Federal Health IT Advisory Committees and workgroups, bridging sometimes divergent positions to find a shared vision and actionable areas of agreement. In addition to his work in health IT and health policy, Larry is a Buddhist and teaches meditation.


Sharon Canner
Sharon Canner leads Reston for a Lifetime (R4L), a grass roots organization that focuses on creating solutions to foster aging-in-place across the Reston community. Founded over 50 years ago, Reston is a community of over 68,000 organized by 132 neighborhoods. To foster healthy aging, Reston for a Lifetime supports Neighbors Helping Neighbors--a volunteer model that seeks to match those needing services with volunteers. Canner joined R4L in June 2014, after retiring from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) where she served as Senior Director of Public Affairs for the organization’s chief information officers. Her professional background includes extensive experience with government relations, advocacy for mental health issues, health policy and health information technology. She holds a Post-Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from George Washington University, and MA and BA from Northeastern University in Boston.


Chava Ball
Chava Ball is the Village Engagement Director at Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc. (CHAI) providing support for Northwest Neighbors Connecting (NNC) and helping develop and promote additional villages within the Supportive Community Network (SNC). SCN is a project of CHAI and The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. Her primary focus is board and membership support, volunteer development and cultivation of new and existing villages. Chava has a passion for connecting and building relationships, which create bridges between the older members of the community and both opportunities and available resources for them to live enriched lives, regardless of their ages. Chava lives in Baltimore with her son. She enjoys life-long learning and sharing what she has learned. She also loves time with family, sketching, travel and exploring museums.


Danielle Ishak
Danielle Ishak is a user experience researcher at Intuition Robotics focusing on bridging the gap between older adults and technology. She focuses her research on the unmet needs older adults have of technology and aims to provide them with easier access to the digital world through ElliQ, an active aging companion. Danielle holds a Bachelors of Arts in interactive communication and a Masters of Science in Human Factors and Ergonomics focusing on Human-Robot Interaction. While getting her Masters, she worked in an academic lab publishing articles about older adults interacting with social and service robots.


Theo LeCompte
Theo LeCompte has been Chief Operating Officer of MemoryWell since May 2017. Theo is an experienced executive known for successful building a series of high-profile, complex projects and initiatives. Until January 2017, Theo served under Secretary Penny Pritzker as Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Strategy and Operations at the U.S. Department of Commerce. While at Commerce, Theo focused on strategic planning and led key special projects like the U.S.-Africa Business Forum, a partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies that hosted 50 African heads of state and more than 200 U.S. and African CEOs. He also oversaw a number of change management efforts to improve internal processes, including preparing the Secretary for her Congressional testimony on the Department’s budget. Before joining Commerce, Theo built a consulting business advising corporate, non- profit, and government clients on media strategy and event execution. His clients included the Climate Reality Project, the Center for American Progress, and Edmunds.com. He was Chief Operating Officer of the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC, overseeing all aspects of planning at the primary convention venues and managing a $23 million budget. He also held operational roles at the 2009 and 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committees as well as the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Earlier in his career, Theo worked for the Center for American Progress and the Kerry Edwards 2004 campaign. Theo is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science, where he was also a member of Sphinx Senior Society. He was recently honored as an Alumni Fellow at Hopkins School of New Haven.


Yasmin Shah
Yasmin Shah is a seasoned executive and entrepreneur with experience in launching, transforming and growing companies. The eclectic mix of her life experiences include: electrical engineer, business executive at IBM, CIO, CEO of franchise hair salons, founder of solutions in population health, angel investor, coach to young entrepreneurs, board president of three non-profit companies, and co-founder of four companies. She is also author of Experience: Caregiver's Journey.

"A-1" Breakout Session Speakers

Devorah Servi
Devorah Servi became ChaiVillageLA's director in March, 2016. She previously served as the member engagement director at Kehillat Israel, Western regional director of the Reconstructionist Jewish Federation and director of Gemilut Hasadim (Acts of Lovingkindness) at Chizuk Amuno Congregation. Devorah also earned a California teaching credential while a Jewish Day School Fellow at Hebrew Union College. Devorah traveled to India as a 2014-2015 American Jewish World Service Global Justice Fellow to learn about grassroots efforts to end early marriage and violence against women, girls and LGBTs. She dedicates her work at ChaiVillageLA to the blessed memory of her mother.


Carolyn Ross
Carolyn Ross is the executive coordinator of Care Connections Network (CCN), a Village in Huntington Beach, California. She has served in this position since 2012 and has guided and developed CCN through the planning and implementation phases to produce a successful and thriving Village. She is a strong supporter of the Village movement and serves as a member of the California Village Coalition Leadership Team. Carolyn has a passion for harnessing the wisdom and experience of older adults to help change how we all experience the journey of aging. She has a B.A. from California State University, Long Beach and worked for many years in the insurance industry. Carolyn has served in numerous volunteer and community service positions. She lives in Huntington Beach with her husband and two sons.

"A-2" Breakout Session Speakers

Wesley Cheng
Wesley Cheng is the founder and executive director for TeleVisit.org, a nonprofit whose mission is to increase social interaction by building virtual communities using tablets to conduct regular group activities. He and his wife run the PBC Village.


Amber Carroll
After a 20-year career working with children and families, a 2012 article about the Village model sparked an interest in senior services. Since that time, Amber managed the San Francisco Aging and Disability Resource Center and the San Francisco Transitional Care Program. In 2015 Amber had the pleasure of joining Episcopal Senior Communities with the goal of expanding the reach and impact of Senior Center Without Walls to a diverse population of seniors across the country. Amber holds a M.A. in counseling psychology from the University of San Francisco.


Miriam Kelty
Miriam Kelty is a psychologist and gerontologist, co-founder of WAVE and NAN and president/co-president of both those organizations. She has been a member of Montgomery County Commission on Aging, chair of the Aging in Place in the Community and Planning Committee, and chair of the county Adult Protective Services Guardianship Review Board. She is retired from the National Institute on Aging where she was associate director for more than 20 years.


Lisbeth Nielsen
Lisbeth Nielsen is chief of the National Institute on Aging’s Individual Behavioral Processes Branch, which supports behavioral, psychological and integrative biobehavioral research on the mechanistic pathways linking social and behavioral factors to health in mid-life and older age. This branch examines aging processes across the full life course, including early life influences on later life outcomes and research on behavioral and social processes in midlife that play a causal role in shaping trajectories of aging.


"A-3" Breakout Session Speakers

Joan Davitt
Dr. Davitt is an associate professor and Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar in the School of Social Work at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Dr. Davitt has over 30 years of experience implementing, evaluating and researching community-based services and supports to promote aging in place for older adults. She collaborated on the first national study of Villages in 2012. Her research interests focus on disparities in access to and outcomes of community-based services and supports to promote aging in place.


Lisa Budlow
Lisa Budlow is the vice president of Aging in Community for CHAI: Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc. She leads CHAI’s work supporting older adults living in Northwest Baltimore, including the Village network, the Myerberg senior center, CHAI’s Senior Home Repair & Benefits program and supportive services for Weinberg Senior Living residents. Before coming to CHAI, Lisa served as the Chief Program Officer for AJFCA, a membership organization that supports local Jewish family service agencies throughout North America. Lisa received her B.A. from Emory University and her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law. She lives in Reisterstown with her husband, Paul, and their five children.

"A-4" Breakout Session Speakers

Cele Garrett
Prior to joining AHA in 2013 as executive director, Cele provided marketing/fundraising copy writing, project management, and media outreach on a freelance basis for both not-for-profit and for-profit clients. Projects include writing a chapter in the book Secrets of Successful Fund Raising, managing a series of workshops geared to science and health journalists, and writing on-air television scripts and national direct mail campaigns. She brings extensive volunteer experience for local nonprofits and causes. Cele spent 10 years at the national office of the Public Broadcasting Service, where her work included in-kind fundraising, project management, development training, and member relations.


Monica Estabrooke
Monica joined the not-for-profit community after a 30-year career with IBM. Along with her work as AHA’s co-operations manager, Monica’s areas of expertise include developing strategies to build donor relationships, organizational development, and program and human resource management. Monica serves on the President’s Council of the Heritage Institute, serves on the Board of United Way of America Retirees Association, and is a member of Partners in Philanthropic Planning and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.


Jan Pomerantz
As the principal of Catalyst Corps LLC, Jan Pomerantz advises nonprofits, foundations and government entities on enhancing their performance excellence, long-term impact and financial sustainability. She provides expert consulting assistance through strategic and operational planning (including restructuring, collaborating, fundraising and marketing counsel), retreat and meeting facilitation, board and staff development training and executive transition management.

"B-1" Breakout Session Speakers

Debra Fried Levin
Debra Fried Levin has worked for over 30 years in the nonprofit sector for a wide range of organizations. Among her positions, she served as a development director at a large university, held that same position with a small, cutting edge, educational group, and was the major gifts officer at a political think-tank. In these positions she designed and implemented development plans to build a sustainable base of support from individual and major donors. She founded MatchDotDollars, a nonprofit, to provide pro bono fundraising coaching to D.C. area small nonprofits.


Stephanie Chong
Stephanie Chong has a master's degree in social work and 20 years experience working in geriatrics. Currently, Stephanie is the executive director of Northwest Neighbors Village, a non-profit organization that helps seniors age in their homes and community through neighbor to neighbor support. Stephanie's previous experience includes work in senior living, dementia care, home care and geriatric care management. Stephanie has a passion for improving the aging experience and shares her knowledge through public speaking at local and national conferences. Stephanie is currently working with a MatchDotDollars fundraising coach to develop and implement a year-long fundraising plan.


Mary Ann Zimmerman
Mary Ann Zimmerman is retired from a contractor position with the U.S. Department of State Bureau for Conflict and Stabilization Operations as senior training advisor. Her other professional experience includes management consultant in international development, senior technical manager in Fortune 500 company, and traffic engineer in Chicago. Current community affiliations include Silver Spring Village, Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board, and American Association of University Women/Kensington-Rockville Branch. This past year, as chair of the Silver Spring Village Board’s Development Committee, she worked with a fundraising consultant on their end-of-year campaign and saw donations double from the prior year.


Kae Dakin
Kae has spent over 25 years in the leadership and management of many nonprofits and as the CEO of three organizations. Today she continues this work with her consulting practice, Kae Dakin Consulting, helping a wide variety of organizations meet their goals through building financial sustainability and sound communication strategy. Kae earned a BA from the University of Vermont, an MS in psychology from Yeshiva University and an MS in nonprofit management from the University of Maryland. She has really enjoyed being a coach to the MatchDotDollars clients.

"B-2" Breakout Session Speakers

Dick Elkin
Dr. Elkin is a founder, and former director and vice president of Nauset Neighbors, an “all-volunteer” Village with no paid staff. He was a member the VtV Network Advisory Council, and helped create the Village 101 toolkit. Dick has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2015 and has actively mentored a number of Villages. Dick joined NASA as a programmer in 1961 and was a software and systems engineer, a project and engineering manager and an engineering fellow for many years at the Raytheon Company. Among many things, he worked on software intensive systems including weather radars, air traffic control systems and command, control and communications systems.


Jane Nyce
Jane Nyce was the founding executive director for Staying Put in New Canaan. She started when the Village was in development in the summer of 2007 for an internship for a master's of health advocacy at Sarah Lawrence College. Her previous work for over 20 years was in consumer insights and market research. Her education includes a bachelor's degree in psychology from Smith College and work in the doctoral program in psychology at Cornell University.

"B-3" Breakout Session Speakers

Miriam Kelty
Miriam Kelty is a psychologist and gerontologist, co-founder of WAVE and NAN and president/co-president of both those organizations. She has been a member of Montgomery County Commission on Aging, chair of the Aging in Place in the Community and Planning Committee, and chair of the county Adult Protective Services Guardianship Review Board. She is retired from the National Institute on Aging where she was associate director for more than 20 years.


Joan Kahn
Joan Kahn is a sociologist and demographer whose work focuses on aging and life course issues including caregiving, intergenerational support and health. She has been a professor of sociology at the University of Maryland for 30 years. For the past four years, she has been actively involved in the creation and development of the Potomac Community Village where she currently serves as vice president.


Tom Brunetto
Tom Brunetto is the chairman of Olney Home For Life. He has lived in the Olney area since 1983. Tom was a partner with Ernst & Young where he focused on management and strategic issues for the energy area. Presently he is a managing partner with DEFG and focuses on customer service. Tom is a caregiver for an elderly family member where he became interested in services available to seniors. He joined the board of Olney Home for Life, Inc., in 2013, and is a volunteer driver. Tom is a graduate of the Montgomery County Senior Leadership Program, a civic engagement program for adults, 55 or over. Tom holds a Master of Economics from Boston College and a BSEE engineering degree from Northeastern University.


"B-4" Breakout Session Speakers

Diane La Voy
Diane La Voy brought expertise in community development, participatory research and public participation to co-founding a Village in Cheverly, Maryland. Her background included serving as a grants officer funding projects by grassroots-level organizations in Latin America (the region where she was born and a focus of her B.A. in political science and master's in public affairs), leading major change in two U.S. federal government agencies, and service on boards of nonprofits and leadership in her Presbyterian church. She is president of the Board of Cheverly Village, which launched in October 2016, and temporarily serves as its executive director.


Laila Riazi
Laila Riazi, a co-founder of Cheverly Village, is an expert in local government and civic engagement. She is the Village’s vice president; Town Council representative for Cheverly’s Ward 1; a member of the county school system’s Parent and Community Advisory Council; and producer of young people’s musical theatrical productions. Her background includes a B.A. in Slavic studies and philosophy; work in international conflict resolution; and leadership roles in Community Crisis Services, Inc., focusing on suicide prevention, homeless services, and crisis support. She is committed to building new forms of partnerships suitable to graying counties having both wealth and great poverty.


Tiffany Durr
Tiffany Durr, a real estate banker with a passion for financial inclusion, volunteered her services to the Cheverly Village planning effort because she saw Villages as “a new and exciting business model to create sustainable neighborhoods.” Her background includes a B.A. in political science, a master's in Latin American studies, and senior positions in global microfinance investment, and she now serves as Keybank real estate capital portfolio manger for the Southeast region. A principal contributor to Cheverly Village’s business plan, she continues to advise the Village on strategic decisions while maintaining her athletics playing football with South Baltimore Social League.

"C-1" Breakout Session Speakers

Corita Brown
Corita Brown, Ph.D., is the Learning Lab director for Encore.org’s Generation to Generation Campaign. She is responsible for the design and facilitation of a national learning network across youth-serving organizations and communities to rapidly distill and spread best practices for leveraging encore talent to support children and youth. Corita has over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining Encore.org, she worked for six years at The Intergenerational Center at Temple University, as the assistant director of a national intergenerational community-building initiative and as the Center’s national training director. In these roles, Corita built the capacity of diverse teams in the nonprofit, community development and philanthropic realms to develop multigenerational leadership, build cross-sector collaborations and design policies, practices and programs to support intergenerational engagement. Corita holds a master's in organizational psychology and adult education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in urban studies from Temple University. She currently serves as a reviewer for the International Journal of Intergenerational Relations.

"C-2" Breakout Session Speakers

Pazit Aviv
Pazit Aviv works at Montgomery County Area Agency on Aging as a Village coordinator since January 2014. She consults and facilities the growth of all active and developing Villages in the County. One of her top priorities is outreach to diverse communities. Prior to this position, Pazit worked at Montgomery County’s housing authority, where she developed innovative programs and services for independent low income older adults through partnerships and collaborations. Pazit holds a Certificate of Nonprofit Management from George Washington University, an MSW degree in aging from Salem State University and two undergraduate degrees from Hebrew University, Jerusalem: one in social work and one in East Asian studies and communication. She lives in Silver Spring and has just completed a six year tenure as a board member of the Village of Takoma Park.


Wolfgang Mergner
Wolfgang Mergner is the co-founder and president of the Village of Takoma Park. He is a professor emeritus at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine. He was trained as a fundraiser for nonprofits at the University of Maryland, College Park and trained as mediator at the Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County. Prior to working with the Village of Takoma Park, he was vice president and co-president of the Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County and head of the Senior Mediation Program of the Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County.


Marcy Frosh
Marcy Frosh is a consultant for Silver Spring Village in Silver Spring, Maryland. She consults on diversity outreach. In 2015, Frosh launched the first executive director position with Silver Spring Village. Her prior work with a number of nonprofits in the Washington Metro area focused largely on systems change to support public health initiatives. She is currently a Jewish Council for the Aging’s (Interages) Advisor. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Montgomery County Media. Marcy is a native of Allentown, Pennsylvania. She received her B.A. in political science at the University of Maryland and earned J.D. at the Georgetown University Law Center.

"C-3" Breakout Session Speakers

John Baird
John has had extensive operational management and service development experience within health and disability services over the past 25 years. This has included work in developing primary, secondary and integrated care services with a specific interest in services for older people. He currently undertakes a range of work across services for older people, primary care, mental health and specialist services mainly focused on supporting service development. He also works with the Auckland University Applied Ageing Research Group, School of Medicine.


Paulina Baird
Paulina specializes in managing large-scale service improvement and change management programs. She works across a continuum of services including community support, residential care, primary health care and hospital based services she has utilized her strong relationships with clinicians managing nursing teams to work with multiple Ministries to deliver an integrated model of care. Paulina’s background is in operations, program and change management, benefits realization, evaluation and engagement. Her latest work involves working with a team to set up a New Zealand’s first integrated National Telehealth Service along with delivering teletriage services to just over 2.2 million patients.


Claudia John 
Claudia is of Ngapuhi Nui Tonu from Mangamuka, Northland, New Zealand. She has been extensively involved in her local marae and development and growth of her hapu, Kohatu Taka and many other areas within Northland. She has a deep understanding of community development within deprived communities and in her international work has engaged with many other cultures. She has undertaken significant work with aboriginal communities in Australia, particularly in Darwin and Sydney. She has had interesting experiences in Japan and Italy and has explored many other cultures. Claudia also has a diverse and interesting background ranging across creative work, service and hospitality industries and financial services.

"C-4" Breakout Session Speakers

Emily Miller
Emily Miller, LGSW, is the Director of Training and Client Care at the Center for Independent Living/ACES. Emily serves on the board of the National Village to Village Network, and has developed programs that have been replicated as promising practices in Villages and influenced the National No-Wrong-Door movement through the Administration for Community Living. Emily has worked with multiple agencies to evaluate and implement inclusive experiences for both staff and the individuals they serve. Emily holds a master's degree in social work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore and a bachelor's degree in human services with a minor in music from Millikin University.

"D-1" Breakout Session Speakers

Peggy Keller
Peggy Keller, MPH, CPM, has over 25 years of experience working in the public health and healthcare sectors. Currently CEO for HealthBest Services, Inc., a consulting firm providing emergency preparedness and community resilience planning, training and support to public and private entities. Previously served as director for emergency preparedness and community resilience, a senior manager in the Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Administration in the District of Columbia Department of Health. Oversaw health and medical planning for high-profile special events, such as the Presidential Inauguration, Nuclear Summit and other National Special Security Events. Oversaw Medical Counter Measures, Strategic National Stockpile, Medical Reserve Corps and Vulnerable Populations Community and Health Care Coalition. Keller has a background in budget, grants management and environmental public health and previously managed food safety and security, animal disease prevention, pharmacy and vector control programs in the District of Columbia. Served as director, Environmental Public Health and State Vet.


Molly Singer
Molly Singer has over 25 years of experience building effective strategies, programs, teams to achieve ambitious goals and was praised for effective operational systems, fiduciary management, marketing, communications. Currently executive director of Capitol Hill Village, a model and leader among the Village movement that serves 800 seniors with a budget of $800,000. In one year, Capitol Hill Village increased membership by 30 percent. Singer worked as small business owner of Dexterity Management, a consulting firm that partnered with organizations to increase productivity and effectiveness. Singer worked extensively in disaster management, transition scenarios to identify resources, establish work systems, create replicable processes when organizations are in upheaval.

"D-2" Breakout Session Speakers

Erika Rief
Erika Rief is a graduate student pursuing a dual M.B.A./M.A. degree at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and the Maryland Institute College of Art. As part of her coursework, she has been working with Northwest Neighbors Connecting to think about ways to better engage its members. Her professional experience has focused primarily in the healthcare strategy space at athenahealth and Deloitte Consulting.


Esther Weiner
Esther is the president of NNC's Board, a position she has held since NNC was formed. She retired from a career as a Senior Deputy Attorney General for New Jersey where she concentrated in civil trial law. During that phase of her life, she also served in leadership positions with several volunteer service organizations. The opportunity to use skills from her professional and volunteer background led to her interest in helping NNC become a vibrant community organization to benefit our local, aging population. Esther also serves on the board of CHAI: Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc. and the Myerberg Center.


Lisa Budlow
Lisa Budlow is the vice president of Aging in Community for CHAI: Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc. She leads CHAI’s work supporting older adults living in Northwest Baltimore, including the Village network, the Myerberg senior center, CHAI’s Senior Home Repair & Benefits program and supportive services for Weinberg Senior Living residents. Before coming to CHAI, Lisa served as the chief program officer for AJFCA, a membership organization that supports local Jewish family service agencies throughout North America. Lisa received her B.A. from Emory University and her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law. She lives in Reisterstown with her husband, Paul, and their five children.

"D-3" Breakout Session Speakers

Lynn Golub-Rofrano
Lynn Golub-Rofrano is the founding executive director of Georgetown Village which launched in 2011. Since launching Georgetown Village, Lynn has guided the Village’s expansion to almost 200 members while increasing the level of services to meet the needs of the aging and frailer members. Lynn has also partnered with Iona Senior Services to create a "Friendly Companion in a Medical Setting" training for volunteers and implemented the medical note-taking training for Georgetown Village. Lynn has a master's degree in social work from Adelphi University and an education specialist (master's +30) in education and administration supervision from George Washington University.


Deborah Rubinstein
Deborah Rubenstein is director of consultation, care management and counseling services at Iona Senior Services, a nonprofit senior service agency in Washington, D.C. For over 40 years, Iona has engaged in advocacy, education, and direct services to help people in the D.C. area live well and age well. These services include care management and counseling for older adults and family caregivers. Iona supports the work of Villages through consultation and training for Village leadership and members. Ms. Rubenstein has over 20 years of experience as a geriatric care manager and psychotherapist. She holds a J.D. from Georgetown University and an M.S.W. from The Catholic University of America, where she is currently a doctoral candidate in social work.


Stephanie Chong
Stephanie Chong has a master's degree in social work and 20 years experience working in geriatrics. Currently, Stephanie is the executive director of Northwest Neighbors Village, a nonprofit organization that helps seniors age in their homes and community through neighbor to neighbor support. Stephanie's previous experience includes work in senior living, dementia care, home care and geriatric care management. Stephanie has a passion for improving the aging experience and shares her knowledge through public speaking at local and national conferences. Stephanie is currently working with a MatchDotDollars fundraising coach to develop and implement a year-long fundraising plan.


Eva Lucero
Eva Lucero is Dupont Circle Village's executive director and is responsible for the management of the organization on a day-to-day basis. She plays a major role in implementing member services, fund raising, advocacy, publicity, and marketing. Previously, she was the executive director of Arts for the Aging for nine years as well as other executive positions in fundraising, program development and volunteer management.


Andrea Saccoccia
Andrea Saccoccia has over a decade of experience working with vulnerable seniors in volunteer-based organizations. She has extensive experience in advocating for senior issues with local governments and improving the quality of life for seniors wishing to remain in their own homes. Andrea is the executive director of Palisades Village in Washington, D.C. Previously, Andrea worked for a home repair and home modification program and helped hundreds of residents remain safely and independently in their own homes.

"D-4" Breakout Session Speakers

Andy Gaines
Andy Gaines has served as founding executive director of Ashby Village (Berkeley, California) since 2010. His interest in working in the field of aging was prompted by his longstanding commitment to making mortality an integral, meaningful part of our lives. He has served as a hospice volunteer and cherished the many bittersweet times of being with family, friends, patients and their families in times of transition.

"T-1" Breakout Session Speakers

Marie Grunwell
Marie Iacono Grunwell has been a board member since 2017 and an office volunteer since 2014 at the Village In Howard, located in Columbia MD. Marie was raised in Delaware County, PA. She holds an AA degree as a medical secretary. Being a military wife and mother, and after having moved 11 times in 23 years, Marie finally put down roots with her family in MD. She continued her education by participating in Howard County Community College’s Computer-Aided-Design program. Marie became the first female project designer at Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE). From there, she went on to create and develop a system for BGE to automatically verify contractor invoices, and became an integral part of developing BGE’s work management system, as well as its’ related instruction manual and training presentations. Marie retired as a Finance Supervisor after a 23-year career at BGE.


Andy Amstutz
Andy is Membership Chair and serves on the Board of Lamorinda Village in Lafayette, California. He is now the national coordinator of the Helpful Village Users Group, which supports the continuing development of this new software platform for villages. Andy holds a B.A. degree in Physics from UCLA, and has done graduate level work in Biophysics and Business Administration. His professional experience includes IBM management, founder of a software startup company, executine positions at Businessland and Computerland, and SCC Consulting Group partner. He has extensive experience as a community service volunteer in the city of Orinda, a small suburb of San Francisco.


Manuel Acevedo
Manuel Acevedo is the founder of HelpfulVillage.com, the Easy-to-Use database for Villages that offers high-quality online services to members and volunteers. He obtained his Master of Science (MSc) in Communication Systems (Computer Science) from EPFL Lausanne (Switzerland) and completed his Master thesis at the NEC Research Lab in Princeton NJ. Manuel has led high-security IT projects including the Geneva e-voting system (where security aimed to protect the vote from hackers seeking to alter the result of a vote) and he has led several award-winning Start-ups. Including the selection of Helpful Village among the 21 most promising Start-ups of the University of California System and joining the University of California Startup Accelerator Launch '16


Dan Ehrmann
Dan Ehrmann has attended all 9 Village conferences and has been involved in the village movement since the earliest days of the VtVNetwork. Dan has more than 30 years of experience developing custom software solutions designed to fit client needs. ClubExpress is his fourth startup venture; of the previous three, one was successful and two were not (and he learned as much from the latter as from the former!) Dan previously served as Managing Partner of the Chicago office of an international technology consulting firm. During his career, Dan has spoken at more than 30 software conferences in 10 countries. He is the author of two books and over 100 articles on database programming topics. Dan was formerly an Adjunct Professor at DePaul University in Chicago, teaching graduate classes. He is also a past-president of the Chicago Computer Society and a Chicago car club. Dan is married with three children.


Dick Elkin
Dr. Elkin is a founder, and former director and vice president of Nauset Neighbors, an “all-volunteer” Village with no paid staff. He was a member the VtV Network Advisory Council, and helped create the Village 101 toolkit. Dick has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2015 and has actively mentored a number of Villages. Dick joined NASA as a programmer in 1961 and was a software and systems engineer, a project and engineering manager and an engineering fellow for many years at the Raytheon Company. Among many things, he worked on software intensive systems including weather radars, air traffic control systems and command, control and communications systems.

"T-2" Breakout Session Speakers

Yasmin Shah
Yasmin Shah is a seasoned executive and entrepreneur with experience in launching, transforming and growing companies. The eclectic mix of her life experiences include: electrical engineer, business executive at IBM, CIO, CEO of franchise hair salons, founder of solutions in population health, angel investor, coach to young entrepreneurs, board president of three non-profit companies, and co-founder of four companies. She is also author of Experience: Caregiver's Journey.


Debi Howard
As founder and owner of DH Marketing Group, Howard has been helping create and launch successful advertising campaigns that tell a good story and stand out in a crowded field, for more than 20 years. Her own story is a standout, as well. A designer by trade, Howard formed Escapade Advertising with a partner in 1995, and ran it successfully for a decade and a half, serving as creative director with a full-time staff handing all of the marketing and advertising needs for a number of real estate developers and building companies including Active Adult 55 + communities, for which the company won numerous regional marketing awards. In 2009 she transformed the company from a full-scale agency and became an Independent Brand Manager and Consultant, along with top-notch strategic partners selected for each client. Part of DH Marketing Group’s recent transformation includes serving the senior living, assisted living, and Aging 2.0 markets. “This is just an industry that I really, really enjoy,” she says. “Working with and being around older people and telling their stories, it’s a pure joy.”

"T-3" Breakout Session Speakers

Pam Holland
Pam Holland is the founder of TechMoxie, which provides technology education and support especially for the 'tech-challenged'. Pam is a 'recovering' attorney having practiced law for more than 25 years in the Washington D.C. area. Pam is a regular volunteer with the Silver Spring Village.

"T-4" Breakout Session Speakers

Travis Mowers
Travis Mowers has worked in communications positions for more than a decade. Most recently he worked as the communications coordinator for the Center for Plant Conservation at the Missouri Botanical Garden, helping to prevent the extinction of rare and imperiled native plants. Travis maintained the website and social media presence of the Center and produced many print and digital pieces for both internal and external audiences. Prior to working at the Garden, Travis worked for an electric cooperative in rural Missouri and produced content for Rural Missouri Magazine. Travis is a US Air Force Veteran of the first Gulf War and did a tour in Saudi Arabia as an aviation fuels specialist. He has a BA in interactive media from Webster University.

Breakfast & Lunch Presentations

Jacqueline Mondros
Dr. Jacqueline B. Mondros, D.S.W., serves as Dean of the School of Social Welfare and assistant vice president of Social Determinants of Health at Stony Brook University SUNY. Her current focus is to establish the School and University as a nationally recognized center on social determinants of health and success. She also serves as president of the National Deans and Directors of Social Work. Before entering academia, Dr. Mondros had a successful career in social work practice. Dr. Mondros’ research interests are in the study of urban neighborhoods and she has written extensively on community social services, community development and community organization. Her co-authored text, Organizing for Power and Empowerment, has been widely used in schools of social work.


Marty Bell
Marty Bell serves as executive director of the National Aging in Place Council. This is Bell’s professional Act III after careers in books and journalism and the Broadway theatre. He is the author of two novels, four non-fiction books and his journalism has appeared in such publications as Playboy and New York magazine. He wrote and produced the award-winning documentary film, The Boys of Summer, and produced 15 Broadway shows that won 27 Tony Awards, including Ragtime, Fosse and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Bell is also the editor of Tax Credit Advisor and Reverse Mortgage magazines.


Joie Acosta, PhD
Joie Acosta, PhD is a Senior Behavioral Scientist and community and cultural psychologist at the RAND Corporation. She specializes in community-based research and evaluation of issues related to the behavioral health consequences of disaster, community resilience, and long-term recovery. She has worked with the Red Cross and local service providers to develop recommendations for involving NGOs in disaster response and recovery and has recently co-authored reports on the role of NGOs in long-term human recovery, lessons learned regarding disaster case management, and community resilience. She has contributed expertise to the development of the National Health Security Strategy and a community resilience training module for public health departments and non-governmental organizations to identify action steps to building resilience within their organization. She has led a cross-national comparison of how social organizations in the United States and China support disaster resilience, an examination of how community-based partnerships contributed to Hurricane Sandy recovery and is currently leading a study on ways to improve public health systems’ ability to increase resilience and emergency preparedness among older adults.