J. Wesson Ashford, M.D., Ph.D.
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Stanford University

From 2003 to the present, J. Wesson Ashford, M.D., Ph.D., has been a Senior Research Scientist at the Stanford / VA Aging Clinical Research Center and is now the Director of the War Related Illness and Injury Study Center the VA Palo Alto Health Care System and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (affiliated).  He is Chair of the Memory Screening Advisory Board of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and Clinical Editor of the Journal of Alzheimer’s disease.  He is currently developing early detection and measurement methods for Alzheimer’s disease.
Dr. Ashford’s dissertation was a finalist for the Lindsley Prize, for the best in Behavioral Neuroscience, in 1984.  He also made the first proposal and physiologic demonstration of massive parallel information processing in the cerebral cortex (Ashford et al., 1985); which has critical implications for understanding memory, particularly that aspect of memory affected by Alzheimer’s disease (Ashford, Coburn, and Fuster, 1998).  His work in Alzheimer’s disease and neurophysiology led to the water-shed observation that neuro-plastic memory mechanisms of the brain are specifically affected by Alzheimer pathology (Ashford & Jarvik, 1985, Teter & Ashford, 2002).
Dr. Ashford graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1970.  At UCLA (1970 – 1985) he attained an M.D. (1974) and Ph.D. (1984). He trained in psychiatry (1975 - 1979) and was a founding member of the Neurobehavior Clinic and the first Chief Resident and Associate Director (1979 - 1980) on the Geriatric Psychiatry In-Patient Unit.  He conducted the first double-blind study of an anti-cholinesterase drug (physostigmine) to treat Alzheimer patients (Ashford et al., 1981), a therapy which is now standard treatment for Alzheimer patients.  
Kelly Carney, Ph.D., ABPP, CMC
Executive Director - Center for Excellence in Dementia Care
Phoebe Ministries
Dr. Kelly Carney is the Executive Director of the Center for Excellence in Dementia Care for Phoebe Ministries, a premier provider of services to older adults in northeastern Pennsylvania. She is a licensed psychologist with Board certification in Geropsychology and maintains national certification as a geriatric care manager.

In her role at Phoebe Ministries, Dr. Carney provides leadership for the development and provision of innovative care models to benefit individuals with dementia and their caregivers. In recognition of her leadership in Geropsychology, Dr. Carney has served as an appointee to the American Psychology Association Committee on Aging and the Pennsylvania Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Plan Committee.
Dayne DuVall, LMT, CAEd
Senior Director
Second Wind Dreams
In his short time in long-term care, Dayne DuVall has made a mark on the industry. He has received a couple of national awards, attends all the important national and regional conferences, and is in high demand for speaking engagements. DuVall’s outgoing personality (and fashion sense) makes it easy for him to meet important leaders and form relationships that would take others years to develop.
For the past three years, Dayne has served as chief operating officer of National Certification Board for Alzheimer Care (NCBAC). He has developed dementia care training programs that are being used nationwide in workforce development. He presents lectures and workshops on various topics, including business development, communication, dementia care, social media, and is also involved in government relations and public policy on state and federal levels.
Dayne’s mission is to ensure that people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their families receive the best possible care. He says that the most important way to accomplish this goal is through training and education of direct care staff. Not only does this improve care, but it also provides staff with better skills for advancement. He specializes not only in Alzheimer’s training, but he also has experienced the disease first-hand as a caregiver for his father who died five years ago after a 13-year journey.
Linda Elizaitis, R.N., RAC-CT, B.S.
CMS Compliance Group
Linda Elizaitis, R.N., RAC-CT, B.S., is President of CMS Compliance Group, the regulatory compliance consulting firm that she founded to work owners and operators of post-acute, long term care, assisted living, home health, adult day and other providers. Linda oversees survey-related compliance issues for clients, including systems correction/enhancement related to immediate jeopardy citations, Directed plans of correction, Directed InService, Informal Dispute resolution (IDR) preparation and Independent Informal Dispute resolution (IIDR) preparation. She assists with plan of correction development and implementation, conducts regulatory compliance reviews, and works with clients to develop new programs or enhance existing ones.
Linda’s extensive hands-on experience includes the opening and relocation of post-acute facilities, medical record reviews for litigation, adult day program compliance, risk management program development, pressure ulcer prevention, and compliance reviews for assisted living, adult day care and home health care programs. Linda speaks regularly on key compliance issues including survey preparation, including for Long Term Living and McKnight’s “Super Tuesdays.” She is a repeat educator for New York State Health Facilities Association Foundation for Quality Care Nurse and has spoken for key industry organizations including LeadingAge, the Pennsylvania Healthcare Association (PHCA), Healthcare Association of New Jersey (HCANJ), and the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants. Linda has been published in Provider, HCPro PPS Alert, ADVANCE for Long Term Care Management, About.com Assisted Living and Wayfair.
Prior to forming CMS Compliance Group, Linda was Vice President of Associated Geriatric Information Network, Inc. (AGIN, Inc.). Linda’s nursing background includes serving as a long-term care Director of Nursing, and prior to that as a surgical ICU Head Nurse. Linda is a Distinguished Graduate of St. Joseph’s College, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Health Administration, and is a graduate of the Sewickley Valley Hospital of Nursing.
Luke Fannon
Premier Coaching & Training
Luke Fannon founded Premier Coaching and Training in April 2005, and currently serves as CEO. Luke’s sales and marketing experience in the health/senior care industry is extensive and includes acute, sub-acute and outpatient rehabilitation, adult day health care, independent and assisted living, home healthcare, hospice and durable medical equipment. 
For nearly 25 years Luke has provided sales and marketing leadership to both employers and clients developing sales and marketing teams, identifying successful marketing strategies and tactics and creating sustainable revenue growth. Since 2005 Luke and PCT have assisted numerous clients and trained nearly 5,000 healthcare professionals.
Joshua J. Freitas, M.Ed, CADDCT, CAEd
Corporate Director of Memory Care and Resident Engagement
LCB Senior Living, LLC
Joshua J. Freitas is an award-winning memory care program developer, researcher, and author. His care and training philosophies have been featured in prominent publications, including Long-Term Living MagazineHealthcare Provider Magazine, Science Today Magazine, local news channels, and much more. Freitas serves as the Corporate Director of Memory Care and Resident Engagement for LCB Senior Living, LLC, where he oversees memory care philosophy and initiatives throughout the company.
He holds five certifications related to dementia care and has studied at some of the world’s most renowned institutions, including Lesley University, Harvard University, and Berklee College of Music.
With his new book, The Dementia Concept, Freitas hopes to change the way society views individuals who are living with Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia. A dementia diagnosis should not be viewed as the end of life. “To break the stigmas that impede progress and quality care,” Freitas says, “we must all advocate for those with memory impairment, and support their families and friends.”
Susan D. Gilster, Ph.D., RN
Owner and Founder
The Gilster Group LLC
Susan Gilster, Ph.D., RN, has been a leading voice in compassionate and person-centered care within the long-term care field more than 25 years.  Dr. Gilster's focus and passion has specifically been in the field of dementia care-- having founded and operated the Alois Alzheimer Center, the first dementia-specific care center in the United States from 1987 through mid-2012.  
Dr. Gilster has presented more than 150 national and international talks on Alzheimer’s care and treatment, organizational change, leadership, and employee satisfaction and retention.  She served as co-facilitator of the Leadership and Culture training for the Practice Change Fellowship program under the direction of Dr. Eric Coleman.  Dr. Gilster has published more than 50 professional articles and written two books, “A Way of Life: Developing an Exemplary Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Program” and “SERVICE First: Changing Culture, Changing Care.”
Dr. Gilster has served as a preceptor and volunteer professor for the University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, and other colleges and universities in the Cincinnati region.  She has designed and conducted clinical research projects and participated in symptom management drug studies, including experimental pharmaceuticals for dementia.  Her other research topics have included: examining organizational strategies to reduce hospitalizations, decrease adverse events in dementia, and increase satisfaction among patients, family and staff.
Lynn Biot-Gordon
Chief Operating Officer
National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP)
Lynn Biot-Gordon is currently the Chief Operations Officer with the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP), and is a longtime dementia care expert.  As a licensed clinical social worker with a Bachelors degree in psychology and a master of social work degree from Boston University, Lynn Biot-Gordon's social work experience spans 20 years and includes mental health, hospice, long term care, and school social work. 
Gordon has served in the areas of administration, direct practice, health education, and clinical supervision. She founded Gordon Social Work Consultants in 1997 to provide consultation services for long term care facilities which includes training and in-services on a variety of topics for residents, families, and health care staff.
Vice President - Curriculum Development
American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination
Judi Kulus, Vice President of Curriculum Development at the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC). Judi is a lifelong learner who has become an expert in long-term care resident services, the Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) and Minimum Data Set (MDS) process, Medicare integrity, and regulatory compliance. During her nearly 29 years in the long-term care field she has worked extensively in a variety of administrative and reimbursement roles, managing multiple-facility operations, MDS, Medicare consulting, and nursing department system improvement consulting.  
Committed to supporting other long-term care nurse leaders, Judi joined AANAC in 2012 to oversee the development and integrity of the content and curriculum for the Resident Assessment Coordinator Certification (RAC-CT), Medicare University, and other educational programs. She also serves as the executive editor of AANAC’s LTC Leader newsletter, a resource for MDS, Medicare, and quality resident care information and regulatory updates for long-term care nurses.
Judi holds a master’s degree in nursing with a specialty in informatics and a master’s degree in education. She is a regular contributor to Provider and Long-Term Living magazines as well as a renowned speaker in the field. 
Leah Klusch, RN, BSN, FACHCA
Executive Director
The Alliance Training Center
Leah Klusch's education and consulting to healthcare professionals is defined by her dynamic style, sense of humor, no-nonsense advice and innovative ideas. Her ability to focus on learning rather than teaching makes her a welcomed and applauded industry speaker, educator, and nurse leader. 

She's the founder and director of The Alliance Training Center, an educational foundation focused geriatric care issues in Alliance, Ohio and the author of numerous published articles in industry journals, periodicals, trade publications, books, video trainings, and lectures nationally on current industry topics. Leah is passionate about her work and her energy is contagious when helping clients and industry members manage:Care Delivery, Wellness & Restorative Care Giving, Regulatory Compliance, Leadership, Re-engineering & Facility Planning, Nursing Home Management, Payment & Reimbursement, Assessment, and Assessment Documentation
As a healthcare industry consultant with a penchant for bridging clinical, financial and compliance needs in an easy-to-understand, fun way, Leah’s insights are captured and read throughout the industry, online as well as offline.
Aysha Kuhlor, RN, BA, CDONA/LTC,
Founder/CEO: National Council of Post Acute Care Practitioners 
Vice-President, NADONA/LTC
Aysha Kuhlor, RN, BA, CDONA/LTC, PAC-CRN is the CEO/Founder of the National Council of Post Acute Care Practitioners. Ms. Kuhlor has worked in long-term care for over 15 years, serving in various leadership roles. As a nurse leader, she he has participated on several leadership committees and Advisory Boards at the State and National Level.  Ms. Kuhlor received the Quality Award for Excellence from Catholic Health East for her work as the Director of Clinical Services at one of her communities served and was also the recipient of the NADONA/LTC Regional Nurse Administrator of the year award at the 2009 National Conference.
Ms. Kuhlor currently serves as the Vice President of The National Association Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care (NADONA/LTC) and has presented on various clinical topics Nationally. Ms. Kuhlor is a certified Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care trainer. She was recently nominated for Distinguished Service Award with the Connecticut Chapter of Leading Age.
She is an active member of the American Nurses Association (ANA), American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators (AANAC), The National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioner and NADONA/LTC.
Cynthia Morton
Executive Director
National Association of Long Term Care Support (NASL)
Cynthia K. Morton, MPA, serves as the Executive Vice President of NASL and leads a national trade association representing providers and suppliers of ancillary services and products to the long-term and post-acute care sector.  NASL member companies provide speech-language pathology, physical, occupational and respiratory therapy; portable x-ray/EKG and ultrasound; pharmacy, long term and post-acute care software systems and other ancillary services.   NASL members also provide products such as complex medical equipment and clinical lab services for post-acute care settings nationally.
Prior to joining NASL, Cynthia served as the Vice President for Political Affairs for the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). In more than a decade with AHCA/NCAL, she represented the long term care profession before Congress, the Washington health care community, and the media. She also was responsible for lobbying, political strategy and building relationships with Members of Congress.  She developed policy and positions primarily on Medicaid and related long term care issues such as provider tax, Intergovernmental Transfers, dual eligibles, ICF/MR and developmental disability issues, Medicaid block grants, waivers and reform.
Previously, Ms. Morton served as the special assistant to the director of the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (the Virginia Medicaid agency), where she covered issues such as Medicaid managed care, long-term care, the children’s health insurance program, provider reimbursement rate setting and strategic planning activities. Cynthia has also served as an appointee in the Offices of Governors Douglas Wilder and Gerald Baliles of Virginia. Earlier she worked in the health care and government relations practice area of the law firm Mezzullo and McCandlish, representing the nursing home sector before the state legislature.
In 2005 and 2006, Roll Call magazine named Cynthia Morton as one of the leading long term care lobbyists.
Cynthia graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Science in political science and holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. 
Christopher Müller
Executive Director
Eliza Jennings SAIDO Learning Institute
Christopher Müller joined Eliza Jennings in January 2015 and is responsible for all operations of the SAIDO Learning Institute, including oversight of sales and training. Müller has more than 10 years of international operations and marketing experience in Japan, with expertise in communications and staff development. Prior to joining Eliza Jennings, Müller was with Kumon Institute of Education (Kumon) of Osaka, Japan, from 2003 – 2015. During his tenure with Kumon, his roles included marketing and brand communications, strategic planning, staff training and development, and communications liaison/facilitator.
Muller served as communications liaison and interpreter throughout Eliza Jennings’ collaboration with Kumon for the first U.S. SAIDO Learning research trial in Cleveland in 2011, and the subsequent implementation of SAIDO Learning throughout Eliza Jennings’ communities and in aging services organizations across the United States.
Müller holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Japanese from Griffith University; he earned the highest level of certification in Japanese proficiency. Müller also holds a Pacific Language School English Instructor Certificate.
Amy Powell
Director of Continuum Services
Westiminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay

Amy Powell is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in Virginia and North Carolina, and also a Licensed Nursing Home Preceptor and an Assisted Living Preceptor.  Her experience of 12 years has been in management of various types of Skilled Nursing, Assisted Living and Memory Support communities, with 6 years of Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) experience of a full continuum of care.  Amy is also trained in the Minimum Data Set 3.0 (MDS), ICD-10 codes as well as in the EssentiALZ training for Dementia by the Alzheimer’s Association.  This year she served as the Educational Committee chair for the LeadingAge Virginia’s Annual Conference and Trade Show for the state of Virginia.

Powell has a Master’s Degree in Human Development and a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, also known as Virginia Tech. She is a 2015 Fellow Alumni of the LeadingAge Leadership Academy, an original member of the Geriatric Mental Health Partnership and an adjunct professor of Long Term Care for South University.

Michael Rossato-Bennett
Executive Director
Writer, Director and Producer - ALIVE INSIDE
2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award Winner - U.S Documentary
Michael Rossato-Bennett is the Writer, Director and Producer of ALIVE INSIDE – winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for U.S. Documentary – and through film he strives to incite conversations that interrogate issues related to cultural consciousness.
In addition to ALIVE INSIDE, his first feature length offering, Rossato-Bennett has several documentaries in various stages of development, through his production company, Projector Media. Each of those projects is inspired by Michael’s dedication to the collective well being of society and progressive human change towards the greater, if not greatest, good.
Sheryl L. Sereda
Vice President of Advancement & Chief Development Officer
Eliza Jennings
With more than 20 years of experience, Ms. Sereda leads the Eliza Jennings Advancement team comprising the organization’s development, public relations, and marketing functions.  She develops and oversees the implementation of the Eliza Jennings’ marketing and public relations plan, oversees overall organization positioning, and builds brand awareness. Ms. Sereda also directs all development efforts including foundation relations, major gifts, the annual fund and special events programming.
Prior to joining Eliza Jennings 2011, Ms. Sereda served as chief development officer for YWCA Greater Cleveland where she was responsible for that organization’s marketing and development functions. Ms. Sereda began her career as associate producer for a weekly documentary program, MONTAGE, broadcast on NBC’s affiliate station in Cleveland and other major cities. She also served as director for advancement for Hawken School and as executive director for the Cleveland Cultural Coalition, an association serving arts and cultural institutions in Northeast Ohio.  
Ms. Sereda holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Nebraska. 
Pamela Tabar
Long-Term Living Magazine
Pamela Tabar is editor-in-chief of Long-Term Living, and has worked as a writer, editor, and contributor for a variety of publications across the healthcare business media landscape since 1998, including for Long-Term Living's sister publication Healthcare Informatics.
Tabar has a master’s degree in journalism from Kent State University, and a master's degree in English from the University of York, England.
National Association of Activity Professionals
Alisa Tagg has been a certified Activity Consultant since 2006 and an Activity Director working primarily in skilled nursing facilities since 1995.  She currently serves as the president of the National Association of Activity Professionals (NAAP), and as president of the Southern Nevada Activity Professionals Association. She also works as an independent consultant in various facilities throughout southern Nevada.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, a provider’s Certificate of Completion specializing in Aging with the Nevada Geriatric Education Center and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner with the National Certification Council for Dementia Practitioners.
Alisa speaks on local, state and national levels on various topics relating to health care and the activity profession. She has always enjoyed working with elderly populations for the majority of her life and has a great love for the elderly. Personally, Alisa enjoys running, biking, Crossfit® training, and spending time with her family. 
Kim Warchol 
Dementia Care Specialists, a CPI specialized offering
Kim Warchol is an Occupational Therapist specializing in dementia management and she is founder and President of Dementia Care Specialists, a CPI specialized offering. Kim has educated thousands of therapists and other healthcare professionals on an abilities-focused, person-centered approach to dementia evaluation, treatment, and programming.  
Acting as a consultant, Kim has set-up many long-term care memory care environments and programs using this innovative, stage-specific model. Kim has published numerous articles and she lectures nationally on various topics related to quality dementia care and design. Kim is passionate about creating a Dementia Capable Society.