Amy Goyer, AARP's Family & Caregiving Expert
Amy Goyer is AARP’s national Family and Caregiving Expert and author of Juggling Life, Work and Caregiving. A passionate champion for caregivers, she has been one her entire adult life, caring for her grandparents, parents, and sister. Amy has more than 35 years of experience working in the field of aging, and she shares her personal caregiving journey as well as practical, actionable tips for caregivers in her columns and videos. She is a sought-after speaker and moderates AARP’s Facebook Family Caregivers Discussion Group. A widely quoted media authority, Amy has been a frequent guest on NBC’s TODAY.
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Chuang-Kuo Wu, MD, PhD
Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center at Rhode Island Hospital
Chuang-Kuo Wu, MD, PhD is director of the Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center at Rhode Island Hospital. He is a professor of neurology in the teaching scholar track at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Wu received his Doctor of Medicine degree from China Medical University in Taichung, Taiwan, and his doctor of philosophy degree in behavioral neuroscience at Boston University School of Medicine. He completed a fellowship in dementia/behavioral neurology at the San Diego VA Medical Center/University of California San Diego. He is board-certified in neurology and vascular neurology, and in the subspecialty of behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry. Dr. Wu’s research interests center on medications and other therapies to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body dementia, and frontotemporal dementia. The recipient of several awards and distinctions, Dr. Wu is a reviewer for the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. He is a fellow of the American Neurological Association and a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the Society for Neuroscience, and the Taiwan Neurological Society.
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Patty O'Brian, BS, CPD
Dementia Specialist at Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging
Patty has been working with seniors since 1990. As a Recreation Therapist she worked in several different areas; a Skilled Nursing home, a head injury hospital and assisted living facility. It was in the assisted living environment, caring for persons with dementia, that she found her passion for helping individuals with this disease. After leaving long term care, Patty was the North Central Regional Director for the Alzheimer’s Association, Connecticut Chapter. In this role, Patty educated professionals and family caregivers on the basics of dementia, good communication tips and how to handle difficult behaviors. In 2015, Patty joined the Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging as a dementia specialist. In this role, she helps families and caregivers through coaching and education, answering questions, assisting with future planning, as well as providing overall support.
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Kate Hawley, BA
Shri Senior and Hospital Project Leader and Outreach Instructor
Kate has been with Shri since the studio opened in 2010! Kate received her yoga teacher certification in 2004 from Tom Gillette at Eyes of the World in Providence, RI. She is also a certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Teacher and a Phoenix Rising Yoga therapist in training. Kate also completed the Little Flower Yoga Children's training Levels 1-3 at Shri. Kate was introduced to yoga while in college, and is deeply grateful to all the yoga teachers from different disciplines who have guided her practice and inspired her to share this transforming practice with others. Vinyasa literally means "to place in a special way," and so her classes are created to flow on the breath and to bring attention to alignment, which can strengthen the body, improve flexibility, release unconsciously held tension and open lines of energy. In 2019, Kate received the Shri Jim Gillen Honorary Award for all her work at Shri and in the community at large!
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Stephanie Culhane, BA
Director of Behavioral Health Unit at Charlesgate Nursing Center
Stephanie holds a BA in psychology and her focus is older adults with behavioral health issues and dementia. Stephanie has been a case manager, prison discharge planner, director of social services, and behavioral health liaison. With over 30 years of experience in nursing homes, elder care, prison discharge planning, behavioral health and community services, Stephanie has established and maintained a strong network of contacts. Stephanie has a passion for healthcare and mental health and her career is dedicated to removing the stigma related to mental health and ageism.
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Julio Defillo-Draiby, MD, MBA
Director of Geriatric Education and Clinical Programs for the Department of
Geriatrics & Palliative Care at Care New England.
Julio is the lead geriatrician for the Acute Care for Elders unit at Kent Hospital and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. His research foci include the prevention of geriatric syndromes in hospital settings and the reduction of postoperative complications in high-risk older adults. He is passionate about teamwork and value-based care interventions. His recent publications and current research work examine the impact of geriatric co-management as a way to optimize care for older adults while decreasing overall costs.
Dana McCants Derisier, M.S
Director of Community Living at the RI Office of Healthy Aging
Dana McCants Derisier has over 20 years of experience in strategic planning, development and implementation of programs and services that improve the well-being of individuals, families, and communities. She currently serves as the Director of Community Living at the RI Office of Healthy Aging. In this role, she oversees a suite of programs and services which offers statewide supports, social and educational opportunities, and healthcare options to older adults, seniors, persons with disabilities, and their caregivers. Prior to that, she worked at the RI Department of Health for a number of years in various roles including Deputy Program Manager, Capacity Development Coordinator, and Outreach Coordinator focusing on health promotion and disease prevention relating to adult health issues; addressing health disparities, access to care, and environmental health among diverse populations in RI communities.
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Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Program Manager
Victoria Parker is the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Program Manager at the Rhode Island Department of Health. Currently in year two of a three-year grant funding cycle, Victoria’s position is fully funded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) BOLD Funding to address Alzheimer’s Disease. The objectives within the BOLD grant funded workplan align with the Rhode Island State Plan on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders which was last updated in 2019.
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Colin Burns, DNP, APRN-AGNP, RN
Yale New Haven Health
Colin is a Nurse Practitioner at the Westerly Hospital Geriatric Psychiatric Unit. He has been named one of 75 "Luminaries" in the nursing profession by the University of Rhode Island College of Nursing. The college selected past graduates who excelled in contributions to professional practice, education, research and/or advancement of the college itself and has made a lasting contribution to the procession of nursing and/or the college. Colin Burns earned both his undergraduate BSN degree and Doctorate of Nursing Practice from URI.
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Laurie G. Mantz, OTR, CADDCT, CFRDT, CDP, CMDCP
ADPI Grant Manager at Carelink
Laurie Gunter Mantz is an accomplished Occupational Therapist with over 30 years of clinical, managerial, and educational experience. Over the last 15 years she has specialized in dementia care with multiple internationally recognized certifications as a trainer and care provider in Person-Centered Dementia Care. She has lectured locally, internationally and assisted the University of Rhode Island, Johnson and Whales University, and Rhode Island Colleges in curriculum development and training for the workforce development of healthcare professionals. Laurie is the founder of the non-profit Rhode Island Memory Cafes, a social and therapeutic opportunity for individuals living with dementia and their care partners to engage with others in-person and virtually through COVID. Laurie serves on multiple boards including RIElderInfo.com and The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long Term Care. As the Grant Program Manager for a CareLink grant received from the Administration for Community Living, Laurie will be leading a team of healthcare professionals providing evidence-based therapeutic services to the homes of Rhode Islander’s caring for and living with dementia.
Stephen Paull, OTR/L
Licensed Occupational Therapist at Carelink
Stephen Paull is a registered and licensed occupational therapist who has worked fulltime at CareLink since 2003. CareLink is a community-based non-profit that provides care to the RI elder population from outpatient services to sub-acute rehabilitation. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife and two young adult children. Stephen is a 1990 graduate of the University of Rhode Island with B.S. in Human Development and Human Science Services. Prior to attending graduate school, he worked as a RI case worker and mental health worker for Kent County Mental Health in a group home setting and as an occupational therapy aide at Butler Hospital, an acute care psychiatric hospital. In 1998 Stephen graduated from Springfield College with a master’s in education, Occupational Therapy. Prior to working for CareLink, Stephen practiced as an occupational therapist in pediatric school and outpatient settings, the worker’s compensation system, acute long term care hospital setting, and he taught as adjunct professor at New England School of Technology.
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