Conference Speakers

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Ann Adrian, BA

Job Title: 
Center Manager at Lake Oswego Adult Community Center
Location: 
Lake Oswego, Oregon
Session(s): 
Thursday
Ms. Ann Adrian received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Sociology with an emphasis in Gerontology at Miami University...

Carolyn Aldwin, PhD

Job Title: 
Professor, Dept. of Human Development & Family Sciences; Director, Gerontology Program, Oregon State University; Visiting Professor. Dept. of Psychology, University of Connecticut
Location: 
Corvallis, Oregon
Session(s): 
Wednesday
Dr. Carolyn M. Aldwin is the Jo Anne Leonard Endowed Director for the Center for Healthy Aging Research, Director of the Gerontology Program, and a professor of Human Development and Family Sciences at Oregon State University...

Joyce Beedle, RN

Job Title: 
Author and Publisher, Alzheimer’s Consultant, President, Alzheimer’s Consulting Services
Location: 
Portland, Oregon
Session(s): 
Wednesday, Thursday
Ms. Joyce Beedle is one of the pioneers of compassionate Alzheimer's care and has over 35 years of professional experience as well as more than a decade of personal experience...

Juliana Bernstein, MPAS, PA-C

Job Title: 
Physician Assistant, Assistant Professor of Medicine, co-director, Geriatrics Consult Service, Oregon Health and Science University
Location: 
Portland, Oregon
Session(s): 
Thursday
Juliana Bernstein is a physician assistant, Assistant Professor of Medicine, and co-director of the Inpatient Geriatrics Consult Service at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital. She received her Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies from OHSU in 2008 and has worked in both ambulatory and inpatient geriatrics.

Christiana Bratiotis, PhD, MSW

Job Title: 
Assistant Professor of Social Work at Portland State University
Location: 
Portland, Oregon
Session(s): 
Thursday
Dr. Christiana Bratiotis is an Assistant Professor at Portland State University School of Social Work...

Melissa Chureau, JD

Job Title: 
Senior Assistant Attorney General with Oregon Department of Justice
Location: 
Portland, Oregon
Session(s): 
Thursday
Ms. Melissa Chureau has been an attorney since 2002 and a Senior Assistant Attorney General with the State of Oregon since 2012, focusing on the prosecution of Medicaid fraud, financial exploitation, and abuse and neglect cases...

Gwen Dayton, JD, CHC

Job Title: 
General Counsel/Executive VP, Oregon Health Care Association
Location: 
Portland, Oregon
Session(s): 
Wednesday
Ms. Gwen is General Counsel and Executive Vice President for the Oregon Health Care Association. She has over 20 years of experience working with health law and policy...

Naomi Feil, MSW, ACSW

Job Title: 
Founder of Validation Training Institute, Inc.
Session(s): 
Thursday
Ms. Naomi Feil began the Validation method in response to her dissatisfaction with traditional methods of working with the severely disoriented old-old people...

Rich Freedman,

Job Title: 
Author
Session(s): 
Wednesday
Mr. Rich Freedman is a graduate of Rutgers University and is certified as a Master Fitness Trainer by the International Sports Sciences Association...

David R. Grube, MD

Job Title: 
National Medical Director
Employer/Affiliation: 
Compassion and Choices of Oregon
Location: 
Philomath, Oregon
Session(s): 
Thursday
Dr. Grube is a board-certified doctor in family medicine, has been a leader in the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians (OAFP), and served two years as the president of the Oregon Medical Board (OMB). He has lectured for the OMB and Foundation for Medical Excellence on professionalism, physician wellness, end of life care, and humor in medicine...

Ruth Gulyas, MHA

Job Title: 
Chief Executive Officer, LeadingAge Oregon
Session(s): 
Wednesday
Ms. Ruth Gulyas has over 35 years’ experience in the field of long-term services and supports. She has served as Chief Executive Officer of LeadingAge Oregon...

David Haber, PhD

Job Title: 
Assistant Professor/ Visiting Scholar, Gerontology Department
Employer/Affiliation: 
Western Oregon University
Location: 
Monmouth, Oregon
Session(s): 
Thursday
Dr. Haber is a fellow in the Gerontological Society of America, and recognized for two Best Practice Awards from the National Council on Aging, the Distinguished Teacher Award from the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education...

Demetria Haffenreffer, RN, MBA

Job Title: 
President and Owner, Haffenreffer & Associates. Inc.
Location: 
Portland, Oregon
Session(s): 
Wednesday
Ms. Demi Haffenreffer has made long-term care her profession and is the founder and President of Haffenreffer & Associates, Inc., an Oregon long-term care consulting firm providing educational and hands-on assistance with the implementation of quality systems and corporate compliance programs nationwide...

Cathy Alessi Hausenbauer, MD

Job Title: 
Director, Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center and Chief, Division of Geriatrics; VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System; Professor of Medicine, In-Residence, Department of Medicine, David Gefffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles Multicampus Program in Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology
Session(s): 
Wednesday, Thursday
Dr. Cathy Alessi is the Director of the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) and Chief of Geriatrics at the Veterans Administration Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System...

Norm Hord, PhD, MPH, RD

Job Title: 
Associate Professor, School of Biological and Population Health Sciences, College of Public Health and Human sciences, Oregon State University; Associate Professor, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Michigan State University
Session(s): 
Wednesday
Dr. Hord is an associate professor of Nutrition and Public Health in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences...