Conference Speakers

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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...

Marcy Houle,

Job Title: 
Author, Biologist
Session(s): 
Wednesday
Ms. Marcy Cottrell Houle is a wildlife biologist and award-winning author of four books and numerous articles for The New York Times, LA Times, Reader's Digest, Nature Conservancy Magazine, Cricket Magazine for Children, among others...

Helen Kao, MD

Job Title: 
Adjunct Associate Professor, General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon; Associate Medical Director, Benton Hospice Service
Location: 
Corvallis, Oregon
Session(s): 
Thursday
Dr. Helen Kao serves as Associate Medical Director at Benton Hospice Service and Adjunct Associate Professor of Geriatrics with Oregon Health and Sciences University. She continues to teach for and provide geriatrics e-consults remotely for UCSF...

Margaret Manoogian, PhD

Job Title: 
Associate Professor and Chair, Gerontology Department, Western Oregon University
Location: 
Monmouth, Oregon
Session(s): 
Thursday
Dr. Margaret Manoogian is an Associate Professor with the Gerontology Division at Western Oregon University...

Glenise McKenzie, PhD, RN

Job Title: 
Associate Professor, OHSU School of Nursing; Associate Director, OHSU Hartford Center for Gerontological Nursing Excellence
Location: 
Portland, Oregon
Session(s): 
Thursday
Dr. Glenise McKenzie is associate professor at OHSU School of Nursing and an associate director of the OHSU Hartford Center for Gerontological Nursing Excellence...

Randi Moore,

Job Title: 
Program Manager, Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments (OCWCOG)
Session(s): 
Wednesday
Randi Moore is a Program Manager for the Senior and Disability Services department at the OCWCOG, which serves as a voluntary association of twenty cities, three counties, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and the Port of Newport...

Vicki Schmall, PhD

Job Title: 
Executive Director, Gerontology and Training Specialist Aging Concerns
Location: 
West Linn, Oregon
Session(s): 
Wednesday
Dr. Vicki Schmall is President and Gerontology & Training Specialist with Aging Concerns in West Linn, Oregon...

Andrew Sixsmith, PhD

Job Title: 
Deputy Director IRMACS Center, Applied Mathematics and Computing Science, Simon Fraser University; Professor and Director of Gerontology Research Center, Gerontology, Simon Fraser University Canada
Session(s): 
Thursday
Dr. Andrew Sixsmith is Professor and Director of the STAR Institute at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC, and is Scientific Director of AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence...

Fred Steele, MPH, JD

Session(s): 
Wednesday
Fred Steele was appointed by Governor Kate Brown in September 2015 to be Oregon's Long-Term Care Ombudsman and Agency Director of the Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman. Fred has focused his career on advocating for older adults...

Benjamin Surmi, MS

Job Title: 
Director of Programs and Training, Koelsch Communities
Location: 
Olympia, Washington
Session(s): 
Wednesday, Thursday
As a trained social gerontologist, Mr. Surmi has focused his career on applied gerontology – applying innovation and research to everyday practice in settings often far removed from the academic setting...

Dave Toler,

Job Title: 
Director, Senior and Disability Services, Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments
Location: 
Corvallis, Oregon
Session(s): 
Wednesday
Over the past 20 years, Mr. Dave Toler has been in nonprofit and local government leadership including at-risk youth programs, private and public schools, and environmental education...

Susan Tolle, MD

Job Title: 
Professor, General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, School of Medicine, Schools of Dentistry, School of Nursing, Clinical Professor, Oregon Health and Sciences University
Location: 
Portland, Oregon
Session(s): 
Wednesday
Dr. Susan Tolle is a graduate of the Oregon Health & Science University. After graduating AOA (Alpha Omega Alpha) for OHSU, she completed her internal medicine residency at UC San Diego where she was also Chief Resident...

Reid Vanderburgh, MA

Job Title: 
Retired Therapist
Location: 
Portland, Oregon
Session(s): 
Thursday
Mr. Reid Vanderburgh is a retired therapist living in Portland, Oregon...

Sridhar Vijayasekaran, MD

Job Title: 
Attending Physician, Division of Cardiology, Good Samaritan Medical Center
Location: 
Corvallis, Oregon
Session(s): 
Wednesday
Dr. Sridhar Vijayasekaran received a medical degree from Madras University in Chennai, India, and completed residency training in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiology at the University of Buffalo in New York...

Thomas Ward, MD

Job Title: 
Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Disease; Director, Infectious Diseases Training Program, Department of Medicine, Oregon Health and Sciences University Chief of Infectious Diseases, Portland VA Medical Center
Location: 
Portland, Oregon
Session(s): 
Wednesday
Dr. Thomas Ward is Chief of Infectious Diseases at the Portland VA Medical Center, and Infectious Diseases Fellowship Director and Associate Professor of Medicine at OHSU...