Speakers

In this Directory you will find a listing of featured artists, speakers, respondents, and moderators. Check back as we add more biographies over the coming weeks.
Chief Philanthropy Officer, National Lutheran Communities Services
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Director, UWM Center on Age & Community; Founder, TimeSlips

Anne Basting (Ph.D.) is an educator, scholar, and artist whose work focuses on the potential for the arts and humanities to improve our quality of life as communities and individuals.  For over 15 years, Basting has developed and researched methods for embedding the arts into long term care, with a particular focus on people with cognitive disabilities like dementia.  Basting is author of numerous articles and two books, Forget Memory: Creating better lives for people with dementia (2009) and The Stages of Age: Performing Age in Contemporary American Culture.

Managing Principal, Health Benefits ABCs (HBABCs)
Terri Payne Bieber
Founder and Creative Aging Program Consultant, ARTreach

Terri Bieber is the Founder of ARTreach, a Texas non-profit arts and educational outreach organization dedicated to bringing the arts to underserved communities.  She is a program consultant and the coordinator of a milestone Creative Aging Program being developed for Catholic Charities and The Mamie George Community Center to benefit the rapidly growing population of individuals over 65 residing in Greater Houston-Fort Bend County, Texas. 

Director, Office of Accessibility, National Endowment for the Arts
Janet Brown
President and CEO, Grantmakers in the Arts

Janet Brown is a nationally known consultant, speaker and teacher. Until recently, she was an adjunct faculty member at Goucher College, Baltimore, MD teaching Public Policy and the Arts. Prior to GIA, she was Chair of Performing and Visual Arts at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD and Executive Director of South Dakotans for the Arts and the SD Alliance for Arts Education. She began her arts management career in theatre where her work included Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival, the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, and national and European tours.

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Founder, EngAGE

Tim Carpenter is the founder of EngAGE and host/producer of the EXPERIENCE TALKS radio show.

Rebecca Carr
Program Manager for Conversations, The Kreeger Museum

Rebecca Carr holds a  BA from Hollins College and a PhD in Philosophy from Bryn Mawr College. She teaches at The George Washington University and has a special interest in 19th Century aesthetics  and American Philosophy. She is Program Manager for Conversations at The Kreeger Museum.

Chief Learning Officer, Alzheimer’s Resource Center of Connecticut
Vice President, Arts Midwest
 
Susan Chandler plays an integral role in shaping and leading Arts Midwest programs, services, and administration. She spearheads planning and implementation for The Big Read and Shakespeare in American Communities, two National Endowment for the Arts national initiatives for which Arts Midwest is the national contractor. She also provides strategic direction and leads staff teams for the Arts Midwest Conference and Arts Midwest Touring Fund.
Antonia Dapena-Tretter
Head of Education, The Kreeger Museum

Antonia Dapena-Tretter received her Masters in Art History from the University of Toronto, with a specialization in Modern and Contemporary art. While she has published articles on contemporary, living artists such as Richard Long, Willem Boshoff, and Gerhard Richter, she has a real passion for Colorfield painting, fostered during her time working on the Jack Bush Catalogue Raisonné.

Director, Hollin Hall Senior Center

Julie Ellis has been a resident of Fairfax County’s Mount Vernon District since 1985 and has been the Director of Hollin Hall Senior Center the past fourteen years, overseeing programs and activities for older adults, 55 years of age or better and the supporting 100 plus volunteers.  The center is one of fourteen senior centers with the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. Many of the successful partnerships under Ms. Ellis’ leadership have been with local High Schools, Elementary and day care programs.   Ms.

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Executive Director, National Center for Creative Aging
Toni Ford
Executive Director, Double Nickels Theatre Company, Inc.
Antoinette “Toni” Ford is the Founder and President of Double Nickels Theatre Company, a reminiscence theatre led by seniors that she established in 2006. In 2010, the Double Nickels Theatre Company  was a finalist in the DC Mayor’s Annual Award for Artistic Excellence. In 2012 Toni was recognized by Southwest Airlines, State Farm Insurance and the University of Maryland as one of the Top 100 Minority Business Enterprises in a six state region.  In 2013 she received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from her alma mater, Chestnut Hill College.
Lifetime Arts Staff
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Founder and Director, Songwriting Works Educational Foundation, Co-founder, Psalms, Songs & Stories™

Judith-Kate Friedman is an award-winning vocalist, songwriter/composer and music catalyst. As originator of Songwriting Works™ she has collaborated with thousands of people age 60+ and their loved ones to compose, perform, publish and celebrate their collective creativity through song. A passionate advocate for restoring music-making into daily life, she trains professional musicians, artists, care partners and family members in the Songwriting Works™ approach and offers performances and keynotes on the role of music in brain health.

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Executive Director, Kairos Alive!

Maria Genné dancer, choreographer and educator founded Kairos Dance Theatre, now Kairos Alive!, in 1999. With her intergenerational dance troupe and   professional teaching artists, she created the Dancing Heart™, an innovative arts intervention and wellbeing program, designed to tap into the artistry and creativity of older adults and invite them to be collaborators in the artistic process of dance, music and storytelling, based in the latest scientific research.

Sandra Gibson

Sandra L. Gibson was born into a life of music. Her parents, both immigrants from the West Indies, insisted their children each play two instruments – one learned in celebration of culture at home, the other learned in Ohio’s public school system.

Master Teaching Artist, Elders Share the Arts
Gary Glazner
Founder, Executive Director, Alzheimer's Poetry Project

Gary Glazner is the founder and Executive Director of the Alzheimer's Poetry Project, (APP). The APP was the recipient of the 2013, Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving Legacy Award. The APP was awarded the 2012 MetLife Foundation Creativity and Aging in America Leadership Award in the category of Community Engagement. NBC's “Today” show, NPR's “All Things Considered” and Voice of America have featured segments on Glazner’s work. In 2013, the U.S.

Executive Director, National Center for Creative Aging

Gay Powell Hanna, Ph.D., M.F.A., an arts administration leader with 30 years management experience in the arts, education and health related program services, is the executive director of the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA), an affiliate of George Washington University.

Tammy Hauser
Executive Director, ArtsAge

Tammy Hauser is the Executive Director of ArtSage, a MN-based arts and aging service organization  and client of her nonprofit consulting firm, Blue Sky Thinking. For fourteen years, Blue Sky Thinking has helped arts organizations throughout the country reinvent themselves by leading visionary and transformational change processes, rebranding strategies, inspirational program creation, and fund development.

Chairperson, Arts Alive

Founding Director of Arts Alive, a nonprofit arts organization in Tokyo, Japan. which provides arts programs with professional artists to those underserved including elderly with dementia, children with disabilities at nursing homes, child homes and hospitals.

Amy Henderson
Founder and Executive Director, The Geezer Gallery

Amy Henderson, MS is the founder and Executive Director of The Geezer Gallery in Portland, OR. created in 2006. The Geezer Gallery is a non-profit organization showcasing master artists 60 years and older and providing professional arts and therapeutic art programs primarily for low-income seniors.

Nancy Henkin
Founder, Intergenerational Center at Temple University

Nancy A. Henkin, Ph.D. is the founder and Executive Director of the Intergenerational Center at Temple University in Philadelphia. Established in 1979, the Center strengthens communities by bringing generations together to address critical community concerns and fostering lifelong civic engagement. In order to achieve its mission, the Center develops and replicates innovative cross-age program models, provides training and technical assistance to organizations, government agencies, and funders, and conducts research/evaluation.

Dale Hilton
Director, Teaching and Learning, Department of Education and Interpretation, The Cleveland Museum of Art

Dale Hilton has managed The Cleveland Museum of Art’s (CMA) Distance Learning (DL) program since its inception in 1998 and has grown the program to reach approximately 15,000 participants annually.  In 2011 Dale became Director of the CMA Teaching and Learning programs.  These programs include DL, Art To Go (art object based learning in the schools), and the Teacher Resource Center.

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Assistant Educator, The MoMA Alzheimer's Project

Laurel Humble is Assistant Educator for The MoMA Alzheimer's Project. In that role she manages outreach efforts for museum and care professionals working with individuals with Alzheimer's disease, conducts professional development workshops and conference presentations, and develops online training resources. She regularly teaches MoMA's programs for individuals with dementia and their carepartners at the Museum and off-site at care facilities.

Founder, Moving Beauty
Director of Program and Membership Strategy at the National Guild for Community Arts Education

Heather Ikemire, Ph.D., is the director of program and membership strategy at the National Guild for Community Arts Education. Founded in 1937, the National Guild supports and advances access to lifelong learning opportunities in the arts. Through its Creative Aging Program, the Guild provides professional development and information resources to support exemplary arts education programs for older adults.

Sunil Iyengar
Research & Analysis Director, National Endowment for the Arts

Sunil Iyengar directs the Office of Research & Analysis at the National Endowment for the Arts. Since his arrival at the NEA in June 2006, the office has produced more than 25 research publications, hosted several research events and webinars, twice updated the NEA's five-year strategic plan, and overseen a new and expanded survey about arts participation.

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Founder and Director, Research Center for Arts and Culture

Joan Jeffri is the Director/Founder of the Research Center for the Arts and Culture at the National Center for Creative Aging in Washington DC, and former director, graduate program in Arts Administration at Columbia University for 22 years. Creator: ART CART: SAVING THE LEGACY, an intergenerational project to help older artists document their work that grew out of research on NYC visual artists age 62+ called Above Ground.

Founder, Stagebridge

Stuart Kandell, Ph.D. has been called a “pioneer in the field of creative aging.” He is nationally known for his leadership of Stagebridge, the nation’s oldest and most renowned senior theatre which he founded in 1978 and directed for 35 years. In 2013 he turned over leadership of the company to begin replicating the program around the country. Kandell is a popular keynote speaker and a trainer of trainers, artists and service providers. Currently, he runs Artful Aging Associates that enables organizations around the world to develop effective creative aging programs.

Jon Kay
Professor of Practice, Indiana University and Director, Traditional Arts Indiana

Jon Kay is a Professor of Practice at Indiana University, where he teaches courses in public folklore and researches the uses of folk art in the lives of seniors. Since 2004, he has directed Traditional Arts Indiana (TAI), the official state folk arts program, which received the 2013 Governor’s Arts Award. As TAI director, he conducts public programs and produces exhibitions about Indiana’s traditional artists and art forms. He is finalizing a manuscript for a book on folk art and aging.  

Professor, University of Minnesota
Professor of English, Assumption College, Eisenberg Assisted Living
Executive Director, Age Friendly DC
Sandy Kreisman
Manager-Education Initiatives-Distance Learning, University Circle Inc.

Sandy Kreisman received her BFA in from University of Maryland and her MA in Arts Management from University of Illinois, Springfield.  She began working at University Circle Inc. in January, 2001.  Her previous position was as Director of The McDonough Museum of Art at Youngstown State University where she began working with artists using technology.  This led to her interest in videoconferencing, which she believes unites all people as a teaching and learning tool.

Program Director, Mark Morris Dance Group

David Leventhal is a founding teacher and Program Director for Dance for PD®, a collaborative program of the Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group that has now been used as a model for classes in more than 100 communities in 12 countries. He is the co-recipient of the 2013 Alan Bonander Humanitarian Award from the Parkinson's Unity Walk.

Elizabeth Lokon
Founder and Director, Opening Minds through Art (OMA)

Elizabeth “Like” Lokon, MGS, Ph.D. is the founder and director of Opening Minds through Art (OMA), an intergenerational art program for people with dementia. She works for Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University. As an artist, gerontologist, and educator, she frequently speaks on the intersection of the arts, dementia, and intergenerational service learning. She has published in journals such as Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, Journal of Applied Gerontology, Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice and LeadingAge Magazine.

Director, Washington Area Geriatric Education Center Consortium
Senior Vice President, First Centrum
Lifetime Arts Staff
Ginny Mazur
Community Partnership Director, Goddard House Eldercare
Ginny Mazur, MA, LMHC, ATR is the Community Partnership Director at Goddard House eldercare where she has worked in Brookline and Jamaica Plain, MA, building arts and other partnerships with and on behalf of older adults and caregivers.  Her philosophy is to engage all generations across sectors to encourage Pro-Aging communities. 
 
She is statewide recipient of the Mass. ALFA leadership (2014) and community service awards, the LeadingAGE MA community service award and was appointed by Gov.
Jorge Merced
Associate Artistic Director, Pregones Theater
A seasoned actor and director, and one of Pregones’ Associate Artistic Directors, he is a graduate of City College-CUNY, and also studied at the Alvin Ailey School and EITALC (Cuba). Awards include numerous NY ACE and HOLA distinctions for outstanding performance and direction, El Diario/La Prensa’s EL Award, and the LP21 Maestro Award, among others. Pregones Theater directing credits include: Blanco (2003 & 2005 - Best NY L
Anne Mondro
Artist and Associate Professor, University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design

Anne Mondro is an artist and Associate Professor in the University of Michigan (UM) Stamps School of Art & Design.  She designs and conducts courses, programming, and research focusing on creative aging.

Master Teaching Artist
CLC Coordinator, National Center for Creative Aging and D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Kathleen Mundell
Director, Creative Aging and Traditional Arts Programs at the Maine Arts Commission

Kathleen Mundell is the Director of the Creative Aging and Traditional Arts Programs at the Maine Arts Commission. Since 2010, she has worked with University of New England’s Geriatric Education Center’s training program for health care professionals that features master artists from the Maine Arts Commission’s Traditional Arts Apprenticeship program as role models for healthy aging.

Senior Vice President for Planning and Organizational Resources, The Benjamin
Helga and Tony Noice
Elmhurst College

The Noices have investigated whether training in various acting techniques—from role-playing skills to interpretive methods—might have a positive effect on cognitive functioning in older people. Over the last seven years, they have completed a series of three related studies, one in Switzerland and two in the Chicago area. They discovered that after their elderly research subjects received instruction in acting—a new experience for them—the subjects experienced significant improvement in memory and other cognitive functions.

Maura O'Malley
CEO/Co-Founder, Lifetime Arts

In 2008, Maura O'Malley co-founded Lifetime Arts as a nonprofit arts service organization to improve the quality of life of active older adults through arts education.  Working nationally, Lifetime Arts offers innovative programming and practical support to arts and community organizations, libraries, senior residential facilities and others who serve older adults.

President, Pabst Charitable Foundation for the Arts
Margery Pabst is a national speaker, facilitator, storyteller, and co-author of the book, “Enrich Your Caregiving Journey”, which won the “Caregiver Friendly Award.”  Margery’s latest book, “Words of Care”, is available on her website, www.mycaregivingcoach.com where caregivers can access a variety of tools for personal respite and well being.
Michael Patterson
Co-Founder, Mind Ramps
MICHAEL C. PATTERSON founded MINDRAMP CONSULTING in 2009 to provide consulting services around cognitive wellness, creativity, the arts and aging and writes and speaks extensively on these topics. He ran AARP’s Staying Sharp brain health program for five years and developed numerous, innovative service projects for PBS and public television. Michael has been a long-time advocate for creative aging, has served two full terms on the NCCA Board of Directors and now is a member of the NCCA President’s Council.
Edward Pazzanese
Founder & Director, Families Creating Together

Edward Pazzanese is the founder and director of Families Creating Together, a Boston-based, award-winning, multi-generational expressive arts program serving children with and without disabilities and their families through innovative workshops and excursions. Staffed by artists with disabilities as positive role models and using diverse modalities such as collage, puppetry, mask-making and story-telling, FCT programs enable participants to discover their artistic voices while creating bonds between children, parents, grandparents and neighbors.

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Founder, National Center for Creative Aging and Elders Share the Arts

Susan Perlstein is the Founder Emeritus for the National Center for Creative Aging in Washington, DC and the  Founder of Elders Share the Arts in New York City.  She is an educator, social worker, administrator and artist.  She has served as a consultant for the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York City Board of Education, and regularly presents on a  national level for organizations, most recently for Generations  United, the American Society on Aging, the National Council on Aging,  the National Endowment for the Arts, the National As

Orchestra President, New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra
Diana Post
President, Rachel Carson Landmark Alliance (RCLA)

Dr. Diana Post a veterinarian by training has worked in companion animal practice and for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Vice President, Member Relations & Board Development, LeadingAGE
Cheryl Rogers-Tadevich
Director of Programs and Creativity, The Geezer Gallery

Cheryl Rogers-Tadevich is an innovative leader in Creative Aging programs, which use artistic expression to encourage good health and vitality for elders. Ms. Rogers-Tadevich is the Director of Programs and Creativity for The Geezer Gallery in Portland, Oregon since 2011. She is a professionally accredited art facilitator, obtaining her arts training internationally and holds a certificate in Gerontology.

Head of Public Engagement, The Phillips Collection

Brooke Rosenblatt is Head of Public Engagement at The Phillips Collection. She plays a major role in enhancing visitor experiences by conceiving object-based, informal learning opportunities. Brooke works collaboratively and creatively within team based settings as a leader or member to research, design, implement and evaluate adult and family programs. She has co-authored award-winning teaching kits and family guides that address multiple learning styles and present an interdisciplinary approach to art.

National Library Consultant
Jennie Smith-Peers
Executive Director, Elders Share the Arts

Jennie Smith-Peers is Executive Director of Elders Share the Arts (ESTA), a pioneering community arts organization based in New York City that provides older adults with the creative tools to transform their memories into art. Before ESTA, she led parallel careers as a professional actress and administrator in aging services.  She is an alum of We Are All Brooklyn  Fellowship (2011), and of New York City’s Arts and Business Council’s Leadership Institute (2012).

Beth Soltzberg
Manager, Alzheimer’s/Related Disorders Family Support Program, Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Boston

Beth Soltzberg is the Manager of the Alzheimer’s/Related Disorders Family Support Program, and coordinates several programs of the Parkinson’s Family Support Program at JF&CS. The programs she designs and facilitates integrate support, education, and the creative arts. Beth developed Massachusetts’ first intergenerational memory café, and launched the memory café “Percolator” network to support the proliferation and sustainability of memory cafés in the Greater Boston area.

 

Program Coordinator in Art Therapy, Lesley University
Nora Super
Executive Director, White House Conference on Aging

Nora Super brings both substantive expertise on the issues and the experience in health and long-term care policy to help maximize the Administration’s outreach and engagement with older Americans across the country. 

Bonnie Vorenberg
President, ArtAge Senior Theatre Resource Center

Bonnie Vorenberg (B.A., M.S. Theatre) has been called “The Guru of Senior Theatre” for her groundbreaking work as a nationally recognized expert and pioneer in the field. 


An educator, director, speaker, and author, she founded and directed an arts academy for seniors and a professional touring company that received prestigious grants from the National Endowment for the Arts plus state and local sources. Currently, she is the President of ArtAge’s Senior Theatre Resource Center, the central information source for plays, books, and information.

Peter Whitehouse
Professor and Strategic Advisor Baycrest Health Sciences, Toronto

Peter Whitehouse MD-PhD is a geriatric neurologist, cognitive neuroscientist, environmental ethicist, and photographer. With his wife Catherine he is the founder of The Intergenerational Schools in Cleveland, Ohio. These high performing public community schools celebrate life-long learning and spirited citizenship. Peter’s passion and purpose are to co-create arts-rich,  multiage learning communities that contribute to a sustainable, equitable, and hopeful future for all life.  

Founder, ProMatura
Judith is the author of “The Creative Landscape of Aging”. As a creativity advocate, she casts a wide net of interests from eccentric concepts to simple ideas, from very talented individuals to hesitant newbies.
President and Co-Founder, Hearthstone Alzheimer Care