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ASA Board of Directors

ASA Board of Directors

Michael Adams

Michael Adams chairs ASA’s Board of Directors and is the Chief Executive Officer of SAGE (Advocacy and Services for LGBT Elders), the world’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older people. Prior to joining SAGE, Adams was the Director of Education and Public Affairs for Lambda Legal, and before that, he spent a decade leading cutting-edge litigation that established new rights for LGBT people, first as Associate Director of the ACLU’s LGBT Project, and then as Deputy Legal Director at Lambda Legal. A graduate of Stanford Law School and Harvard College, Adams has written numerous publications on an array of LGBT issues. He has taught law school courses on sexual orientation and gender identity and has served on advisory councils for AARP, Fortune 500 companies, leading universities, and the New York City Department for the Aging among others.

Lisa M. Gables, CPA, is Chief Executive Officer of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). Previously Gables was AAPA’s Chief Financial Officer and Chief Development Officer, and from May 2012 to July 2015, Gables also served as Executive Director of the PA Foundation. Prior to joining AAPA and the PA Foundation, Gables was Executive Director of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) Foundation and the Chief Development and Program Officer of ASCP. Before that she served as Executive Director of the National Adult Day Services Association, and as the Chief Financial Officer of the National Council on Aging and Vice President of Finance and Business Development for Active Services Corporation. In addition to her career in aging and health services, Gables is past treasurer of the Fairfax County Law Enforcement Foundation and serves as a volunteer with the Fairfax County Adult Protective Services Agency.

Lisa Gables
Jean Accius

Jean Accius is the Senior Vice President of Global Thought Leadership at AARP International. He serves on a variety of boards including Justice in Aging and Leadership Maryland. Accius holds a doctorate in public administration from American University and is a graduate of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health program on health reform.

Brian Duke is System Director, Senior Services with Main Line Health, a hospital-based health system in suburban Philadelphia. In his current position he provides strategic direction in creating and implementing population health strategies to improve the care of older adults. Prior to this he served as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. Brian began his career in hospital administration, then transitioned to the field of aging inspired by his caregiver experiences with his late mother, who lived with Alzheimer’s Disease. His journey in aging includes work with passionate leaders and colleagues in academic medicine, public media, philanthropy, advocacy, caregiver support, innovation, area agencies on aging and public service.

Brian Duke
Ginna Baik

Ginna Baik is the Senior Care Strategist for CDW Healthcare, a leading provider of technology solutions for healthcare organizations nationwide, responsible for leading the company’s strategic business development initiatives in the senior care market. Prior to CDW, she held many senior roles in the long-term care market and gained several years of experience focusing on technology in senior living. Most recently she served as the National Director of Innovation and Resident Technology for Emeritus/Brookdale Senior Living. Before Emeritus, she was Senior Vice President of Engagement and Innovation at Connected Living, a senior social platform. Baik is aldo a board member of OATS (Older Adults Technology Services) and an advisor to several technology companies.

Connie Benton Wolfe, MA, has been a thought-leader in the field of aging for more than 25 years and is a passionate advocate and voice for the creation of community integrated healthcare models to better serve medically and socially complex patients. Benton Wolfe serves as President & CEO of Aging and In-Home Services (AIHS), and is co-founder of Preferred Community Health Partners/GroundGame Health. Benton Wolfe serves on the Board of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging. She is a guest lecturer for the Center for Health Innovation and Implementation Science at Indiana University and is active with the Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network.

Connie Benton-Wolfe
Richard Browdie

Rich Browdie is a consultant, having retired from his most recent post as President and CEO of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, following more than 45 years in the aging services sector. Career highlights of Browdie’s include being Secretary of Aging for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, serving as Executive Director of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, as Deputy Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department on Aging and as Executive Vice President of the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging. He began his career as a rural case worker. Browdie has three times been a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging, and once each to the U.N. Conference on the Aging and the World Congress on Aging, and has served as past President of the Board of Directors for ASA and the National Council on Aging, as well as heading the ASA Generations Editorial Advisory Board.

Yanira Cruz, PhD, is the President and CEO of the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA). Before joining NHCOA, she served as Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools (HSHPS). She joined HSHPS after serving as director of the Institute for Hispanic Health at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) where she led numerous public health programs to improve the health status of Latinos nationwide. Cruz also serves on the Board of the Consumer Health Foundation, and has been appointed to serve on the Advisory Panel on Medicare Education (APME), which advises the Secretary of DHHS and the Administrator of CMS on opportunities to enhance the federal government’s effectiveness in implementing a national Medicare education program. And she holds an adjunct faculty appointment at The George Washington University School of Public Health.

Yanira Cruz
Paul Downey

Paul Downey has served as President/CEO of Serving Seniors in San Diego since 1995. The nonprofit agency has earned a national reputation for providing services to older adults living in poverty. Downey is a past chair of the California Commission on Aging, National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs and the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Health and Human Services at San Diego State University.

Robert Espinoza is Vice President of Policy at PHI, where he directs a national policy advocacy and research program focused on the direct care workforce. For more than 20 years, he has spearheaded advocacy campaigns and written seminal reports on aging and long-term care, LGBT rights, racial justice and immigration. In 2010, Espinoza co-founded the Diverse Elders Coalition, and in 2015, he was appointed by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to its Forum on Aging, Disability, and Independence. Robert serves as member of the board of directors for the National Academy of Social Insurance.

Robert Espinoza
Maria Henke

Maria Henke is the Senior Associate Dean of the University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology and the Co-Director of the Andrus Gerontology Center. She is a recent past president of the California Council on Gerontology and Geriatrics. Previously, Henke directed operations and communications at the National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification.

Amy Herr is an expert in state and federal health policy analysis, focusing on Medicare and Medicaid program policy development and implementation, specifically related to integrated care models for older adults. Herr is Director, Health Policy, for the nonprofit, nonpartisan West Health Policy Center. West Health is dedicated to lowering healthcare costs to enable seniors to successfully age in place with access to high-quality, affordable health and support services that preserve and protect their dignity, quality of life and independence. Before joining West Health, Herr was a managing consultant with The Lewin Group, and prior to that she was a health policy analyst for the National Association of State Medicaid Directors and a legislative assistant in the U.S. Senate.

Amy Herr
Brooke Hollister

Brooke Hollister, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Research Leader of the Center for Care Research, South, in Norway; and an Associate Professor and Principal Advisor for Policy and Dissemination in the Institute for Health & Aging at the University of California, San Francisco. Her teaching and research focus on aging health and social policy issues including: mental health, health services research, caregiving and caregivers, long term care, Social Security, Medicare, and Alzheimer’s disease supports and services. Hollister has been principal investigator on more than 14 grants totaling more than $4 million. She has published 13 peer-reviewed journal articles and numerous foundation and government reports. Dr. Hollister was a 2012–13 Atlantic Philanthropies Health and Aging Policy Fellow and an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow with a placement in Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office in Washington, DC.

Daniel Lai is Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Hong Kong Baptist University, leading seven academic departments. Prior to that he served as Head of the Department of Applied Social Sciences at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and spent 15 years on the Faculty of Social Work at the University Calgary in Canada as Associate Professor, Professor and Associate Dean. Lai is an expert in social work and gerontology, health and aging, culture and immigration and outcomes evaluation. He served as Section Editor for the Canadian Journal on Aging and Associate Editor for BMC Geriatrics. He is on the editorial board of Research on Aging and Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology. Before joining ASA’s Board of Directors, Lai held numerous board roles, including at the United Way of Calgary and the Alzheimer Society of Calgary, Calgary Family Services, Canadian Mental Health Association, Canadian Association of Gerontology and Hong Kong Association of Gerontology.

Daniel Lai
Rebecca Morgan

Rebecca C. Morgan is the Boston Asset Management Chair in Elder Law at Stetson College of Law. She serves on the Center for Medicare Advocacy’s board of directors, currently as its treasurer, and was president of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and served as president of the board of directors of Justice in Aging. Morgan in 2018 was inducted into Stetson Law’s Hall of Fame. She has co-authored multiple books on estate planning and trusts, other elder law topics and on counseling, and is the co-editor of the Elder Law Prof Blog with Katherine Pearson of Penn State.

Scott Peifer is Founder and Principal of changeAGEnts, a partnership strategy consulting firm helping public, nonprofit and private organizations innovate to improve aging services. He is also Executive Director of the Institute for Senior Living, a think-tank that works as a catalyst for innovations to meet the needs of the aging population. Scott previously served as Vice President of Corporate Relations at Aging2.0, where he developed and led the Aging2.0 Alliance, an interdisciplinary innovation community for senior care stakeholders and technology companies. Prior to joining Aging2.0 he established AgeTech West, a collaborative of West Coast senior care providers and technology partners under the umbrella of LeadingAge California, and served as Associate Director of the LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST). He previously served as Pennsylvania Policy Director of Aging, as lead staff of the California State Senate Subcommittee on Aging and Long-term Care, and in other aging and healthcare roles. Scott serves on the board of the Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA).

Scott Peifer
Kevin Prindiville

Kevin Prindiville is the Executive Director of Justice in Aging. Across his 14 years working at Justice in Aging, Kevin has led numerous successful efforts to secure healthcare and economic security rights and benefits for low-income older adults across the country. Prindiville has a passion for using the law to address systemic inequities in how we age.

Phil Stafford has worked in the field of aging and culture for 45 years across multiple domains, mainly as an early practitioner and scholar in the age-friendly community movement. He has consulted with the AdvantAge Initiative since 1999, which has worked with more than 40 cities and towns in the United States. He has spoken widely on the subject of aging with a sense of place, and is most proud of being the recipient of the AIA Indiana Walter S. Blackburn Award for contributions to architecture by a non-architect. Stafford has written and edited several books and numerous articles on the relationship between aging and place.

Philip B. Stafford
Joyce L. Walker

Joyce L. Walker, MSSA, is Vice President of Community Development for PK Management, LLC, responsible for conceptualizing, developing and facilitating the implementation of projects related to her department, where she manages a budget in excess of $4.7 million. She is board-eligible for the Licensed Independent Social Worker (L.I.S.W.) Psychotherapy designation. She is a board member and advisor to the All Ways Up Foundation, and contributes to community organizations and boards regarding housing issues, community resources, mental health issues and marketing. Walker from 2013 to 2016 served as National Chair of the ASA Diversity and Inclusion Committee and was Co-Chair of the 2017 ASA National Conference on Aging. She also was chosen in 2013 as a “Woman of Outstanding Leadership” by The International Women’s Leadership Association.