Keynotes, Plenary, & Presenters


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Explore creativity and aging from a stellar field of Keynote, Plenary, and Session presenters encompassing 5 Continents and the Americas. Selected through a curatorial process led by leaders in the field each presentation team offers insight, expertise, innovation, and curiosity that will enlarge your world. 

Presenters and presentation schedule are subject to change.

Carolyn Adams-Price

Carolyn Adams-Price

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National Strategic Planning & Analysis Research Center, Research Fellow, United States

Marc Agronin

Marc Agronin

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Geriatric Psychiatrist, Miami Jewish Health Systems
United States

Uma S. Ahluwalia

Uma S. Ahluwalia

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Director, Montgomery County MD, Department of Health and Human Services, United States

Phil Alexander

Phil Alexander

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Arts in Education Director, Brooklyn Arts Council, United States

Cynthia L. Alicea

Cynthia L. Alicea

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Mindful Moves, Founder
United States

Pieternel van Amelsvoort

Pieternel van Amelsvoort

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Diva Dichtbij, Netherlands

Scott Anstadt

Scott Anstadt

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Florida Gulf Coast University, Professor of Social Work
United States

Roger Anunsen

Roger Anunsen

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MINDRAMP Consulting, Founder
USA

Lorena Baines

Lorena Baines

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Manager of Accessible Programs, National Gallery of Art, United States

Subhasis Banerji

Subhasis Banerji

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Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore,
Republic of Singapore

Jessie Banhazl

Jessie Banhazl

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CEO and Founder, Green City Growers | USA

David Barnet

David Barnet

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Professor of Drama, University of Alberta, Canada

Acushla Bastible

Acushla Bastible

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Director and Co-founder, Lifesongs, United States

Anne Basting

Anne Basting

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Professor of Theatre Arts, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, United States

Judith Bauer

Judith Bauer

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Certified Health Consultant, New York City Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, United States

Joshua Berrett

Joshua Berrett

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Co-founder, Ageless Mind Project, United States

Lynne Berrett

Lynne Berrett

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Co-Founder, Ageless Mind Project, United States

Beth Bienvenu

Beth Bienvenu

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Director, Office of Accessibility at the National Endowment for the Arts, United States

Kara Billings

Kara Billings

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Senior Research Associate, Council for a Strong America, United States

Petra Boersma

Petra Boersma

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Training Consultant, Department of Pedagogy and Management of InHolland Academy, Netherlands

Dominique Boutaud

Dominique Boutaud

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Art Educator, Nature of Things School, United States

Matt Bridges

Matt Bridges

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Music for Seniors, United States

Jeanie Brindley-Barnett

Jeanie Brindley-Barnett

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MacPhail Music for Life, Giving Voice Chorus, LeagueAires, United States

Lauren Brooks

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Physician, United States

Vera Broos

Vera Broos

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Artistic Director, Arts In Care Foundation Netherlands, Netherlands

Michelle Brown

Michelle Brown

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Mid-America Regional Council’s Area Agency on Aging, United States

Cristina Bucci

Cristina Bucci

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Curator of Education, Marino Marini Museum, Florence, Italy

Deb Campbell

Deb Campbell

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Arts & AGEing KC, United States

LinChiat Chang

LinChiat Chang

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Researcher, United States

Minsuen Chiang

Minsuen Chiang

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Executor of LAW Program, COO of New & Alive Art Services, Taiwan

Kristin Cloyes

Kristin Cloyes

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Nurse, United States

Gayle Cluck

Gayle Cluck

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Regional Director, stARTSomething, United States

Melissa Cole

Melissa Cole

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Music Therapist, Oakwood Village, United States

Sandra Crewe

Sandra Crewe

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Professor and Associate Dean, Howard University Multidisciplinary Gerontology Center, School of Social Work, United States

Anna Dani

Anna Dani

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VIRTUAL PARTICIPANT | Open Cafe, South Africa

Linda Duncan Davis

Linda Duncan Davis

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Assistant Vice President, AHEPA Management Company, United States

Ash Devine

Ash Devine

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Musician, United States

Gene Diaz

Gene Diaz

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Professor, Lesley University, United States

Michelle Dionisio

Michelle Dionisio

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President, CEO, former Program Director, Benevilla, United States

Gonzalo Dominguez

Gonzalo Dominguez

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Physician, Founder, Expanded Memories, Mexico

Brenda Donald

Brenda Donald

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Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services for the District of Columbia, United States

Susan Donley

Susan Donley

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Managing Director, Next Avenue, United States

Louise Drouin

Louise Drouin

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Research, Canada

Jamie Dunlap

Jamie Dunlap

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Director of the Arts, Education Division Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, United States

Jacqueline Eaton

Jacqueline Eaton

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University of Utah, Research Assistant Professor, United States

Arthur Espinoza, Jr.

Arthur Espinoza, Jr.

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Executive Director, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, United States

Stefano Faralli

Stefano Faralli

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VIRTUAL PARTICIPANT | University of Mannheim, Germany

John Feather

John Feather

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CEO, Grantmakers in Aging

Suanne Ferguson

Suanne Ferguson

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Ageless Adventures in Movement Creative Dance Group, United States

Paul Ferrara

Paul Ferrara

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Artist, Educator, Creative Aging Advocate, United States

Greg Finch

Greg Finch

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Director of Field Services, NCCA, United States

Antoinette Ford

Antoinette Ford

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Double Nickels Theatre Company, United States

Marcia Freeman

Marcia Freeman

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Choreographer, United States

Almuth Fricke

Almuth Fricke

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Institut für Bildung und Kultur e.V, Germany

Ed Friedman

Ed Friedman

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Executive Director/Co-Founder, Lifetime Arts, Inc., United States

Judith-Kate Friedman

Judith-Kate Friedman

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Founder/Director, Songwriting Works, United States

Jim Frost

Jim Frost

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Atlantic Center for the Arts, United States

Kat Fulton

Kat Fulton

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Founder, MusicTherapyEd.com, United States

Chris Gage

Chris Gage

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Managing Director, Ladder to the Moon, United States

Heiner Gembris

Heiner Gembris

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Professor, Paderborn University
Germany

Tracey Gendron

Tracey Gendron

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Virginia Commonwealth University, Assistant Professor
United States

Maria Genné

Maria Genné

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Founder/Director, Kairos Alive!
United States

Parker Genné

Parker Genné

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Lead Teaching Artist, Kairos Alive!, United States

Daniel George

Daniel George

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Penn State University Medical School, Assistant Professor
United States

Sandra Gibson

Sandra Gibson

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NCCA Board of Directors, Consulting Advisor to the DeVos Institute for Arts Leadership at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and as a consultant to the Smithsonian Institution, United States

Gary Glazner

Gary Glazner

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Executive Director, Alzheimer's Poetry Project, United States

Eddie Gonzalez

Eddie Gonzalez

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Associate Manager, StoryCorps
United States

Hannah Goodwin

Hannah Goodwin

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Manager of Accessibility, Museum of Fine Arts Boston
United States

Maxine Guenther

Maxine Guenther

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Dancer/Qigong Teacher, Core of Fire
USA

Marjolein Gysels

Marjolein Gysels

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University of Amsterdam, Professor
Belgium

Carolyn Halpin-Healy

Carolyn Halpin-Healy

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Executive Director, Arts & Minds, United States

Clare Hammerton

Clare Hammerton

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Suffolk County Council, Head of Service Transformation
United Kingdom

Gay Hanna

Gay Hanna

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NCCA Executive Director (Emeritus), United States

Ashley Hare

Ashley Hare

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Arts Learning Director, City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, United States

Bairbre-Ann Harkin

Bairbre-Ann Harkin

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Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, Education Curator
Ireland

Theo Hartogh

Theo Hartogh

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University of Vechta, Professor
Germany

Nancy Havlik

Nancy Havlik

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Arts for the Aging, Teaching Artist
United States

Yoko Hayashi

Yoko Hayashi

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Arts Alive, Founding Chairperson
Japan

Anthony Hyatt

Anthony Hyatt

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Moving Beauty, Teaching Artist
United States

Christa Iverson

Christa Iverson

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Oakwood Village, Life Enrichment Coordinator, United States

Scott Jackman

Scott Jackman

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Jackman Films, LLC, Owner & Director
United States

Kirsten Jacobs

Kirsten Jacobs

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Education Team, LeadingAge, United States

Sylvia de Jong

Sylvia de Jong

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Head of Education, Theater Veder, Netherlands

Stuart Kandell

Stuart Kandell

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Artful Aging Associates, Partner
USA

Moony Kang

Moony Kang

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Executor of LAW Program, CEO of New & Alive Art Services, Founder
Taiwan

Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy

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Age-Friendly Innovator, Age2Age

Emily Kent

Emily Kent

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Education and Community Engagement Manager, Pilobolus Dance Theater
United States

John Killick

John Killick

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United Kingdom, Writer in Residence for Alzheimer Scotland, Scotland

Gail Kohn

Gail Kohn

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Coordinator, Age-Friendly DC, United States

Nina Kraus

Nina Kraus

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Professor, Northwestern University

Signe Krikman

Signe Krikman

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Tallinn University, Study Counselor and Specialist
Estonia

Shanta Lawson

Shanta Lawson

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Education Director, The Studio Museum in Harlem, United States

Mary Lenard

Mary Lenard

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Women Against Alzheimer’s, United States

Maren Levad

Maren Levad

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Minnesota Historical Society, United States

Lil’ Margie and the Saxman Band

Lil’ Margie and the Saxman Band

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Recording Artist, Lil' Margie and the Saxman Band, United States

WanChen Liu

WanChen Liu

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Professor, Tainan National University of the Arts
Taiwan

Sarah Lock

Sarah Lock

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Senior Vice President-Policy in Policy Strategy & International Affairs, AARP, United States

Elizabeth “Like” Lokon

Elizabeth “Like” Lokon

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Opening Minds through Art (OMA), Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University, United States

Nancy Lowden

Nancy Lowden

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Atlantic Center for the Arts, United States

Nancy Madsen

Nancy Madsen

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Utah Caregiver Support Program, Division of Aging & Adult Services, United States

Ken Manheimer

Ken Manheimer

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Dancer/Choreographer, Nancy Havlik Dance Performance Group, United States

Vivien Marcow-Speiser

Vivien Marcow-Speiser

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Lesley University Institute for Arts and Health, United States

Sushmita Mazumdar

Sushmita Mazumdar

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Studio PAUSE, United States

Ginny Mazur

Ginny Mazur

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Community Partnership Director, Goddard House Assisted Living | USA

Sarah Martin McConnell

Sarah Martin McConnell

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Music for Seniors, Executive Director, United States

Evelyn McElhinney

Evelyn McElhinney

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VIRTUAL PARTICIPANT | Caledonian’s School of Health and Life Sciences, Scotland

Rebecca McGinnis

Rebecca McGinnis

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Museum Educator, Access and Community Programs, The Metropolitan Museum of Art,
United States

Stacey McMath

Stacey McMath

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Programs Director, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, United States

Margret Meagher

Margret Meagher

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Autralian Centre for Arts and Health, Australia

Jorge Merced

Jorge Merced

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Associate Artistic Director, Pregones Theater | United States

Megan Merchant

Megan Merchant

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Education and Community Programs Manager, Washington Performing Art, United States

Gabbi Mesters

Gabbi Mesters

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Director, Long Live Arts
Netherlands

Lia Miller

Lia Miller

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Evergreens Renaissance Program and the Creative Aging Network-NC, United States

Niela Miller

Niela Miller

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VIRTUAL PARTICIPANT | PeopleSystemsPotential, Founder
USA

Anne Mondro

Anne Mondro

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Associate Professor of Creative Aging, University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design, United States

John Moniz

John Moniz

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Executive Director, Goddard House Assisted Living
United States

Ren Morrison

Ren Morrison

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Community Education & Outreach Manager, Atlantic Center for the Arts, United States

Jeff Nachtigall

Jeff Nachtigall

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Open Studio Projects, Museum of Temporary Art, Make Work Projects, Canada

Alex Nelson

Alex Nelson

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Director of Arts Learning, Arizona Commission on the Arts, United States

Donna Newman-Bluestein

Donna Newman-Bluestein

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Lesley University, United States

Rachelle Norman

Rachelle Norman

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Music Therapist and Owner,Soundscaping Source. LLC, United States

Maura O’Malley

Maura O’Malley

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CEO/Co-Founder, Lifetime Arts, Inc.
United States

Desmond O’Neill

Desmond O’Neill

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Trinity Collge Dublin, Professor
Ireland

Christine Ott

Christine Ott

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University of Würzburg
Germany

Jackie Parks

Jackie Parks

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Metropolitan Better Living Center, United States

Michael Patterson

Michael Patterson

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Co-Principal, MindRamp Consulting, United States

Nicholas Pawlowski

Nicholas Pawlowski

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Kairos Alive!, Lead Teaching Artist
United States

Judith Pedersen-Benn

Judith Pedersen-Benn

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Organizational Consultant and Adult Educator, United States

Ricardo Pena

Ricardo Pena

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Manager, Rehabilitation and Dementia Centers, United States

Carol Penn

Carol Penn

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Physician, Integrated Medical Alliance, United States

Susan Perlstein

Susan Perlstein

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Founder Emeritus, NCCA & Founder, Elders Share the Arts

Hervé Platel

Hervé Platel

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Université de Caen, Professor & Researcher
France

Elaine Reed

Elaine Reed

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University of Michigan's Health Care Systems, United States

Caryn Resnick

Caryn Resnick

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Deputy Commissioner to the New York City Department for the Aging, United States

Hamish Robertson

Hamish Robertson

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University of New South Wales, Researcher, Australia

Judy Rollins

Judy Rollins

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Rollins & Associates, Inc and Georgetown School of Medicine, United States

Matt Del Rosario

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Dancer, Educator, Choreographer, Pilobous, United States

Semi Ryu

Semi Ryu

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Virginia Commonwealth University's School of the Arts, United States

Judith Sachs

Judith Sachs

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Adaptive Dance Teacher, Silver Sneakers and Dance for Parkinsons, United States

Cassie Sagness

Cassie Sagness

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Cassie Sagness, Student, Denison University, United States

Kristin Sakoda

Kristin Sakoda

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Deputy Commissioner, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, United States

Annetta Dexter Sawyer

Annetta Dexter Sawyer

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Arts for the Aging, Inc., Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, United States

Susan Shifrin

Susan Shifrin

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ARTZ Philadelphia, Teaching Art Historian and Educator, United States

Sudha Shreeniwas

Sudha Shreeniwas

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Associate Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, United States

Jennie Smith-Peers

Jennie Smith-Peers

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Executive Director, NCCA, United States

Khrysti Smyth

Khrysti Smyth

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CEO and Founder, Yardbirds Backyard Chickens

Lisa Springer

Lisa Springer

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Mercy Health, United States

Henrikje Stanze

Henrikje Stanze

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Research Assistant, Doctoral Candidate, University of Goettingen, Germany

Raquel Stephenson

Raquel Stephenson

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Lesley University as the Art Therapy Program, United States

Molly Sturges

Molly Sturges

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Co-Founder, Lifesongs, United States

Karen Tanzy

Karen Tanzy

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Aging With Creativity, LLC, Psychologist, United States

Alice Thwaite

Alice Thwaite

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Equal Arts, United Kingdom

Vanessa Torres

Vanessa Torres

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Songwriter, United States

Ying-Ju Tsai

Ying-Ju Tsai

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Director of HA Program in the Godot Theatre Company
Taiwan

Janine Tursini

Janine Tursini

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Arts for the Aging, Inc., United States

Mallory Tytel

Mallory Tytel

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President, Healthy Workplaces, United States

Joost van Vliet

Joost van Vliet

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The Hague University for Applied Sciences, The Hague

Bonnie Vorenberg

Bonnie Vorenberg

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President, ArtAge’s Senior Theatre Resource Center, United States

Elisabeth de Vries

Elisabeth de Vries

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Elderly Care and Welfare Policy Advisor, The Hague

Paul Walthaus

Paul Walthaus

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Singer, Netherlands

Tracie Bluse Ward

Tracie Bluse Ward

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President and Founder, Celebrations of Life, United States

Nancy Weinbeck

Nancy Weinbeck

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Bayview Retirement Community, United States

Tracy Weishan

Tracy Weishan

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Art Therapist, Oakwood Village University Woods, United States

Roy Wesenhagen

Roy Wesenhagen

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D’article Enterprise, Agency for Design Thinking & Development, The Hague, Netherlands

Marieke Westra

Marieke Westra

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Founder and Artistic Director, Theatre Veder
The Netherlands

Peter Whitehouse

Peter Whitehouse

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Professor and Strategic Advisor Baycrest Health Sciences, Toronto, United States

Susan Whiteland

Susan Whiteland

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Assistant Professor of Art Education, Arkansas State Univeristy, United States

Dwe Williams

Dwe Williams

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Teaching and Performing Artist, United States

Peishan Yang

Peishan Yang

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Consultant of LAW Program, Professor of National Taiwan University, Taiwan