Speaker & Consultants Directory

Cofounder, Create Therapy Institute & Executive Director, Washington DC Center on Aging Projects on Intergenerational Communication

Wendy Miller Ph.D., LPC-BCPC, ATR-BC, LCPAT, REAT, is a writer, sculptor, expressive arts therapist, licensed professional counselor, and educator. She is the cofounder of Create Therapy Institute (301 652-7183, ext 3), co-founded in 1994 and now located in Kensington, MD, which offers clinical services in arts-based psychotherapy and trainings in experiential approaches to learning. Her clinical work with individuals and families across the life-cycle addresses existential and identity issues of aging, psychosocial education, medical illness, adoption, loss, grief, and creativity.

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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.

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President, Matz, Blancato & Associates

Bob Blancato is President of Matz, Blancato, & Associates. Bob is the National Coordinator of the Elder Justice Coalition, a non-partisan, 680 member organization. From 2000-2006, Bob served as President of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. He currently serves as the Executive Director of NANASP, the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs. Bob is a former House of Representatives staff member and spent 17 years on the House Select Committee on Aging.

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Executive Director, EngAGE

Tim Carpenter is the founder of EngAGE and host/producer of the EXPERIENCE TALKS radio show. EngAGE provides a whole-person approach to creative and healthy aging for thousands of seniors by delivering college-level wellness, arts/creativity, lifelong learning, civic engagement and intergenerational programs on-site at dozens of affordable senior apartment communities in Southern California.

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President, New Art Horizons

Jeffrey Chapline is President of New Art Horizons, a Bay Area consulting enterprise providing services for regional and national organizations and businesses that require applied-art and design services for special communities and targeted product consumers. As former Director, Artistic Director and Founder of the Center for Elders and Youth in the Arts at the Institute on Aging in San Francisco, Mr.

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Music Program Director, Musician in Residence - Shands Arts in Medicine; Founding Network Member, Teaching Artist - NCCA

A successful and eclectic professional musician, Cathy DeWitt has shared the stage and/or the airwaves with the likes of Garrison Keillor, Pete Seeger, Rob Bargad, Dave Frishberg, Marianne Williamson, Wayne Dyer, and many more.

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Gallery Director, IONA Senior Services

Patricia Dubroof is an arts innovator with over 35 years experience in studio, gallery and cultural arts planning. She has dedicated her life to using art as a healing modality with all ages.  She consults with The National Center for Creative Aging and Iona Senior Services.

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Executive Arts Director, Cognitive Dynamics

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Co-Founder, Executive Director, Lifetime Arts

Ed Friedman has spent over thirty years in parallel careers serving the arts community, and older adults and their families. As Deputy Director at the Bronx Council on the Arts (1985-2010), Ed played a leadership role in the formulation of policy and programming, advocacy and community development, as well as overseeing technical assistance services.  Ed has directed programs at senior centers and home care programs, and created and led a caregivers' support group in the northern Bronx. He received a B.A. in Psychology from Hunter College and M.A.

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Founder and Director, Songwriting Works™ Educational Foundation

Judith-Kate Friedman has conducted award-winning, research-vetted programs with and for older adults, health and arts professionals, care partners and advocates of Creative Aging for more than 20 years. As originator of Songwriting Works™ and its 8 Principles of Creative Engagement, she has composed 300+ songs with thousands of elders across the cognitive, physical and mental health continuum and trained hundreds of practitioners in the U.S. and beyond.

Troyd Geist

Troyd is the state folklorist with the North Dakota Council on the Arts charged with encouraging the preservation and continuation of folk and traditional arts, heritage, and culture.  He holds a Master of Arts degree in Sociology/Anthropology from North Dakota State University.  His responsibilities include managing the Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program, conducting on-going research and documentation of folklore/folk art in North Dakota, advising the NDCA and its sub-grantees on appropriate ways to expand the state's awareness of its cultural heritage, producing fo

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Executive Director, Kairos Alive!

Maria Genné is a dancer, choreographer and educator, Her award winning work to create interactive dance, music and story programs for older adults is 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. It models a new and vital role in society for the community based professional performing artist. Her choreography is recognized for it's ability to highlight the beauty of human experience through movement and story.

Gary Glazner
Founder, Executive Director, Alzheimer's Poetry Project

Gary Glazner is the founder and Project Director of the Alzheimer's Poetry Project (APP). The APP was awarded the 2012 MetLife Foundation Creativity and Aging in America Leadership Award in the category of Community Engagement. The National Endowment for the Arts listed the APP as a “best practice” for their Arts and Aging initiative.

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Author, Photographer

John Guider is an award winning photographer and author living in Nashville, TN. Enthralled with joy of discovery, John constantly experiments and uses new methods to create a vision or enhance an image through manipulation of printing techniques, as well as applying his painting abilities to his photographs.  His exhibits have included black and white platinum prints, as well as large hand-colored Polaroid transfers using special processes unique to him. 

President, Chair & Founder, Hilgos Foundation

Berna G. Huebner is President, Chair and Founder of the Hilgos Foundation (www.hilgos.org) in Chicago, Illinois, which supports and encourages the ongoing process of artistic creation with people who have different forms of dementia including Alzheimer’s.

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Executive Director, Arts & Minds

Carolyn Halpin-Healy is an educator and arts administrator whose work is dedicated to improving quality of life through engagement with the visual arts. In 2010 she founded Arts & Minds with neurologist James M. Noble, M.D. to provide museum-based programs for people with dementia and their caregivers. In museums, community centers, and nursing homes, her programs empower people with dementia, family members, professional caregivers, and educators, to strengthen social, emotional, and spiritual bonds.

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Founder, Moving Beauty

Anthony Hyatt is a violinist, speaker and teaching artist who works with many health care and human service providers in the Washington, DC, area.  He is the founder and principal of his own Moving Beauty organization through which he offers his services.  His longest affiliation, since 1997, is with the nonprofit Arts for the Aging organization, under whose auspices he designs and leads interactive creative engagement programs at adult care facilities and for whom he co-directs the senior citizen improv dance company known as Quicksilver.   Anthony is a Master Trainer of the National Cent

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Founder and Director, Research Center for Arts and Culture

Joan Jeffri is Director and Founder of the Research Center for Arts and Culture at The Actors Fund. She has created seminal studies on aging professional artists including STILL KICKING and ABOVE GROUND, which initiated nationally replicable projects to document older visual and performing artists’ artwork and careers called ART CART: SAVING THE LEGACY and The Actors Fund PERFORMING ARTS LEGACY PROJECT.

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Founder, Director of Replication, Stagebridge

Stuart Kandell 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 32 years. In 2010 he turned over leadership of the company to begin replicating the program around the country. Kandell is a popular keynote speaker; a trainer of trainers, artists and service providers; and a consultant who enables organizations to develop effective creative aging programs.

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Founder, Executive Director, Encore Creativity for Older Adults

Jeanne Kelly is the Founder and Executive Director of Encore Creativity for Older Adults. Her Encore Chorale program is the nation’s largest and fastest growing choral program for older adults, with 13 Encore Chorales in the Washington/Baltimore area, serving over 620 singers.  She led the choral program which was a component of the landmark Creativity and Aging Study under Dr. Gene Cohen. Encore also offers innovative summer choral, theatre and dance institutes for older adults at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and the famed Chautauqua Institution in New York.

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Founder, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange

Liz Lerman is a choreographer, performer, writer, educator and speaker. Described by the Washington Post as "the source of an epochal revolution in the scope and purposes of dance art," her dance/theater works have been seen throughout the United States and abroad. Her aesthetic approach spans the range from abstract to personal to political. 

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Founder, Open Studio

Jeff Nachtigall is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, speaker, and social entrepreneur. His work has been exhibited throughout North America, Europe and China, and is represented in numerous public and private collections. He is the co-founder of Make Work Projects, a 2000-square foot storefront studio and sometimes art project space, located in the Riversdale district in downtown Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

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Senior Vice President and Director, Katz Policy Institute

Dr. Noelker joined the Benjamin Rose Institute as an applied aging reearcher in its Margaret Blenkner Research Institute in 1974. She is currently the Senior Vice President for Planning and Organizational Resources and Director of the Katz Policy Institute.

CEO, Lifetime Arts

Maura O'Malley is an arts specialist with over thirty years’ experience in program design and implementation, arts education policy and funding, non-profit arts management and community cultural work.  She has worked with the New York State Council on the Arts, Westchester Arts Council, New York City Department of Education, and Studio in a School Association, Young Audiences of New York and many other premiere arts, educational and community organizations.  Maura graduated from Pratt Institute with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and earned a Masters of Public Administration in Arts P

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East Coast Principal, mindRAMP & Associates

Michael Patterson is an educator, consultant and writer who specializes in longevity, cognition, brain health and creativity. Patterson has produced and presented hundreds of brain health forums and presentations across the country as Director of AARP’s award-winning Staying Sharp program and through MINDRAMP CONSULTING a company he co-founded in 2009 with Roger Anunsen. Michael is currently researching and writing about the evolution of human creativity and how creative engagement and the arts promote human development and mental capacity.

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Artistic Associate, Dance Exchange

Michelle Pearson is a choreographer, dancer, and master teacher.  She makes dances with people of all ages and abilities including veterans, inmates, nuns, preschoolers and professional dancers.  She was a touring member of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange from 93-97 before moving into the position of Artistic Associate with the company.  Currently, Michelle is a lead artist of the MetLife Foundation Healthy Living Initiative at Dance Exchange.  She has been invited to present at national conferences hosted by Leading Age, the National Center of Creative Aging, and the Society of Art and Healthca

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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 Assembly of States Arts Agencie

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President, Transitional Keys

Andrea is a gerontologist, teacher, public speaker, trainer and choreographer. As an educator her focus extends to transforming long-term care, lifecycle transitions, creativity and aging, caregiving, and end of life. She is the Co-Founder and President of Transitional Keys, a wellness program that uses the “ritual response” to transform times of change and transition into opportunities for personal growth, insight and creativity.

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Executive Director, Elders Share the Arts

Jennie Smith-Peers is Executive Director of Elders Share the Arts (ESTA), a pioneering community arts organization that provides older adults with opportunities to transform their memories through the arts. Jennie believes passionately in the transformative value the arts can play in the lives of older adults and our communities. Before ESTA, she led parallel careers as a professional performer and administrator in aging services.  She is an alum of  We Are All Brooklyn Fellowship (2010-11) and of New York City’s Arts and Business Council’s Leadership Institute (2012).

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Director & C.E.O., Arts for the Aging, Inc. (AFTA)

Janine Tursini is Director & CEO of Arts for the Aging, Inc. (AFTA), a pioneering human service organization that delivers personalized, high-quality arts experiences to older adults throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan community.

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President, ArtsAge's Senior Theatre Resource Center

Bonnie Vorenberg (B.A., M.S. Theatre) is a nationally recognized expert and pioneer in Senior Theatre who has done groundbreaking work as a teacher, director, speaker, and author.  Bonnie’s presentations and consultations are inspirational, fun, and filled with practical information. Her goal is to help older adults explore their creativity so they can live more fulfilled lives.  

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Dr. Peter Whitehouse

Peter J. Whitehouse, MD, PhD and MA (Bioethics) is Professor of Neurology as well as current or former Professor of Cognitive Science, Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Psychology, Nursing, Organizational Behavior, Bioethics and History.