Presenter Bios

Bios of 2014 Presenters

Mohamed Ali
Hepatitis B Coalition of Washington, International Community Health Services (ICHS)

Mohamed Ali, MPH, is a community advocate and the Program Coordinator for the Hepatitis B Coalition of Washington at International Community Health Services (ICHS), a nonprofit community health center that offers affordable health care services to Seattle and King County’s Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities, as well as other underserved communities.

Mr. Ali is the co-founder of the King County (WA) Somali Health Board, an organization that is dedicated to improve the health and well-being of Somali community in King County by bridging the cultural gaps and communication between the Somali immigrant community, health care providers, and local health agencies.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recognized Mr. Ali as a Community Preparedness Hero in 2012. and White House’s 2013 Champions of Change. When a significant winter storm was forecast in January of 2012, Mr. Ali rallied Somali religious leaders to implement a rapid communication strategy that reached thousands of East Africans in King County, warning about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. Mr. Ali coordinated with Public Health-Seattle & King County and other emergency management to set up shelter in a local Islamic Center, and even rented 4-wheel drive vehicles to deliver hot meals and bring people to warm shelter. Health officials credited Mr. Ali’s effort as an important contributor to a 90% drop in hospital admissions for carbon monoxide poisonings compared to a previous storm.

Janet Ceballos
Alzheimers Association

Janet Ceballos is a Latina woman born and raised in Southern California. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Social work from California State University, Long Beach she moved to Seattle, WA in 2000. She began a 5 year career in mental health at Navos, formerly known as Highline West Seattle Mental Health.

In 2006, she joined the Alzheimer’s Association as a care consultant directly working with the Latino Community developing the El Portal NW program; A disease specific education program serving Latino caregivers in King County. Her experiences building El Portal NW taught her many successful assessment and service delivery strategies to better connect with her community.  In 2010, she left the Alzheimer’s Association to pursue a Master’s in Social work which she obtained in 2012. She then returned to the Alzheimer’s Association and now manages their social services department.  Throughout her time in graduate school Janet remained actively involved in Latino Elder issues. Her 14 year career in the field of aging has given Janet ample experiences in service delivery for elders and their families.

George Demiris
School of Nursing, University of Washington

George Demiris is the Alumni Endowed Professor in Nursing at the School of Nursing and Biomedical and Health Informatics, at the School of Medicine, University of Washington. He is the Graduate Program Director of the Biomedical and Health Informatics Graduate Program at the School of Medicine and the Director of the Clinical at the School of Nursing. He obtained his MSc degree in Medical Informatics from the University of Heidelberg, Germany and his PhD degree in Health Informatics from the University of Minnesota. His research interests include the design and evaluation of home based technologies for older adults and patients with chronic conditions and disabilities, smart homes and ambient assisted living applications and the use of telehealth in home care and hospice. He is the Chair of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) Working Group on Smart homes and Ambient Assisted Living, and the Lead Convener of the Technology and Aging Special Interest Group of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA).

Michael Hegg
Entrepreneur & Innovator

Michael Hegg received his B.S. (’02) in Physics from Washington and Lee University. Subsequently, he went on to obtain his M.S. (’04) and Ph.D. (’08) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington. While at the UW, Dr. Hegg developed novel nano-scale photodetectors for integration with CMOS cameras and photonic integrated circuits. In 2008, he joined IV Labs and founded what is now the diagnostics group, leading an effort to diagnose malaria by exploiting the unique optical properties of hemozoin. In 2014, Dr. Hegg left IV Labs and founded iSense, LLC, where he develops and consults in wearable technologies for health and fitness applications. Dr. Hegg has over 20 peer-reviewed publications and patents in the areas of optics, nanotechnology, and diagnostics and is a recipient of the W. M. Keck Foundation and NSF IGERT fellowships.

Nancy Hooyman, PhD
University of Washington, School of Social Work

Nancy Hooyman holds the Hooyman Professorship of Gerontology and is dean emeritus at the University of Washington School of Social Work. She is author of 12 books and over 130 articles and chapters. Her books include a widely used text, Social Gerontology: A Multidisciplinary Perspective (9th Edition); Aging Matters: An Introduction to Social Gerontology; Feminist Perspectives on Family care: Policies toward Gender Justice; Taking Care of Older Relatives, one of the first widely used books on family caregiving, and Grief and Loss: Interventions across the Lifespan. She is Principal Investigator of the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) National Center for Gerontological Social Work Education. She is the recipient of the 2009 CSWE Significant Lifetime Achievement Award in Social Work Education and the 1998 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work Education, and was inducted into the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare in 2011. She is a Fellow and past-chair of the Social Research Policy and Practice (SRPP) Section of GSA; Past-President of SSWR; and Past-President of the National Association of Deans and Directors of Social Work, and has served on the Advisory Boards for all the Hartford Geriatric Social Work Initiatives. Locally, she serves on the board of Mirabella and Wider Horizons, and is past –President of the Senior Services Board.

William R. Phillips, MD, MPH
U.S. Preventitive Services Task Force

Dr. Bill Phillips is the Theodore J. Phillips Endowed Professor in Family Medicine at the University of Washington. Bill is a native of Seattle and earned his MD and MPH at the UW. He is residency-trained and board-certified in both family medicine and preventive medicine. He practiced as a family doctor in the Ballard area of Seattle for 20 years. He is also an educator, researcher and professional leader. He was a founder of the Annals of Family Medicine and is currently its Senior Associate Editor. He is past president of the North American Primary Care Research Group and past chair of the AAFP Commission on Clinical Policies and Science. Currently, Bill directs the UW Primary Care Research Fellowship. Dr. Phillips is a member of the United State Preventive Services Task Force. His work focuses on care, communication, and clinical preventive services.

Jennifer M. Sampson, PhD, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and co-founder of The Hoarding Project. Jennifer earned her doctorate in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota. Her research interests involve the influence of family and life experiences on hoarding behavior, as well as developing effective and ethical approaches to mandatory hoarding cleanouts. She has published multiple articles in academic journals on hoarding, and completed her dissertation work on understanding the influences of unresolved trauma and loss and family dynamics on hoarding behavior. She earned her Master’s degree from Seattle Pacific University and teaches at Antioch University Seattle in the Couples and Family Therapy Department. She has currently practices therapy in her group practice, Northwest Relationships, in Tacoma, Washington, and chairs the King/Pierce County Hoarding Task Force.