2013 Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Nancy WhitelawNancy A. Whitelaw

Dr. Nancy Whitelaw is Senior Fellow at the National Council on Aging (NCOA) where she was founding Director of the Center for Healthy Aging.  She also co-directs Practice Change Leaders for Aging and Health, a national program to develop organizational leaders who can shape transformative improvements in care for older adults.   During 2012, she served as President of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA).

Dr. Whitelaw is known for fostering broad-based collaborations that engage academics, practitioners and policy makers across health care, public health and community services.  Her work emphasizes the importance of prevention, self-management and person-centered care, moving beyond the traditional medical model and into community settings where older adults want to live with independence and dignity.  She has been the recipient of NCOA’s Molly Mettler Award for national leadership in health promotion, GSA’s Maxwell A. Pollack Award for distinction in bridging research, policy and practice and the Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award.

Prior to joining NCOA in 1999, Dr. Whitelaw served as Associate Director of the Center for Health System Studies at the Henry Ford Health System (HFHS), overseeing research and training projects on case coordination and geriatric team care.

Dr. Whitelaw has a Ph.D. in Health Services Organization and Policy from the University of Michigan and B.A. and M.S. degrees in Sociology from Portland State University. 

Cheryl PhillipsCheryl Phillips

Cheryl Phillips, M.D  is the Senior VP for Advocacy and Public Policy at LeadingAge in Washington, D.C.  Prior to this role she was Chief Medical Officer of On Lok Lifeways, the originator of the PACE (Program of All-Inclusive care for the Elderly) model based in San Francisco, CA. She has also served as the Medical Director for Senior Services and Chronic Disease Management, for the Sutter Health System, a network of doctors, hospitals and other health providers in Northern California. As a fellowship-trained geriatrician her clinical practice focused on nursing homes and the long term care continuum. In addition to being a hands-on medical director of multiple nursing homes in California, she oversaw the network development and quality oversight for Sutter’s Sacramento-Sierra region post-acute care.  Dr. Phillips is the past president of the American Geriatrics Society, the organization representing health care professionals committed to improving the health of America’s seniors; and is also past president of the American Medical Directors Association, the physician organization for long-term care. She serves on multiple national boards and advisory groups for chronic care including the CMS Quality Assurance and Process Improvement (QAPI) Technical Expert Panel in Long Term Care, the National Quality Forum MAP Coordinating Committee, and has provided multiple testimonies to the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. She served as a primary care health policy fellow under Secretary Tommy Thompson, and was appointed by the Governor as a California Commissioner on Aging and appointed to the Olmstead Advisory Committee for California.  Currently, Dr. Phillips is the co-chair of Advancing Excellence, the campaign for quality improvement in nursing homes.