Presenter Bios

Bios of 2013 Presenters

Robin Arnold-Williams
Senior Advisor
Leavitt Partners

Robin Arnold-Williams serves as a Senior Advisor at Leavitt Partners and is also a member of the firm’s FuturePanel, bringing experience in health and social service policy initiatives to the firm. With knowledge gained over a thirty-year career in public human service, Dr. Arnold-Williams providess consultation services to public, private and non-profit entities on topics pertaining to health care, long term care, human services, and state government operations.  She is also a part-time lecturer at the University of Washington, School of Social Work.
In 2005, Robin was appointed by Governor Chris Gregoire to serve as Secretary of the Washington State Department of Social & Health Services (DSHS), a position she held until being appointed Director of the Governor’s Executive Policy Office in 2009. In this role she led the governor’s government reform initiatives resulting in reducing the size of state government, enhancing customer service and streamlining service delivery. She also led efforts to position the state to implement national health reform, including creating a health care cabinet and consolidating state health care purchasing.  After leaving state government for her consulting practice in 2010, Robin was reappointed as DSHS Secretary in January 2012 serving until the end of the Gregoire Administration.  Prior to her service in Washington State, Robin spent 24 years with the Utah Department of Human Services including serving as Director of the Division of Aging and Adult Services (1992-1993), Department Deputy/Director (1993-1997) and Executive Director (1997 through 2004).

Selena Bolotin, LICSW (Transitions Across Care Settings Panel)
Director of Care Transitions and Patient Safety 
Qualis Health

Selena Bolotin is the Director of Care Transitions and Patient Safety for Qualis Health, Washington’s quality improvement organization. She was the Program Manager for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) funded Care Transitions project in Whatcom County from 2008-2011, and currently manages a CMS funded statewide initiative to improve care transitions and reduce avoidable readmissions for Medicare patients.  Selena received her Masters in Social Work from California State University, Sacramento and has worked in a variety of healthcare settings including community mental health, hospital, hospice and home care.  For much of her career, Selena was a hospital administrator responsible for behavioral health, case management and rehabilitation departments.  She joined Qualis Health in 2008.

Soo Borson, MD
Professor Emerita
University of Washington

Soo Borson MD is Professor Emerita in the School of Medicine (Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences) and Affiliate Professor of Psychosocial and Community Health Nursing at the University of Washington. She directed the Memory Disorders Clinic at UW Medical Center for 15 years.  She is past President of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the Gerontological Society of America, and an Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Dr. Borson has received research grant funding from the National Institute on Aging, National Institute of Mental Health, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, the Veterans Affairs Research Service, the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Health Assistance Foundation, Forest Labs, and Ortho-McNeil.  She recently contributed to formulation of the Alzheimer’s Association’s recommendations on implementation of cognitive assessment in the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit and the American Medical Association’s practice-based measures of dementia care quality. Dr. Borson’s research, clinical and teaching have focused on the clinical neuroscience of dementias and new models for improving diagnosis and integrated care of persons with dementia and their family caregivers.  She is the author of the Mini-Cog, a widely used screening tool to improve recognition of cognitive impairment in primary care settings, and consults to several large health care systems to help create effective dementia management programs.

Karen I. Fredriksen-Goldsen, PhD (Health Disparities Panel)
Professor, School of Social Work
University of Washington
Dr. Fredriksen-Goldsen is Professor and Director of the Institute for Multigenerational Health at the School of Social Work. Her primary area of scholarship is multigenerational health, health equity in marginalized communities, and optimal aging and health promotion. As the Principal Investigator of Caring and Aging with Pride, she is leading the first federally-funded national study of health disparities and equity among sexual minorities.  She has presented this research at a Congressional Briefing and White House Conference. Dr. Fredriksen-Goldsen is the author of three books and more than 75 publications in leading professional journals.  Her book, Families and Work: New Directions in the Twenty-First Century (Oxford University Press) is the most comprehensive study to date of caregiving across the lifespan.  She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and a Hartford Scholar. She received the Outstanding Research Award from the Society for Social Work and Research and received the Doctoral Mentor Award. Locally, nationally, and internationally, Dr. Fredriksen-Goldsen provides consultation and training on multigenerational health and well-being. She currently serves as Commissioner on the national CSWE Commission for Economic Justice and Diversity. She is also the co-founder of Shanti/Seattle.   She received her PhD in Social Welfare from the University of California at Berkeley.

Nancy Hooyman, PhD
Professor and Dean Emeritus
University of Washington School of Social Work

Dr. Nancy R. Hooyman, Professor and Dean Emeritus at the University of Washington School of Social Work received her Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Work from the University of Michigan. Under her leadership as Dean for 14 years, the School of Social  Work was ranked third out of 135 graduate programs by US News and World Report.  She is author of eight books and over 100 articles and chapters related to gerontology  and women’s issues, and is a frequent presenter at conferences on gerontology,  feminism, older women, and caregiving. Her books include a widely used text, Social  Gerontology: A Multidisciplinary Perspective (6th Edition); Feminist Perspectives on  Family care: Policies toward Gender Justice; and Taking Care of Older Relatives, one of  the first widely used books on family caregiving, Grief and Loss: Interventions across  the Lifespan.

Dr. Hooyman is a Fellow in the Gerontological Society; Past-President of the National Association of Deans and Directors of Social Work; past-Board member of the National Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research; Past Chairperson of the Action  Network for Social Work Education and Research, a legislative coalition among the five  professional national social work organizations; and President of the Society for Social  Work and Research. She serves on the Advisory Boards for all the Hartford Foundation Geriatric Initiatives: Faculty Fellows, Faculty Scholars, Strengthening Aging and  Gerontology Education for Social Work (CSWE Sage-SW) and Geriatric Social Work  Practicum Development.

She is currently co-Principal Investigator of the National Center for Gerontological Social Work Education, a national curriculum change initiative funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation. Locally, chairs the United Way Impact Council on Older Adults, and serves on the boards of Senior Services and the Sound Families Initiative through  the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Nellis Y. Kim, MSW, LICSW (Transitions Across Care Settings Panel)
Program Specialist 
Pierce County Community Connections, Aging and Disability Resources (ADR)
Area Agency on Aging

Nellis Y. Kim is the program lead for the Centers for Medicaid and Medicaid-funded Community-based Care Transitions Program (CCTP).  Nellis also has responsibility for a broad range of programs that support healthy aging and quality health care coordination for older adults and people with disabilities who live in Pierce County.  Previously, Nellis was the Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman for Pierce County, and has also worked in private geriatric care management.  Nellis received her B.A. in Social Work at the University of Washington and her M.S. in Social Work with an emphasis in gerontology, public policy and program planning from Columbia University.

Jordan Lewis 
Acting Assistant Professor with the 
University of Washington School of Social Work and the 
Indigenous Wellness Research Institute

Dr. Jordan Lewis is an Acting Assistant Professor with the University of Washington School of Social Work and the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute.  He is also a Postdoctoral/Senior Research Fellow as part of an NIMH-funded postdoctoral training program at the University of Washington School of Medicine focused on behavioral health with underserved older adults. As a cross-cultural community psychologist, Jordan’s research explores the role of culture in the aging process and how it impacts whether or not individuals are able to age successfully despite sociocultural challenges in rural Alaska. As a researcher interested in the mental health and wellbeing of Indigenous elders, his research will shed light on these issues and bring much needed awareness directly from the perspective of those with first-hand experience. As a social worker, community psychologist and gerontologist Jordan’s research uses a holistic or ecological systems approach to health, incorporating the family, community, and environment in exploring health behaviors and health disparities among AI/AN populations. Jordan received his doctoral degree in Cross-Cultural Community Psychology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), where he did his research with Alaska Native elders in Bristol Bay (SW) Alaska to establish an Alaska Native model of successful aging.

Wayne McCormick, MD, MPH
Professor, Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine
University of Washington
Wayne C. McCormick is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington, Department of Medicine, Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, Harborview Medical Center. He is a graduate of Washington University Medical School in St. Louis and of the University of Washington School of Public Health in Seattle. He is board certified in medicine, preventive medicine, public health, geriatrics, and palliative medicine and is a former Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar.  Dr. McCormick is medical director of several local organizations, including Bailey Boushay House and Providence Hospice of Seattle.  He is Section Chief of the UW Long-Term Care Services and directs the Palliative Medicine Fellowship at the University of Washington.  Dr. McCormick is President-Elect of the American Geriatrics Society. His research focus is health services research and epidemiology of dementing illness (Alzheimers disease and other dementias) and other chronic diseases, including HIV infection in older persons. His research interests focus on the epidemiology and health services use of seriously ill patients, e.g. long-term care for persons with AIDS or Alzheimer’s disease.  He is co-investigator for cohort clinical and epidemiological studies of older persons and is also involved in a number of quality- and process-improvement projects in palliative care and hospice.

Susan McCurry, PhD
Professor, Department of Psychosocial and Community Health
University of Washington

Susan McCurry is a Research Professor in the Department of Psychosocial and Community Health, Adjunct Research Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and a fellow in the Gerontological Society of America. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno.  Her clinical and research interests focus on various aspects of gerontology and geriatrics, particularly helping family and professional caregivers manage behavioral challenges in persons with dementia. Dr. McCurry has been the principal investigator or co-investigator on over 30 federal or foundation grants related to aging, dementia, and caregiving. She has authored over 100 professional publications and book chapters, plus two books designed to help family caregivers and health care professionals provide more effective and compassionate care to cognitively impaired individuals, including the 2006 book, “When A Family Member has Dementia: Steps to Becoming a Resilient Caregiver.”  Currently she is principal investigator on two NIA-funded grants evaluating outcomes for older adults with sleep disturbances and co-morbid medical conditions.  Other ongoing research activities include collaboration on translational dementia caregiver education programs in Washington and Oregon States, evaluation of cognitive outcomes and risk factors in a longitudinal study of aging and dementia, and development of exercise and staff training programs in the Veteran’s Administration to improve outcomes for persons with cognitive decline.

Ingrid McDonald, MPP (Affordable Care Act Panel)
Advocacy Director, AARP Washington

Ingrid McDonald is the Advocacy Director of the Washington State office of AARP.  She works on state and federal legislative issues of concern to AARP’s nearly 1 million members statewide. She has a background in community organizing and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University. Previously, Ms. McDonald spent nearly a decade in Washington DC where she worked as a legislative advocate for the Service Employees International Union and prior to that served as the Coordinator of the national Long Term Care Campaign. Prior to moving to Seattle in 2007, Ingrid spent three years in Amman, Jordan where she worked as free- lance journalist, covering the experience of Iraqi migrants and reporting on the Arab approach to long term care. She now lives in Ballard with her husband and two sons.

Ivan Molton, PhD (Health Disparities Panel)
Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
University of Washington
Dr. Molton is a licensed clinical psychologist in the State of Washington and UW assistant professor with the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine.  He is the Co-Director of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Aging with Physical Disabilities and was recently awarded a Switzer Fellowship by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) to work on bridging the gap between disability and aging research.  As a rehabilitation psychologist, Dr. Molton works primarily with individuals recovering from amputation, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, and neurological disease.  Dr. Molton also specializes in chronic pain management. His research interests lie in chronic pain, disability studies, and geropsychology.  Relevant publications include: Jensen MP, Molton IR, Groah SL, Campbell ML, Charlifue S, Chiodo A, Forchheimer M, Krause JS, Tate D “Secondary health conditions in individuals aging with SCI: terminology, concepts and analytic approaches.” Spinal Cord. 2012;50(5):373-8; and Molton IR, Jensen MP “Aging and disability: biopsychosocial perspectives.” Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America2010 May; 21; 2; 253-65.  Dr. Molton received his PhD in Clinical Health Psychology from the University of Miami in Florida.

Pam Piering

Pam Piering brings over 30 years of experience in working in government agencies serving older adults and persons with disabilities.  She was the Executive Director of Seattle’s Aging and Disability Services Division for 15 years, where she was highly regarded nationally and regionally for her visionary leadership, collaborative style an passion for working with older adults and their families.  Her leadership was recognized by the receipt of a national award by the National Association of Area Agencies (n4a) in 2012. She serves on the community advisory board of the University of Washington Health Promotion Research Center.  She currently consults with agencies serving older adults both regionally and nationally.
Most recently, she worked with the National Council on Aging n their “self-management learning network” and was a grant reviewer for PCORI (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute).  She also led a strategic planning retreat for the Spokane Area Agency on Aging.  She serves on several United Way committees related to health and wellness.

Mary Shelkey, PhD, ARNP
Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
Mary Shelkey is a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner and Advanced Practice Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse.  She received her doctorate in nursing science from New York University Division of Nursing and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the UW School of Nursing on the topic of Palliative Care Needs of Older Adults in Assisted Living.  Dr. Shelkey has been Director of the Nursing Clinical Research Unit at Benaroya Research Institute, Virginia Mason Medical Center and a clinician, geriatric specialist, and palliative care nurse practitioner at Group Health Cooperative, Virginia Mason Medical Center, and long-term care facilities in the Seattle area and in New York and New Jersey.  She has also been on the faculty at Seattle University College of Nursing.  Dr. Shelkey has extensive clinical, teaching, and research experience; well over 20 publications; and given many acclaimed presentations to clinical and research audiences.  Her expertise and research interests related to gerontological nursing and geriatrics extend from management of pain, palliative care, and activities of daily living to functional and cognitive change in older adults.

Susan Shepherd (Transitions Across Care Settings Panel)
Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) Program Manager 
Aging and Long-Term Support Administration, DSHS

Susan Shepherd is responsible for policy and grant management to develop a statewide network of ADRCs under a joint federal initiative of the US DHHS Administration for Community Living (ACL), CMS, and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). This evolving statewide network of ADRCs has recently been branded Community Living Connections. Susan received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Washington and has worked in a variety of education and social service settings, including Montessori education; Area Agency on Aging (AAA) case management, supervision; and program management; 2-1-1 development in Oregon and Washington States; and as part of a national association, providing technical assistance and support to state aging and disability agencies.  She joined Washington State’s DSHS in 2005, where she has authored and implemented several successful federal and private ADRC grant applications, including two that were related to evidence-based care transitions.

Jay Woolford, BArch (Health Disparities Panel)
Executive Director
Senior Housing Assistance Group
Jay Woolford is the Executive Director of SHAG, the Senior Housing Assistance Group, operating 28 communities that support aging in place for low to moderate income older adults in the Puget Sound area. SHAG aims to improve the quality of life of its residents, add to healthy communities, and ease financial burdens.  SHAG’s original focus was addressing basic needs for affordable housing for seniors and today also emphasizes contracted assistance and support services for people to age in place.  Mr. Woolford has more than 20 years’ experience in the development of senior housing and continuing care retirement communities.  He was a Senior Vice-President with Sunrise Senior Living, overseeing the development of full-service Independent Living Communities nationally. He was also President of Springton Development Services and Chief Operating Officer of US Retirement Communities, responsible for the implementation of CCRCs nationally, including the first equity model CCRC in New York State.  He has consulted with providers across the country and worked with the Kendal Corporation in the design, construction, and start-up of new retirement communities, including communities at Dartmouth College and Cornell University.  He is a board member of Leading Age Washington and Age Tech West and serves on the technical advisory committee for Health and Human Services, Seattle Central Community College.  Mr. Woolford received his Architecture degree from Cornell University.

Heather M. Young, PhD, RN, FAAN (Health Disparities Panel)
Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing
Dean and Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

A nurse leader and nationally recognized expert in gerontological nursing and rural health care, Dr. Young is associate vice chancellor for nursing and founding dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. Dr. Young’s research and clinical interest is the promotion of healthy aging with a particular focus on the interface between family and formal health-care systems, particularly in rural communities. Her research has focused on medication management and safety in rural, assisted-living settings, technological approaches to medication safety in rural hospitals, and family caregiving. Her current research examines telehealth and community-based strategies to promote health for rural older adults. Dr. Young is a co-investigator in both the Initiative for Wireless Health and Wellness and the Latino Aging Research Resource Center at UC Davis. She is chief scientist for the Center for Information Technology Research for the Interest of Society.
Dr. Young is a University of Washington alumna and previously was a member of the University Of Washington faculty. She moved to Oregon Health & Science University to direct the Office of Rural Health Research and the John A. Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence.