Bringing together advocates, providers, policymakers and stakeholders

to inform policy and create a healthy aging environment in the Bay Area

Confirmed Speakers

Speaker bios and pictures may be found in the Conference Program 

Keynote: Susan Reinhard, Director, AARP Public Policy Institute 

Opening Remarks: Dr. Cheryl Phillips, Senior VP, Public Policy and Advocacy, LeadingAge 

General Session: Moderator: Dr. Cheryl Phillips, LeadingAge Bill Harrison, Mayor, City of Fremont Stephen Johnston,  Co-Founder, Aging 2.0  Joshua  Simon, Executive Director, EBALDC Ed Ortiz, Director of Provider Network Development & Services, Health Plan of San Mateo 

Breakout Sessions: 

1.) Advocacy Perspectives: Voices from Local Advocates & Legislative Staff - Moderator: Dion Aroner, former California Assemblymember - Jessica Bartholow, Legislative Advocate, Western Center on Law & Poverty - Elisabeth Jewel, Partner, AJE - Mark Chekal-Bain, District Director, Assemblymember Nancy Skinner's Office - Lori Andersen, Director of Health Aging, The Health Trust 

2.) Housing and Supportive Services - Moderator: Joshua Simon, Executive Director, EBALDC - Dustin Harper, VP of Community Living Services, Institute on Aging - Val Agostino, Vice President, San Francisco, Mercy Housing - Kevin Gerber, CEO, Episcopal Senior Communities - Chris Hess, Director of Resident Services, Satellite Affordable Housing Associates - William F. Pickel, Executive Director, West Bay Housing Corporation 

3.) Promising Practices in Preparing for Health Reform: View from Ground Zero - Moderator: Karen Grimsich, Aging and Family Services Administrator, City of Fremont - Corinne Jan, CEO, Family Bridges - Debbie Toth, CEO, Rehabilitation Services of Northern California - Carrie Wong, San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services - Grace Li, COO, On Lok Lifeways 

4.) Leveraging Technology - Moderator: Scott Peifer, Executive Director, Age Tech West - Stephen Johnston, Co-Founder, Aging 2.0 - David Lindeman, Director, Center for Technology and Aging - Joe Gerardi, Senior VP of IT & CIO, ABHOW

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