James Pacala, MD, MS

James Pacala, MD, MS

Professor and Head, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, UMN Medical School, and Minnesota Northstar GWEP Program Director

Joseph E. Gaugler, PhD

Joseph E. Gaugler, PhD

Professor and Robert L. Kane Endowed Chair in Long-Term Care and Aging, UMN School of Public Health

Teresa Schicker

Teresa Schicker, MPA

Minnesota Northstar GWEP Program Manager

Kristine M. Talley, PhD, RN, GNP-BC (Nursing)

Kristine M. Talley, PhD, RN, GNP-BC

Associate Professor, School of Nursing


Keri Benson

Kari Benson, Executive Director

Minnesota Board on Aging
DHS Director of Aging and Adult Services
Represent MN Department of Human Services; advocacy and policy for older adults

Rebecca Cassidy

Rebecca Cassidy

Caregiver Representative

Kim DeRoche

Kim DeRoche, MD, Director of Primary Care Service Line

Fairview Health Services
Community-based healthcare system for transforming primary care clinics to Age-Friendly sites

Colleen McDonald Diouf

Roli Dwivedi, MD, Chief Clinical Officer and Interim CEO

Community-University Health Care Center
Primary site for interprofessional education and clinic transformation

Maureen Kenney

Maureen Kenney, Live Well at Home Supervisor, Aging and Adult Services Division

Minnesota Board on Aging
Represents Minnesota Department of Human Services; advocacy and policy for older adults


Jane Pederson

Jane Pederson, MD, MS, Chief Medical Quality Officer

Stratis Health (State QIO)
Share expertise in Quality Improvement, capacity building, strategy, and systems change

Reena Shetty

Reena Shetty, Director

Age-Friendly MN Council
Minnesota Department of Human Services

Dawn Simonson

Dawn Simonson, MPA, President and CEO

Trellis and Dementia Friends
Advocate for promotion of dementia-friendly communities

Adam Suomala

Adam Suomala, MPA, Executive Director

Minnesota Leadership Council on Aging
Represent 30 community organizations serving older adults in Minnesota

Tom van Sternberg

Tom von Sternberg, MD, Medical Director, Community Care Systems

Medicare, MSHO
Care Management and Government Programs

Lori Vrolson

Lori Vrolson, Director of m4a

Minnesota Association of Area Agencies on Aging (m4a)
Executive Director of Central MN Council on Aging
Represent all seven state AAAs to advocate for community-based GWEP activities

Alana Wright

Alana Wright, MGS Executive Director

Minnesota Gerontological Society

Educate and connect to statewide geriatrics healthcare professionals and direct care workers


Robbin Frazier

Robbin Frazier

(Public Health, Equity Access and Community Engagement)

Sharon Kimble

Sharon Kimble, PT, DPT

(Physical Therapy)

Rajean Paul Moone, PhD, LNHA (Social Work; Long-Term Care)

Rajean Paul Moone, PhD, LNHA

(Social Work; Long-Term Care)

Becky J. Olson-Kellogg, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA (Physical Therapy)

Becky J. Olson-Kellogg, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA

(Physical Therapy and MN Board on Aging)

Edward Ratner, MD (Medicine)

Edward Ratner, MD

(Medicine, Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System)


Jennifer Kertz, MPP, Evaluation Administrative Lead

Jennifer Kertz, MPP

Evaluation Administrative Lead

Laura Pejsa, PhD, Lead Evaluator

Laura Pejsa, PhD

Lead Evaluator