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

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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

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Colleen McDonald Diouf

Colleen McDonald Diouf, CEO

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

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

Stratis Health
Reena Shetty

Reena Shetty

Planning Coordinator, Aging and Adult Services Division, Minnesota Board on Aging

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Dawn Simonson

Dawn Simonson, Director of Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging

Dementia Friends
Advocate for promotion of dementia-friendly communities

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Adam Suomala

Adam Suomala, MPA, Executive Director

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

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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

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Alana Wright

Alana Wright, MGS Executive Director

MN Gerontological Society


Robbin Frazier

Robbin Frazier

(Public Health, Equity Access and Community Engagement)

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

Rajean Paul Moone, PhD, LNHA

(Social Work; Long-Term Care)

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

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Laura Pejsa, PhD, Lead Evaluator

Laura Pejsa, PhD

Lead Evaluator