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Thursday, January 26 • 10:45am - 11:45am
Panel: Housing/Community/Place

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Panelists in this session will discuss ways of adapting and/or transforming housing models for seniors.  Kerry Homstead will discuss the work of the Treehouse Foundation in developing an inter-generational housing model.  Other panelists will discuss how real estate developers in other markets are serving this market, models of community engagement that better support seniors living alone at home, and other innovations in the housing markets that address the needs of seniors.

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Elizabeth Dean Hermann

ELIZABETH DEAN HERMANN, Ph.D | Elizabeth Hermann is a Professor of Landscape Architecture and Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design where she teaches interdisciplinary courses on the urban built environment; transdisciplinary design in the context of social and economic development; urban water issues, poverty and land rights; sustainability and resilience; and critical cartography looking at issues of displacement, place and... Read More →

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Pat Gifford

Board Member, Providence Village
Patricia Gifford is a retired geriatrician, specializing in palliative and hospice care delivered in the home setting. She practiced in California, but has returned to her home city of Providence after forty years, determined to see a Village take hold and to be a part of it.
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Kerry Homstead

Community Facilitator, The Treehouse Foundation
Kerry has been the Treehouse Foundation Community Facilitator since the launch of the Intergenerational Treehouse Community in 2006. She has supported the early implementation and development of the community as well as its continued growth and evolution. Since starting in a small agency created to address the neglected needs of at-risk adolescent girls, Kerry has provided and developed a range of programs and services for many different... Read More →
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Gary Liguori

Dean, URI College of Health Sciences
Gary Liguori is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and was recently appointed as the Inaugural Dean of the College of Health Sciences, and co-Director of the Academic Health Collaborative at the University of Rhode Island. Gary received his PhD in Wellness from North Dakota State University, along with masters and bachelor’s degrees from East Stroudsburg University and the University of Central Missouri... Read More →
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Meredith Oppenheim

Laureate House
Meredith Oppenheim is the founder and CEO of Laureate House a senior housing company focused on the development and management of new residential models and service offerings in university markets.  She has spent nearly  | 15 years working in the senior housing industry at the intersection of residential housing, hospitality and healthcare.  After graduating from the Harvard Business School in 2001, she worked for Marriott... Read More →

Sharon Wells

Executive Director, West Elmwood Housing Development Corp
| Sharon Conard-Wells has been in community development work for most of her life, professionally and personally. After working as a computer systems analyst and serving as Clerk to the RI Senate Corporations Committee, she returned to her roots and became involved with West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation where she has been the Executive Director since 1991.  | Under Sharon’s leadership, West Elmwood Housing works to keep pace... Read More →

Thursday January 26, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Auditorium 3d Floor