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Thursday, January 26


Thursday January 26, 2017 8:00am - 8:30am
Washington St. Foyer


Welcome & Breakfast
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Jim Berson

Consultant, Fio Partners
Jim Berson has served in leadership roles at some of Rhode Island’s most respected non-profit organizations for nearly 25 years. A graduate of Brown University, Jim worked for over a decade at The Providence Center, the state’s leading community behavioral health care organization, including four years as COO.  He served in similar leadership roles at Meeting Street for seven years, before becoming the CEO of the YMCA of... Read More →

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Mayor Jorge Elorza

Mayor Jorge O. Elorza was elected as Providence's 38th Mayor and took office in 2015. In his first year in office, Elorza placed a focused on turning Providence around by extending economic opportunities to all residents, thinking creatively about schools and education, investing in innovation in city government, and committing strongly to ethics and transparency.   | Mayor Elorza was born in Providence and grew up in the city's West End... Read More →

Thursday January 26, 2017 8:30am - 8:45am
Auditorium 3d Floor


Keynote: Marianne Raimondo
Professor Raimondo has recently completed and published a comprehensive review of the senior sector in Rhode Island, and how it is likely to evolve over the coming years.  She will highlight key facts from her research, and discuss implications for policymakers and businesses seeking to servie this sector.

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Maryanne Riamondo

Associate Professor, Rhode Island College School of Management
Marianne Raimondo MS, MSW, LICSW, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor and the Director of the Health Care Administration program at Rhode Island College.  She is also the Executive Director of the Institute for Education in Healthcare at RIC.  Prior to joining the faculty at the college, she was a management consultant for healthcare organizations across the country providing consultation and education in leadership development, quality... Read More →

Thursday January 26, 2017 8:45am - 9:00am
Auditorium 3d Floor


Keynote: Martin Keen
Martin is best known as the founder and owner of Keen Footwear, a manufacturer of highly functional and comfortable outdoor footwear that also bears a distinctive design identity.   He is also the founder and owner of Keen Design Studio, an international design firm, as well as Focal Upright Furniture, a manufacturer of office furniture that provides ergonomic neutral-posture support. Both businesses are based in Rhode Island.
Martin will discuss the process of creating and building new products that did not exist, but which address an un-met need in society.

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Martin Keen

Co-Founder, Focal Upright
An innovative leader in industrial design, serial entrepreneur Martin Keen is the founderof the socially-conscious KEEN® Footwear and, more recently, the award-winning FocalUpright Furniture. His love of sculptural form, structures found in nature and competitivesailing inspire his design aesthetic, helping him create many of the market trends andinnovative products in use today. Originally from the UK, Martin holds a degree inIndustrial... Read More →

Thursday January 26, 2017 9:00am - 9:15am
Auditorium 3d Floor


Thursday January 26, 2017 9:15am - 9:30am


Panel: Food as Medicine

Panelists in this session will explore alternatives to current models of food access/food delivery that are generally poor quality.  Food delivery is a sector that has seen rapid growth and experimentation in the last five years, with multiple partnerings of tech+logistics, and some of these have focused on serving the senior market.   

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Catherine Terry Taylor

Project Advisor, Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program, URI
| Catherine Taylor has worked in public affairs and government for almost three decades. She is the former director of the Rhode Island Division of Elderly Affairs and owner of a small business that specialized in strategic communications consulting for nonprofit and corporate clients.  She currently serves as advisor to the George & Anne Ryan Institute for Neuroscience and to the Rhode Island Geriatric Education Center at the University... Read More →

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Marydale Debor

Managing Director, Fresh Advantage
Marydale DeBor founded Fresh Advantage LLC after 25 years experience in health care administration and philanthropy. Throughout her career, she has been dedicated to improving the health status of individuals adversely affected by poverty and lack of access to care, food and shelter. While a senior executive at a community hospital, she recognized the urgent need to revolutionize traditional institutional food service and bring considerations... Read More →
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Mary Flynn

Mary M. Flynn, PhD, RD, LDN is an Associate Professor of Medicine (Clinical) at Brown University.  She teaches courses in nutrition at Brown, and lectures on nutri-tion in the Brown Medical School.  She is the outpatient clinical dietitian for oncology, Men’s Health, The Stone Center, and the Medical Clinic.  She has been a research die-titian since 1984 at The Miriam Hospital in Providence, RI.  Her main research... Read More →
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Joan Kwiatowski

Joan Kwiatkowski is currently the Chief Executive Officer of CareLink, Inc., a nonprofit health management services organization and The PACE Organization of Rhode Island.  CareLink is comprised of post acute and community based health providers, creating an integrated network of services across the state.  The mission of CareLink is to develop quality and cost saving opportunities for its members, while providing oversight to an... Read More →
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Iyah Romm

VP Clinical Operations, Commonwealth Care Alliance
Iyah Romm is Vice President for Clinical Operations and Transformation at Commonwealth Care Alliance (CCA) a Massachusetts nonprofit health plan and integrated care delivery system created to provide high quality care to people with complex health needs.  CCA manages over 800 million dollars annually to care for more than 20,000 individuals who, by virtue of being over 65 and low income or disabled and low income, are dually eligible for... Read More →
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David Waters

CEO, Community Servings
David Waters is CEO and President of Community Servings, Inc. in Boston, MA. David has been involved with Community Servings as a board member, volunteer and staff person since its founding in 1989 and became the Executive Director/CEO in 1999. David is the former Board Chair of the Association of Nutrition Service Agencies, and is a founding member of the national Food Is Medicine Coalition.

Thursday January 26, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Ship Room


Panel: In-Home Technology for Health & Wellness

Panelists in this session will discuss technology innovations that aim to provide higher levels of safety, mobility, social interaction, and health in the home.   

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Johnny Luo

President, Doctor's Choice
Dr. John Luo is the Founder and President of Doctor's Choice, a company helping retirees navigate Medicare through customized education and personalized supplemental plan finder services.   | Combining knowledge of patient advocacy and business development, Dr. Luo is passionate about reducing barriers to care. Previously, Dr. Luo aided Amazing Charts Inc, an electronic medical record company focused on small physician practices, in... Read More →

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Anita Allemand

Anita Allemand is Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives.  In her most recent role she served as SVP, Enterprise Product Innovation and Development for CVS Health responsible for developing and managing product strategies across the company’s pharmacy benefits management (PBM) retail and long term care businesses.  Previously, Allemand served as Vice President of PBM Product Innovation and Management and Vice President of... Read More →
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Patricia Burbank

Associate Dean, URI College of Nursing
Dr. Burbank is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor in the University of Rhode Island’s College of Nursing.  She is also a faculty member in the RI Geriatric Education Center and a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.  Dr. Burbank’s research and scholarly work has been focused primarily on exercise promotion among older adults, participation in interdisciplinary research on the effects of interventions... Read More →
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Marcia Conrad-Miller

Director of Consulting Services, CGI
Broad experience leading integrated end to end business planning, process improvement and global delivery models implementing technology solutions to improve peoples’ lives and solve business problems. Possesses industry expertise in healthcare, senior living / long term post-acute care, financial services, insurance and medical device technology. | Leads the Consulting Service Practice for CGI New England / Boston Metro bringing business... Read More →
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Kunal Mankodiya

Director, URI Biosensing Lab
Dr. Mankodiya is an assistant professor in the Dept. of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, USA. He pursued his postdoctoral research at Intel Science & Technology Center affiliated with Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. He received his Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of Luebeck, Germany, with an emphasis on wearable health monitoring. He holds B.E... Read More →
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Elizabeth Roche

As the Director of Research and Strategy at Ximedica, Elizabeth is responsible for informing product design and development through end user and stakeholder insights. Her work extends across both the consumer and medical space, from physical devices to apps, websites and connected experiences. To this end Elizabeth leverages a range of Human Factors methods including contextual inquiry, heuristic analysis, formative usability testing and HF... Read More →

Thursday January 26, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Auditorium 3d Floor


Thursday January 26, 2017 10:30am - 10:45am


Panel: Housing/Community/Place

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


Panel: Mobility

Explore how partnerships between for-profit transportation providers, sharing/scheduling platform technology providers, senior or other community organizations, and other potential players in this space, could meet the transportation needs of seniors in a financially sustainable way. 


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Kenneth Barrette

Partner, Optimity Advisors
Kenneth is a results-oriented executive with 20 years of experience in business operations and technology. Specializing in translating vision into actionable strategy, he consistently drives turnarounds of underperforming organizations, accelerates revenue growth and profitability for new business ventures and product launches, and improves velocity and value realization of strategic business investments and acquisitions. As a proven change... Read More →

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Lloyd Albert

Sr VP Public/Government Affairs & New Business Development, AAA
Lloyd currently serves as Senior Vice President of Public / Government Affairs at AAA Northeast, an auto club serving over 5.2 million members in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.  Lloyd is a registered lobbyist who directs legislative and public policy activities for the motor club, and serves as its official spokesperson.  Additionally, he has responsibility for AAA’s charitable / philanthropic... Read More →
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Richard Besdine

Professor of Medicine, Director of the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Chief of Geriatrics for Lifespan, and first Greer Professor of Geriatric Medicine at Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He is also Professor of Health Services Policy and Practice and Director of the Center for Gerontology Healthcare Research in the Brown University School of Public Health.
Dr. Besdine served as Interim Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences at Brown Medical School (2002-2005). He is a founding Board member of the Rhode Island Quality Institute, and a current Board member for Neighborhood Health Plan. He is past President of the American Geriatrics Society, and past chair of its Board of Directors. Dr. Besdine spent 1995-1998 in Federal service; he was Director of the Health Standards and Quality Bureau and... Read More →
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Katherine Freund

Founder & President, ITNAmerica
Katherine Freund is the founder and President of Independent Transportation Network of America.  Katherine is a 2012 Askoka Fellow.  She was featured in the Wall Street Journal as one of the “12 People Who Are Changing Your Retirement,” and on CNN’s “Breakthrough Women” series.   She has received AARP’s Inspire Award, the Maxwell Pollack Award from the Gerontological Society of America... Read More →
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Patrick Mattingly

Board President-Elect, Providence Village of Rhode Island
Patrick Mattingly is a retired physician with over 35 years’ health care management experience in government, public and private sectors. He currently serves on the Boards of the Providence Village of RI and Southside Community Land Trust, and until recently on the RI Health Insurance Advisory Council. He was previously Chief Executive of Harvard Community Health Plan of New England (successor to RIGHA), and Senior Vice President for... Read More →

Thursday January 26, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Ship Room


Lunch with RISD Student Presentation & Roundtable Discussions
At lunch, panelists and sponsors will be available to continue discussions and networking at round tables located in the main seating area.  Table signs will indicate the subject matter at each table.

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Ashley Chen

Ashley is a senior from Taiwan currently studying industrial designer at Rhode Island School of Design. She enjoys user-centric problem solving and conceptual thinking, along with hands on approach to projects and interaction with peers. She firmly believes that the user is an essential medium towards producing a good product. This idea is evident in her works, accompanied by her passion with constructing 3D renderings, UI/UX designs and interior... Read More →
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Indhu Solayappan

ndhu is a senior in Industrial Design at RISD, and currently lives in a small city in south India. Through her personal, professional, and academic work, she’s passionate about discovering the relationship between Sculpture, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture, and Socially Engaged Design.

Thursday January 26, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Ship Room