OGA 2020 Board of Directors

Board Officers:

President - Siobhan Maty, PhD, MPH

Siobhan Maty is Associate Professor and Chair of the Master of Science in Global Health program at the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She is an epidemiologist with expertise in the conceptualization and measurement of social factors and their influence on health outcomes using a life course approach. She uses traditional epidemiology and community-based participatory research approaches to explore the social determinants of health and health inequities, the epidemiology of type 2 diabetes and related conditions, and the impact of aging on population health.

Past President - Margaret B. Neal, PhD

Margaret Beth Neal is Professor Emerita of Urban Studies and the former director of the Institute on Aging at Portland State University. She taught graduate courses in gerontology, survey design, data collection and global aging. She led Portland's participation in the 2006-07 World Health Organization's Global Age-Friendly Cities project and has co-coordinated the Age-Friendly Portland and Multnomah County initiatives since then, speaking and publishing locally, nationally and internationally on the topic of age-friendly communities as well as that of combining paid work with unpaid care for elders. She and her husband, David Leckey, live between Wilsonville and Newberg at their nursery, Oregon Small Trees.

President-Elect - Kathleen M. Sullivan, Ph.D.

Kathleen M. Sullivan, Ph.D. is an accomplished speaker, trainer and writer on issues related to aging, built and social environments and veterans. She ran the successful No on 9 Campaign in Oregon in 2000 and was a member of the national training team for The Task force helping communities defeat anti-LGBTQ ballot measures. After receiving her Ph.D., she created the nation’s most comprehensive suite of services for LGBT older adults while working in California including the first and still only program that links LGBT veterans to their earned VA benefits. Currently she serves as a member of AARPs Diversity Action Committee and is a Commissioner on the Governor’s Senior Services Commission. Dr. Sullivan holds a Ph.D. from the Nohad Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University where she coauthored Oregon’s first study on transportation issues for older adults. She is an authority on the aging of the LGBT population having researched and published on the aging of that community for close to a decade and is currently working to develop intergenerational affinity housing for the LGBTQ community. She is the author of a book on meditation, is an avid skier; runner and tennis player. She lives in NE Portland with her wife Rebecca.

Treasurer - Sara Kofman

Sara Kofman joined the Alzheimer’s Association in 2015 as the Public Policy Director. In her role with the Alzheimer’s Association, she guides and supports the development of state and federal policy priorities and manages grassroots advocacy activities. Sara comes to the Alzheimer’s Association with more than 15 years combined experience in health policy and health advocacy work. Sara's early career was grounded in health care and public policy working as a Legislative Assistant for U.S. Senator Ron Wyden.

Secretary - Karen Kinzey

Karen Kinzey is the Program Manager, Holy Names Heritage Center. She has been a member of the OGA Board since 2013 and currently serves on the Executive, Education and Finance Committees. Her areas of expertise include developing educational programs for older adults and managing senior volunteers. Karen has conducted over 200 oral history interviews with seniors, including Pearl Harbor survivors, Catholic Sisters and WWII combatants and civilians. She volunteers with the Oregon Alzheimer's Association and two local memory Cafes. She hold a MA and BA from Virginia Tech. She is committed to improving the lives of people with dementia and their caregivers.

Board Directors:

Anabel Pelham, PhD

Anabel Pelham is president of the National Association of Professional Gerontologists (NAPG) and emeriti professor and founding director of the Gerontology Program at San Francisco State University. She is also Founding Director of the Center for Age-Friendly Excellence (CAFE), a project of the Los Altos Community Foundation and a past member of the Foundation's Board of Directors. Dr. Pelham is president of the Board of Directors of the Council on Aging, Central Oregon, and a member of the Advisory Council of Grupo Dabvsa, Mexico. Dr. Pelham is past president of the California Council on Gerontology and Geriatrics (CCGG) and is an active member of GSA, CAG and IAGG and serves on the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education's Global Aging Committee. She is a former Chair of the Senior Commission for the City of Los Altos/Los Altos Hills, where she led the successful initiative to make Los Altos and Los Altos Hills the first Age-Friendly (City and Town) in California. Dr. Pelham has expertise in global issues in aging and gerontology, Age-Friendly Cities and community development, community-based health and human services, qualitative research methods, graduate gerontology curriculum development, geriatric care management, life-long learning, and credentialing and accreditation in the field of gerontology. She has lectured and taught for several years internationally and in the former European Masters in Gerontology (EuMaG) Summer School in multiple countries around the world. Dr. Pelham's current interests are: creating Age-Friendly Cities and communities, professionalizing the discipline of Gerontology and compassion as a core value in aging. She recently contributed a chapter: Creating Compassionate Communities: The Intersection of Resilience, Democracy and Age-Friendliness, in Sharing Compassion, Rainsford Press, Dublin, Ireland, 2018.

Ann McQueen, PhD

Ann is the Research and Policy Integration Manager for the Aging and People with Disabilities (APD) Program within the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS). She previously held the position of Administrator of the Safety, Oversight and Quality (Long-Term Care Licensing) Unit for DHS, and prior to that as a policy analyst, college faculty, in roles related to various local government programs for older adults, and as an administrator in assisted living/residential care/memory care communities. She is especially interested in the experiences of people living with dementia and helping to create a world that affords them the respect, dignity, and companionship that all human beings deserve. Ann has a B.F.A. in musical theater, an M.S. in Communication Studies, and a PhD in Urban Studies - Gerontology. She has presented at various conferences, both locally and nationally on topics related to aging, dementia and dementia care, and the role of humor in the lives of older people living in long-term care settings.

Carlos D. Romo, PhD

After living in Reno, Nevada for 43 years, Carlos and his spouse, Nancy, moved to Oregon in 2015 to be with family and friends. He is a native of New Mexico and earned a B.A. from the University of New Mexico and a Ph.D. in Foreign Languages and Literature (Spanish and Portuguese) from Tulane University. He was a Fulbright-Hayes Scholar in Lisbon, Portugal. After teaching at the University of Nevada, Reno, and working for the State of Nevada, Carlos retired in 2008. Before moving to Oregon, he was engaged in doing volunteer work for AARP-Nevada and today he continues to volunteer for AARP-Oregon. He has been a mediator and has expertise in employment, housing and public accommodation discrimination investigations and enforcement. Also, he has conducted training in workplace diversity and inclusion and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. He hosted and moderated a public affairs television program, El Mundo Hispano, while living in Nevada. Being engaged as a volunteer; keeping in shape; traveling and being with family, are what keep Carlos busy during retirement.

Claire Ghazal, Student Representative

Claire Ghazal is a Portland State University student pursuing a graduate certificate in Gerontology. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies from the University of California, Irvine. Claire has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 10 years. She has supported both grassroots and national organizations, including Shriners Hospitals for Children and the American Heart Association, by developing programs and raising funds. She moved to Oregon from Hawai`i in Spring 2018. Claire is interested in finding innovative solutions to issues affecting the aging population.

Cory Bolkan, PhD

Cory Bolkan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development at Washington State University in Vancouver, Washington, just across the river from Portland, Oregon. She is a gerontologist and the goals of her applied research and outreach are to encourage healthy behaviors across the lifespan, implement and evaluate evidence-based health and social service programs for older adults, and explore how family/social relationships are risk or protective factors for well-being in later life. She also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses related to gerontology, death and dying, and research methods, and is a faculty member in the interdisciplinary Prevention Science doctoral program at WSU.

Joyce DeMonnin, MPH, MBA

Joyce, an Oregon native, is Director of Communications and Media Relations, AARP Oregon. She has more than 25 years of experience in program development, strategic and operational planning, public speaking, communications/media relations and event management. With AARP, her key impact areas are health care reform, healthy aging, and access to affordable prescriptions, economic security, 50-plus work issues and retirement security/social Security. She leads on these issues through convening, connecting, and leveraging the talents and energy of AARP Oregon's 500,000 members and volunteers.

Linda Bifano, DNP, MPA, RN

Linda Bifano is has been involved in Oregon community health care and policy development for older adults over the span of her career. As a state wide consultant, Linda works with licensed community based care service providers and facility owners to design, enhance and operationalize all aspects of services with evidence-based practice quality improvement systems in care of older adults. Linda has led local organizations efforts in nationally funded demonstration projects to train caregivers in care of older adults. She holds a Masters of Nursing (MN) in Community Health Care Systems from Oregon Health & Sciences University School of Nursing; a Master’s in Public Administration in Health Care Management (MPA) from Portland State University (PSU); a doctorate in nursing practice (DNP) from Chatham University in Pittsburg. Her doctoral work focused on implementing research into practice for fall risk reduction in community based care. A member of the Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy (FGNLA) sponsored by OHSU’s John A. Harford Center of Geriatric Excellence and the International Honor Society of Nursing, she has also served as affiliated faculty at Oregon Health & Sciences University and Linfield Schools of Nursing; on committees of Oregon State Board of Nursing; Oregon Nurses Association; and is a trainer certified by Teepa Snow in Positive Approach™ to Dementia Care. Linda develops curriculum and conducts state wide training for Oregon Care Partners and Oregon Heath Care Association including administrator certification course for residential assisted living facility administrators. She is a member of LeadingAge of Oregon and the Oregon Geriatric Society.

Melissa Cannon, PhD

Melissa Cannon is an Assistant Professor of Gerontology at Western Oregon University. She specializes in environmental gerontology and teaches courses such as Introduction to Gerontology, Alzheimer's and Other Dementias Management, and Housing and Long-Term Care for Older Adults. Her research interests include age-friendly environments, community partnerships, and policies and programs that help create healthy, inclusive communities for people across the life course.

Patty Glines

Patty Glines is an Executive Director and Senior Care Advisor in Portland, Oregon, with experience advocating and caring for seniors in a variety of care settings. She was drawn to the senior services industry after advocating and caring for her own parents. Patty works for Assisted Living Locators helping seniors and their families find and transition into senior housing. She is a strong believer in quality housing and care for seniors. Patty volunteers as a board member for both the Metropolitan Senior Network and the Oregon Gerontological Association where she can keep a finger on the pulse of the housing, care and academic trends of the senior services industry. She has her undergraduate degree in Public Health with a minor in Business and her Graduate Certificate in Gerontology. In her free time, Patty enjoys spending time outdoors or a good binge on Netflix.

Walter Dawson, PhD

Walter Dawson, DPhil, is a health and aging policy researcher and a lifelong advocate for people living with Alzheimer’s disease. Dawson currently serves an Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health with the Global Brain Health Institute at the University of California, San Francisco, and is an Adjunct Professor in the Portland State University Institute on Aging. His research focuses on long-term services and supports financing and public policies that support people living with dementia. Previously, Dawson served as the Director of Research and Analytics at the Oregon Health Care Association in Portland, Oregon, and as a Fulbright Scholar to Canada, where he held the Visiting Research Chair in Governance and Public Policy at McMaster University. Dawson has worked extensively in public policy including at the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging and at the National Academy of Social Insurance. Dawson holds a master’s from the London School of Economics and a doctorate in social policy from the University of Oxford.

OGA Board of Directors 2020

Left to right: Joyce DeMonnin, Patty Glines, Sara Kofman, Carlos Romo, Karen Kinzey, Walt Dawson, Cory Bolkan, Kathleen Sullivan, Margaret Neal, Claire Ghazal, Iris Wernher (not a Board member), Siobhan Maty

Not in the photo: Anabel Pelham, Ann McQueen, Linda Bifano, Melissa Cannon