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Dr. Kristoffer Rhoads, Ph.D. is a clinical neuropsychologist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of dementia and neurodegenerative disorders. He has held a variety of clinical, teaching and research positions, including at the University of Washington School of Medicine and the Seattle VA Medical Center. He is currently Director of Rehabilitation Neuropsychology and co-director of the Memory Wellness Clinic at the Virginia Mason Medical Center Neurosciences Institute. In addition to a personal connection to Alzheimer’s disease, Dr. Rhoads has been published in the area of dementia, continues to conduct research and trainings, currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Washington Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, and was recently appointed as Chair of the Health/Medical Care Subcommittee for the Washington State Working Group to develop a state plan for Alzheimer’s disease in 2014.

Hank Dunn, M. Div. has been ministering to patients at the end of their lives and their families since 1983. He has served as a chaplain at a nursing home, a hospice, and currently volunteers at a hospital. His book, titled Hard Choices for Loving People: CPR, Artificial Feeding, Comfort Care, and the Patient with a Life-Threatening Illness is now in its Fifth Edition, with over three million copies sold, and is being used in more than 5,000 hospitals, nursing homes, faith communities and hospice programs nationwide.

Karla A. Hall, BSW, BSN, RN, CCM is Program Coordinator for the PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center Palliative Care Program. In her role on the multidisciplinary palliative care team she works with physicians, social workers and chaplains to support the care needs of seriously ill patients and their families, including patients with advanced dementia. She also works with community-based agencies and providers to promote effective care coordination across the continuum of care and to improve transitions of care.

Vicki Schmall, Ph.D. is the Executive Director and Gerontology Specialist with Aging Concerns in West Linn, OR. She is also Professor Emeritus of Oregon State University, where she worked for nearly 25 years, serving as the Director of the OSU Program on Gerontology and as Gerontology Specialist in the OSU Extension Service. She is the lead author of the book, The Caregiver Helpbook: Powerful Tools for Caregiving, and developed the 6 week educational program for family caregivers, Powerful Tools for Caregiving, which is currently in 39 states.

A special thank you to Mount Baker Rotary for underwriting this conference!

Many thanks to our generous sponsors!

Elder Law Offices of Barry M. Meyers

Frontier Management, featuring:

The Bellingham at Orchard

HomePlace Burlington

Where the Heart Is Burlington

HomePlace Oak Harbor

Northwest Pathology

Chuckanut Health Foundation

Cascade Connections

Sig's Funeral and Cremation Services

Brookdale Bellingham

Brookdale Fairhaven

Highgate Senior Living

Northwest Adult Day Health

Louisa Place

Lynden Manor

Hoagland Pharmacy


Whatcom Hospice

Avamere Bellingham Health Care and Rehabilitation Services

Ashley Gardens of Mount Vernon

Vibrant Senior Options

Waddell and Reed

Home Attendant Care

Home Instead Senior Care

Northwest Regional Council

Westford Funeral Home

Visiting Angels

Custom RX Shoppe Pharmacy

Right at Home

St. Francis of Bellingham

Elder Service Providers

Circle of Life Caregiver Cooperative

Bellingham Senior Activity Center

Meals on Wheels and More

Dementia Sing-Along Therapy

Noble Chiropractic