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. Author of 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.

Casey R. Shillam, Ph.D., R.N.-B.C. is a Gerontological Nurse, Associate Professor, and Founding Nursing Program Director at Western Washington University. Dr. Shillam's research focuses on supporting care coordination between nurses and other health care professionals to provide high-quality access to chronic care management for older adults. Her clinical background includes nursing practice in chronic-care and pain management for older adults in home health, assisted living, and long-term/skilled-care nursing.

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!


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