Dan Cohen, MSW, is the founding Executive Director of Music & Memory, Inc. He combines an extensive background in high tech training, corporate sales and software applications with social work, specializing in vocational rehabilitation and community service organizing. A former Consultant/Trainer for the U.S. Department of Education, he helped colleges, universities and communities nationwide to apply best practices in community service learning programs. Mr. Cohen also worked for the Long Island Regional Advisory Council on Higher Education, coordinating the efforts of volunteer and community service programs on 17 college and university campuses serving about 200 community agencies. He earned his MSW from Adelphi University, an MA in Professional Studies from Long Island University and a BS in Psychology from Hofstra University.
Alexander Gardner is Managing Director of the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation in New York City. He joined the Foundation in 2006 to supervise Asian and Academic-related grant making and projects. At the Foundation, he is also Director and Chief Editor of the Treasury Of Lives, an online biographical encyclopedia of Tibet, the Himalaya and Central Asia. He earned a PhD from the University of Michigan in Buddhist Studies, with a focus on Tibetan Religion and History, in 2007.
Bruce Payne is former Executive Director of the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation (2006-2012), where he was responsible for programs in the New York area, in the Himalayan region, and in South and Southeast Asia, with grants in art and culture, health and education, leadership, civil liberties and human rights. Before joining the foundation, Mr. Payne worked chiefly at Duke University as a teacher and as director of programs in leadership and the arts. A civil rights activist in Mississippi in the 1960s, he maintains a lively interest in problems of poverty, education and human rights. He was a leader in the development of the Center for Academic Integrity and has served on the board of the International Leadership Association.
Concetta M. Tomaino,DA, MT-BC, LCAT, is Director of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (IMNF) and Vice President for Music Therapy at the Beth Abraham Family of Health Services. Internationally known for her research in the clinical applications of music and neurologic rehabilitation, she has worked with IMNF for the past 25 years. With support from Beth Abraham’s leadership and financial assistance from state, federal and private grants, Dr. Tomaino helped lay the groundwork for the creation of IMNF and built a world-class music therapy program at Beth Abraham. She is a past president of the American Association for Music Therapy. She holds a Master and Doctor of Arts in Music Therapy from New York University.
Ann Wyatt specializes in long term care program development, with an emphasis on culture change and creating a culture of retention for front-line staff in nursing homes and home care. Current projects include a collaborative effort between the New York-based Isabella Geriatric Center and Cobble Hill Health Center to develop person-centered care environments. She helped to create the Independence Care System, a managed long term care plan for younger people with disabilities, one of the first in the country. Ms. Wyatt previously served as Associate Director of the Office of Long Term Care at the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. She is also a founder of the National Citizens Coalition for Nursing Home Reform. She serves on the boards of the Coalition for the Institutionalized Aged and Disabled, Bronx Independent Living Services, Isabella Geriatric Center and The House for Elder Artists.
Medical and Scientific Advisory Council
Peter Davies, PhD, is the Laboratory Head and Director of the Litwin-Zucker Center for the Study of Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders, an initiative of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System. For more than 35 years, Dr. Davies’s research has been focused on the biochemistry of Alzheimer’s Disease and developing treatments to slow or halt Alzheimer’s progression. His early work was instrumental in the development of the currently approved drugs for Alzheimer’s: Aricept, Exelon and Razodyne. Dr. Davies is a Professor of Neuroscience at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, holding the Judith and Burton P. Resnick Chair of Research on Alzheimer’s Disease. He received his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Leeds, England.
G. Allen Power, MD, is a board-certified internist and geriatrician, as well as Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester. Dr. Power is a Certified Eden Alternative® Educator, a member of the Eden Alternative board of directors and an international educator on transformational models of care for older adults, particularly those living with cognitive illness. His 2010 book, Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care, won a 2010 Book of the Year Award from the American Journal of Nursing. Dr. Power serves on the technical advisory panel for the U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services for their national antipsychotic reduction initiative. He received a 2012 Bellagio Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation for his work on innovative responses to global aging and was recently named one of “Five Leaders of Tomorrow” by Long Term Living Magazine. He serves as adviser for Dementia Care Australia, the South Africa Care Forum and Ibasho.
Jules Rosen, MD, is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, Chief of Geriatric Psychiatry Services at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program. A nationally recognized expert in geriatric psychiatry, he has authored over 75 peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Rosen’s research interests include pharmacological treatment of behavioral disturbances in dementia and organizational changes in nursing homes to enhance quality of life. He has developed and tested a variety of educational tools to enhance the care of nursing homes residents. Dr. Rosen is also the Director of the Hartford Foundation Center of Excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship, Clinician-Educator Track. In 2003 he was named Educator of the Year by the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry.
Susan Wehry, MD, a board-certified geriatric psychiatrist and advocate for seniors and persons with disabilities, has educated physicians, nurses, medical students, ombudsmen, policy makers and direct care workers from Alaska to Louisiana. A popular speaker, Dr. Wehry keynoted the 2003 and 2006 Annual Meeting of National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform and the 2009 Pioneer Network Conference. She also assisted the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the development of national web-casts on mental health needs and individualized care planning in nursing homes. In 2011, Dr. Wehry was appointed Vermont’s Commissioner of the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living. She is committed to the Department’s mission to “make Vermont the best state in the nation in which to grow old—or to live with a disability—with dignity, respect and independence.”