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.
Peter Hirsch leads the healthcare practice at OgilvyRED, Ogilvy & Mather’s brand strategy consulting group. He has more than 30 years experience in corporate positioning and reputation risk management. Prior to joining Ogilvy, Peter had his own consulting firm, after positions at other agencies including Porter Novelli in New York and at Edelman Public Relations in New York and Frankfurt where he ran the firm’s German operations. He has written three books about corporate communications, the last of which, Corporate Communications: Critical Business Asset for Strategic Global Change was published in 2014. His column about corporate communications and ethics, Vision & Values, appears six times yearly in The Journal of Business Strategy. He holds a Master of Arts in Modern History and German Literature from Magdalen College, Oxford.
Stephen Johnston is Co-founder of Aging2.0, a global innovation network, and Generator Ventures, an early-stage fund focused on aging and long-term care. Mr. Johnston has spent his career at the intersection of networks and innovation, working for multiple Fortune 500 companies. He is Co-founder of the Innovation Leaders Fund and co-author of Growth Champions (Wiley, 2012), a book about sustainable corporate growth. Mr. Johnston serves on the board of Older Adults Technology Services (OATS), a New York-based nonprofit. He has an MA in Economics from Cambridge University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.
Lisa Richardson was both a musician and an engineer (MIT) before receiving her MBA from Harvard University in 1984. She has spent more than 20 years in real estate development. This has given her the freedom to consult to artists and start-ups, as well as perform as a musician.
Concetta M. Tomaino, DA, LCAT, MT-BC, is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function and was Senior Vice President for Music Therapy at CenterLight Health System (formerly Beth Abraham Family of Health Services), where she worked from 1980 to 2016. In 2017, she and the IMNF relocated to the campus of Wartburg, a senior residential and healthcare facility, in Mt. Vernon, NY.
Dr. Tomaino is internationally known for her research in the clinical applications of music and neurologic rehabilitation. She lectures on music therapy throughout the world.
Her work has been featured in national programs including 48 Hours and 60 Minutes; in international programs including the BBC; and in books on health and healing. Dr. Sacks book Musicophilia is dedicated to her.
Dr. Tomaino is Past-President of the American Association for Music Therapy and Vice President and founding board member for the International Association for Music and Medicine.
She received the Award of Accomplishment from Music Therapists for Peace at the United Nations. In 2014, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association for Music Therapy. In 2011 she received in inaugural Burton Grebin Innovator of the Year Award from the NY Continuing Care Leadership Coalition (CCLC ). She was honored with the 2010 Professional Practice Award from the American Association for Music Therapy and also as one of “Three Wise Women” by the National Organization of Italian American Women. In 2004 she received the Music has Power Award from the IMNF and the Zella Bronfman Butler Award which is given by the UJA-Federation of New York in partnership with the J.E. and Z.B. Butler Foundation to professionals in the UJA-Federation agency network for their outstanding work on behalf of individuals with physical, developmental, or learning disabilities. In 1999 she received a Touchstone Award from “Women in Music” for her visionary spirit.
She is on the faculty of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Lehman College, CUNY.
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.
Claire Haaga is an accomplished leader of innovations in the nonprofit sector with over 25 years of experience in the affordable and supportive housing, human services, aging and employment fields. Claire spent the early part of her career at the Vera Institute of Justice creating employment programs for ex-offenders including the predecessor to Access-A-Ride, the first paratransit service in NYC for elderly and disabled persons. As the Founder and President for 18 years of Housing & Services, Inc., Claire pioneered the development of nonprofit owned supportive housing in New York City with over $300 million in projects, using diverse financing tools. Claire has spent the last 10 years leading nonprofits in the aging, human service and health fields – -ReServe Elder Services, HealthCare Chaplaincy, and Volunteers of America-GNY.
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.”