Conference Speakers

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2022 Confirmed Speakers
(List to be updated regularly)

Zia Agha

Zia Agha MD, Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President, West Health

In his role as chief medical officer and executive vice president of clinical research, medical informatics, and telehealth, Dr. Zia Agha advances West Health’s mission to lower healthcare costs to enable seniors to successfully age in place with access to high-quality, affordable health and support services that preserve and protect their dignity, quality of life and independence. Dr. Agha serves as physician leader for West Health, which includes the West Health Institute, Gary and Mary West Health Policy Center and Gary and Mary West Foundation, ensuring its research portfolio and initiatives are translated into clinical practice, policy reform and scalable innovations that will allow seniors to successfully age in place.

Alice Bonner

Alice Bonner, Senior Advisor for Aging, Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Adjunct Faculty, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

Alice Bonner has been a geriatric nurse practitioner caring for older adults and their families for over 30 years. She is currently Adjunct Faculty and Director of Strategic Partnerships for the CAPABLE Program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and Senior Advisor for Aging at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). Previously, she served as Secretary of the Executive Office of Elder Affairs of the State of Massachusetts.

Susan DeMarois

Susan DeMarois, Director, California Department of Aging

Prior to joining CDA, Susan led public policy and advocacy for the national Alzheimer’s Association in California. As a registered lobbyist in Sacramento, Susan advocated for legislative, budget, and regulatory changes at the state capitol on behalf of the 2.1 million Californians directly impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. The organization led the effort to implement the Healthy Brain Initiative in California, resulting in a $5 million investment in the state’s public health infrastructure. On October 4, 2021, Governor Newsom signed SB 48 (Limón) into law, enacting the first dementia early detection initiative in the nation focused on the Medicaid population.

Anne Doyle

Anne Doyle, President, Lasell Village

Doyle brings over thirty years of management experience serving in leadership roles in health systems, the public sector, the insurance industry, consulting, and with a healthcare technology start up. She is recognized as a change agent in organizations committed to designing innovative programs and services for living well. Doyle has an MBA from Stanford, a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University, and was a Fulbright scholar in Sweden where her passion for thinking differently about aging began. She serves on several national and state-level Boards of Directors, and is an avid cyclist and fundraiser for health care and climate causes.


Tim Driver, President, Age-Friendly Institute

Tim Driver founded Age Friendly Ventures in 2006. He has a successful track record starting and building digital businesses that make a social contribution (Age Friendly Ventures also operates and Mature Caregivers). Prior to Age Friendly Ventures, as a Board Member and SVP of Consumer Products at, Driver helped establish, build and popularize a firm that leveled the playing field for employees by making compensation and career information available to millions. Prior to, Driver was a group director in Personal Finance and Strategic Businesses units at AOL. He built consumer category offerings, including the AOL Careers Channel, that became leading web destinations. Driver has appeared in numerous national media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, NBC News, NPR and CNN. Driver served as Employment Committee Co-Chair for Massachusetts Governor Baker’s Council to Address Aging.

Stephanie Firestone

Stephanie Firestone, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, Health & Age-friendly Communities, AARP

Stephanie Firestone is a senior strategic policy advisor with AARP’s Global Thought Leadership team. She is an urban planner working with others in the built environment sector to make communities livable for people of all ages and abilities and to redress inequities. Stephanie has led and contributed to government and nonprofit efforts in the U.S. and overseas and is a 2015-2016 Health & Aging Policy Fellow.


Terry Fulmer

Terry Fulmer, President, The John A. Hartford Foundation

Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the President of the John A Hartford Foundation in New York City, an organization dedicated to improving the care of older adults. Established in 1929, the Foundation has a current endowment of over $560 million and is world-renowned for philanthropy devoted exclusively to the health of older adults. She serves as the chief strategist for Foundation giving and is also the chief spokesperson for advancing the Foundation’s mission.

Hans Gieske

Hans Gieskes, Director, Age-Friendly Institute

Hans Gieskes is chairman & non-executive director / investor for internet companies and active in the M&A world. Since 1985 he has been a successful CEO of both private, public companies and divisions of public companies (e.g. Elsevier, LexisNexis Group, Houghton Mifflin,, Cision) in the USA, UK, The Netherlands and Sweden, always leading transformation or turnaround assignments often combined with major re-engineering and/or major M&A transactions (30+ deals, two > $1.6 billion).

Tom Grape (1)

Tom Grape, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Benchmark Senior Living

When Tom founded Benchmark Senior Living in a two-room office in Wellesley, Mass., he understood the significant health and social benefits his consumer-centered approach to senior living would provide people. Now 25 years later, Benchmark is one of the largest senior housing companies in the country, with more than 60 communities that consistently receive industry-leading resident and family satisfaction scores. Tom’s commitment to seniors has gone beyond those served by Benchmark. He has advocated for all seniors and helped pave the way for the industry both regionally and nationally.

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Elizabeth Harris, Chief Strategy Officer, Arc Worldwide

Elizabeth is the Chief Strategy Officer at Arc Worldwide, the retail and shopper marketing arm of the Leo Burnett group and she is fortunate enough to have turned her natural curiosity about people into a rewarding career. With 30+years of experience in marketing research, strategy and brand planning, Elizabeth has become an expert in helping brands tap into the needs, desires and behaviors of consumers and shoppers. Over the course of her career at agencies like Grey NY, Young & Rubicam and DRAFT FCB, she has worked with companies such as P&G, Kellogg’s, MillerCoors, Sears, CVS/Pharmacy and Intel helping them to develop insight-based marketing and advertising programs.


Ardeshir Hashmi, Endowed Chair of Geriatric Innovation and Section Chief of the Center for Geriatric Medicine at Cleveland Clinic

Ardeshir Z. Hashmi MD, FACP is Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. Under Dr. Hashmi’s leadership Cleveland Clinic Geriatrics has garnered the following milestones; Age Friendly Health Systems Committed to Care Excellence designation via the Institute for Healthcare Improvement; highest Geriatrics US News and World report national rankings in Cleveland Clinic history; national accreditation as a top tier Level 1 Geriatrics Emergency Department by the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Alexandre Kalache

Alexandre Kalache, President , International Longevity Centre-Brazil

Alexandre Kalache became the first President of the newly-created ILC-Brazil in his birth city of Rio de Janeiro. Dr. Kalache is a specialist in age-related issues. His expertise is in the epidemiology of ageing & the life-course, inter-sectoral policy development (including age-friendly initiatives), health promotion, old-age care, human rights and migration within the context of ageing as well as the more general cultural complexities of the world-wide longevity revolution.

Surya Kolluri

Surya Kolluri, Manager Director, Retirement Research and Insights, Bank of America

Surya Kolluri leads research and external partnership efforts as part of Bank of America’s Retirement and Personal Wealth Solutions Business. In this capacity he oversees research and programs in the areas of Longevity, Retirement and Financial Wellness. He manages external relationships including the Harvard Kennedy School, Stanford Center on Longevity, MIT AgeLab, the Pension Research Council at Wharton, Boston College Center for Retirement Research, AgingWell Hub at Georgetown University and the Global Coalition on Aging.

Bob Kramer

Bob Kramer, Founder and Fellow, Nexus Insights

Bob Kramer is Founder and Fellow at Nexus Insights, a think tank advancing the well-being of older adults through innovative models of housing and healthcare. Mr. Kramer is also Co-founder, former CEO, and now Strategic Advisor at the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC).  He is broadly recognized as one of senior living’s most influential and high profile thought leaders and connectors.  With over 35 years of industry leadership, he has earned the reputation of “agent provocateur” in the seniors housing and care industry.  He has been described as an “ice-cutter” and scout in identifying industries and trends that will disrupt the future of seniors housing, aging services, and aging more broadly.

Paul LaPiana

Paul LaPiana, CFP®, Head of Product, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company

Paul LaPiana is the head of Product for MassMutual, responsible for the design, pricing and management of protection, accumulation and distribution that meet the needs of the firm’s retail and institutional customers. As a member of the MassMutual U.S. senior leadership team, he works in close collaboration with MassMutual’s channel leads, brand and advertising, marketing, compliance, finance and other key partners across the company to build and deliver holistic financial solutions to our customers. Prior to his current role, Paul served as head of Field Management, overseeing MassMutual’s 7,500 financial advisors.

Robin Lipson

Robin Lipson, Deputy Secretary of the Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA), Commonwealth of Massachusetts

In her role as Deputy Secretary, Robin supports the agency work to ensure that older people across the Commonwealth have opportunities to age and thrive in the communities of their choice. With projections over the next 15 years that 1 in 5 Massachusetts residents will be over the age of 65, she works on key initiatives to support what people want most -to age in the community of their choice. She led the creation, strategy, and implementation of the recommendations of Governor Charlie Baker’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts, as well as the efforts that resulted in MA becoming an Age-Friendly State. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative, the backbone organization supporting much of the age and dementia friendly work at the local level.

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Shelley Lyford, Chief Executive Officer, West Health; Chair, Gary and Mary West Foundation; West Health Institute; West Health Endowment

As chief executive officer of West Health and chair of the board of directors for the Gary and Mary West Foundation, the West Health Institute and the West Health Endowment, Shelley Lyford shapes the organizations’ overall direction, guides high-impact grantmaking, and develops strategies to improve the lives of seniors in America. Under her leadership for the past 16 years, the Gary and Mary West Foundation has awarded nearly $250 million to high-impact organizations improving the lives of seniors, their families and caregivers.  Additionally, Lyford is the CEO and Chair of the West Health Institute, which conducts groundbreaking applied and translational medical research.


Matthew MacKenzie, Founder and CEO, Mackenzie Healthcare Technologies

Matthew MacKenzie is a Nova Scotia entrepreneur who’s been on the leading edge of the Nova Scotia machining and manufacturing sector over the past 14 years. He’s built a reputation of top-notch quality and service with clients ranging from oil and gas to defense, and received a Top 20 under 40 award for innovation in manufacturing at the 2015 Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show in Toronto.


Joseph C. McCarron, Jr., CPA, Principal and Founder, Capital Care Associates

Joseph McCarron has over thirty-five years of extensive executive experience in capital formation, property development and operations management dedicated exclusively in Senior Living and Aging Services.  He is Principal & Founder of Capital Care Associates, LLC providing business and financial advisory services in this industry sector representing over $2B in invested capital. Most recently, Joe was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Wellpoint Community, LLC – representing the sponsorship and development of progressively planned and mixed-use lifestyle communities.  The Wellpoint Community prototype represents the delivery of progressive lifestyle offerings surrounding wellness programming, integrative healthcare services, and active adult programming.  He was among the early organizers of the Age Friendly Institute where he serves a Director and Treasurer.

Kim McCoy Wade

Kim McCoy Wade, Senior Advisor on Aging, Disability and Alzheimer’s for the Office of Governor Gavin Newsom

Kim McCoy Wade most recently served as Director of the California Department of Aging. Prior work includes service with the California Department of Social Services where she led the expansion of CalFresh food benefits to older adults and people with disabilities. She has worked as a consultant to multiple health and human services non-profits and as Executive Director of the California Association of Food Banks. She is an alumna of NYU School of Law, Carleton College, and the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.

Jeff McCue

Jeff McCue, Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Jeff’s role as leader of the Human Resources Division (HRD) includes overseeing a wide range of Human Resource functions to 42,000 Executive Branch employees. Working with the HRD team, his responsibilities include administering collective bargaining contracts with thirteen unions; recruiting, development and retention for new employees; facilitating an inclusive work environment; administering workers compensation for over 100,000 Commonwealth employees; and many other integral functions.  Jeff is committed to transforming how HRD can better enable agencies and employees to serve the constituents of Massachusetts.

Alana Officer

Alana Officer, Unit Head, Demographic Change & Healthy Aging, Dept of SDOH, World Health Organization

Alana Officer joined the Department of Ageing and Life Course in July 2014 to lead the development of the World Report on Ageing and Health and to support the development of the Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health (GSAP). She currently oversees the Organization’s work on age-friendly environments, related to the Global strategy and action plan on ageing and health, including the Global Network on Age-friendly Cities and Communities and the development of a Global Campaign to Combat Ageism.

Anne Pohnert

Anne Pohnert, Lead Director of Clinical Quality, CVS MinuteClinic

Anne Pohnert MSN, FNP-BC, RN is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and has been board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner for over 20 years.  She currently serves as the Lead Director of Clinical Quality for MinuteClinic, a national convenient care organization with over 1,200 clinics in 35 states and the District of Columbia.  Anne leads the national MinuteClinic Clinical Quality program, including clinical quality improvement initiatives, quality measurement, monitoring and quality dashboard development, Joint Commission Ambulatory Care Accreditation, the MinuteClinic infection prevention and control and respiratory programs, clinical quality reviews and clinical policies and procedures.  

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Jody Shue, Executive Director, Age-Friendly Institute

Jody Shue has 20+ years of experience in program management, partnership development, sales, and strategy inside for-profit and nonprofit environments. Most recently, Jody served as the Director of Age-Friendly RI, a statewide advocacy and engagement initiative based at Rhode Island College. Jody holds an MPH from the Boston University School of Public Health and a BA from Harvard College. She is a National Advisory Board member of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut, a Trustee of the Rhode Island chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and an elected member of her town Planning Board.

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Yetta W. Toliver, Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at Xerox

Yetta Toliver holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA, a master’s degree in business administration from Dallas Baptist University in Dallas, TX and a doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from Walden University in Minneapolis, MN. She is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (LSSBB). She joined Xerox Corporation in 1987 and has held multiple management and director positions.  She is now the Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (DIB).  In her role, she leads the DIB strategy and roadmap to help Xerox to drive change and build a more diverse community within the company and the communities they serve.

Mayor Wu

Michelle Wu, Mayor of the City of Boston

Michelle Wu is the Mayor of Boston. She is a daughter of immigrants, Boston Public Schools mom to two boys, MBTA commuter, and fierce believer that we can solve our deepest challenges through building community. As Mayor, Michelle is working in coalition to deliver bold, systemic change and make Boston a city for everyone.  Mayor Wu has been a voice for accessibility, transparency, and community engagement in city leadership. First elected to the Boston City Council in November 2013 at the age of 28, Wu is the first Asian-American woman to serve on the Council. In January 2016, she was elected President of the City Council by her colleagues in a unanimous vote, becoming the first woman of color to serve as Council President. Mayor Wu graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. She is fluent in Mandarin and Spanish, and lives in Roslindale with her husband Conor and her sons Blaise and Cass.

Tammy York Day

Tammy York Day, President and CEO, Louisville Healthcare CEO Council

Tammy York Day is the President and CEO of the Louisville Healthcare CEO Council, a non-profit organization formed to leverage the collective voice of the nation’s top healthcare companies. She leads 14 member CEOs in collaboration and engagement designed to address and provide national solutions to healthcare challenges, specifically in aging innovation to promote economic vibrancy in Greater Louisville.  Previously, York Day served as Chief Operating Officer for Delta Dental, where she spent 20 years working in strategy, underwriting, operations, sales and marketing and philanthropy.

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