Burak Cakmak, M.B.A., the dean of fashion at the Parsons School of Design (Parsons), has extensive experience in forging strong partnerships as a business strategist and sustainability expert for some of the largest, most prestigious retail companies and luxury brands in the world. With his expertise in the field of sustainable design, he is focused on guiding the academic programs at Parsons into a new era, where an emphasis on socially conscious and transformational design formulates the educational approach and training of the next generation of creators. For more than a decade, he has facilitated successful collaborations with a wide range of stakeholders, including suppliers, retailers, nongovernmental organizations, governments, and the media in order to drive positive, ethical industry change. He has been invited to speak at a number of prominent, globally recognized conferences, including the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, WebSummit, and Fashion Asia Hong Kong. In addition, he had the opportunity to sit on a number of esteemed juries in New York and Europe, including the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) + Lexus Fashion* Initiative and Open Style Lab. Prior to joining Parsons, Mr. Cakmak worked at the Swarovski Group as the company’s first vice president of corporate responsibility, where he established global programs fostering corporate stewardship. Under his leadership, he implemented best-practice industry standards across all business functions, including raw material sourcing, supply chain management, crystal manufacturing, jewelry assembly, and retail operations. In addition, he led the Swarovski Waterschool Initiative’s education program that reached more than 2,000
schools worldwide. Previously, Mr. Cakmak acted as general manager of MADE-BY Benelux in the Netherlands, advancing fashion sustainability practices for brands such as H&M, Tommy Hilfiger, Acne, Primark, Ted Baker, and G-Star, among others. Prior to that, Mr. Cakmak spearheaded innovation-driven sustainability strategies as the first director of corporate sustainability for Kering’s luxury brands, including Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Sergio Rossi, Balenciaga, Stella McCartney, and Boucheron. His career in the fashion industry began at Gap Inc., where he served as the senior manager of social responsibility in their San Francisco and London offices for 8 years. He played a vital role in the creation of the Sustainable Technology for Future Luxury Scholarship at the University of the Arts London Central Saint Martins and the master of fine arts (MFA) Fashion Design Scholarships at Parsons. He has also lectured widely as a visiting professor at SKEMA Business School in France and China.
Margaret L. Campbell, Ph.D., recently retired from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), Administration for Community Living, at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Campbell is now serving as a consultant with Campbell & Associates Consulting to organizations and individual researchers at the intersection of aging, disability, and technology research and policy. During her 17-year career at NIDILRR (formerly the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research [NIDRR]), Dr. Campbell served as a rehabilitation program specialist and as a senior scientist for planning and policy support. In this position, Dr. Campbell’s primary responsibilities involved providing scientific direction for strategic planning and priority development in the areas of aging with disability, technologies to promote health and wellness and successful aging, health disparities and health equity, and accessible health information technology; serving as a project officer for NIDILRR’s grants in these areas; and coordinating NIDILRR’s research-capacity-building efforts for both the Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training program, which funds institutions of higher education to conduct multidisciplinary postdoctoral rehabilitation research, and the Switzer Research Fellowship Program, which awards Merit and Distinguished Fellowships to qualified individuals. In addition, Dr. Campbell represented NIDILRR on the following scientific and interagency committees: the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Forum on Aging, Disability, and Independence; the Healthy People 2020 Workgroup on Disability and Health; the Federal Interagency Workgroup for Healthy People 2020; and the Health Information Technology Research and Development Subcommittee of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development
Program. During the last 4 years of her federal career, Dr. Campbell also focused on promoting the use of translational research strategies to help fill the gap in the availability of evidence-based interventions for individuals with disabilities that have been demonstrated to be effective in community settings. Prior to joining NIDRR in 1999, Dr. Campbell served for 9 years as the research director for the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Aging with Disability at the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, California, and for 4 years as a research associate at the Andrus Gerontology Center at the University of Southern California, directing the Longitudinal Study of Intergenerational Family Relations. During her career, Dr. Campbell has presented widely and published numerous peer-reviewed articles on aging with physical disability. She has also been active in several professional associations in both disability and aging, and she currently serves as the chair of the policy committee for the Gerontological Society of America. Dr. Campbell’s advanced degrees are in human development and family studies from Cornell University (1986) and in social relations from Lehigh University (1978).
Karen Chong, the director of audience and influencer engagement at Disrupt Aging, AARP, is a leader in synergistic marketing and partnerships. Throughout her career she has focused on maximizing value for leading corporations and nonprofit organizations by leveraging traditional and innovative social media to amplify messaging through technology information products, sales forces, and multi-platform content marketing campaigns. In her role as the director of audience and influencer engagement at AARP, she is responsible for identifying and developing strategic partnerships that drive integrated content across sponsored events and social activations. One of her main areas of focus is #DisruptAging, an initiative aimed at reaching across demographics to change the conversation around age and aging by redefining what longevity means and rethinking the negative stories we tell ourselves.
Lisa Takeuchi Cullen is a television writer, author, and journalist. She has written television pilots for CBS, A&E, and Warner Bros.; her drama pilot “The Ordained” was produced by CBS, featuring Charlie Cox, Audra McDonald, Hope Davis, and Sam Neill. Previously she worked as a staff writer and foreign correspondent for TIME magazine. Her books are the novel Pastors’ Wives (Plume/Penguin) and the nonfiction Remember Me: A Lively Tour of the New American Way of Death (HarperCollins), a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick. She was born and raised in Japan and lives in New Jersey with her family. Ms. Cullen is an elected
council member of the Writers Guild of America East and a member of its diversity committee.
Patricia G. Devine, Ph.D., is the Kenneth and Mamie Clark Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She received her Ph.D. from the Ohio State University and joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin in 1985. Dr. Devine’s original examinations of the dynamics of intergroup relations informed the contemporary manifestations of Gunnar Myrdal’s 1944 study The American Dilemma, the reality that people’s actual (discriminatory) behaviors belie their egalitarian sentiments. In addition, her evenhanded blending of psychological theory and social problems has enriched societal understanding of the troubling intergroup relations that characterize every society. Her path-breaking work continues to define the cutting edge of the field. Her most recent work has focused on developing an intervention to break the prejudicial habit of unintentional forms of bias. Dr. Devine has received numerous awards for her scholarly contributions including the Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issue (SPSSI), the American Psychological Association Early Career Award, and the Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP) Scientific Impact Award. She has fellow status in the Association of Psychological Science, the Society of Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), SPSSI, and the SESP. Dr. Devine has served as the editor of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and the president of SPSP. As one of her university’s most exceptional teachers, Dr. Devine is highly committed to creating an intellectually stimulating, high-quality environment for students. Dr. Devine has received numerous teaching awards within the university and within the field of psychology.
Terry Fulmer, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, is the president of The John A. Hartford Foundation in New York City, a private national philanthropy dedicated to improving the care of older adults. She previously served as a distinguished professor and the dean of the Bouvé College of Health Sciences, and before that as the Erline Perkins McGriff Professor of Nursing and founding dean of the New York University (NYU) College of Nursing. Dr. Fulmer is nationally and internationally recognized as a leading expert in geriatrics and is best known for her research on the topic of elder abuse and neglect. Her clinical appointments have included the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, the Massachusetts General Hospital, and the NYU Langone Medical Center. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.
Shalethia Gable Washington is the co-founder of the creative platform Koegzist, a 2017 alumna of Parsons, and the originator of Blind Contour Fashion. Over the course of her last 8 months at Parsons, she created the Veterans Campaign, a collection of uniforms co-designed with U.S. Iraq war veterans and civilians that challenges perceptions and negative stereotypes surrounding the identity and experience of the U.S veteran. This campaign provided a space for open dialogue between veterans and civilians while also providing a platform where veterans are no longer defined by images of cinema, video games, politicians, and American symbols, but exclusively by themselves.
Robert David Hall, actor, musician, and disability advocate, portrayed the quirky coroner Dr. Albert Robbins on CBS television’s CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. A double leg amputee and a devoted community activist, he is one of the most prominent disabled actors working today. Mr. Hall serves on the board of directors of the National Organization on Disability and is the national chairman of the Performers with Disabilities Caucus for the Screen Actors Guild, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and Actor’s Equity. He was honored to introduce President Obama at the 20th anniversary celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act on the White House lawn. He was also honored to present the Franklin Delano Roosevelt International Disability Award at the United Nations to the country of New Zealand and to King Abdullah II of Jordan. In demand as a public speaker, Mr. Hall spends time addressing a variety of organizations and corporate entities.
Mark L. Hatzenbuehler, Ph.D., is an associate professor of sociomedical sciences and sociology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. He completed his doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Yale University and his postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University, where he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar. Dr. Hatzenbuehler’s research examines how structural forms of stigma, including social policies, increase risk for adverse health outcomes among members of socially disadvantaged populations, with a particular focus on lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals. Dr. Hatzenbuehler has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and his work has been published in several leading journals, including American Psychologist, Psychological Bulletin, American Journal of Public Health, and JAMA Pediatrics. His research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life, and Welfare. In recognition of this
work, Dr. Hatzenbuehler received the 2015 Louise Kidder Early Career Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, the 2016 Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest from the American Psychological Association, and the 2016 Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformational Early Career Contributions from the Association for Psychological Science. His work has been widely covered in the media, including interviews on NPR and MSNBC, and it has been cited in amicus curiae briefs for cases on status-based discrimination. Dr. Hatzenbuehler currently serves on four editorial boards and also recently served as a member of a consensus committee on peer victimization and bullying at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
Liz Jackson is the founder of the Inclusive Fashion & Design Collective (IFDC), an ecosystem of products, ideas, and people who prioritize the exception rather than the rule. The mission of the IFDC is to increase the impact of beautiful, functional products in people’s everyday lives and in the global economy. After a chronic neuromuscular diagnosis in 2012, Ms. Jackson began to wonder why her eyeglasses were fashionable when her cane and all other assistive products were stigmatizing. Ms. Jackson is a TED Resident, Nantucket Project Scholar, and SYPartners Fellow. The IFDC debuted at the White House on September 16, 2016.
Lucy Jones is a designer residing in New York City whose focus is on universal design. She recently graduated as one of the start-up companies from XRC Labs, an accelerator in retail and consumer goods. Ms. Jones founded Fashion For All (FFORA), a new lifestyle brand that serves the disability community and believes in a world that is designed for all. Originally from Wales, Ms. Jones moved to New York after accepting a place to study fashion design at Parsons. Her award-winning collection, Seated Design, which focused primarily on manual wheelchair users, led to her receiving several awards and designations including the Parsons Womenswear Designer of the Year 2015, the Kering Empowering Imagination 4.0 award, and Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2016. More recently, Ms. Jones completed a yearlong social innovator residency at Eileen Fisher in partnership with the CFDA. The project concluded with a scalable, profitable, and sustainable solution for the Green Eileen damaged garments accumulated in the take-back program. Ms. Jones’ work Seated Sleeves was commissioned for the Museum of Arts and Design’s exhibition Fashion after Fashion in April 2017 through August 2017. Ms. Jones’ work Seated Pantyhose, commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art, is currently exhibited in the Items: Is Fashion Modern? show. Ms. Jones is systematic in her approach to product creation and user experience, remain-
ing authentic throughout the process, dissecting lifestyles and habits of specific demographics, theorizing and drawing conclusions as to why such mannerisms occur, and observing moments of intervention. It is her belief that designers should be held accountable for the products they place into the world and that they should think critically at all stages of design about the positive and negative impacts of their creations, including social and environmental outcomes.
Grace Jun, M.F.A., is a designer and social entrepreneur working at the intersection of universal design and fashionable technology. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, she is an assistant professor of fashion at Parsons, where she received her M.F.A. in design and technology. As the executive director at Open Style Lab, Ms. Jun leads the nonprofit organization’s mission to make style and wearable technology accessible to people with diverse abilities (i.e., the elderly and people with disabilities). Her work at Open Style Lab has received nationwide attention and has been featured at the White House Fashion Show Celebrating Inclusive Design, Assistive Technology, and Prosthetics, NBC News, Fast Company, Vogue, and most recently, The New York Times. She has been asked to speak about disability and design in numerous settings, including Design Indaba 2017 and Forum for the Future. Ms. Jun currently also serves on the board at the Fashion Institute of Technology Museum’s Body Advisory Committee and as an advisor to AXS Lab, an award-winning film/new media dedicated to telling the stories of the disability experience. Prior to Parsons and Open Style Lab, Ms. Jun’s design work was found in several of the early feature phones, smartphones, and wearable watches launched through Verizon or T-Mobile by Samsung Electronics. Her experience as a UX designer and design strategist at Samsung for 5 years helped develop her research focus on the wearable experience and fashion technology products. Before joining Samsung, Ms. Jun had freelanced for Tiffany and Company for website design and worked at Hearst Corp.
Janni Lehrer-Stein, J.D., is an attorney and resident of San Francisco, California. She received her undergraduate degree at Yale University, with a law degree from the University of Toronto Law School and a visiting year at Harvard Law School. Ms. Lehrer-Stein practiced law in Washington, DC, and San Francisco. Diagnosed with a degenerative retinal disease at age 26, she became engaged with disability rights advocacy. Current national board appointments include the New York Advisory Board; the California board of directors of Disability Rights Advocacy, a nonprofit law firm that specializes in disability rights; and the Foundation Fighting Blindness, the premier research organization seeking cures for blindness. In 2011 Ms. Lehrer-Stein was appointed by President Obama
and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to the National Council on Disability, an independent federal agency that advises the president, the U.S. Congress, and the nation on national disability policy. During her two terms, which ended in December 2016, she served as a chair, co-leader, and member of teams that produced groundbreaking analyses of disability rights issues, including parenting rights, veterans’ benefits, implications of advancing technology, the autonomous vehicle, and more. More recently, she served as one of three senior disability policy advisors to the Hillary for America campaign, formulating and leading nine teams of experts and stakeholders to craft disability policy, raising more than $2 million from the disability community to support the campaign, and guiding disability social media presence.
Becca Levy, Ph.D., is a professor of epidemiology and psychology at Yale University. Her research explores the psychosocial factors that influence older individuals’ cognitive and physical functioning as well as their longevity. She is credited with creating a field of study that focuses on how positive and negative age stereotypes, which are assimilated from the culture, can have beneficial and adverse effects, respectively, on the health of older individuals. Her studies have been conducted by longitudinal, experimental, and cross-cultural methods. She has received a Brookdale National Fellowship for Leadership in Aging, the Springer Award for Early Career Achievement in Adult Development and Aging from the American Psychological Association, the Scholar Award for Research Related to Disadvantaged Older Adults from the Gerontological Society of America and Senior Service America, the Margret M. and Paul B. Baltes Foundation Award in Behavioral and Social Gerontology, and the Ewald W. Busse Research Award in the Social Behavioral Sciences from the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics that is given once every 4 years. She is an associate editor of the Handbook of Psychology of Aging, a consulting editor for Psychology and Aging, is on the founding editorial board of Stigma and Health, and serves on the editorial boards of GeroPsych and Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Science. Dr. Levy has given invited testimony before the U.S. Senate on the effects of ageism and contributed to briefs submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in age discrimination cases. She received her Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University and held a National Institute on Aging postdoctoral fellowship at the Division of Aging and Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her research has been supported by the National Institute on Aging; the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute; the National Science Foundation; and The Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation.
Nancy Lundebjerg, M.P.A., is the chief executive officer (CEO) of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS). For almost 20 years, Ms. Lundebjerg has been a leading advocate for programs and services that will improve the health, well-being, and quality of life of older Americans. She is a champion for geriatrics health professionals and, because of her own experiences as a family caregiver, recognizes the important role these professionals play in caring for frail older people. Under her leadership, the AGS has emerged as a leading advocate for programs and policies that benefit older adults, supported the development of geriatrics academic leaders, expanded the number of surgical and related medical specialists who are focused on improving care of older adults in their discipline, and enhanced AGS outreach to the public through the AGS Health in Aging Foundation. As CEO, Ms. Lundebjerg also leads the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs, a supporting organization of the AGS, as well as the AGS Health in Aging Foundation. Prior to becoming CEO, she served as the AGS chief operating officer from 2008 through 2015, having joined the AGS in 1998. Ms. Lundebjerg previously was administrator of the Center for the Study of Society and Medicine at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where she was responsible for programmatic support, budget development and management, grant writing and funder relationships, and overseeing human resources. Ms. Lundebjerg earned her M.P.A. from the University of Hartford and her B.A. from Connecticut College.
Annie Marter is an executive vice president with Nine Stories. As a film executive for 15 years, Ms. Marter has collaborated on more than 30 films, including Sunshine Cleaning, Let Me In, Jack Goes Boating, The Crazies, The Men Who Stare at Goats, Traitor, Law Abiding Citizen, The Door in the Floor, and The Visitor, which was nominated for an Academy Award. In 2014, Ms. Marter conceived of and produced the science fiction film Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman, directed by Wally Pfister, produced by Christopher Nolan, and released by Warner Bros. Most recently she oversaw the upcoming films My Abandonment and Roman J. Israel, ESQ (starring Denzel Washington) as the senior vice president at First Look Media. In October 2017 Ms. Marter joined Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker’s Nine Stories as executive vice president of production and development.
Brendan C. McCarthy, M.F.A., is the director of the undergraduate Fashion Design Program for Systems and Materiality at Parsons. He is an assistant professor of fashion and teaches courses in Parsons’ new Systems and Society Pathway, which examine critical issues in diverse social systems in relation to the design and development of fashion systems.
His curricular development work has explored how the integration of interdisciplinary, human-centric, and collaborative methodologies into the fashion design process has the potential to enable fashion to be more inclusive and serve a wider range of communities. He received his B.A. in mathematics from Columbia University and an M.F.A. in fine arts from Parsons. His academic training also includes studying architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Prior to his transition to art and design, Mr. McCarthy worked in finance for Morgan Stanley as a research analyst. He is extremely passionate about teaching and working with students. His professional and research practices are deeply intertwined with his pedagogical endeavors and echo the interdisciplinarity of his academic training. He is presently engaged in a fashion systems research project entitled elLABel with artist and garment maker Isabelle Webster. elLABel is an experimental, human-centered fashion design and production laboratory that mines diverse histories and traditions of fashion, specific people, communities, materials, and making processes to engage critical social matters, including issues around aging and sustainability. Mr. McCarthy’s artwork, which has been exhibited in China, the United Kingdom, and the United States, explores filmmaking, performance, and installation art and combines darkly humorous, quixotic sensibilities with the use of precisely selected materials with rich, complex histories. Previously, he has been artist-in-residence at Mildred’s Lane, as well as the Wassaic Project.
Rie Norregaard is the managing creative director at SYPartners. She is passionate about humanity design and creating compelling consumer experiences. From collaborations with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to launching the controversial fashion brand Omhu, Ms. Norregaard sees around corners and creates the stories and products to take us there. Before joining SYPartners, she worked as a creative director at leading design firms, such as Smart Design, Arnell Group, Organic, Quirky, and Frog Design, and she has designed solutions for brands including American Express, Chanel, Cisco, HP, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Nike, OXO, TED, Vogue, Samsung, GE, and Mattel. Outside of her role as managing creative director at SYPartners, Ms. Norregaard is an advisor to several tech and consumer product start-ups, and is a frequent speaker in the international design and design education communities. Ms. Norregaard trained as a communication designer in Copenhagen, Denmark, and lives in San Francisco with her family.
Michael S. North, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of management and organizations at the NYU Stern School of Business and the founding director of the NYU Accommodating Generations in Employment (AGE)
Initiative. He received his B.A. in psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and his Ph.D. in psychology and social policy from Princeton University, and he completed a 2-year postdoctoral position at Columbia University. His research focuses primarily on age, ageism, intergenerational tension, and related management and policy applications. His research has been published in leading academic journals, including Psychological Bulletin, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and Research in Organizational Behavior, and he has authored op-eds for Harvard Business Review, Quartz, and New Scientist. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Time magazine, among other outlets. He was recently designated a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science.
Jean-Emmanuel Shein, M.A., has been with Fast Retailing, the parent company of the brand UNIQLO, since 1997 and is currently global director for sustainability, based in New York. Mr. Shein is focused on developing and implementing community engagement programs at the local and global levels for UNIQLO as well as working to further the company’s sustainability efforts across all of its brands, including Theory, J Brand, Comptoir des Cotonniers, and Pricesse tam-tam. Prior to this, Mr. Shein held leadership roles in marketing at UNIQLO and was instrumental in opening a number of new markets for the brand, including France, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He was the first non-Japanese person hired to work at the company’s offices. UNIQLO is always working to find new ways to create new customers. In Japan, UNIQLO has started to look seriously at seniors as a new customer base and candidate pool from which to hire. These initiatives are driven by the sustainability department and dovetail with the company’s notion of LifeWear, clothing that makes your life better. Mr. Shein is looking at how to expand these early efforts in Japan as well as in other markets with similar demographic profiles. He studied anthropology and East Asian studies at Columbia (B.A.) and Stanford (M.A.), which engendered a rigorous academic approach to problem solving that was quickly tempered by the less predictable world of retail.
Jonathan Stevens, M.B.A., M.P.H., is the senior vice president of thought leadership at AARP, a social welfare organization focused on health care, employment and income security, and protection from financial abuse. Prior to joining AARP, he was the chief innovations officer at Family Matters of Greater Washington and the director of the Global Futures Project at the Bertelsmann Foundation. He began his professional career as an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Throughout his career, Mr. Stevens has built and led diverse
teams designed to meet domestic and international challenges in the areas of public health and health care, global demographics, and education. He holds a B.A. in biochemistry from Florida State University, an M.P.H. in epidemiology from the University of South Florida, and an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Rebecca Jackson Stoeckle is a vice president within the Education Development Center’s Health and Human Development Division, where she directs initiatives in health and technology. Her primary focus is the intersection between innovation and impact in the design and scaling of interventions in health care, especially for clinicians and those facing health disparities. She is a practitioner of the human-centered design approach to intervention development, which emphasizes the importance of understanding cultural and contextual feasibility and appeal to ensure uptake and therefore impact in a particular target audience. For more than two decades she has directed projects and teams aimed at improving health services and the integration of behavioral health services in community settings, primary care, and hospital settings, addressing some of the world’s foremost health and education challenges, including end-of-life care, the prevention of falls in long-term care, and ethical practices in the Veterans Health Administration system. Ms. Stoeckle has extensive experience in implementing models of care and working with older adults, leading the development of a curriculum for Decisions Near the End of Life, the first national initiative to tackle this difficult issue with physicians, nurses, and pastoral caregivers in hospitals and nursing homes. The project’s early publications established baseline knowledge, attitudes, and practices among clinicians dealing with end-of-life care, and subsequent publications documented the impact of the intervention. Ms. Stoeckle is a member of the World Health Organization’s G7 Advisory Group on Aging and the Environment, charged with making recommendations to the Health Ministers of the G7 nations for policies and initiatives that support healthy aging. She has also led complex, multi-component collaboration projects, bringing together clinicians and academics to develop effective and scalable responses to health challenges such as advanced care planning, posttraumatic stress disorder among veterans, HIV prevention, and breast and cervical cancer. Her work has been funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Veterans Health Administration, and by the private sector and she has received national recognition and awards for excellence in innovation and sustainable systems change.
Julie Sweetland, Ph.D., is a sociolinguist and the vice president for strategy and innovation at the FrameWorks Institute, where she leads efforts to
diffuse the organization’s cutting-edge, evidence-based reframing recommendations throughout the nonprofit sector. Since joining FrameWorks in 2012, she has led the development of powerful learning experiences for nonprofit leaders and has provided strategic communications guidance for advocates, policy makers, and scientists nationwide and internationally. Prior to joining FrameWorks, Dr. Sweetland was actively involved in improving teaching and learning for more than a decade as a classroom teacher, instructional designer, and teacher educator. At the Center for Inspired Teaching, she served as the director of teaching and learning and helped to found a demonstration school with an embedded teacher residency. As founding director of the Center for Urban Education, she launched a graduate teacher preparation program for the University of the District of Columbia. Dr. Sweetland’s linguistic research has focused on the intersection of language and race; on the role of language variation and language attitudes on student learning; and on effective professional learning for teachers. Her work has appeared in publications such as the Journal of Sociolinguistics, Educational Researcher, and Education Week, and she is the co-author of African American, Creole, and Other Vernacular Englishes in Education. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and lectures regularly at her alma mater. She completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in linguistics at Stanford University.
Fernando Torres-Gil, M.S.W., Ph.D., is a professor of social welfare and public policy at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), an adjunct professor of gerontology at USC, and the director of the UCLA Center for Policy Research on Aging. He has served as an associate dean and acting dean at the UCLA School of Public Affairs and as the chair of the Social Welfare Department. His research spans topics of health and long-term care, disability, entitlement reform, and the politics of aging. He earned his first presidential appointment in 1978 when President Jimmy Carter appointed him to the Federal Council on Aging. He was selected as a White House Fellow and served under Joseph Califano, then Secretary of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW), and continued as a special assistant to the subsequent Secretary of HEW, Patricia Harris. He was appointed (with Senate confirmation) by President Bill Clinton as the first U.S. Assistant Secretary on Aging in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In this position, Dr. Torres-Gil played a key role in promoting the importance of the issues of aging, long-term care and disability, community services for the elderly, and baby boomer preparation for retirement. He served under HHS Secretary Donna Shalala, managing the Administration on Aging and organizing the 1995 White House Conference on Aging, in addition to serving as a member of the President’s Welfare Reform Working Group. In 2010 he
received his third presidential appointment (with U.S. Senate confirmation) when President Obama appointed him as vice chair of the National Council on Disability, an independent federal agency that reports to the U.S. Congress and White House on federal matters related to disability policy. He also served as the staff director of the U.S. House Select Committee on Aging under Congressman Edward R. Roybal. At the state level, he was appointed by former Governor Gray Davis to the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Veterans’ Homes and by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as a delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging. He is also a board member of the AARP Foundation. Dr. Torres-Gil earned his A.A. in political science at Hartnell Community College, a B.A. in political science from San Jose State University, and an M.S.W. and a Ph.D. in social policy, planning, and research from Brandeis University.
Katie Wang, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Yale School of Public Health. She received her Ph.D. in social psychology from Yale University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS. Integrating her background in social psychology and public health, Dr. Wang examines various mechanisms (e.g., self and emotion regulation processes) through which stigma operates to drive adverse mental and behavioral health outcomes among people with disabilities, sexual minorities, and individuals with mental illnesses. Additionally, she is interested in identifying adaptive coping resources that mitigate the negative impact of stigma on health, with the objective of developing accessible, cost-effective psychosocial interventions to alleviate health disparities.