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2023 Conference Schedule


The 2023 VGCOA program will explore the spectrum of aging services in Virginia, providing a forum for discussion about what is currently happening, how we responded over the past two years, and what we see on the horizon. 


Over the course of two days, the following sessions will be held, including a range of individual presenters, groups, and panels. 

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Bradley Schurman is an expert on demographic change and population aging and how these forces disrupt social, cultural, political, and economic norms across the United States and around the world. His deep understanding of these shifts, when coupled with his grasp of emerging tastes and trends, makes him an authoritative voice into the future of everything.

He’s the author of The Super Age: Decoding our Demographic Destiny and the founder and CEO of the global strategic foresight and inclusive design firm, The Super Age. He’s written for Newsweek, been quoted by The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USAToday, and regularly appears as a guest on podcast, radio, and television shows around the world.

Stay tuned for more information about his keynote session and other exciting announcements about our partnership! 





At Risk: Caregiving Youth 

  • Dr. Richard Lindsay, The Lindsay Institute for Innovations in Caregiving

  • Dr. Rhonda Zingraff, James Madison University

  • Charlie Poole, Caregiver, Student, Christopher Newport University 


Partnerships with Community-Based Organizations 

  • Dr. Barry Gross, Bay Aging

  • Fran Anderson, Bay Aging


Manifesting our Future: A Collaborative Approach to Developing a New Generation of LTC Administrators 

  • Corie Tillman-Wolf, Virginia Department of Health Professions

  • Dana Parsons, LeadingAge Virginia

  • Jenny Inker, Virginia Commonwealth University

  • Jennifer Pryor, Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia LTC Pilot Projects for Pandemics & Disasters 

  • Dr. Paul F. Aravich, Eastern Virginia Medical School

  • Sarah Lineberger, Virginia Department of Health

  • Jessica Caggiano, Virginia Department of Health

Caregiver Support: Meeting the Diverse Needs of Family Caregivers

  • Joyce Nussbaum, Valley Program for Aging Services

  • Kathy Guisewite, Valley Program for Aging Services 

Setting the PACE for Aging in Virginia 

  • Brian Beck, Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens

  • Wayne Damron, Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens

  • Dana Collins, Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens

  • Andy Altizer, Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens

Aging Strong

  • Missi Boyer, The Capital Area Agency on Aging

  • William Thornton, YMCA of Greater Richmond


How Genworth is Paving the Way for Employee Caregivers & Older Adults in Virginia

  • Lynn White, Genworth Financial 

  • Mel Smith, Genworth Financial 

  • Colleen Dennis, Genworth Financial 


The Current Trends Impacting the Care of Older Adults 

  • Denise Scruggs, Beard Center on Aging 

  • Annette Clark, Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services  

Sustaining Virtual Programming in an In-Person World

  • Tara Turner, Fairfax Area Agency on Aging

  • Keesha Gill, Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services

  • Kristin Roman, ServiceSource Inc.

  • Anouphone Anita Chinyavong, ServiceSource Inc.


Solutions-Focused Partnerships and Technology: Virginia is HEAR for Elder Justice 

  • Dr. Sarah Marrs, Virginia Commonwealth University 

  • Courtney O'Hara, Virginia Commonwealth University 

  • Catherine MacDonald, Virginia Commonwealth University 


Valuing diversity, equity, and inclusion with elders "Dreaming Home!" 

  • Melissa Andrews, LeadingAge Virginia

  • Gayle Haglund, Westminster Canterbury Richmond

  • Delores Kimbrough, Kimbrough Consulting


Does your address influence the care you receive for dementia in the Virginia?

  • Pavel Chernyavskiy, University of Virginia School of Medicine

  • Anelyssa D' Abreu, University of Virginia School of Medicine

Home Health Interdisciplinary Approach to Collaborative Care for those with Dementia 

  • Lisa Hebert Meritt, Carilion Clinic Home Care 

  • Dr. Brian Unwin, Carilion Clinic Center for Healthy Aging

  • Shannon Radmacher, Carilion Clinic Home Care


Who You Gonna Call? Informing & Educating Virginians

  • Carol Cooper Driskill, disAbility Law Center of Virginia 

  • Tamar Goodale, Jefferson Area Board for Aging

  • Linda J. Hamrick, Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services 

  • Cindy Smith, Wise County Department of Social Services

Disrupting Ageism and Ableism in the Aging Network: A Free Online Toolkit

  • Jenny Inker, Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Gerontology 

  • Tracey Gendron, Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Gerontology


Empowering Seniors Against Healthcare Fraud

  •  Shawn Smith, Virginia Area Agencies on Aging/Senior Medicare Patrol 


Stronger Memory: An Innovative & Accessible Solution to Improve Brain Health

  • Jessica Fredericksen, Goodwin Living

  • Theresa Mandela, StrongerMemory

  • Sheila McLean, Health Quality Innovators


Growing Capacity through Volunteerism: Meet the Boom of Older Adults

  • Winter Broadhurst, Jefferson Area Board for Aging 

  • Teresa Cooper, Jefferson Area Board for Aging 


Partnerships to Increase Access to Supportive Services for Homeless Older Adults: A Blueprint for Action

  • Rebecca Brown, Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia

  • Fatima Tomlin, Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia


What's Hot in Virginia Guardianship? 

  • Paul DeLosh, Supreme Court of Virginia

  • Sally Hurme, Elder Law Attorney

  • Pamela Teaster, Virginia Tech Center for Gerontology/Department of Human Development and Family Science


Veteran Directed Care - A Collaboration of Community Care

  • Melissa Blake, Bay Aging 

  • Marcus Brooks, Virginia Department of Veterans Services

  • Stephanie Alexis Rummel, Hunter Holmes McGuire VAMC


How Virginia's Technology Assistance Program (TAP) Can Help Seniors with Hearing Loss

  • Felecia Smith, Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

  • Brittany Howard, Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Becoming a Caring Neighbor- Community Initiative

  • Diane Hartley, Peninsula Agency On Aging 

  • Randi Keesee, Peninsula Agency On Aging

  • Kerry Greenhill, Peninsula Agency On Aging


Effectively Supporting the Aging and Care Needs of LGBTQ + Older Adults 

  • Karen Mcphail, Eldementals/Aging Rainbows


Be Stroke Smart, Stay Stroke Smart

  • Margaret Probst, Northern Virginia EMS Council


Creating an Intention Community for Low-Income Older Adults

  • Gregory Ford, Beacon Communities LLC


Closing the Gap - No Wrong Door

  • Sara Link, Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services

  • Hollie Lutz, Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services

  • Sarah Henry, Prince William Area Agency on Aging

  • Ray Parks, Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services


Leveraging Data to Identify Needs and Drive Innovation

  • Charlotte Arbogast, Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services

  • Qian Cai, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service

  • Tracey Gendron, Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Gerontology/Virginia Center on Aging


From Plan to Reality: Improving Dementia Supports in Virginia

  • George Worthington, Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services 

  • Lana Sargent, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing 


Volunteer Rides: Engaging Bilingual and Veteran Drivers to Serve Unique Populations of Seniors 

  • Emily Braley, Pozez JCC

National Trends in Aging Policy and Programs

  • Sandy Markwood, USAging

  • Amy Gotwals, USAging

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