Get to know the 2019 Senior Living Symposium Speakers.
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Schon P. Alkire

Innovative Solutions Developer, LifeWell Senior Living



Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 3:45 - 4:30 PM | Beyond the Pilot:  New Technologies that Work

Schon grew up in Houston, Texas, and after High School, he had a successful career in music and ministry. He owned and operated his own graphic design business, and later graduated from Baylor University in 2010. Desiring to move from a production-based business to one that focuses on serving people, Schon began volunteering at retirement communities and developed a passion for seniors. He went on to obtained an Activity Director Certification and became the Lifestyle Director for one of Houston’s finest and most technologically advanced senior communities. There, he excelled in implementing programs and technology that produced incredible results. In 2015, Schon joined the management team at LifeWell Senior Living, where he continues to use his unparalleled creativity and passion to advance technologies that help his teams better serve their residents.



Thursday, October 17, 9:00 - 9:45 AM | Integrating New Service Lines (moderator)

Ms. Credille supports clinical and operations leadership at Enlivant, including management oversight for quality assurance, life enrichment, and customer satisfaction. Ms. Credille is a registered nurse and an active member of the Illinois Health Care Association, and joins Enlivant after a 25-year tenure at HCR Manor Care with extensive operational, clinical and strategic experience. Her background in leadership healthcare management spans multiple care settings, including long-term care, assisted living, Alzheimer's care, rehabilitation and outpatient care.

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Cece Credille

SVP Care Services, Enlivant

Carol Cummings, RN, BSN

Senior Director Optimum Life, Brookdale Senior Living


Wednesday, October 16, 1:30 - 2:30 PM | Ask Me Anything: Candid Talk with Residents and Families (moderator)

Carol is Brookdale Senior Living’s expert on aging well. She believes senior living should empower residents to make choices that bring meaning and purpose to their lives.

Early in her 30+ year nursing career, Carol developed a passion for working with older adults. After 15 years in hospital and home health settings, Carol took a position as the wellness director for a Brookdale community, a role she describes as her dream job. Her work in the community led to her current role where she supports the well-being of residents through program and service design and education related to Optimum Life, the foundation of how Brookdale approaches whole-person wellness.

Carol has been with Brookdale for 18 years, and during that time, she’s earned multiple awards for her programs, including the International Council on Active Aging Innovator Award and the Assisted Living Federation of America’s Best of the Best. As a Certified Wellness Coach and Certified Wellness Practitioner, Carol is an avid student and engaging teacher with a passion for challenging aging stereotypes and helping older adults continue to grow and live life with dignity and respect. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Northern Illinois University.




Thursday, October 17, 9:00 - 9:45 AM |  Integrating New Service Lines

Tony Galvan is the Director of Health & Wellness for Life Care Services. As part of the LCS Health Services Division, Tony partners with all LCS communities to launch and execute comprehensive and successful wellness and health navigation programs. Tony has worked in the health and wellness industry for over 17 years with expertise in lifestyle programming and the development and execution of post-acute and care coordination strategies.

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Tony Galvan

Director of Health & Wellness, Life Care Services
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Neil Howe

Author, Historian, and Economist

Thursday, October 17, 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM | Visioning NextGen Senior Living 

Neil Howe, best-selling author and national speaker, is a renowned authority on generations in America. He gives readers and audiences powerful insights into who today's generation are, what motivates them as consumers and workers, and how they will shape our national future.

A historian, economist, and demographer, Howe is founding partner of the consulting firm LifeCourse Associates. He is a marketing, personnel, and government affairs consultant to coprorate and nonprofit clients, and has spoken and written extensively on the collective personalities of today's generations - who they are, what motivates them, and how they will shape America's future. He is also a recognized authority on global aging, long-term fiscal policy, and migraton. His current titles include: senior adviser to the Concord Coalition and senior associate to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC.

Howe has coauthored several books on generations with William Strauss, all best sellers widely used by business, colleges, government agencies and poltical leaders of both parties. Howe and Strauss originally coined the term "Millennial Generation".

Howe's articles have appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, American Demographics, US Weekend, and other noational publiciations. He coauthors numerous studies for CSIS including the Global Aging Initative's Aging Vulnerability Index and The Graying of the Middle Kingdom: The Economics and Demographics of Retirement Policy in China.

Howe grew up in California, received his B.A. at U.C. Berkely, and later earned graduate degress in economics and history from Yale University.



Thursday, October 17, 10:00 - 11:00 AM | The Multi-Brand Strategy for Growth

Industry veteran with over 25 years of executive level experience, Maria is the chief operating role for Chicago-based Pathway to Living. In her role, she is responsible for strategic direction, fiscal management, leadership and culture development. She is the architect and champion of Pathway's Viva! operating philosophy that takes a new approach and thinking of resident wellness and person-centered care. She is a member of the advisory board for Senior Living 100, sits on the Argentum Operations Executive Roundtable, and is a past board member of Leading Age Illinois.

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Maria Oliva

Chief Operating Office, Pathway to Living
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Laurie M. Orlov

Principal Analyst, Aging in Place Technology Watch

Wednesday, October 16, 3:45 - 4:30 PM | Beyond the Pilot: New Technologies that Work (moderator)

Laurie M. Orlov, a tech industry veteran, writer, speaker and elder care advocate, is the founder of Aging in Place Technology Watch -- market research, trends, blogs and reports that provide thought leadership, analysis and guidance about technologies and services that enable boomers and seniors to remain longer in their home of choice. years in the technology industry, including 9 years at analyst firm Forrester Research. She has spoken regularly and delivered keynote speeches at forums, industry consortia, conferences, and symposia, most recently on the business of technology for boomers and seniors. She advises large organizations as well as non-profits and entrepreneurs about trends and opportunities in the age-related technology market. Her segmentation of this emerging technology market and trends commentary have been presented in the Journal of Geriatric Care Management. Her perspectives have been quoted in Business Week, CNBC, Forbes, Kiplinger, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times, where she was profiled as well. She has a graduate certification in Geriatric Care Management from the University of Florida and a BA in Music from the University of Rochester. Advisory clients have included AARP, Microsoft, Novartis, J&J, United Healthcare, CDW, Bose, Cox Communications, Yahoo, and Philips. . She has published research sponsored by the California HealthCare Foundation and AARP, among others. Her latest reports include the Future of Voice First Technology and Older Adults in 2018, and an updated Market Overview of Technology for Aging in Place, published in 2019. The site was selected as one of CDW's Top 50 Health IT Blogs, and was named one of the Top 50 Influencers in Aging by Next Avenue. She has served on the HIMSS PCH Alliance Task Force for Technology and Aging.


Wednesday, October 16, 2:30 - 3:30 PM | Maximizing Success through a Diverse Workforce

Randall brings more than 30 years of expertise in executive management and development. Randall’s career has primarily been spent in professional services consulting. His expertise includes leadership development and coaching, training, executive and professional search, program design and business growth and development. He has led and managed teams and workstreams in a variety of roles along with P&L responsibilities. Currently Randall serves as a Senior Partner at Korn Ferry where he leads and manages a portfolio of clients with business and workforce issues around Organizational Strategy, Assessment and Selection, Talent Acquisition and Strategy, Leadership Development and Rewards and Benefits.

Additionally, Randall serves as a client advisor to c-suite executives, executive committees and boards. Randall also serves as an Associate Pastor and Ministry development leader.

Randall is a national speaker and presenter on Helping to Improve People and Organizations.

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Randall I. Thames

Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry
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Max Winters

Planner and Designer, Perkins Eastman


Thursday, October 17, 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM | Visioning NextGen Senior Living 

Max is a planner and designer at Perkins Eastman, and an emerging voice in the conversation about environments for older adults. Working with senior care providers around North America, he has advised them in the development of long-term visions for their communities through strategic and master planning, and the realization of those visions through the built environment. Max has presented on regional and national stages about topics including making places for community-based care, innovative dementia environments, and the transformative role technology will play in the future of aging.

He is also involved with Perkins Eastman’s Research in Practice group, which focuses on advancing best design practices through research and innovation. Through this involvement, he has recently been published as the co-author of the Clean Slate Project, a year-long research effort by Perkins Eastman to explore the senior living market through fresh eyes. His work will appear again in 2019 as the co-author of Missing Main Street, a publication based on his travel fellowship to Hogewey Dementia Village in the Netherlands, and supporting research about the role of self, nostalgia, and spatial archetypes in creating environments for the next generation of older adults living with dementia.

Thursday, October 17, 10:00 - 11:00 AM | The Multi-Brand Strategy for Growth (moderator)

As partner and practice leader for Plante Moran Living Forward, Dana brings more than 25 years’ experience in the industry. She has overseen the development of more than half a billion dollars in new construction including 1,400 units of senior housing and skilled nursing within the last five years.

Dana’s expertise covers a wide area of disciplines ranging from design and construction oversight, financing, and regulatory compliance to on-site operations and management. Her development projects have been comprised of a variety of senior communities in urban and rural settings, including Greenfield new construction as well as significant campus expansions and remodeling projects. Dana’s experience also includes green design and construction, congregational senior housing, hospital campus senior housing, nursing home campus repositioning, collegiate senior housing, and complex remodeling projects. She has written and secured federal grant approvals to upgrade, substantially rehabilitate, and convert older HUD-202 properties from independent living to assisted living communities.

Previously, Dana served as a regional director for housing operations at Ecumen and later joined the new business development team. There she led the organization in the single largest expansion in the firm’s history of both owned and managed senior housing communities as well as skilled nursing home repositioning projects.

Dana attended the University of Minnesota and is a certified occupancy manager, residential manager, and assisted housing manager.

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Dana Wollschlager

Partner, Plante Moran Living Forward

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