Workshop Presenters

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Aging in Community: Research and Emerging Models

Mary Ann Erickson, Associate Professor and Chair of Gerontology at Ithaca College, serves as the president-elect of the State Society on Aging of New York for the 2015 calendar year and as president for 2016. Much of her research has looked at the influence of housing on the lives of older people, and how older people make housing decisions.  She is one of four authors of an online article published in September 2014 in the Journal of Housing for the Elderly entitled, "Aging in Place or Relocation? Plans of Community Dwelling Older Adults."

Betsy Schermerhorm assumed her role as Director of Marketing and Admissions at Kendal at Ithaca in January of 2006. Prior to that she had served as the Interim Director of RSVP and Countywide Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance Program at Lifelong. She came to these positions in aging services following a long career in academic and research outreach, designing programs to showcase and invite collaboration with efforts at Cornell University, Syracuse University and the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Betsy holds a PhD in quantitative genetics from Cornell University and received Certification as a Gerontologist from Ithaca College.

Jim Quest’s background incorporates business, education and not-for-profit experience.  He has more than fifty years of business experience in marketing and communication, nearly half in entrepreneurial ventures.  His expertise in marketing started with Procter & Gamble.  He then founded and built an advertising agency concentrating in new products and services.  From 2006 -2012 he taught entrepreneurship at Cornell University, and later at the University of International Business & Economics in Beijing.  He has served on the Executive Committee, Board of Directors of the Children of Alcoholics Foundation (NYC); Board of Directors of the Stamford Symphony (CT), and the Board of Directors of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra (Ithaca).  He is the Co-Founder of Love-Living-at-Home-in-Ithaca, an aging-in-place initiative now under development in Ithaca.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

“safeTALK” Suicide Prevention

Lee-Ellen Marvin is the Executive Director and Director of Education for Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service. Following many years of work in the arts and higher education, she has developed suicide awareness programs for an array of audiences including teens and adults from all walks of life that are highly interactive and creative.


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Family Caregiving in Rural Communities

Deborah J. Monahan, Ph. D., L.M.S.W. is a Professor of Social Work, a faculty research affiliate of the Aging Studies Institute, and the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Sport and Human Dynamics at Syracuse University. She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and has also been a member of the board of directors of the American Society on Aging. Her funded research projects have studied the efficacy of support groups, community alternatives to long term care, family caregiving, kinship caregiving, and adolescent pregnancy prevention.  She is a co-author with Ronald Toseland and David Haigler of the book, Education and Support Programs for Caregivers: Research, Practice and Policy published by Springer (2011). She recently published a paper in the Journal of Family Social Work titled, “Family caregivers for seniors in rural areas.”