Workshop Presenters

The BREATH Pathway: Mindfulness Practices for Veterans
Tuesday, February 7

Presenter: Janice Elich Monroe, Ph.D., Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, Ithaca College

Dr. Janice Elich Monroe, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist is currently an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Recreation and Leisure Service at Ithaca College. She has served as Faculty Development Coordinator for Ithaca College for three years (2010-2013). She received her Ph.D. in Urban Services/Education Administration from Old Dominion University in 1991, a Masters Degree in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Illinois in 1981, and her Bachelors of Science Degree in Recreation from the University of Southern Colorado in 1976. During her academic preparation she specialized in Outdoor Biology and Public Relations. Dr. Elich Monroe works as the Recreational Therapy Clinical Supervisor at the Center for Life Skills, a post rehabilitation interdisciplinary learning laboratory for stroke survivors. She worked with children and adolescents with mental health problems as a Clinical Coordinator of Child and Young Adolescent Services (4 years) at Portsmouth Psychiatric Hospital and as a Recreation Therapist at the Colorado State Hospital (3 years). Her current areas of research and study include contemplative education, interdisciplinary collaborations, work related burnout, and faculty development. This work has resulted in the development of the conceptual model for the BREATH Pathway. She is active in the establishment of international collaborations and the development of international faculty exchanges.


Elder Abuse: Prevalence, Process, and Prevention
Tuesday, March 21

Kristen Lind, Senior Caseworker, Tompkins County Adult Protective Services

Victoria M. Rizzo, Ph.D., LCSW-R, Department of Social Work, Binghamton University

Kristen Lind is currently a senior caseworker with Adult Protective Services in Tompkins County. She has worked for the Adult Protective Services unit for over three years. Before that, she worked as a Family Support Coordinator at the Franziska Racker Centers in Ithaca, NY working with people with developmental disabilities. She has a Master’s degree in education from New England College and a Bachelor’s degree from Alfred University with a major in psychology. In another life she was also an elementary school teacher, where she taught 5th grade and kindergarten. She continues to use her knowledge of education to teach the Tompkins County community about the services that APS can offer. 

Dr. Victoria Rizzo is an associate professor in the Department of Social Work, College of Community & Public Affairs, Binghamton University. She currently serves as the Department Chairperson. Dr. Rizzo has received funding from various foundations and agencies, including the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Jewish Association Serving the Aging (JASA) Board of Trustees, and the Commonwealth Fund, to examine the impact of social work interventions on older adults coping with chronic illnesses, elder abuse, and the demands of informal caregiving.  From 2007 to 2014, Dr. Rizzo partnered with JASA, the largest social service agency for elders in New York City, to conduct research focused on the provision of professional social work services to older adults participating in JASA sponsored programs. While at JASA, Dr. Rizzo conducted an evaluation of JASA-LEAP, a program that uses a social work-lawyer intervention to address elder abuse and neglect.   As a result of this work, Dr. Rizzo was an invited participant for the Civil Legal Aid Research Workshop co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice and Access to Justice Initiative in collaboration with the National Science Foundation in May 2015. The purpose of this workshop was to make recommendations regarding research focused on legal civil aid for specific social issues, including elder abuse. Dr. Rizzo received her M.S.W. and Ph.D. from the University at Albany, SUNY.

The Nurse’s Perspective
Tuesday, April 11

Stephanie Agurkis, RN, Cayuga Heart Institute, Cayuga Medical Center

Colleen Price, Paramedic, Fire Captain, City of Cortland Fire Department

Patricia J. Schaffer, MSN, RN-BC, CHPN, CCRN-K, PCCN-K, Cayuga Medical Center

Stephanie Agurkis, RN, Cayuga Heart Institute, Cayuga Medical Center. Stephanie earned her nursing degree in 2011 and spent most of her career developing the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Cayuga Medical Center. Stephanie is passionate about community education and coordinates free monthly lecture series called Cardiac Connections at CMC. She returned to clinical nursing in May of 2016 and now enjoys her exciting role as a cardiac cath lab nurse at the Cayuga Heart Institute at CMC.

Colleen Price is a firefighter paramedic serving as a Fire Captain with the City of Cortland.  Prior to her return to the emergency services Colleen was an Emergency Department and Intensive Care nurse.  For nearly 30 years it has been her passion to educate new emergency providers and the public.  She teaches the EMT Program at Tompkins Cortland Community College and provides public education through fire department.  When she isn't on duty she can be found teaching Centered Riding to returning horseback riders in Groton, NY.  

Patricia J. Schaffer, MSN, RN-BC, CHPN, CCRN-K, PCCN-K 2001. Cayuga Medical Center Patricia has been nursing since 2001. Her clinical expertise is in telemetry and critical care. She has a Master’s Degree in Nursing Education and enjoys sharing her knowledge with hospital staff. Patricia served as nurse educator on the telemetry unit at CMC and is a clinical instructor for the rigorous nursing program at TC3. When she's not at the hospital she spends her time volunteering for the library.