Workshop Presenters

Program to Encourage Active and Rewarding Lives (PEARLS) Overview
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Ellen Herner is a case manager with the Cattaraugus County Office for the Aging. She has coordinated/facilitated the PEARLS program for the past 3 years. She also co-facilitates Powerful Tools for Caregivers classes and is responsible for the voluntary Clutter and Hoarding program, an extensive 2-pronged approach based on work done by Dr. Randy Frost and Dr. Gail Steketee. After graduating high school, Ellen left for basic training in the USAF and served 4 years as a police officer. After discharge, she worked in the Colorado prison system. Relocating back to New York, she enrolled at Jamestown Community College in the Social Sciences program, earning a top graduate spot and a full transfer scholarship to St. Bonaventure University where she completed her BA in Psychology and Ms.Ed in Community Counseling. After graduation, she worked as a mental health therapist on an in-patient psychiatric unit where she counseled both general psychiatric and dual-diagnosis patients. She has also worked in out-patient settings for intensive counseling for dual-diagnosis patients before coming to work at her current position.   

Hearing Loss in Older People
Thursday, November 6, 2014

Amy Rominger, AuD, CCC-A, FAAA, is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at Ithaca College.  She teaches basic audiology, aural rehabilitation, and hearing loss in the elderly courses, and supervises graduate SLP students in the on-campus audiology clinic.   Her professional interests include adult aural rehabilitation and hearing conservation. 


Life Review of Generative Contributions
Monday, December 1, 2014

Myra Sabir is an Assistant Professor of Human Development at Binghamton University, and the founding director of the Community Generativity Institute in the College of Community and Public Affairs there.  She completed her Ph.D. in Human Development & Family Studies at Cornell University in 2004, and a post-doctoral fellowship with the Cornell Institute for Translational Research on Aging in 2007.  Prior to attending Cornell, she developed the Life-Writing protocol used in her research from 1993-1996 as her master’s thesis intervention project which won the Jack Boozer Community Development Award (Emory University, 1995) and the Mary K. Mobley Award for Academic Excellence and Significant Community Concern (Emory University, 1996).