Meet Our Speakers

Day 1

Matt Thornhill, Think Tank Institute for Tomorrow, Leadership Breakfast, Winning Workplaces of Today: How to Find and Keep Top Talent & Opening Keynote, Tomorrow’s Senior Living Opportunity: How to be Netfilx in a Blockbuster World


Matt Thornhill is a research-based futurist and nationally-recognized generations expert. He is co-founder and managing partner of the think tank Institute for Tomorrow based in Richmond, VA. Matt spends most of his time helping organizations across the country see the future we already know so they can win their tomorrow. See his video here


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Dan Vogt, BerryDunn, What If You Could Help Your Team and Residents Better Manage Through Change?


Dan’s work at BerryDunn is focused on helping clients in the healthcare and senior living industries advance their missions through the effective management of technology, people, and process.

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Jane Oneail, Using Art to Engage, Inspire and Uplift Older Adult Audiences


Jane oversees creative development and day-to-day operations of boutique arts consulting firm specializing in interactive arts experiences. She works with businesses, community groups, and nonprofits to produce engaging and enriching arts experiences.


Rajeev Kumar, Symbria, Best Practices to Prevent Rehospitalizations – Learning from a Pilot Program


Dr. Rajeev Kumar joined Symbria as its Chief Medical Officer in 2016. In this role, he oversees the development and implementation of regional post-acute services integration models for its clients in fourteen states.

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Keith Robertson, Ziegler, Forward-Thinking Leadership


Keith Robertson joined the senior living team at Ziegler in January of 2007 with significant experience in senior living finance and development. His primary responsibility with Ziegler is to provide investment banking services to not-for-profit sponsors of senior living communities in the northeast. Keith is also Ziegler’s northeast regional team leader.

Day 2
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Deb Lambert,  Byron Wellness Systems, Cultural Transformation: From Indifference to Engagement


Deb has been a Health Facility Administrator in Indiana for over 19 years and currently serves as the President and CEO of Byron Wellness Systems.  She has a long list of accomplishments and qualifications related to Leadership Development but her primary focus has always been clearing the path for her team to deliver the highest quality of care for the residents they serve.

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Sarah Starcher, Byron Wellness Systems, From Indifference to Engagement


Sarah has been a licensed Administrator since 2015 and currently serves as the Executive Director at Byron. Sarah started in this field at the age of 23. Her mission has been to improve the lives of residents by setting her staff up for success. Named Indiana’s New Administrator of the Year in 2017, she has worked hard to give Millennials a new reputation in field of long term care.

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Tammy Bickmore, University of Southern Maine, The Self-Contained Village for Individuals with Dementia: A Model for Resident-Centered Care

Tammy Bickmore is the program director at the University of Southern Maine for occupational therapy. Most recently, Tammy worked with clients with dementia, helping individuals with cognitive impairment retain or regain engagement in meaningful occupation.

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Bernadette Kroon, Partner, University of Southern Maine, The Self-Contained Village for Individuals with Dementia: A Model for Resident-Centered Care


Bernadette is a physical therapy lecturer at the University of Southern Maine. Bernadette has been a practicing physical therapist in the United States for the past 29 years. Her area of expertise is adult rehabilitation with a focus on brain injury, stroke, and complex medical conditions.

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Angie Hunt, Long Term Care Reimagined: The Household Model at The Cedars

Angie has been with The Cedars since 2000, managing clinical operations and is the Administrator for The Osher Inn, The Rehabilitation Center and The Skilled Care Center. Angie oversees all aspects of The Cedars community, including The Atrium, and independent living.

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Cory Kallheim, LeadingAge, Legal Perspectives on Emerging Operational Issues

 Cory oversees all law-related issues affecting LeadingAge members, particularly but not exclusively in the areas of fair housing/discrimination, disability law, and professional liability and tort law. In addition, he is responsible for LeadingAge’s activities and policies related to Social Accountability and tax exemption.

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Daniel M. Deschenes, Legal Perspectives on Emerging Operational Issues

Dan’s practice is focused on civil litigation with an emphasis on construction matters. He advises owners, contractors, and developers in various phases of the construction process, including negotiation and arbitration of contract disputes and contract development. Dan has successfully litigated cases for construction and commercial clients in state and federal court, as well as before numerous administrative agencies.