Coordinate research for EVMS students with Glennan Center faculty in areas of Patient Safety, Quality Improvement, Advance Care Planning,, Dementia and Alzheimer's disease and support for caregivers. I also coordinate students' application for the Medical Student Aging Research scholarship sponsored by the Hartford Foundation.
I was born in Norfolk and raised in Virginia Beach, Va. I am a graduate of Old Dominion University and received my masters of science in Gerontology from the Medical College of Virginia-Virginia Commonwealth University. I have been involved with older adult care, management and services for 40+ years. My first position was as the director of a newly formed adult day services program in Virginia Beach, The M. E. Cox Center named after Mrs. Mary Ellen Cox, my first mentor. I am proud to serve on their board of directors. I joined EVMS in October 1995 to support the fairly new geriatric medicine clerkship for students and the newly endowed Glennan Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology. I created the accredited Geriatric Medicine Fellowship in 1999. Dr. Marissa Galicia-Castillo was the first graduate and ultimately became the program director. The Geriatric SIt Down Rounds, an interprofessional education program, attended by EVMS colleagues, students, residents and a host of professionals from the community who all work with and provide services to older adults. I am proud to serve as faculty advisor for the student interest group focused on geriatric medicine, known as SAGE-Students for the Advancement of Geriatric Education along with the community engaged initiative, Beyond Clinic Walls, aimed at connecting EVMS students with socially isolated older adults in the community.
2013- Health Care Heroes Award from Inside Business 2013- The Lanny Hampel Award for Excellence from the Mayor's Commission on Aging in Virginia Beach 2013- Outstanding Alumni from the Dept. of Gerontology, School of Health Professions, Medical College of Virginia Virginia Commonwealth University Member- Virginia Center on Aging Advisory Committee Member- Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia Strategic Advisory Committee.