Speaker Bios

Keynote Speaker - Allen Power MD

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G. Allen Power, MD
Geriatrician, Author, Educator and Musician

G. Allen Power, MD is a board-certified internist, geriatrician, and newly-appointed Schlegel Chair in Aging and Dementia Innovation at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging in Ontario, Canada. He is also clinical associate professor of medicine at the university of Rochester, New York and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians-American Society for Internal Medicine. He has a 20-year history of implementing culture change in aged-care settings and is an internationally-recognized educator and expert on transformational models of care for older adults, particularly those living with changing cognitive abilities.

            Dr. Power is the author of two books: the award-winning Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care and Dementia Beyond Disease: Enhancing Well-Being. His seminar, “Dementia Beyond Drugs,” has been taught in fifteen U.S. states and six other countries on four continents. He also co-produced two videos with Dr. Richard Taylor and Brilliant Image Productions called Living with Dementia and 20 Questions, 100 Answers, 6 Perspectives.

He is a former Eden Alternative board member, a board member of the Dementia Action Alliance, consultant for Dr. Emi Kiyota’s non-profit organization Ibasho and has served in an advisory capacity for the Music and Memory Project, Dementia Care Australia, and the South Africa Care Forum. He is also a Core Committee member of the newly formed Global Action on Personhood in Dementia, founded by Professor Dawn Brooker in the U.K.

Dr. Power was named one of 2013’s “Five Leaders of Tomorrow” by Long-Term Living Magazine and has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, among others. He is also an accomplished musician and songwriter.  


Conference Speakers




Marigrace Becker, M.S.W.
Program Manager of Community Education and Impact,
University of Washington  Medicine Memory and Brain Wellness Center
Study Coordinator, HABIT

Ms. Becker develops and facilitates education, support and engagement programs that promote living well with dementia. She produces resources like the MBWC’s patient and family handbook, Living with Memory Loss, and works closely with community partners to spearhead local initiatives that challenge stigma and build understanding. Ms. Becker is a member of the Momentia Seattle Stewardship Team, and leads the Dementia-Friendly Communities project team for the Dementia Action Collaborative.


Kathleen Bishop 


Kathleen Bishop, Phd

Dr. Bishop has over 40 years of experience in the developmental disabilities field and over 20 as a Gerontologist with a specialty in aging with developmental disabilities.   She has a Bachelors and Master’s Degree in Special Education and a PhD from   Syracuse University in aging with disabilities. Dr.  Bishop works as a consultant for   many organizations in the aging and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) networks to assist with program and support planning. Her areas of expertise include environmental modifications and developmental disabilities, caregiving for adults with dementia and IDD and women with disabilities.




Lee Burnside, MD, MBA
Geriatrician, UW Harborview Medical Center,
Medical Director, Providence Hospice of Seattle

Dr. Burnside has devoted his career to improving community support and palliative care for persons living with dementia and their families. He has a research interest in evaluating the intersection of arts and dementia, particularly in advanced dementia and at the end of life.


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Thomas Grabowski, MD
Medical Director and Neurologist
UW Medicine Memory and Brain Wellness Center & UW Integrated Brain Imaging Center
ADRC, Director P1/Project 3 Leader
Professor, UW Departments of Radiology & Neurology

Dr. Grabowski is an expert on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting memory, language and cognition. His clinical interests include Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia and other related neurodegenerative diseases causing cognitive impairment. His research interests include the organization  of language and semantic memory in the brain, use of MRI for functional brain imaging and use of functional MRI to understand the systems organization of the brain and to detect early signs of degenerative disease.


Lynne Korte




Lynne Korte, MPH
Program Manager
Aging and Long Term Support Administration Department of Social and Health Services, State of WA DAC Plan Coordinator

Ms. Korte has been involved in the field of aging and dementia care for 30 years, as   a dementia care family caregiver consultant, program manager for adult day services and specialized dementia residential care. For the past 25 years, she has worked for

Washington State’s Aging and Long Term Support Administration in the planning and development of services for people with dementia and their family caregivers. She most recently coordinated the effort to develop and now implement the Washington State Plan to Address Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias


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Bob LeRoy
Executive Director
Alzheimer's Association, Washington State Chapter
DAC Subcommittee: Chair: Advocacy and Co-Chair: Long Term Services and Supports

Mr. LeRoy joined the Alzheimer’s Association in 2008. He is a member of the Dementia Action Collaborative, chairing its Advocacy Subcommittee and co-chairing its Long-Term Services & Supports Subcommittee. His nonprofit career includes 14 years with the American Red Cross in a variety of staff and volunteer leadership positions. He has also served as board member or consultant on volunteer leadership, fund development, and strategic planning for a variety of community, health and human services, and environmental organizations.


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Maureen Lindhan
DAC Subcommittee: Co-Chair: Long Term Services and Supports

Maureen Linehan, retired, worked for over 30 years in the aging/disabilities field and now serves on several boards including the Alzheimer’s Association.  She has been a member of the state-wide Dementia Action Collaborative since its inception.  Maureen is the former director of Seattle/King County Aging and Disability Services, the local Area Agency on Aging.Maureen lost both her parents to Alzheimer’s disease.   As an advocate, she passionately works to combat the stigma associated with the disease and to increase awareness of supports available to caregivers.

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Joanne Maher, MSW,
Director, Programs and Services
Alzheimer's Association, Washington State Chapter 
Ms. Maher has more than 20 years of professional experience working with diverse adult populations in a variety of settings. In addition to her work at the Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter, Ms. Maher serves on a review committee for King County Adult Protective Services and on the King County Elder Abuse Council. She gives presentations locally, regionally and nationally to caregiver and professional groups on a wide variety of dementia-related topics.



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Lisa Mayfield, MA, LMHC,GMHS, CMC

Principal, Fellow Certified Care Manager
Ms. Mayfield brings over two decades of experience in mental health and vast expertise working with clients and families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Geriatric Mental Health Specialist, Certified Aging Life Care Professional and trained mediator who has worked for many years supporting families in conflict. Ms. Mayfield holds the distinction of being one of two Fellow Certified Care Managers in Washington State. She founded Aging Wisdom® in 2003.

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Bill Moss
Assistant Secretary,
Aging and Long-Term Support Administration
Washington State Department of Social & Health Services
Dementia Action Collaborative,
DAC: Chair of Alzheimer's Disease Working Group

Mr. Moss is the Assistant Secretary for the Aging and Long-Term Support Administration (ALTSA) a post to which he was appointed to in February 2013. As part of delivery of long-term services and supports, the Assistant Secretary has the responsibility for oversight of the Washington State Council on Aging (SCOA), the state’s Area Agencies on Aging and all publicly-funded long-term services and supports in Washington State.








Wendy Nathan, BSc, CMC
Care Manager
Aging Wisdom
Ms. Nathan has two decades of experience in healthcare working in a variety of roles. She has worked with older adults providing home care services and as a licensed massage practitioner. This provided her the opportunity to see how people age, and what influences them to age well or poorly. She earned a certificate in gerontology and became a certified care manager.  She relishes the opportunity to work with seniors. Ms. Nathan serves as  a Younger-Onset Support Group Facilitator for the Alzheimer’s Association.


Michael J. Persenaire M.D.  



Michael Persenaire, MD
UW Medicine Memory & Brain Wellness Center
UW Medicine Multiple Sclerosis Center at Northwest Hospital
Dr. Persenaire is a board-certified neurologist with subspecialty training in neuro- immunology and cognitive/behavioral neurology. He is an acting clinical instructor in neurology at the University of Washington. He has been one of the neurologists at the Memory and Brain Wellness Center at Harborview Hospital since he moved to Seattle in 2017.




Alison Phinney, PhD, RN
Professor, Associate Director, Graduate Programs
University of British Columbia, School of Nursing

Dr. Phinney teaches in areas related to older adult health within nursing and from an interdisciplinary perspective, helping build confidence and capacity to provide skilled and compassionate care, and to think critically about how to promote healthy aging at the individual, community and population levels. Her work focuses on people living with cognitive impairment due to a dementing illness and taking a community-engaged, participatory approach to the study of creative and physical activity in the context of .

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Jonathan Prescott
Board Certified Chaplain, Clinical Chaplain and Pastoral Counselor
Wise Caregiving


Jonathan Prescott is the founder of Wise Caregiving, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people become effective, sustainable and empathetic caregivers. Jonathan’s career

as a hospice, cancer-care and hospital Chaplain, along with his spiritual practice as an ordained student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, gives him a unique perspective on how to thrive within the helping professions. His trainings help people learn the arts of listening, balance, boundaries and presence as a therapeutic tool.






Gloria Puurveen, BA, BMT, MA, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Centre for Applied Ethics School of Nursing
University of British Columbia
Dr. Purrveen recently completed a PhD in the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program at UBC. Using qualitative methods, her doctoral research focused on the experiences of people with advanced dementia who are nearing the end of life and   how care staff and family understood and responded to their social, emotional, spiritual and physical n






Kristoffer Rhoads, PhD
Associate Professor, UW Department of Neurology
ADRC, Clinical Core
DAC Subcommittee Chair: Health-Medical Care


Dr. Rhoads specializes in the evaluation and treatment of dementia and neurodegenerative disorders, evaluating and treating people living with memory loss and dementia and considering the unique needs of each individual he sees. He serves  on the Board of Directors for the Washington State Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, and as Chair of the Health and Medical Subcommittee for the Dementia Action Collaborative. He also served as the Chair of the Bree Collaborative Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias Workgroup.





Janet Smith, JD
Northwest Elder Law Group 


Ms. Smith brings patience, caring and compassion to every case. Her goal is to help resolve family conflict and create the best quality of life for elders. She has practiced  law as a litigator and served as an Industrial Appeals Judge. Among her various volunteer roles, Ms. Smith has served as a trained facilitator for a memory loss support group. She is a member of various legal groups in King County and Washington State.



Cheryl Townsend




Cheryl Townsend WInter, DDS, MSD, MBA
DAC Subcommittee Chair: Public Awareness-Community Readiness

Dr. Townsend Winter holds a doctorate in dentistry, an MS in dentistry, a certificate in periodontics and an MBA. She is also a diplomat and fellow of the American Academy of Periodontology. Her book, The Aging Gracefully Pathway, reveals her discoveries about patterns leading to poor aging through her own research and personal experience. Dr. Townsend Winter serves on the Dementia Action Collaborative as Chair of the Public Awareness - Community Readiness Subcommittee.


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