Barbara Bowers is the director of the Center for Aging Research and Education in addition to her post as a professor at the School of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In this dual capacity, Dr. Bowers has conducted research with frail, older adults in order to examine how nursing staff and long term care systems impact quality of life and quality of care, as well as worked with state and federal government bodies to develop, implement, and evaluate public policies affecting older adults. (Profile)
Kimberly Nolet is a research manager at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing. In her role, she designs research studies, writes grant proposals, manages projects, and conducts research. Her primary areas of research are related to professional development of long term care staff across settings and culture change in nursing homes. She holds an MS degree in education and enjoys coupling her interest in adult education and the long term care sector through design of educational programs for nursing students and the health care workforce. Kim enjoys the opportunity to work with diverse stakeholders across the United States and beyond.
Diane Farsetta is an outreach specialist for the Center for Aging Research and Education. She facilitates communication and collaboration among researchers, clinicians, students, nurses, caregivers and community members with an interest in older adult health and well-being. This role draws upon Diane's varied experiences as a reporter, community organizer, teacher, and researcher. Diane received her PhD in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Jennifer Morgan is a student employee at the Center for Aging Research and Education. She maintains the CARE website and newsletter, as well as assisting with various tasks to help keep the center running smoothly. A 2012 graduate of Duke University, Jennifer is now a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, in the Department of French and Italian.
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Steve Biondi is a registered nurse and a licensed nursing home administrator, as well as Chair of the American Health Care Association's Survey/Regulatory Committee and member of the Quality Improvement Committee. He holds a Masters in Management and a Masters in Nursing. Steve previously served as the Vice President for Clinical Services and Chief Quality Officer with the Milwaukee-based Extendicare Health Services, Inc. He is currently completing a PhD in Nursing (ABD) at Marquette University.
Sarah Endicott is a board-certified geriatric nurse practitioner with experience in adult medicine and memory diagnostic centers. Her current clinical practice is in rural skilled nursing facilities. She teaches in the adult/gero nurse practitioner program at the UW–Madison School of Nursing and serves as a preceptor for primary care students. Her interests include advanced care planning and the education and support of caregivers for people living with dementia. She serves as the faculty liaison to the CARE Steering Committee.
Greg Griffin received both an undergraduate and a graduate degree from UW–Madison during the 1960s. He has lived and worked for most of his professional career in the Madison area and has held significant positions in health policy, planning and operations in various venues. Notable positions include COO of St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center (Madison); founder/owner/president of THE LAKEWOOD GROUP, Ltd., a management company that specialized in managing hospitals in crisis; and founder and CFO of ElderSpan Management, LLC, a development, operating, and syndication company that specializes in facilities serving the senior population. Greg is now semi-retired but continues as a real estate investor/developer, a consultant to health care facilities, and as a board member of numerous local or regional organizations.
Haley Jasper is a second year (senior) nursing undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has worked as a CNA in a skilled nursing facility where she developed her passion for the care of older adults. She is involved with the UW-Madison Student Leadership Program and the Student Nurses Association.
Brad Klitsch is the senior vice president of market development at Direct Supply. He has over three decades of experience in the senior living profession. At Direct Supply, Brad focuses on senior living, association and industry relations, as well as the development of strategy and integrated solutions for the senior living continuum. Brad holds both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in business administration from Northern Illinois University.
Troy Lawrence is a DNP student and home health nurse who helped develop home health content for Geri-Res, our online residency program for nurses beginning work in long-term care settings. Troy received his Bachelor of Science with a degree in Nursing from UW-Madison in 2010. He is on track to graduate from the School of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program in 2017 with intention to sit for national certification as an adult-geriatric nurse practitioner. Troy has diverse healthcare interests and looks forward to furthering his career as an advanced practice nurse prescriber in the clinical care of adults and older adults, nursing education, and/or healthcare leadership upon graduation.
Doug Olson, NHA, FACHCA, MBA, PhD is a professor in the Health Care Administration program at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire, and the Director of the Center for Health Administration and Aging Services Excellence He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Health Services Research, Policy and Administration with a dual minor in Management and Aging Studies. Olson has given numerous national and regional presentations and been published in a variety of publications. He is currently involved in applied research efforts focusing on leadership, organizational roles and best practices in leadership development in the health and aging services field. Dr. Olson has served on the ACHCA Board, the ACHCA Academy for Long Term Care Leadership and Development and on the Board of Overseers for the American Health Care Association’s Quality Award Program. Before joining the UWEC faculty, Olson was the community administrator responsible for operations of a long-term care campus in Minnesota. He has 20 years of direct experience working and consulting with various types of health care organizations.
Traci L. Raether, MSN, RN, is the Director of Clinical Services for Home Care at Agrace Hospice and Palliative Care in Madison, a nonprofit community based health care agency. Before coming to Agrace, Traci served as the Vice President of Health Care and Quality Services and Chief Clinical Officer for Oakwood Lutheran Senior Ministries, and as the Vice President of Quality and Organization Development at Evergreen Retirement Community. She developed the "Learning Wave," a continuous quality improvement educational program, and received the Distinguished Educator Award from the Wisconsin Society for Healthcare Education and Training.
Susan Rather is the owner of several BrightStar Home Care franchises in Wisconsin. With the BrightStar Corporate Office, she recently opened a high acuity neighborhood-style Assisted Living and Memory Care Community in Madison, WI. Her role is to develop team members that share her passion for helping families by providing great care and service to their clients, hiring compassionate staff, and ensuring that they have the resources necessary to do their work. Prior to her work in the senior care environment, Susan was a Medical Technologist. She worked for over 25 years in various medical laboratory settings, with expertise in personnel management, regulatory compliance, and process improvement. In that role, she was most recently the Laboratory Manager at the VA Hospital in Madison, WI.
Tim Size has been the executive director of the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative in Sauk City since helping to found it in 1979. The cooperative is owned and operated by forty rural hospitals with a vision that “Rural Wisconsin communities will be the healthiest in America.”
"I was glad to be asked to serve on the CARE Steering Committee for three reasons: (1) as an early baby boomer, I am seeing more and more the challenge for the SoN to focus on an aging population, (2) as a long-time advocate for the needs of nurses serving in rural communities, I feel this is a good opportunity to promote their visibility within the school, and (3) I deeply believe in the Wisconsin Idea that 'the boundaries of the campus are the boundaries of the state,' and while the UW is a world-class university, we need to remember that rural Wisconsin is part of that world."