President - Walt Dawson, DPhil
Walt Dawson is the Director of Research and Analytics at the Oregon Health Care Association. A lifelong advocate for persons living with Alzheimer's, Walt has worked at the nexus of public policy, research, and health care at the state and national level. Prior to his current role with OHCA, Walt worked in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Senate Committee Special Committee on Aging and the Health and Aging Program of the Atlantic Philanthropies. A Fulbright Scholar, he earned a Doctorate in Social Policy from Oxford University and holds Master's degrees from both Oxford University and the London School of Economics.
Treasurer - Karen Kinzey
Karen Kinzey is the Program Manager, Holy Names Heritage Center. She has been a member of the OGA Board since 2013 and currently serves on the Executive, Education and Finance Committees. Her areas of expertise include developing educational programs for older adults and managing senior volunteers. Karen has conducted over 200 oral history interviews with seniors, including Pearl Harbor survivors, Catholic Sisters and WWII combatants and civilians. She volunteers with the Oregon Alzheimer's Association and two local memory Cafes. She hold a MA and BA from Virginia Tech. She is committed to improving the lives of people with dementia and their caregivers.
Secretary - Siobhan Maty, PHD, MPH
Dr. Siobhan Maty is Associate Professor and Chair of the Master of Science in Global Health program at the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She is an epidemiologist with expertise in the conceptualization and measurement of social factors and their influence on health outcomes using a life course approach. She uses traditional epidemiology and community-based participatory research approaches to explore the social determinants of health and health inequities, the epidemiology of type 2 diabetes and related conditions, and the impact of aging on population health.
Alan DeLaTorre, PHD
Alan is a self-described "urban gerontologist" who is passionate about translating research into policy and practice. He is a Research Associate at Portland State University's Institute on Aging and is the co-coordinator of the Age-Friendly Portland and Multnomah County initiatives. In addition to serving on the Board of the Oregon Gerontological Association, Dr. DeLaTorre is an appointed volunteer for AARP Oregon focused on livability and age-friendly communities, an auxiliary member of the Portland Commission on Disability, and he serves as the co-chair for the Age-friendly Design Committee for the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.
Joyce DeMonnin, MPH, MBA
Joyce, an Oregon native, is Director of Communications and Media Relations, AARP Oregon. She has more than 25 years of experience in program development, strategic and operational planning, public speaking, communications/media relations and event management. With AARP, her key impact areas are health care reform, healthy aging, and access to affordable prescriptions, economic security, 50-plus work issues and retirement security/social Security. She leads on these issues through convening, connecting, and leveraging the talents and energy of AARP Oregon's 500,000 members and volunteers.
Margaret B. Neal, PHD
Margaret B. Neal, Ph.D is Director of the Institute on Aging and Professor of Urban Studies at Portland State University, teaching graduate courses in gerontology, survey design data collection and global aging. She led Portland's participation in the 2006-07 World Health Organization's Global Age-Friendly Cities project and has co-coordinated the Age-Friendly Portland and Multnomah county initiatives since then, speaking and publishing locally, nationally and internationally on the topic of age-friendly communities as well as that of combining paid work with unpaid care for elders. She and her husband, David Leckey, live between Wilsonville and Newberg at their nursery, Oregon Small Trees.
Jennifer Pratt, MA
Jennifer Pratt is Design Team Lead at CareOregon, the state's largest Medicaid managed organization, also serving Medicare populations. Her team applies design thinking to innovate and better support older adults as they move through the aging process. She is currently working on the question, "How might we better support older adults to retain a sense of meaning and purpose as their abilities change?" and on an Oregon Quality Assurance and Performance improvement initiative offered to the long-term care community. She holds a Master's Degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Community Development.
Jennifer Fuller, MPH
Jennifer is a program officer at the Cambia Health Foundation for Sojourns, the foundation's signature program, which focuses on improving the quality, access to awareness of Palliative care. Jennifer oversees regional grants and the Sojourns Scholarship Leadership Award program, a national program that supports emerging nurse and physician leaders and innovators in the field. Prior to joining Cambia Health Foundation, Jennifer spent 6 years at the Northwest Health Foundation as the Associate Director for the Partners Investing in Nursing's Future (PIN) program, a multi-year national initiative to support the capacity, involvement and leadership of local foundations to advance the nursing profession in their communities. For 10+ years she worked primarily in the non-profit sector at various community based organizations that serve aging individuals and caregivers and has served on planning committees and Boards. She holds a master of public health degree from Portland State University (2001) and a bachelor's of science and certificate of gerontology from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio (1995). Jennifer is passionate about improving the quality of life for elders and brings this lens to her work at Cambia Health Foundation.
Amy Henderson, MA
Amy Henderson is the Lead Gerontologist for AgeWise Institute at the University of Natural Medicine in Portland, she is also the Founder/Executive Director for the Geezer Gallery, a non-profit organization empowering elders through the arts and utilizing the arts as a modality of health for elders in the Portland community.
Iris Wernher, OGA Student Representative
Iris is pursuing her PhD in Urban Studies, with an emphasis in gerontology and community health planning. She works as Graduate Research Assistant at Portland State University's Institute on Aging, where she is involved in the Age-Friendly Portland and Multnomah County initiatives. In addition to serving as student representative on the OGA Board, she volunteers with the local aging-in-place Village movement. Before moving to Portland, Iris worked as a psychologist at a memory clinic in Germany. In the context of her dissertation, she is interested in holistic approaches to making cities and communities more "dementia friendly".