Gary Figiel, MD
Dr. Gary Figiel is a board-certified Geriatric Psychiatrist. He received his medical degree from the St. Louis University School of Medicine and completed his internship, residency and fellowship in Neuropsychiatry at Duke University. Dr. Figiel has developed geriatric programs at Duke University, Washington University, Emory University and the Eastside Heritage Center. Dr. Figiel is specially trained in the early diagnosis and management of memory disorders. Dr. Figiel is owner of Southeastern Geriatric Healthcare Group, which he started in 2003.
Carol Mullen is the Community Outreach Representative for Optum Palliative and Hospice Care. Previously Carol was the Director of Harmony Home Care and Executive Director of Parc at Buckhead/Atlanta, GA. Carol has been actively employed in senior care for over 30 years and brings to the foundation expertise in elder care, healthcare management, home care, and is a certified facilitator with the Georgia Alzheimer’s Association. Carol facilitates 5 monthly caregiver support groups in the metropolitan Atlanta area.
Christopher Nadeau is a thought leader in dementia care and support and heads up Aging Care Solutions Consulting in New York. His background includes non-profit administration, Public Health Policy, Mental Health, Intergovernmental Affairs, and Health Education. As former Executive Director of the New York Memory Center, he developed and enhanced innovative approaches to care. He currently serves on Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s New York State Coordinating Council for Services related to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia related conditions.
Liz Strickland left her work as a Partner with Ernst and Young, LLC to care for her parents, who both have dementia. She and her life partner have customized their home to accommodate her parent’s needs. Liz studied Math and Computer Science at UGA, led Data Processing at Savannah Bank and Trust Co., and redesigned the Credit Reporting System for The Credit Bureau. As a consultant for Coopers and Lybrand, she led the movement of operations of Arrow Shirt Company from Troy, NY to Atlanta, GA. In her 14 years with Ernst and Young, she authored, translated and deployed their international methodology, worked with Edsel Ford to streamline operations for Ford Credit, and redesigned the assembly line for the Ford Motor Company. Liz is past member of the YWCA of Savannah, American Institute of Banking, and the New York based Legacy Foundation.
Dara McMillan is a licensed social worker who has spent the past 22 years working with older adults and their families. Currently the Director of Client Relations for a privately owned home care company in Atlanta, Dara uses a person-centered approach to assure her clients are receiving the level of care services needed to be successful with aging in place. Dara serves as Co-Chair for the Outreach Committee of the Atlanta Chapter of the National Aging in Place Council (NAIPC). She also is editor/owner of a monthly publication, “Golden Opportunities Newsletter”, which serves as a valuable resource for health care professionals who serve the older adult community in the Metro Atlanta region.
Thad is a marketing and technology trend expert, trainer, curriculum developer and operations analyst. He received his Master’s Degree from the University of South Alabama, authoring his thesis on Brand Awareness- Corporate Image vs. Corporate Identity. Thad has spent most of his professional career working in real estate and start-up high tech industries. Thad’s knowledge of the latest technologies available along with his unique ability to translate it all into easy to understand language, make him a highly sought after speaker/trainer. Currently, Thad owns The Realty Lab, a Realtor® centric post licensing school accredited by the Georgia Real Estate Commission.
Jordan Van Ahn
Jordan is a digital marketing professional who consults small businesses on their web presence all across the world. Jordan serves as an advisor to the foundation for social media marketing and analytics. He has helped numerous companies greatly expand their web presence, including a technology company who ultimately made the annual Inc. 5000 fastest growing companies in the country list.