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ANNAPOLIS (November 1, 2013) -- Governor Martin O’Malley has appointed 17 members to the Virginia I. Jones Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Council, as designated by SB 679.  The legislation, passed during the 2013 General Assembly session, creates a Council to continue to the work initiated by the previous Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Commission, including development and monitoring of the 2012 Maryland State Plan on Alzheimer ’s Disease and Related Disorders. A copy of the Plan may be viewed at

The first meeting of the Council is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at Spring Grove Hospital Campus, 55 Wade Avenue, Dix Building, Basement Conference Room, Catonsville, MD.  The meeting is open to the public.

The Council will be co-chaired by Dr. Brian Hepburn, Executive Director of the Mental Hygiene Administration at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and Ms. Alice Hedt, State Long Term Care Ombudsman, Maryland Department of Aging. 

Members of the Council:

Suzanne Carbone retired from the Montgomery County Public Libraries in 2010.  She was the primary caregiver for Bob, her late husband of 40 years, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2000.  In 2008, she testified before the U.S. Senate’s Special Committee on Aging.  Ms. Carbone is an active member of the Alzheimer’s Association, National Capital Area Chapter, and president of the board for the Friends of Brookside Gardens.

Banghwa L. Casado, Ph.D., is an associate professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Social Work.   Dr. Casado received her MSW and Ph.D. from the University of Houston.  She is currently a fellow for the Gerontological Society of America: Social Research, Policy and Practice Section.  Dr. Casado has completed numerous research projects, presented at national conferences, and co-authored journals articles on a variety of topics including caregiving and aging.

Cynthia D. Fields, M.D., is a physician at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital.  She received her medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She completed her residency in psychiatry at the Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Fields is a diplomat, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, with a specialty in psychiatry and a subspecialty of geriatric psychiatry.  She is a diplomat through the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties in Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry.  Dr. Fields is a part-time instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Ernestine Jones Jolivet is a retired educator.  Ms. Jolivet was the caregiver for her mother who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and her father who had dementia.   Ms. Jolivet is a member of the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Maryland board.  She has been active in outreach, fundraising, and coordination of caregiver conferences for the Association.  Ms.  Jolivet currently serves as a consumer member of the Board of Chiropractic and Massage Therapy Examiners.  She is a Golden Life member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Kimberly Johnston, DNP, MSN, RN, CDDN, is currently employed by the Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities as a nurse educator and registered nurse monitor.  Ms. Johnson received her Master of Science in Nursing from Southern University and her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Capella University.  She is a member of numerous professional associations including the Developmental Disabilities Nurses’ Association and the Maryland Nurses’ Association.   Ms. Johnston has more than 30 years of experience working with people with disabilities.  

Karen Kauffman, Ph.D., RN, CRNP-BC., is the chair of the Department of Family and Community Health at the University of Maryland Baltimore School of Nursing.  Dr. Kauffman also services as an associate professor at the University.  She received her Ph.D. in nursing and gerontology at the University of Pennsylvania.  She is board certified as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner.  In 2001, Dr. Kauffman founded Life Passage Care Consultants, Inc., which provides long term care planning consultation to older adults and families dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias. 

Karin M. Lakin, M.Ed., is employed by Senior Network, Inc. and is part-owner of Cedar Creek Associates.   She oversees the operations for two medical day centers and small assisted living homes.  Ms.  Lakin holds a B.S. in recreation therapy from the University of Maryland and a Master in Education from George Washington University.   She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Maryland Association of Adult Day Services.

David J. Loreck, M.D., serves as the Director at the Baltimore VA Mental Health Hospital Consultation Service. He is board certified in general and geriatric adult psychiatry through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is board certified in neuropsychiatry and behavioral neurology through the United Counsel of Neurological Subspecialties.  He attended the University of Texas Medical School.   Dr. Loreck completed a two year geriatric neuropsychiatry fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry.  Dr. Loreck assisted in development of the VA’s Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders Clinic and the Loch Raven VA nursing home Alzheimer’s specialization unit.  Dr. Loreck is also an assistant professor at the University of Maryland Medical School.

William E. Mansbach, Ph.D., is a clinical and geriatric psychologist.  Dr. Mansbach attended the University of Maryland where he obtained his Ph.D. in clinical psychology.  He is the CEO and founder of Mansbach Health Tools, LLC.   He is the creator of the Brief Cognitive Assessment Tool (BCAT).  The BCAT was designed to identify patients with and without dementia and can be administered in a short period of time.

Mary Catherine (Cass) Naugle, M.B.A., is the executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Maryland Chapter.   She managed the successful merger of three separately incorporated Alzheimer’s Association Chapter’s in Maryland to form the Greater Maryland Chapter.  Ms. Naugle obtained her MBA from the University of Baltimore and a Master of Arts in Management of Aging Services from the Erickson School, University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

William Neely, M. Div., is a chaplain at the Brooke Grove Retirement Village, a continuing care retirement community.  Chaplain Neely obtained his Master’s in Divinity at Andrews University and holds board certification through the Association of Professional Chaplains.  Chaplain Neely served as a church pastor for 24 years before transitioning to profession chaplaincy.   He was a co-caregiver for his mother who suffered from non-specified dementia.  Chaplain Neely is a volunteer support group leader and speaker for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Richard P. Neuworth, Esq., is an attorney and a partner in the firm of Lebau and Neuworth, LLC.   Mr. Neuwuroth obtained his J.D. from the University of Baltimore.  He currently specializes in Social Security disability, employment law, and employee benefits.  Mr. Neuworth is an active member of the Maryland State Bar Association and the treasurer of the Association’s Elder Law Council.  He frequently makes presentations to the community organizations regarding disability and employment law.

adi U. Onyike, M.D., is a neuropsychiatrist at Johns Hopkins University.  Dr. Onyike attended the University of Nigeria and his Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.   He currently serves as the Director, Frontotemporal Dementia and Young-Onset Dementias Clinic at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  He also serves as an assistant professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Hopkins.  Dr. Onyike has been active in research, peer-review of educational publications, and mentoring.

onis Paide is a retired electronics engineer.  In 2009 Mr. Paide was diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment.  Mr. Paide is committed to assisting others by improving the conditions for those with dementia.  He is concerned that there is not adequate Alzheimer’s research.  He resides in Howard County with his wife, Karen, and they are members of the Maryland Alzheimer’s Association.

Ilene Rosenthal, MSW., is the program director for the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Maryland Chapter.  Ms. Rosenthal attended the University of Maryland School of Social Work.  She retired from the Maryland Department of Aging (DOA) in 2013 after more than 30 years of service.  During her time at DOA, she held various positions including Deputy Secretary.   Ms. Rosenthal currently serves on the boards of the United Seniors of Maryland Foundation and the Maryland Gerontological Association.

Andres Salzar, M.D., is a physician and serves a medical director to nursing and rehabilitation centers throughout central Maryland.  Dr. Salzar obtained his medical degree from the Technology University Medical School in Columbia.  He is certified in various specialties including wound care and geriatric medicine.  Dr. Salzar is a certified by the American Medical Directors Certification Program as a medical director and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine.

Michelle J. Upchurch, Esq., MBA, LNHA., is the administrator for the Potomac Valley Nursing and Wellness Center in Rockville.  She obtained her MBA at West Virginia University College of Business and Economics and Doctor of Jurisprudence at the West Virginia University College of Law.   Ms. Upchurch is a licensed by the Maryland State Board of Nursing Home Administrators.  She is currently a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, the American Health Care Association, and LifeSpan.