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ROSE MARIA LI, CHAIR
Rose has a BA and MBA from the University of Chicago, a PhD in Public and International Affairs from Princeton, and did postdoctoral studies on aging in Asia at the University of Michigan. She is President and CEO of Rose Li and Associates (RLA), a science management and research administration firm. Before this, Rose held leadership positions at the National Institutes of Health, including Special Assistant for Policy Development with the Office of Communications and Public Liaison; Chief, Population and Social Processes Branch in the Behavioral and Social Research Division of the National Institute on Aging; Senior Policy Advisor to the Office of Extramural Research; and as an official with the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. She was appointed by the Governor to the Maryland State Board of Education in November 2016. She is past president of the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni, and co-chair of the Asian American Alumni Association of Princeton-DC Region.
SHARONLEE J. VOGEL, VICE-CHAIR
Sharonlee has a Bachelor’s degree in English and Psychology from University of Maryland, College Park. Her career included positions in service organizations, the financial industry, lobbying and communications, administration and marketing in the broadcasting industry. She retired from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. She is interested in strategies for optimal aging including encouraging active lifestyles, socialization, and good physical and mental health for seniors. She is an advocate for intermodal transportation and successful aging in the community. She serves on several state, Howard County and local boards and commissions. These include the Howard County Commission on Aging, the Public Transportation Board of Howard County, and Transportation Advocates.
HONORABLE BARBARA FRUSH
Delegate Frush was first elected to the MD House of Delegates in 1994. She is a native of Washington DC. Her complete biography and information on her extensive public service career are available at MD General Assembly Website
JOHN G. HAAGA
Since 2004, John Haaga has served first as Deputy Director and then as Director of the Division of Behavioral and Social Research at the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health. This division funds research in the behavioral and social sciences on individual and population-level issues in aging and health, including health disparities at older ages and long-term supports and services for the disabled elderly. Before joining NIA, he was Director of Domestic Programs at the Population Reference Bureau, a nonprofit research and education organization, and staff director for the Committee on Population of the National Academy of Sciences, where he led projects on the demography of aging and the global demographic transition. In previous jobs he worked on maternal and child health programs and substance abuse policy in the US, Bangladesh, Malaysia and several African countries, for the RAND Corporation and the Population Council. His degrees were awarded by Oxford University, the Johns Hopkins University, and the RAND Graduate School. He has taught at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, Georgetown University, and the Defence Intelligence College, and lectured in the OASIS Lifelong Adventure program. John and his wife Elin raised three children in Montgomery County, and now divide their time between homes in Montgomery and Washington counties. His work for the Commission is volunteer, in an individual capacity, and his views do not represent those of the NIA or any other federal agency.
HONORABLE JORDAN L. HARDING
Mayor Harding is a graduate of American University and of the Foreign Service Institute of the US Department of State. He was a US Government Fellow at Yale University and holds two honorary doctoral degrees. He is also a veteran of the US Marine Corps and the Marine Corps Reserve. He had an extensive foreign service career. He held positions including Executive Officer of the Press and Cultural Section of the US Embassy in Warsaw, Poland and retired from the US Information Agency where he served variously as Executive Officer, Labor Relations Officer, Chief of the Personnel Recruitment Branch and Assistant Chief of the Personnel Services Division. He served as the city manager of Crofton, MD and was a city councilman, chair of the election board and a 7-term mayor of New Carrollton, MD. He has received many awards and honors including the Russian Peace trophy from the Russian Peace Foundation and was named a Distinguished Citizen of Maryland.
JOY Y. HATCHETTE
Joy is a graduate of the University of Virginia and received a J.D. degree from the University of Virginia Law School. She is a member of the Maryland, District of Columbia, and Virginia Bars. She was named the Associate Commissioner for Consumer Education and Advocacy of the Maryland Insurance Administration in July 2004. This Unit is responsible for providing consumers with information so that they are better able to understand their rights and obligations under their insurance policies. The Unit also attempts to facilitate the prompt resolution of automobile and homeowners claims through a pilot program. From September 1997 through July 2004, she served as the Associate Commissioner for Consumer Complaints. Four years prior to that, she served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Insurance Administration. From 1988 to 1993 she was an Associate in the law offices of Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger and Hollander. For two years previously, she served as a judicial law clerk for the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Dot is a Washington, DC native who attended high school at the Academy of Notre Dame, and spent a year at Mt. Aloysius College, a small Catholic institution in the Allegheny Mountains in rural Pennsylvania. Her life has been dedicated to her loving husband, Frank, whom she married in 1963, and her ten children. Dot has been blessed many times over with 22 grandchildren, and two great-grands. In hopes that her voice can help others, Dot has developed an interest in the process and politics of aging. She loves to serve and actively seeks out volunteer opportunities. A quintessential “people” person, Dot loves to meet new people and, hopefully, make a difference in their lives.
GEORGE W. REBOK
George has a BA in Psychology from Muhlenberg College and MA and PhD in Life-Span Developmental Psychology with a specialization in Gerontology from Syracuse University. George did his post-doctoral training in the Dementias of Aging at Johns Hopkins University. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and holds joint faculty appointments in the Center on Aging and Health, and the Center on Innovative Care in Aging. George has over 35 years of experience in life-course developmental research and cognitive aging. His research has included studies on cognitive training interventions with the elderly, and the effects of aging and dementia on driving and other everyday life tasks. George has served as the Principal Investigator for two large intervention trials funded by the National Institute on Aging – the ACTIVE trial and the Baltimore Experience Corps® trial. He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, American Psychological Association, and Association for Psychological Science.
Carmel Roques, CEO of Keswick, is an accomplished health care executive with more than 30 years’ experience leading and repositioning senior living organizations. Her areas of expertise include community health, palliative care, strategic planning, organizational development and culture change, with clinical expertise in brain health and dementia. She is a licensed nursing home administrator (Maryland and Virginia) and licensed clinical social worker. Prior to her start at Keswick in December 2011, she served as the Chief Operating Officer for Virginia United Methodist Homes, responsible for the strategic leadership and daily operation of seven senior living campuses throughout Virginia. Her career in Maryland has included the roles of Chief Operating Officer at EMA, Executive Director of Copper Ridge, and Director of Home Care and Adult Day Care for Catholic Charities of Baltimore. She is a current board member of LifeSpan Network, Greater Baltimore Committee (Health Advisory Committee), Village Learning Place and Friends of the Howard County Public Library. Additionally, she serves on the Maryland Medicaid Advisory Committee, as Chair-Elect American Diabetes Association Maryland and as Vice Chair for the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers.
MARY ELLEN THOMSEN
Mary Ellen is the retired Headmistress of St. Paul’s School for Girls, a cum laude graduate of Radcliffe College and has served as an elected director of the Harvard Alumni Association. She earned a master’s degree in liberal arts from The John Hopkins University. Mary Ellen served on the Baltimore Community Relations Commission and as a Trustee of the Community College of Baltimore. Formerly chairman of the board of Union Memorial Hospital, Mary Ellen is now a board member of Gilchrist Hospice Care. A former tutor in the Greater Homewood Adult literacy program, she currently tutors first grade reading at Roland Park Elementary School. Mary Ellen currently resides in Roland Park Place, the only continuing care retirement community in Baltimore City.
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