Annette Choolfaian, R.N., M.P.A.
Ms. Choolfaian is a Professor Emerita of Health Policy and Management at the School of Health Sciences at New York Medical College. Previously, she has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the St. Luke's /Roosevelt Hospital Center, Assistant Vice President for Health Care Programs Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Greater New York, and Associate Administrator, Community and Ambulatory Services, Long Island Jewish-Hillside Medical Center. She currently serves on the Board and is Chair of the Health Committee of the Women's City Club of New York and the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy.
Susan W. Fox, Ph.D.
Dr. Fox is the President and CEO of the Westchester Institute on Human Development and Director of the Center for Disability and Health at NYMC. Previously, she served as Associate Director of the Institute on Disability and Co-Director of the Center on Aging and Community Living at UNH. She holds Masters and Doctorate degrees in Sociology from UNH and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Lesley University. Her doctoral work focused on the experience of family caregivers of older adults. A key aspect of her lifelong work has been the development of person-centered home and community based services for older adults and adults with disabilities to prevent unnecessary institutionalization and to support all citizens to live within their home communities. She serves as a peer reviewer for the American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Easter Seals NH Service Award, the Granite State Independent Living Community Partner Award, and the Community Resources for Justice Community Hero award. For more information about Dr. Fox (http://www.wihd.org/about/people/).
Melissa Lang, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., M.P.A., M.A.,
Dr. Lang is the Chief Executive Officer at Gilda’s Club Westchester, an organization that offers psychosocial cancer support to over 4,000 patients and families each year in the Westchester region. She brings a range of experience in community-based health services, including healthcare management, program development, and public policy advocacy. In addition to her current work in the field of psychosocial oncology, her background includes several years of experience in hospice and palliative care, long-term care and disabilities, and aging services. Dr. Lang’s research interests focus on long-term care and community-based models for health services and supports. She actively engages in advocacy and policy development in a variety of settings on issues related to cancer treatment, family caregiving, palliative and end-of-life care, access to healthcare, and medical ethics. Committed to the dual focus of quality of care and quality of life affecting older adults, she served as a New York State Long-Term Care Ombudsman and is currently the President of The Center for Aging in Place. Dr. Lang also serves as Vice Chair for the Westchester Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services, an organization that develops resources to provide services that help seniors age in their community and support caregivers. Click here for more information about Dr. Lang.
Carol Levine, M.A.
Ms. Levine is Director of the United Hospital Fund's Families and Health Care Project (www.nextstepincare.org), which focuses on developing partnerships between health care professionals and family caregivers, especially during transitions in health care settings. Before joining the Fund in 1996, she directed the Citizens Commission on AIDS in New York City from 1987 to 1991, and The Orphan Project, which she founded, from1991 to 1996. As a senior staff associate of The Hastings Center, she edited the Hastings Center Report. Ms. Levine is the editor of Always on Call: When Illness Turns Families into Caregivers (2nd ed., Vanderbilt University Press, 2004); co-editor (with Thomas H. Murray) of The Cultures of Caregiving: Conflict and Common Ground Among Families, Health Professionals and Policy Makers (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004); and editor of Living in the Land of Limbo: Fiction and Poetry about Family Caregiving (Vanderbilt University Press, 2014). In 1993, Ms. Levine was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship for her work in AIDS policy and ethics. She was named a WebMD Health Hero in 2007. Ms. Levine was named one of the Top 50 "2016 Influencers in Aging" by Next Avenue, a digital publication dedicated to covering issues for people 50 and older. In 2018, Ms. Levine received the Friends of the National Library of Medicine Donald A. B. Lindberg award for excellence in health communication. Navigating Your Later Years for Dummies by Ms. Levine and AARP was published in September 2018 (Wiley).
Michael J. Majsak, PT, Ed.D.
Dr. Majsak received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Colgate University in 1978, and a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Duke University Graduate School in 1981. During his time as a full-time physical therapy clinician, he was certified in the NeuroDevelopmental Treatment Approach for Adults (NDTA), studied with Margaret Johnstone in Scotland and at the Burgerspital Solothurn in Switzerland to become the first certified instructor in The Johnstone Approach of neurological rehabilitation, and completed a practicum in Conductive Education and the behavioral management of adults with brain injury at The Kemsley Unit, St Andrews Hospital, in Northampton, England. Extending his initial interest in rehabilitation for individuals with spinal cord injury to sports, he was the head coach of the Peninsula Golden Spokes of Palo Alto, CA from 1981-1984, a nationally-ranked wheelchair basketball team.
Dr. Majsak began teaching principles of neurologic physical therapy as a full-time faculty person at Hahnemann University (now Drexel University) in 1989. He was certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as a Neurologic Certified Specialist from 1991-2001. While teaching, Dr. Majsak returned to formal study, receiving his Doctor of Education degree from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2000. His areas of expertise include motor control and motor learning, adult neurology and rehabilitation, research, and education. Dr. Majsak continues to enjoy exploring ways to promote optimal neurologic rehabilitation through his clinical research involving the application of motor learning principles to adults with neurologic conditions such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and traumatic brain injury; and to children with Cerebral Palsy or brain injury. Click here for more information about Dr. Majsak.
The Center for Long-Term Care is grateful to the following individuals for their past service as members of our Advisory Board: Penny Hollander Feldman, Ph.D.; David Grabowski, Ph.D.; Bruce Jennings, M.A.; Elliott Klein, M.B.A.; James W. Lytle, J.D.; Edward Allen Miller, Ph.D., M.P.A.; Michael N. Rosenblut, M.B.A., LNHA, CASP; and Marsha Mailick Seltzer, Ph.D.