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Advisory Board

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/).

Penny Hollander Feldman, Ph.D. 
Dr. Feldman is Senior Vice President for Research and Evaluation at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) and Director of the Center for Home Care Policy and Research. Prior to joining VNSNY, Dr. Feldman served on the faculties of the Kennedy School of Government and the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health and as a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Improving the Quality of Long-Term Care. She is currently an Associate Professor (Courtesy) in the Department of Public Health at Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

David C. Grabowski, Ph.D.
Dr. Grabowski is an associate professor of health care policy in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Grabowski is a coeditor of the journal Health Services and Outcomes Research Methodology and he is a member of the editorial board of Medical Care Research & Review, The Gerontologist, and B.E. Journals in Economic Analysis & Policy. He was the 2004 recipient of the Thompson Prize for Young Investigators from the Association of University Programs in Health Administration. Dr. Grabowski received a BA from Duke University and was awarded a PhD in public policy from the Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.

Bruce Jennings, M.A.
Mr. Jennings is Director of Bioethics at the Center for Humans and Nature and editor of its electronic journal, Minding Nature. He is on the faculty of the Yale University School of Public Health, New York Medical College, and the Weill Cornell Medical College and a Fellow and Senior Consultant at The Hastings Center, where he served as Executive Vice President from 1991 through 1999. He is the former chair of the ethics advisory committee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and currently chairs the bioethics advisory committee of the March of Dimes. A political scientist by training, Mr. Jennings is a graduate of Yale University (BA 1971) and Princeton University (MA 1973). He has written and edited twenty books, published over two hundred articles on bioethics and public policy issues, and is currently completing two books, one on public health and political theory, and other on end of life care.

Elliott Klein, M.B.A.
Mr. Klein is Executive Director of New York Psychotherapy and Counseling Center (NYPCC), one of the largest Article 31 providers of children mental health services in New York State. With thirty years of experience at NYPCC, Mr. Klein has direct, hands-on involvement with all facets of its operations. He is NYPCC’s direct liaison with the New York State Office of Mental Health and other governmental agencies. Mr. Klein serves on the Board of the Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies. Mr. Klein is one of the founders of Coordinated Behavioral Care (CBC), a health home licensed by the New York State Department of Health to provide care coordination in New York City, and currently serves on their Board of Directors. Mr. Klein also serves on the Lander College for Men Board of Overseers.

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, which focuses on developing partnerships between health care professionals and family caregivers, especially during transitions in health care settings (www.nextstepincare.org). Before joining the Fund in 1996, she directed the Citizens Commission on AIDS in New York City and founded and directed The Orphan Project. As a senior staff associate of The Hastings Center, she edited the Hastings Center Report. She is the editor of Always on Call: When Illness Turns Families into Caregivers and is co-editor (with Thomas H. Murray) of The Cultures of Caregiving: Conflict and Common Ground Among Families, Health Professionals and Policy Makers. In 1993, Ms. Levine was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship for her work in AIDS policy and ethics and was named a WebMD Health Hero in 2007. In 2009, she was named a Purpose Prize fellow, an honor for social entrepreneurs over 60 who are using their experience and passion to take on society's biggest challenges.

James W. Lytle, J.D.
Mr. Lytle is Partner, Government and Health Care Practice at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, and heads the firm's Albany office and oversees their New York State legislative and regulatory practice. Mr. Lytle's regulatory and legislative work has involved issues relating to insurance regulation, biomedical research, services and programs for persons with disabilities, procurement and government contracting, environmental issues, economic development and job training, human services, the regulation of the professions, educational issues, support for cultural institutions and educational broadcasting, among other issues. Mr. Lytle served as Assistant Counsel for Health and Human Services to Governor Mario M. Cuomo from 1983-86. He was awarded a JD from Harvard Law School in 1978.

Michael J. Majsak, PT, Ed.D., 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.

Edward Alan Miller, Ph.D., M.P.A.
Professor Miller is an Associate Professor of Gerontology and Public Policy, and Fellow, Gerontology Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston. His research focuses on understanding the determinants and effects of federal and state policies affecting vulnerable populations, including the frail and disabled elderly, mentally ill, veterans, and urban underserved. Dr. Miller has published more than 70 peer-reviewed journal articles, as well as numerous book chapters and reports. He recently organized the August 2010 special issue of Medical Care Research & Review on long-term care policy development. A co-authored book, Digital Medicine: Health Care in the Internet Era, was published by Brookings Institution Press in 2009. He is a member of the editorial boards of The Gerontologist, Journal of Aging and Social Policy, and Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law. After receiving his PhD in 2003 in Political Science and Health Services Organization and Policy from the University of Michigan, Dr. Miller completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale University. He holds an AB and MPA from Cornell University, and spent time in New Zealand as a Fulbright scholar and at the Congressional Research Service as a social policy analyst specializing in aging and retirement issues.

Michael N. Rosenblut, M.B.A., LNHA, CASP
Mr. Rosenblut is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Parker Jewish Institute in New Hyde Park, New York, one of the nation's preeminent health care and rehabilitation centers for older adults, and the chair of Continuum of Care Improvement Through Information, NY (CCITI NY). Mr. Rosenblut administers the Institute's highly regarded sub-acute care, short term rehabilitation and long-term care programs, as well as prominent geriatric medical education and research centers. He is also responsible for a wide-ranging constellation of community health programs, encompassing one of the region's largest adult day health care programs, Alzheimer's day care, long-term home health care and hospice programs. The former Chief Executive of Jewish Home for the Aged, in New Haven, Connecticut, Mr. Rosenblut's experience also includes positions as Administrator of Hillcrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Spring Valley, NY, and Associate Administrator of Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale. He is the recipient of the Association of Jewish Aging Services of North America's Young Executive of the Year Award, 2008.

Marsha Mailick Seltzer, Ph.D.
Dr. Seltzer is Director of the Waisman Center where she co-directs the Postdoctoral Training Program in Mental Retardation Research. She is the Vaughan Bascom and Elizabeth M. Boggs Professor at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, and also holds positions at UW's Institute on Aging and the Center for Demography of Health and Aging. Her current research focus is on the life course impacts of disability on the family, specifically, how lifelong caregiving affects the well-being of parents and siblings of individuals with disabilities, including autism, Down syndrome, and schizophrenia and how the family environment affects the development of individuals with disabilities. Her research has been funded by the National Institute on Aging since 1990. Dr. Seltzer serves as the Chair of the Developmental Disabilities Research Centers Association and is the author of over 130 publications. She is the recipient of the Distinguished Research Award of the Arc and the Christian Pueschel Memorial Research Award of the Down Syndrome Congress.