Featured Presenters

The Alzheimer's Association MA/NH is proud to include a distinguished list of dementia care professionals speaking at our first-annual Family Conference.

Presenter Biographies

Tom Keane

Vice president, general counsel and chief strategy officer for AppleTree Institute

Tom Keane is presently vice president, general counsel and chief strategy officer for AppleTree Institute, a rapidly growing Washington, DC, nonprofit that develops and provides early-education programs to largely disadvantaged three- and four-year-olds. He is also a widely published author, having written thousands of columns and essays for The Boston Globe, Politico, Cognoscenti and other publications. He has held senior management positions in a number of other organizations, including executive vice president of Mosaica Education (a charter school operator), executive director of the Boston Society of Architects, and partner in Murphy & Partners (a private-equity fund). From 1994 through 1999 he was also a Boston city councilor. Tom received his JD from the University of Virginia Law School and his BA from Harvard University. In 2012, Tom’s wife, Laurie Farrell, was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s. Laurie passed away in 2019.

Pamela Atwood

President/Owner of Atwood Dementia Group Consulting & Coaching

Pam Atwood is the President/Owner of Atwood Dementia Group Consulting & Coaching. She is a gerontologist with 30 years of experience in senior services and specializes in dementia care. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner, Certified Montessori Dementia Care Professional and a Certified Laughter Leader. She and her husband Tom authored "Total Engagement: Activities for Growth & Expression in Older Adults" in an effort to survive the pandemic with two teenagers, a "rescued" dog and a Siamese kitten in their Connecticut home.

Tom Atwood

President/Owner of Better Balance Physical Therapy

Tom Atwood is the President/Owner of Better Balance Physical Therapy LLC in Connecticut. He is a licensed physical therapist who specializes in functional wellness in older adults. He characterizes his specialty as "geriatric sports medicine." Balance and fall prevention are his primary strengths, and he especially enjoys working with clients who live with Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's, other kinds of dementia, and people who have "maxed out" on traditional therapy. He is a certified instructor for Ageless Grace(R), Tai Chi Quan for Better Movement(R) and LSVT Big(R). Tom is also co-author of Total Engagement: Activities for Growth & Expression in Older Adults.

Leonor Buitrago

Diversity Outreach Manager

Leonor Buitrago is the Diversity Outreach Manager for the Alzheimer's Association MA/NH Chapter. She previously worked at the New York City Chapter and Rochester NY Chapter, training Hispanic home care professionals, family caregivers and delivering Alzheimer's education to Spanish speaking communities. In her current role she works in collaboration with local organizations and volunteers to provide education and raise Alzheimer's awareness in diverse communities.

Eve Montague

Director of Day Habilitation Services at New England Village; Director of Creative Arts Therapies at SSC

Eve Montague, MSM, MT-BC, is Director of Day Habiliation Services at New England Village, and most recently Director of Creative Arts Therapies at SSC. She received a degree in music education from the University of Western Ontario, music therapy equivalency from Western Michigan University, and Masters of Science in Management from Emmanuel College.

Eve is a board certified music therapist, with over 35 years of experience working with all ages and abilities, across diverse settings and programs. She is a highly regarded speaker and trainer, with expertise in program development, clinical supervision, and access and accommodation. She is an adjunct instructor at Northeastern Univesity as well as a regular instructor at Gordon College and guest lecturer at Berklee. She is Founder of SSC Community Voices, SSC Memory Cafes, and the ensemble, Singing with Parkinson’s. Eve is a trained facilitator in the Remo healthRhythms® drum protocol as well as the Alzheimer’s Association Habilitation Training protocol.

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