Presenters

We are proud to announce an impressive slate of respected professionals speaking at this year's Map Through the Maze. Learn more below.

Biographies

Carl V. Hill, Ph.D., MPH

Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Alzheimer's Association

Carl V. Hill, Ph.D., MPH, is the chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer for the Alzheimer’s Association®, overseeing strategic initiatives to strengthen the Association’s outreach to all populations, and providing communities with resources and support to address the Alzheimer’s crisis.

In this role, Dr. Hill is responsible for developing cross-functional partnerships with organizations to advance diversity, equity and inclusion. As a result of his leadership, the Association has broadened its reach to previously diverse communities with partners such as the African Methodist Episcopal Church and the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation.

Within the Association, Dr. Hill collaborates with human resources to attract talent and develop resources that champion staff diversity and a culture of inclusion. He authored an editorial in the Journal of New England Medicine (JAMA) Neurology highlighting the need for more diverse perspectives to address disparities and pursue equity in dementia science.

Dr. Hill previously served as the Association’s vice president, Scientific Engagement. Prior to joining the Association, he served as director, Office of Special Populations at the National Institutes on Aging (NIA). Throughout Dr. Hill’s six years in this role, he led the development of the NIA Health Disparities Research Framework, which stimulates studies focused on health disparities related to aging. He also directed the NIA Butler-Williams Scholars Program, which provides yearly training for early career investigators interested in aging research. 

Dr. Hill earned his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, where he trained with the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture and Health (CRECH) and the Program for Research on Black Americans (PRBA). He is an alumnus of the National Medical Fellowships Inc./W.K. Kellogg Foundation Health Policy Fellowship Program. Dr. Hill holds a master’s degree in public health from Morehouse School of Medicine, and he received its Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2019. As a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Public Health Prevention Service, a training and leadership program, he helped to establish the Center for Bioethics in Research and Healthcare at Tuskegee University.

Pamela Atwood, MA, CDP, CMDCP, CLL

President/Owner, Atwood Dementia Group

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.

Andrew E. Budson, MD

Chief of Cognitive & Behavioral Neurology, VA Boston Healthcare System, Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

Andrew E. Budson, MD, is Chief, Cognitive & Behavioral Neurology at the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System, where he also serves as Associate Chief of Staff for Education. He is Professor of Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine, Lecturer in Neurology at Harvard Medical School, and Director of Education at the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center. Dr. Budson is also an author whose books have been translated into several languages and been featured in the New York Times, O Magazine, and WGBH. His research focuses on using strategies, pictures, and music to improve memory in patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other brain disorders of aging.

Erica Curcio, LMHC, ATR, CDP

Art Therapist, Goddard House Assisted Living, Private Practice

Erica Curcio is a Registered Art Therapist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor (Lesley University, M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling) that specializes in working with persons living with dementia and their Care Partners. She works both privately, (in client's homes and virtually) as well as at Goddard House Assisted Living as their full-time Community Art Therapist.  Her Art Therapy sessions focus on enhancing quality of life and fostering new connections to persons living with dementia and their family members.

Brent P. Forester, MD, MSc

Chief of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, McLean Hospital, Medical Director, Behavioral health Integration, Mass General Brigham, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Brent P. Forester, MD, MSc, is the chief of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at McLean Hospital, medical director for Behavioral Health Integration in primary care at Mass General Brigham and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Forester is an expert in geriatric psychiatry, specializing in the treatment of older adults with depression, bipolar disorder, and behavioral complications of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. He is currently Co-President of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry and a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Forester’s research focuses on studying novel treatment interventions to manage behavioral complications of dementia such as agitation and aggression. Dr. Forester also leads two Mass General Brigham system-wide initiatives to enhance the assessment and treatment of individuals with dementia, while supporting family caregivers, in primary care settings.  Finally, Dr. Forester and his research team use brain imaging techniques and careful clinical assessment to better understand the causes of dementia, depression and bipolar disorder in later life and to identify promising new targets for effective treatments.

Nicole McGurin, MS, CDP

Family Services Director, Alzheimer’s Association, MA/NH Chapter

Nicole McGurin has her M.S. in Gerontology from the University of Massachusetts Boston.  She has nearly 20 years of experience in the field of long-term care in community, assisted living and nursing home settings.  Nicole has worked as a case manager, protective service worker, and Area Agency on Aging manager in the Massachusetts’ Aging Services Access Point system.  Since 2001, her focus has been in dementia care starting a 23 bed Alzheimer’s Care Unit in a nursing home and managing a 40 person Alzheimer’s Care Unit in an assisted living.  She has worked at the Alzheimer’s Association Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter for the past 13 years, first at the Early Stage Program Manager and now as the Family Services Director.

Tania Paparazzo, MSW, LICSW

Care Consultant, Alzheimer’s Association, MA/NH Chapter

Tania Paparazzo, MSW, LICSW obtained a Master’s Degree in Social Work from New York University where she specialized in aging studies. Tania has attended training in Alzheimer’s and dementia throughout the country and has personal experience in caring for her grandmother’s, both of whom were diagnosed with dementia in their later years. Over the past decade, she has served in a variety of healthcare settings including NYU Center of Excellence on Brain Aging, NYU Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder Center and the Hebrew Home for the Aged in Riverdale, NY where she provided care and support to those diagnosed with dementia and their loved ones. Tania began her career with the Alzheimer’s Association as the Southwestern Regional Director for the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut and more recently has relocated to Massachusetts where she continues carrying out the association’s mission as Care Consultant for the Alzheimer’s Association MA/NH.

Lisa Quinn, PhD, AGACNP-BC, OCN

Nurse Practitioner, Alzheimer's Clinical & Translational Research Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital

Lisa Quinn is a nurse practitioner in the Department of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital. She works in research at the Alzheimer’s Clinical & Translational Research Unit (ACTRU), a team devoted to advancing the science in detecting and treating Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and other neurodegenerative diseases. Lisa earned her PhD in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and her Nurse Practitioner degree at the MGH Institute of Health Professions, where she also teaches Health Policy courses to nursing students. She is interested in building relationships with potential research  participants and their caregivers, especially those from underserved communities. Lisa is also willing to give talks or provide educational sessions to interested groups!

Lisa Sobhian, MSW, LICSW, CDP

Director of Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Services, Director of Life Enrichment Programs, D’Youville Life & Wellness Community

A licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and Certified Dementia Practitioner, Lisa Sobhian has been a nursing home social worker and nursing home consultant, specializing in working with individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and their families and other caregivers. Since 2007, she has been in charge of Alzheimer’s care at D’Youville Life & Wellness Community in Lowell, where she is the Director of Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Services and Director of Life Enrichment Programs. Lisa enjoys speaking about Dementia and facilitating support groups for families who are caring for their loved ones. A volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association for the last 12 years, Lisa has been part of its Committee for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s as Chairperson and currently their Mission Chair, and as an advocate and a Community Educator. Lisa’s passion is working to bring awareness and education to the public about Alzheimer’s disease and sharing her determination that there is a reason to hope for treatment and a cure. Lisa holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Stony Brook University.

Sibylle Thaler, MPH

Public Health Educator

Sibylle Thaler, MPH, is a public health educator with a master’s degree in public health from Virginia Tech University. She has a nursing degree from Vienna, Austria, and worked as an ICU nurse in a large community hospital and as a clinical implantable cardio defibrillator (ICD) specialist for Medtronic Austria. After moving to the US, Sibylle has volunteered her time in nursing homes and the Alzheimer’s Association. Inspired by a personal family experience with dementia and driven by a passion for improving mental health, she decided to pursue a master’s in clinical social work and is currently serving in the role of an MSW intern for the MA/MH Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

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