Rachelle Bernstecker, Vice President, Government Affairs, has 30 years of seniors housing and long-term care experience encompassing government affairs, corporate compliance, market feasibility, and sales for Fortune 500 companies.
She has an extensive knowledge of Federal and state policy and regulatory issues. Prior to joining ASHA in April 2006, she worked for nearly two years with the long-term care insurance division of Genworth Financial. In 2003, she served as senior legislative and regulatory affairs officer for Sunrise Senior Living following the Sunrise acquisition of Marriott’s senior living division.
From 1990-2003, Rachelle served as national director of government affairs and vice president of corporate compliance and government affairs for Marriott’ Senior Living Services Division. Prior to joining Marriott, she was responsible for market feasibility and certificate of need activities from 1977-1990 at Manor Care, one of the nation’s largest publicly-held nursing home companies.
Rachelle holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University.
Andrew Carle is Executive-in-Residence and an award winning professor and Founding Director of the Program in Senior Housing Administration at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. The program offers the first curricula in the nation dedicated exclusively to the field. In addition to the Mason program, Mr. Carle has received international recognition for defining and categorizing “Nana” Technologies™ (technologies that can improve quality of life for older adults), as well as for identifying and defining a new category of senior housing, “University Based Retirement Communities™”, or “UBRC’s™”.
Mr. Carle has appeared or been cited in numerous media including CNN, CBS News, NPR, CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and TIME magazine, among others, and in more than 200 senior housing and aging services related publications. He has more than 25 years executive level senior housing and healthcare experience, including the development of both operating systems and innovative ancillary service programs for a national Top 10 senior housing provider.
Mr. Carle has presented nationally and internationally on a variety of senior housing topics, including providing the keynote address at the 25th Australian Congress on Aging. He is the recipient of a “Best of the Best in Aging Services” Award from Aging News Alert, and the “Leaders in Aging – Mentor Award” from the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. In 2010, he was recognized as one of six “People of Influence” for the senior housing industry by Assisted Living Executive magazine.
Lauren Harris-Kojetin is Chief of the Long-Term Care Statistics Branch at the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Under her leadership, NCHS conducted the 2007 National Home and Hospice Care Survey and the 2010 National Survey of Residential Care Facilities, and is implementing the new National Study of Long-Term Care Providers. Dr. Harris-Kojetin has over 20 years of experience in gerontology, health services research, survey methods, and evaluation with an emphasis on health care and long-term services and supports for older adults.
Previously, Dr. Harris-Kojetin served as the Director of Research at the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, now known as LeadingAge. In earlier work, Dr. Harris-Kojetin designed and directed research projects on older adults for AARP, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, among others. Dr. Harris-Kojetin presents and publishes regularly and serves on editorial boards including Journal of Housing for the Elderly and Seniors Housing and Care Journal. She has a PhD and MA in public policy from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.
Chuck Harry is responsible for guiding all of NIC’s research efforts, including the analysis function of the NIC MAP service. Prior to joining NIC in 2010, he worked at Cushman & Wakefield, where he held the positions of managing director, Investment Strategies, and managing director, Analytics.
His 20+ year career is comprised of institutional investment management across the various property types with an emphasis on the apartment/multifamily sector. Early on, he helped solidify the apartment sector as one of the core property types for institutional investors. At the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries (NCREIF), where he was director of real estate, Chuck expanded the association’s product lines with new indices and developed public outreach as well as market education programs. At Cushman & Wakefield, in addition to forecasting and monitoring economic and real estate market trends, he helped establish global infrastructures to facilitate cross-border transactions and the firm’s emerging investment management operations.
Chuck received his Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina. He received a Bachelor of City Planning from the University of Virginia, School of Architecture.
Brooke Hollister, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Institute for Health & Aging at the University of California, San Francisco. Her teaching and research focus on aging health and social policy issues including: long term care, Social Security, Medicare, the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, Alzheimer’s disease supports and services, living healthy and independent with a disability, care transitions, and the use of mHealth and broadband-technology to promote the heath and wellness of older adults. Dr. Hollister’s dissertation, Systems Advocacy and the Local Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, examined local LTCOPs in California, New York, and Georgia.
She has published two journal articles from this research: “Factors Associated With Perceived Effectiveness of Local Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs in New York and California” (Journal of Aging and Health, 2010) and “Local Long Term Care Ombudsman Program Effectiveness and the Measurement of Program Resources” (Journal of Applied Gerontology, 2011). Dr. Hollister is a member of the Administration on Aging funded, National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program Technical Advisory Group (TAG). Dr. Hollister is a co-editor of Health Policy: Crisis and Reform in the US Health Care Delivery System (6th Ed., 2012), and Social Insurance and Social Justice: Social Security, Medicare and the campaign against entitlements.
She has testified before state legislature, and presented at numerous national professional conferences, and press conferences with advocacy organizations (Gray Panthers, California Association of Retired Americans, Senior Action Network, and AARP) and legislators (Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer, Lynn Woolsey, Susan Davis, and Jim Beall). She also serves as Vice Chair on the National Board of the Gray Panthers, and has been a member since 2004.
Andrew E. Scharlach is Professor of Social Welfare at the University of California at Berkeley, where he holds the Eugene and Rose Kleiner Chair in Aging and directs the Gerontology specialization in the School of Social Welfare. He also serves as Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Aging Services, which conducts research designed to inform development of innovative and effective services for older adults.
Professor Scharlach has published extensively on issues pertaining to the well-being of older adults and their families, including aging-friendly communities, long-term care services, work and family responsibilities, bereavement, and gerontological social work education. In addition to more than 75 articles, he is the author of Elder Care and the Work Force: Blueprint for Action (with B. Lowe and E. Schneider; Lexington Books), Controversial Issues in Aging (with L. Kaye; Allyn & Bacon), and Families and Work: New Directions in the Twenty-First Century (with K. Fredriksen-Goldsen; Oxford University Press).
Professor Scharlach’s research examines the physical and social contexts that are conducive to constructive outcomes for elderly persons. Under Professor Scharlach’s leadership, the Center for the Advanced Study of Aging Services is engaged in a multi-year program of research examining innovative initiatives for helping communities to become more “aging-friendly.” Particular attention is being given to the “Village” model and other initiatives that engage older adults in cooperative community-based efforts to promote aging-in-place. The Center recently produced the first-ever Compendium of Community Aging Initiatives, documenting the various efforts across the country to help communities become more aging friendly, as well as a web-based international conference on Creating Aging-Friendly Communities.
Professor Scharlach also recently completed a multi-year project to investigate the service needs of family caregivers and examine implementation of the National Family Caregiver Support Program in California. This project included a statewide household survey of family caregivers, community-level needs assessment and resources, as well as a study of caregiver service utilization and its impact, with particular attention to cultural variations and vulnerable care situations.
Profesor Scharlach’s other recent scholarly activities have included a critical examination of case management as a mechanism for consumer protection and quality assurance in long-term care insurance and long-term care integration, an analysis of current and future needs of California’s elderly population which served as the basis for California’s Statewide Strategic Plan on Aging, and development and implementation of model training programs in gerontological social work.
In addition, Professor Scharlach served for seven years as a gubernatorial appointee on the California Commission on Aging, and currently serves as Faculty Advisor to the Institute for Senior Living.
Harvey N. Singer is the Founder/principal of REDMARK Economics for Real Estate Development and Market Research, an information firm engaged by developers, by academic and financial institutions, and by industry associations. REDMARK provides market analysis and research for new real estate development, for performance improvement, and for property acquisitions/dispositions. He formerly led the multi-family (apartment, condominium, and seniors housing) consulting practice at Delta Associates, the research division of Transwestern Commercial Services.
He was research director of the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry (NIC); ran Legg Mason’s Housing Market Profiles information service; and held marketing, marketing research, and general management positions in organizations providing both seniors housing and all-ages homebuilding. He was a full-time faculty member at The American University’s College of Business, and also teaches at and develops courses for The Johns Hopkins University’s Business School and its Real Estate Institute, for The Erickson School of Aging Studies at University of Maryland, and for Georgetown University’s Graduate Program in Real Estate. He earned a Science Baccalaureate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was named an M.I.T. National Scholar, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Robyn I. Stone, Dr.P.H., a noted researcher and internationally recognized authority on long-term care and aging policy, is Sr. VP for Research at LeadingAge and Executive Director of the LeadingAge Center for Applied Research. Her organization conducts applied, evidence-based research and helps translate findings into both policy and practice. She has held senior research and policy positions in both the U.S. government and the private sector. She was a political appointee in the Clinton Administration, serving in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Disability, Aging and Long-term Care Policy from 1993 through 1996 and as Assistant Secretary for Aging in 1997.
Dr. Stone is a distinguished speaker and has been published widely in the areas of long-term care policy and quality, chronic care for the disabled, aging services workforce development, affordable senior housing and family caregiving. She serves on numerous provider and non-profit boards that focus on aging issues. Dr. Stone is a Fellow at the Gerontological Society of America and the National Academy of Social Insurance. She received her doctorate in Public Health from UC Berkeley.
David formed SHA Capital Partners, a real estate investment advisory firm devoted to the senior housing industry. The firm combines institutional real estate investment processes with deep senior housing experience and expertise. He is responsible for raising capital, sourcing transactions, and building the team.
Prior to creating SHA Capital Partners, David brought Heitman, a $26 billion real estate investment advisory firm, into the senior housing industry. The firm invested $600 million in senior housing. David directed the European and Asian investment research teams for Heitman. He sat on the firm’s international investment committee (and had one of two veto votes), which approved $5 billion of transaction activity during his tenure. Prior to joining Heitman, David worked as a real estate investment consultant with DEWatkins, Ltd., and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Prior to that, he was a pension investment consultant at Ennis, Knupp & Associates.
David’s research has appeared in numerous journals, including Investment Policy, Financial Analysts Journal, Real Estate Issues and Journal of Real Estate Research. He has also spoken at industry conferences, including ERES, ARES, NCREIF, NAREIM, NIC and RERI.
He earned a BA from Amherst College (with honors) and an MBA in Finance and Statistics from the University of Chicago. He earned the CFA designation in 1992, is a member of the CFA Institute, and a Fellow of the Homer Hoyt Institute. He was a member of the Advisory Board of the Real Estate Research Institute from 2007-2013. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing and Care Industry. He is on the Editorial Board of InvestigAge, a Mather Lifeways publication.
Kathryn L. Brod brings more than twenty years’ experience in the senior housing sector, including financial management, research, marketing, human resources management, and systems consulting. In August 2014, Kathryn was appointed President/CEO at LeadingAge Ohio. From 2011-2013, Kathryn was Vice President, Senior Living Strategic Initiatives for Mather LifeWays. Prior to joining Mather LifeWays, Kathryn served as Senior Vice President/Director of Research at Ziegler for thirteen years. Kathryn has served as Director of Continuing Care at the American Association of Homes and Services to the Aging (now LeadingAge) and Chief Financial Officer/Director of Resources of a Washington, DC-area CCRC, Collington Episcopal Life Care Community.
Brod earned an M.B.A. in finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Mathematics from Kalamazoo College.