Past President 2018-2019 Noll Campbell, Pharm-D, MS Assistant Professor in the Purdue University College of Pharmacy. Dr. Campbell received his PharmD degree from Butler University, completed a pharmacy practice residency at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, a geriatric pharmacotherapy residency at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC, and a Masters of Science in Clinical Research from Indiana University School of Medicine. As a clinician, he maintains an active practice as a geriatric pharmacotherapy expert with Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis, IN. As an investigator with the Indiana University Center for Aging Research and the Regenstrief Institute, Inc., his research focuses on personalizing medications for older adults with acute and chronic cognitive impairment. His research is directed at the adverse cognitive effects of medications as well as barriers and interventions for medication adherence among older adults with or at risk of cognitive impairment. Dr. Campbell is the recipient of a New Investigator Award from the American Geriatrics Society, a Hulman Award in Geriatrics and Gerontology from the Indiana Public Health Foundation, and has received grant support for his research from the National Institutes of Health, Astellas, and Merck and Co.
President Chris Redmond, MS Chris is an Indianapolis native and currently resides in Fishers, Indiana. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business/Sports Management from Marian University in Indianapolis and a Master of Science degree Kinesiology/Clinical Exercise Physiology from Indiana University in Bloomington. He has spent most of his career in healthcare dedicated to helping older adults. He has held positions in cardiac rehabilitation, corporate wellness, medical devices, homecare-hospice and palliative care, outpatient/inpatient rehabilitation hospital and real estate. Most recently, Chris has founded a non-profit organization that helps older adults with education and resources to achieve a good quality of life. He has a tremendous passion for geriatrics and has been involved with the Indiana Geriatrics Society since 2007. Chris enjoys spending time with family and friends, running and golf.
Vice President Tamara Wolske, BA, MS, PhDc Tamara Wolske is the Academic Program Director for Aging Studies Programs, an Instructor in Gerontology, and a member of the Leadership Team at the University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community. Prior to joining the University of Indianapolis in 2004, Wolske worked as the Assistant Director for the Connect2Help™ 2-1-1 telephone helpline for health and human services at the Information & Referral Network (IRN). Wolske's areas of focus include cultural awareness, global issues and aging, and culture change in long-term care settings. She holds an A.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Sociology from Marian College in Indianapolis, IN, a Master of Science in Gerontology from the University of Indianapolis, and is a PhDc student with the International School of Management in Paris, France. Ms. Wolske holds membership in and serves on committees for a number of national, state and local associations. She is Chapter Representative for the Delta Mu Chapter of the Sigma Phi Omega National Honor & Professional Society for Gerontology, Education Committee Chair on the board for Indiana Geriatrics Society, and President on the Board of Directors for Perry Senior Services in Indianapolis.
Treasurer Todd James, MD Todd James received his MD from University of Illinois College of Medicine in 2004 and went on to complete internal medicine training and fellowship in geriatrics at the same institution. B.A. is in Economics, cum laude, at Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL. is a clinician educator at IU Geriatrics with service on the Eskenazi Acute Care for Elders Consult Service, Geriatric Resources for Assessment and Care of Elders (GRACE) Program, and the Eskenazi House Calls Primary Care Program. regularly teaches medical students, medicine residents and other health professionals. has created new curricula which address complex patient situations and interprofessional (IPE) team care. is a co-chair of the IPE Special Interest Group at AGS.
Secretary Melanie Parks, MS, BSN, RN, CHPN Melanie is the Palliative Care RN for the OPTIMISTIC project at Indiana University Health. She received her BSN from Indiana University, and a Master’s Degree in Gerontology from the University of Indianapolis. Melanie holds a national certification in Hospice and Palliative Care. Her passion and expertise include Geriatrics, Hospice, and Palliative end-of-life care. Melanie has been a past recipient of the Nursing Excellence in Patient Focused Care award from Community Health Network. She is a Certified Facilitator and Instructor of the Respecting Choices Advance Care Planning program where she engages patients and families in conversations regarding end-of-life treatment decisions that reflect their personal beliefs, values and goals of care. In her role as Palliative Care RN, Melanie provides support to nursing home residents, and education and training to OPTIMISTIC nurses and facility staff through the use of best practice models of care. She participates on the OPTIMISTIC Palliative Care Core and the Education Core. Melanie is a member of the Indiana Geriatrics Society, the National Gerontology Academic Honor and Professional Society of Sigma Phi Omega, and she is a member of several nursing organizations.
Chair Education Committee Kathy Frank, RN, PhD, AGSF Dr. Kathy Frank has been a nurse at IU since 1975 and received her Doctorate in Nursing from Indiana University in 2005. She currently is the IU Geriatrics Program Administrator and has been instrumental in the development of the Indiana Geriatrics Society. She has been involved at the national level with the American Geriatrics Society as the COSAR Representative for IGS. She has served on the AGS Program Planning Committee and on the AGS Nominating Committee. She is currently the Co-Chair of the COSAR State Affiliates and serves on the AGS Board of Directors. She was the 2010 recipient of the Mary & Tony Hulman award for geriatrics by the Indiana Public Health Foundation. She has been a board member of the Indiana Health Facility Administrators board since 2000.
Chair Program Planning Committee Dawn Butler, MSW, JD Dawn Butler received her Bachelor of Social Work from Indiana State University and Master of Social Work from Indiana University. Ms. Butler received her law degree from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. After beginning her social work career in long term care, Ms. Butler was one of the first social workers to join the original GRACE program at Eskenazi Health (formerly Wishard Health Services) and served in this capacity for seven years, a span that included the research trial. Upon completing her Juris Doctorate, Ms. Butler worked for a general practice firm before returning to IU Geriatrics in 2012 to serve as the Director of the newly established GRACE Training and Resource Center. As the Center’s director, Ms. Butler designs, implements, and coordinates dissemination and training programs to prepare health care professionals and organizations to implement GRACE Team CareTM.
Chair Public Policy Committee Michael Sha, MD Advocacy is an essential aspect to clinical practice of medicine. Public policy is particularly important in the care of our older adults, who may be physically and/or cognitively impaired and who may depend on services to access and receive care or to remain independent.Having served in the Indiana State Medical Association as a member of their Board of Trustees, their Commission on Legislation, and their Family Violence Committee, which addressed elder mistreatment, and having served as the Governor for the Indiana Chapter of the American College of Physicians (the internal medicine society in the state), I can assist the IGS in furthering policies to the benefit of our older adults.As a Geriatrician who trained at IU, who practices geriatric primary care and who visits my patients in their homes and in assisted living facilities, I have a broad perspective of the care needs and challenges that our older adults face and it matters to me how well our older adults are cared for.
Chair Marketing and Membership Committee Nick McGail, Homecare Indianapolis, IN. Nicholas has nearly 15 years of experience in the nursing and home health field.Before working at Anew Homecare, Nicholas worked at Senior Home Companions as the Executive Director.He also worked at the Justus Companies as the Corporate Director of Business Development.His experience also includes being the Director for the St. Vincent Medical Alert Program.He was heavily involved in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk committee and received the Shining Star award for raising the most money for a fundraiser in Indiana.He has been a part of the Indiana Geriatric Society planning committee for the past 5 years an looks forward to continuing his involvement with the committee.
COSAR Representative Molly Campbell, GNP Molly Campbell, RN, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, is the Director of Inpatient Geriatric Care at Community Hospital North (CHN). In her role, she is responsible for the Geriatric Evaluation and Management Team (G.E.M.) and NICHE Program, both internal pilots, caring for acute inpatient older adults and support services at CHN. Molly received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Gerontology from Miami University in Oxford, OH. She then entered a 3 year program at Yale School of Nursing in New Haven, CT, to obtain her RN and Master’s Degree in Nursing. Molly’s nursing career began as a student nurse and then a registered nurse for cardiothoracic and peripheral vascular patients at Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT. Upon moving back to Indianapolis, her home town, she became a Nurse Practitioner for the Housecalls and GRACE/Bridge programs at then Wishard Hospital. Most recently, Molly has served as a Nurse Practitioner and Team Lead for the Touchpoint HATS Clinic for close to 6 years. Molly’s professional certifications and associations include American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification in Adult and Geriatrics; Nurse Practitioner License; Register Nurse License; CPR trained; American Geriatrics Society Member; Indiana Geriatrics Society Member; Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses of Indiana Member; and American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Member. Molly has a special interest in promoting geriatric medicine and knowledge, with a focus on dementia and delirium care and research, caregiver support, and palliative medicine. She and her husband, Dr. Noll Campbell, enjoy spending me with their children, Becket & Dory, and dog, Paddington.
Member-at-Large Nancy Frass, NP Nancy has been a nurse since 1975,clinical nurse specialist since 1990,completed nurse practitioner training in 2000.As a nurse and clinical nurse specialist,she worked in critical care, coronary care, staff development, in-service education, and developed a CHF program for inpatients.In the past 19 years,she has worked as an adult NP,mostly in geriatrics/ long term care,but also at an acute rehab center Stroke Clinic and hospital rounding with cardiology.Currently she continues her passion for care of the elderly population in long term care facilities with the OPTIMISTIC project through IU Geriatrics.Nancy specializes in goals of care discussions with families and residents,transitions of care management,hospitalizations,medication burden,and providing care that optimizes comfort,functional abilities,and quality of life for her long term care residents.