President Todd James, MD, AGSF Todd James is an Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSF Division of Geriatrics (https://profiles.ucsf.edu/todd.james). He received his medical degree and clinical training at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. He completed a Geriatrics Academic Career Award program at Indiana University. He provides inpatient care at UCSF Medical Center at 1) The Acute Care for Elders Program and 2) The Geriatrics-Orthopedics Co-Management Program. Dr. James teaches health professionals about geriatric syndromes and principles of care for older adults, including functional assessments, prognosis, caregiver support and coordination of care. He is implementing a Geriatric Emergency Medicine Program at UCSF. He is an educator in the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Project called Optimizing Aging. Dr. James has extensive experience in new models of care house calls medicine. He was a medical director for IU GRACE Team Care (http://graceteamcare.indiana.edu/home.html). Dr. James is on the Communications Committee of the American Interprofessional Practice and Education (https://nexusipe.org). He is a contributor to the American Board of Internal Medicine Geriatric Medicine Item-Writing Task Force. Dr. James serves as the Treasurer of the Indiana Geriatrics Society
Past President Tamara Wolske, MS, MPhil, CPG, CSA Academic Program Director and Assistant Professor in Aging Studies. Affiliation: University of Indianapolis, College of Health Sciences, Interprofessional Health & Aging Studies, Indianapolis, Indiana. Tamara Wolske is the Academic Program Director for Aging Studies Programs, an Assistant Professor in Aging Studies, and an affiliated faculty member of the Center for Aging & Community, University of Indianapolis. She is a credentialed professional gerontologist (CPG) through the National Association for Professional Gerontologists and a Certified Senior Advisor®. Wolske's areas of focus include global ageing, end-of-life issues, cultural awareness, economics and aging, as well as workforce issues and culture change in long-term care settings. She holds an A.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Sociology from Marian University, a Master of Science in Gerontology from the University of Indianapolis, and a Master of Philosophy from the International School of Management in Paris, France. Ms. Wolske serves as a member on the Workforce Committee for Indiana Health Care Association (IHCA/INCAL), a member of the Public Policy Committee for LeadingAge Indiana, Lead for the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) COSAR Sub-Committee: Member Insights, Institutional Representative for UIndy with the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education, Chapter Representative for the Delta Mu Chapter of the Sigma Phi Omega (SPO) National Honor & Professional Society for Gerontology, Secretary on the board for the Indiana Inter-College Council on Aging, and President-elect for the Indiana Geriatrics Society (IGS).
Vice President 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. In addition to serving as the Director of the GRACE Center, she provides program management and co-direction to a portfolio of projects including a HRSA funded Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program. Ms. Butler has been a long time member of AGS and IGS, serving at the national level as the Section leaders for the Social Worker Section of AGS. Ms. Butler has just completed a four-year term serving as co-leader of the Program Planning Committee at IGS.
Treasurer Kathy Frank, RN, PhD, AGSF Kathy Frank, RN, PhD, AGSF is the Program Administrator for IU Geriatrics at Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine; one of only 25 designated Hartford Foundation Centers of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine. Dr. Frank provides assistance and support to the Director of Geriatrics in the coordination, development, and strengthening of clinical care services, education, and research in geriatrics. Dr. Frank currently works on the HRSA GWEP grant as a Co-Director, the Indiana's Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network (NHCAN) ECHO as a Cohort Leader, and is the Project Manager for the Indiana Alzheimer's Disease Programs Initiative funded by the Administration on Aging and Administration for Community Living US Department of Health and Human Services.Dr. Frank has been active with the American Geriatrics Society for several years, including the Co-Chair of the Committee of the State Affiliates, was on the AGS board for several years, and received the designation of the American Geriatrics Society Fellow in 2015. In 2006 she initiated the creation of the Indiana Geriatrics Society and facilitates their continuing education programs. She is currently the IGS Education Committee Chair. Her doctorate degree is in Community Health Nursing and Public Policy with a Certificate in Non-Profit Management. She was awarded the Individual Recognition for Exceptional Contribution to Geriatrics and Gerontology in 2010 from the Indiana Public Health Foundation, Incs.
Secretary Kristen LaEace CEO Indiana Association of Area Agencies on Aging Kristen LaEace has been the CEO of the Indiana Association of Area Agencies on Aging for 11 years where she supports Indiana’s AAA network as it provides leadership, advocacy and expertise in helping people manage the social determinants of health in our evolving long-term services and supports system.She holds Master of Science in Data Science and MBA degrees from Indiana University, and her analytic educational background balances expertise in philanthropy, non-profit and association management, public policy advocacy, community development and human services. She is a passionate life-long learner with an interest in the intersection of data science and public policy.Ms. LaEace brings 30 years of progressive leadership and management experience in the non-profit and public sectors to her current role and holds a “Certified Association Executive” credential from the American Society of Association Executives. She has influenced federal and state policies by providing leadership for national and statewide boards, working committees and advisory groups, and by advocating directly with state and congressional legislators. She has redesigned statewide human services delivery systems and increased internal operational efficiencies and effectiveness by applying technology solutions in non-profit settings.
Public Policy Committee Chairperson Molly Campbell, RN, MSN, AGPCNP-BC Molly, is the Director of Inpatient Geriatric Care at Community Health Network. In her role, she is responsible for the Geriatric Evaluation and Management Team (GEM) and Nurses Improving the Care of Healthsystem Elders Program (NICHE), caring for acute inpatient older adults and support services.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. Molly also continues to serve as a Nurse Practitioner for the Touchpoint HATS Clinic. 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 time with their children, Beckett & Dory, and dog, Paddington.
Program Planning Committee Chairperson Teresa DeLellis, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP Teresa DeLellis is assistant professor of pharmacy practice in transitions of care at Manchester University in Fort Wayne, IN and an active member with leadership experience in several local and national organizations including the American Geriatrics Society (AGS), the Indiana Pharmacists Association (IPA), and the American Academy of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). Over the last 5 years in these organizations she has chaired several programming committees in AACP, served on the board of directors for IPA, and formed several research collaboration groups. Dr. DeLellis’s consistent involvement in the AACP Geriatric Special Interest Group (SIG) through committees, leadership roles, and scholarly and service contributions have earned her the Leadership Appreciation (2019) and Outstanding Service Awards (2020) from the SIG. As a board-certified geriatric pharmacist and pharmacotherapy specialist, she leads development of geriatric programs at Dupont hospital that have resulted in accreditation as a Level 1 Geriatric Emergency Department and designation as a Level 3: Senior Friendly NICHE facility.Dr. DeLellis is the longest tenured member of the interprofessional leadership team for the region’s Care Transition Coalition, whose successful transitions of care pilot programs have earned national recognition by CMS-contracted Quality Improvement Networks and Organizations. She was recently elected board president of her county’s TRIAD organization, also nationally renowned for distinct success in medication take-back programs. Teresa’s program of scholarship intersects across geriatrics, transitions of care, deprescribing, and pharmacogenomics and includes two grant-funded endeavors in their final stages of completion. Teresa earned her PharmD degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI followed by a 2-year Geriatrics residency and Faculty Development Fellowship at UPMC St. Margaret in Pittsburgh, PA.
Education Committee Chairperson
Julia Loubeau, GNP Julia received her Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy (2004), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (2013) and Master of Science in Nursing (2016) from Indiana University. After working at Eskenazi Health (formerly Wishard Health Services) as a RRT for ~9 years Julia began her nursing career in their Progressive ICU where she was often assigned to care for geriatric patients due to her known passion for that population. After receiving her MSN Julia began serving as a certified AGPCNP for IU Health Geriatrics where her initial role entailed nursing home services. She since had the opportunity of opening the first NP geriatric consult clinic at the IU Health Methodist Senior Health Center and has enjoyed that role for ~3 years while continuing to contribute to nursing home services as well. Julia also currently works with the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Project (GWEP) and a 2023 nursing home pilot program for undergraduate nursing students. Her professional certifications and associations include American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Certification in Adult/Geriatric Primary Care; Nurse Practitioner License, Registered Nurse License, ACLS Certified, CPR trained and Indiana Geriatrics Society Member. Julia has recently decided to share her deep passion and infectious enthusiasm of caring for the geriatric population in the academic realm and is looking forward to fulfilling the role of adjunct professor at IU School of Nursing in the near future. Julia continues to strive professionally to fulfill her purpose. However, her greatest accomplishments are that of becoming a wife and mother. Spending time with her husband Joseph and their children Jaela and Josiah bring her the most joy.
Engagement & Collaboration Committee Chairperson Michael Lamkin, MBA
Kamal Wagle, MD, MPH, CMD, DipABLM, AGSF Dr Wagle has background of training in family medicine, geriatrics, public health, health innovation and implementation science. Dr Wagle is passionate about healthy aging, age friendly health system, shared decision making and creating enhanced health care team to address challenges of adults with multiple chronic illnesses. He is a Certified Medical Director (CMD) from American Board of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (ABPLM). He is a fellow of the American Geriatrics Society, and he is also a member of American College of Lifestyle Medicine. He is faculty with Indiana University School of Medicine and is engaged in teaching learners in clinical avenues. He has done scholarly work on medication safety, caregiver education and enhancing interdisciplinary teams. Dr. Wagle is married for 10 years and has two children. He enjoys running, hiking, biking, and meditation.
Regina Smith, MSA Regina Smith has over 35 years’ experience working with individuals, families, and older adults as a medical assistant. She earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Social Work from Indiana University Purdue University. Regina is a skilled Social Worker with demonstrated success in the areas of geriatric care, dementia, grief and end of life counseling, and facility operation, leadership, marketing, and people management. Regina currently serves the older population as a medical social worker in long term care. She also serves as a board member for Meals on Wheels and Indiana Geriatric Society as a Committee member. Regina will be graduating with her doctorate degree (DSW) from Simmons University in 2024.