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 Todd James, MD 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
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.
Education Committee Chairperson 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.
Chairperson for the Public Policy Committee 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.
Molly Deaton, MBA, CLME Molly Deaton, MBA, CLME holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University-Bloomington, her MBA from Southern New Hampshire University, and a post-graduate certificate from Doane University. Molly is a certified lifestyle medicine executive and entrepreneur. She designed a health education company that provides informative, evidence-based solutions to empower participants to understand and address root causes of many of the chronic diseases that burden our aging population.Her company, Profound Health Solutions LLC, has obtained national recognition from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention for its Diabetes Prevention Programming and is a certified Women Business Enterprise (WBE). Molly has been a guest on radio, and has been invited for keynote speaking engagements. She founded and co-chairs the geriatric member interest group within THE American College of Lifestyle Medicine. Molly works primarily with geriatric clients in continuing care communities and is developing a niche in geriatric health. Molly is licensed as a mortgage lending officer and is specializing in reverse mortgage in order to offer valuable education and knowledgeable solutions for helping those who desire to age in place. She and her husband have been married for over 25 years and have raised 5 children (4 sons and 1 daughter). She loves traveling, playing tennis, outdoor activities, cooking, and reading.
Nicole Paddock, MSN, AGNP-C Nicole Paddock is a GNP for Oak Street Health at the Glendale site provider outpatient primary care for older adults and also is an Adjunct Faculty, Graduate School of Nursing, University of Indianapolis where she teaches advanced care of older adults and pharmacology of older adults. She has worked an GNP for in the past for Ascension/St Vincent Center for Healthy Aging (2015-2019, as a RN for LTC/AL/memory care RN (2009 to 2105) and in acute med/surg for Ascension/St Vincent.She received her BSN degree in Nursing from Indiana State University in 2009 and her MSN AGNP from University of Indianapolis 2015.Her special interests are in frail older adults, dementia care, and palliative/end- of life care. She has memberships with the following professional organizations: AGS/IGS; AMDA/IMDA; AANP, and GAPNA. In May 2018 she was awarded the DAISY Faculty Award.In her free time she enjoys yoga/pilates and road trips with husband.
Marketing and Membership Committee Chairperson Tenille L. Lawson, PharmD, BCPS Tenille is owner of Lawson Medical Writing, LLC, a medical writing company focused on sharing clear scientific and medical content with various audiences. With over 15 years of experience as a registered pharmacist, she is an expert in helping others understand medical information. She is a proud Butler University graduate where she earned her Doctorate in Pharmacy. She also maintains her Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy and has a 10-year history of working in oncology-related areas. Since joining IGS in 2019, she has enjoyed initiating and maintaining the IGS LinkedIn page, where information is shared to keep all members and non-members aware of current and past events related to IGS. She also wrote the testimonials seen on the IGS webpage after interviewing three inspiring IGS members who exemplify what it means to support IGS. She enjoys being a wife and mom to a little girl who has been reading fluently since she was 3 years old.
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.