The CEAL Advisory Council was formed in 2005 and includes a diverse representation of the assisted living stakeholder community. The group meets with the full CEAL Board of Directors on a quarterly basis, and serves a critical role in developing recommendations that help to shape and inform CEAL's annual goals and objectives. 

To advance quality in assisted living, the CEAL Advisory Council:

  • Provides a forum for a diverse representation of stakeholders to discuss key topics of importance to assisted living
  • Facilitates exchange of information and ideas related to current developments in areas such as research, technology and affordability
  • Raises timely policy issues and provides recommendations for consideration by CEAL’s Board of Directors.


Joan Baird, PharmD, BCGP, FASCP 
Director of Education and Clinical Affairs
American Society of Consultant Pharmacists - ASCP

Shawn Bloom, NPA
President and CEO
National PACE Association

Paula Carder, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor
Gerontological Society of America Assisted Living Special Interest Group

Lynette Coleman
Manager, Professional Workforce Development
National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Debra Dobbs, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
College of Behavioral and Community Sciences School of Aging Studies University of South Florida (USF)

Thomas J. Fairchild, Ph.D.
VP Office of Organizational Excellence
University of North Texas Health Science Center

Mollie Gruian
Director of Strategic Initiatives and Policy
National Partnership for Hospice Innovation

Lauren Harris-Kojetin, Ph.D.
Chief, Long-Term Care Statistics Branch
National Center for Health Statistics Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Chris Herman, MSW, LICSW
Senior Practice Associate
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

Mauro Hernandez, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer
CC Living

Kathryn Hyer, Ph.D., M.P.P.
Professor, Director Policy Center
School of Aging Studies/Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging 
University of South Florida

Candace L. Kemp, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
The Gerontology Institute Georgia State University

W. Bradford Klitsch
Senior Vice President of Market Development
Direct Supply

Michael J. Lepore, Ph.D.
Senior Health Policy and Health Services Researcher
RTI International

Randy Lindner, MHSA, CAE
President and CEO
National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB)

Anne Meier
State Long-Term Care Ombudsman
Disability Law Center Colorado

Judi Lund Person, MPH, CHC 
Vice President, Regulatory and Compliance 
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

Sandy Markwood
National Association of Area Agencies on Aging

Sue Matthiesen, MBA
Managing Director, Aging Services
CARF International

President & CEO
American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA)

Joseph G. Ouslander, M.D.
Senior Associate Dean and Professor, Geriatric Programs
Florida Atlantic University - INTERACT

Don Redfoot

Emily Rosenoff
HHS-Office of Asst Secretary for Planning and Evaluation

Anna Song Beeber, Ph.D., RN, FAAN
Associate Professor
UNC School of Nursing

Kali S. Thomas, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice and Research Health Science Specialist
Brown University School of Public Health and The Center of Innovation in Long-Term Services and Supports at the Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Elizabeth Wheatley BSN, CRRN
VP Clinical Services
Five Star Quality Care

Jack York
President, Co-Founder
It's Never 2 Late

David Zimmerman, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Gina Zimmerman, MS
Executive Director, Nursing Care Center Services
The Joint Commission

Sheryl Zimmerman, Ph.D.
University Distinguished Professor Co-Director Program on Aging, Disability, and Long-Term Care
Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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