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Szanton 1.14.jpgSarah L. Szanton, PhD, ANP, FAAN is a Professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing with a joint appointment in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She tests interventions to reduce health disparities among older adults. Her work particularly focuses on ways to help older adults "age in place" as they grow older. These include ways to improve the social determinants of health such as modifying housing and improving access to food.  Szanton completed undergraduate work in African-American Studies at Harvard University and earned a bachelor's degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in 1993. She holds a nurse practitioner master's degree from the University of Maryland and a doctorate from Johns Hopkins University.  She is Associate Director for Policy at the Center for Innovative Care in Aging at Johns Hopkins as well as Core Faculty at the Center on Aging and Health, the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions and Adjunct Faculty with the Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy. She has been by funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation Center, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation, and the AARP Foundation.  

Judy Kell edited.pngJudy Kell, MPA, has over thirty years of experience working in government, healthcare, housing and the non-profit sector.  She is currently the manager of the Pathways to Better Health of the Lakeshore HUB as well as the Coordinator for the Muskegon County (MI) Homeless Continuum of Care Network. Ms. Kell has expertise as a non-profit housing developer, grant writer and in program development and management.

Gary head shot0215.jpgGary Felser, ME, Construction Supervisor, Elder Services at Civic Works, provides home repairs for low-income senior home-owners throughout Baltimore City. Civic Works also contracts with the CAPABLE​ Study and several other programs to provide their home repair services. Gary leads the construction team in providing these safety services and also supervises and helps train our AmeriCorps apprentices. He assists these young people in getting into the construction trade, teaching them how to be good employees, preparing them for the workforce, helping with math skills, etc. Gary became a Certified Aging in Place Specialist as well as a Certified Lead Abatement Supervisor, and with these additional skill-sets, can better help seniors. Gary's career has included working for the Baltimore City Planning Department and running his own cabinet business for over 35 years.