National Leadership Group

​​Membership will be updated as the National Leadership Group grows and evolves.

  • Ellen Flaherty, PhD, MSN, APRN, Co-Director, Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging
  • David Gifford, MD, MPH, Director, Center for Health Policy Evaluation in Long-Term Care, American Health Care Association
  • David Grabowski, PhD, Professor of Health Care Policy, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School
  • Robert Hellrigel, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive, Home Community Care
  • Kathryn Hyer, PhD, MPP, Professor and Director, Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging
  • Vincent Mor, MEd, PhD, MA, Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice, and the Florence Pirce Grant University Health in the Brown University School of Public Health
  • Jennifer Pettis, MS, RN, CNE, WCC Associate Director, Program Development, Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE)
  • Karl Andrew Pillemer, PhD, Hazel E. Reed Professor in the Department of Human Development, Professor of Gerontology in Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine, Senior Associate Dean for Research and Outreach in the College of Human Ecology
  • Dianna Reely, VP, Quality and Administrative Systems, Home and Community Care, Providence St. Joseph Health
  • Joanne Roberts, SVP/Chief Value Officer, Providence St. Joseph Health
  • Thomas Schaaf, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Providence Home and Community Care, President of Washington State Medical Association
  • Robyn Stone, PhD, Senior Vice President, Research and Co-Director, LeadingAge LTSS Center, UMass Boston
  • Kathleen Unroe, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine


National Leadership Group Co-Chairs

Alice BonnerAlice Bonner, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been a geriatric nurse practitioner for more than 30 years. She is currently Adjunct Faculty and Director of Strategic Partnerships for the CAPABLE Program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and Senior Advisor for Aging at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). From 2015 to 2019, she served as Secretary of the Executive Office of Elder Affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Terry Fulmer Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the President of The John A. Hartford Foundation in New York City, a foundation dedicated to improving the care of older adults. Established in 1929, the Foundation has a current endowment of more than half a billion dollars. She serves as the chief strategist for the Foundation and was recently recognized for her leadership as one of the top 50 Influencers in Aging by PBS’s Next Avenue, the premier digital publication dedicated to covering issues for older Americans. Dr. Fulmer is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. She previously served as Distinguished Professor and Dean of Health Sciences at Northeastern University. Prior to that, she served as the Erline Perkins McGriff Professor and Dean of the New York University College of Nursing. She received her bachelor's degree from Skidmore College, her master's and doctoral degrees from Boston College, and her Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate from NYU. She completed a Brookdale National Fellowship, and she was the first nurse to serve on the board of the American Geriatrics Society and the first nurse to serve as President of the Gerontological Society of America.

Kedar Mate Kedar Mate, MD, is the Chief Innovation and Education Officer at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and a research professor at Weill Cornell Medical College. His scholarly work has focused on health system design, health care quality, strategies for achieving large-scale change, and approaches to improving value. Dr. Mate is the recipient of the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship and has been recognized as an Aspen Institute Healthcare Innovator. Previously, he worked at Partners In Health, served as a special assistant to the Director of the HIV/AIDS Department at the World Health Organization, and led IHI’s national program in South Africa. Dr. Mate has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and white papers. He graduated from Brown University with a degree in American History and from Harvard Medical School with a medical degree.