2007 Practice Change Fellows

From left to right, back row:  Lisa A. Ferretti, Jane Bavineau, Kyle R. Allen, Jude Rabig, Dan Reece, Rosemary Laird
Front row:  Ina Li, Ilaina Edison, Eran Metzger
Not pictured:  Adele W. Pike

Kyle R. Allen, DO
"Center of Excellence for Geriatric Care: Enhancing the Care of Older Adults through Innovation and Quality Improvement"
Summa Health System
Akron, OH

Dr. Allen graduated from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OUCOM) and completed a Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at University of Cincinnati. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Practice with a CAQ in Geriatric Medicine, and is a Professor of Internal and Family Medicine at NEOUCOM and a Clinical Associate Professor of Geriatric Medicine, OUCOM. His current positions include Medical Director, Post Acute/Senior Services; Chief, Division of Geriatric Medicine at Summa Health System; and Program Director, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program at Summa Health System.
Dr. Allen's career has spanned from solo private practice in rural Ohio, clinical geriatrician, clinical educator, to researcher and administrator at Summa Health System. He has developed innovative programs for geriatric care delivery for the health system, including Acute Care for Elders (ACE) units, stroke units, geriatric rehabilitation units, outpatient geriatric assessment centers, and care management models for frail Medicare Advantage and dual eligible Medicare/Medicaid populations. He is the principal investigator for federally funded research projects focusing on clinical trials of care management and transitional care. Dr. Allen is an active member of the American Geriatrics Society, the Ohio Geriatrics Society, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and he serves as Chief Medical Officer on the Board of the Area Agency on Aging 10b, Inc. He is a published author and lecturer.
Jane Bavineau, LBSW
"Hospital to Home (H2H)"
Sheltering Arms Senior Services
Houston, TX

Jane is the Executive Director of Care for Elders and Vice President of Quality Assurance and Special Initiatives for Sheltering Arms Senior Services in Houston, Texas. Care for Elders is a partnership of more than 80 organizations, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to create systems change that will improve long term care and supportive services at the local level. Sheltering Arms is a large not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote the dignity and independence of older adults through service, advocacy, and support for caregivers. Jane also serves as the Project Director for Healthy IDEAS, an evidence based intervention that addresses depression in older adults, and is part of a national demonstration project funded by the Administration on Aging.
Jane is a licensed social worker, and has worked in the field of aging for 25 years. She was named Social Worker of the Year in 2004 by the Houston Area Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, and the Community Advocate of the Year in 2006 by the University of Texas Health Science Center, Center on Aging. Jane is eager to use the Practice Change Fellows experience to expand opportunities for community case managers to impact health outcomes for older adults being discharged from hospital to home.
Ilaina Edison, BSN, MBA
"Adult Medical Behavioral Health Integration"
Visiting Nurse Service of New York
New York, NY

Ms. Edison joined VNSNY in May 2001 as Vice President of Performance Improvement, following a successful 11-year career in consulting with Deloitte and Touche, LLP. She holds an MBA from Mount Sinai School of Medicine/Baruch College and a BS degree in Nursing from Binghamton University. Coupled with her strong commitment to health care and the community, Ms. Edison joined the executive leadership at VNSNY with skill sets that enabled her to serve as a change catalyst for a wide array of corporate and strategic projects. Her expertise in change management and process improvement analyses were instrumental in creating business and service delivery efficiencies across VNSNY. In addition, through her partnership with VNSNY's executive management team and members of the Board of Directors, Ms. Edison built upon VNSNY's infrastructure to create a process to better monitor and identify trends that enhance care quality and service delivery. In June 2005, Ms. Edison was promoted to Vice President of Operations, Specialized Services. These areas account for 30% of VNSNY's total revenues and include Rehabilitation Services, the Long Term Home Health Program, Infusion Care, Community Mental Health Services, Children and Family Services, and the Physician Home Visiting Program.
Lisa A. Ferretti, LMSW
"Healthy Hearts on the Hill"
Center for Excellence in Aging Services, University at Albany School of Social Welfare
Albany, NY

Lisa is Director of Operations for the Center for Excellence in Aging Services at the University at Albany School of Social Welfare. The Center is a translational research center supporting successful aging through innovative research, service and training.
Lisa is a Certified T-Trainer of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program developed by Stanford University. She is the primary developer of a recent translation of the Active Choices program materials for use with volunteers in community settings. Lisa's current system change projects include: Evidence-Based Health Promotion in New York State and Point of Entry for Persons with Alzheimer's and other Dementias, supported by the U.S. Administration on Aging, NY State Office for the Aging and NY State Department of Health. Lisa is developing several reinventing retirement initiatives including ExcelleShare, a RespectAbility Model of Significant Service initiative supported by the National Council on Aging.
A New York State licensed master social worker; Lisa holds her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Social Work from the University at Albany where she is an adjunct instructor. Lisa is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, National Council on Aging, New York State Society on Aging and the New York State Arthritis Coalition.
Rosemary Laird, MD, MHSA
"Caring for Alzheimer's with Resources, Education, and Support (CARES)"
Health First Aging Institute
Melbourne, FL

Dr. Laird is the Medical Director for the Health First Aging Institute in Melbourne, Florida.She received her medical degree with honors in 1991 from Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed an Internal Medicine residency at the University of Chicago Hospitals, where she remained as Chief Resident. She then pursued Geriatric Fellowship at the University of Kansas Medical Center and remained as an Assistant Professor in Division of General and Geriatric Medicine. She earned a Masters in Health Services Administration from the University of Kansas in 2001.
In August 2002 Dr. Laird became the founding Medical Director for the Health First Aging Institute. The Aging Institute is supported by philanthropic supporters of Health First, Inc., a community-based not for profit integrated healthcare system. To improve the health and well-being of the area's seniors, the Aging Institute sponsors a specialty geriatric and primary care clinic, educational programs for lay and professional audiences, and health services research focused on developing improved models of care for seniors. Dr. Laird is an American Geriatrics Society Fellow.
Dr. Laird is married to Dr. Tim Laird, a family physician. They author the weekly Florida Today column "Ask the Docs". They have four children.
Ina Li, MD
"House Call Programs as an 'Extender' of Senior Centers: Integrating Health and Social Care for the Elderly Population"
Christiana Care Health System
Wilmington, DE

Dr. Li is currently the Associate Director of Geriatrics at Christiana Care Health System in Delaware. She is also the Medical Director for Christiana's Visiting Nurse Association, which provides services to the entire state of Delaware, and the Unit Medical Director of the Acute Care for the Elderly Unit at Wilmington Hospital. In the summer of 2007, she will be opening medical offices in two senior centers in New Castle County with a house call program based at each center. Besides her clinical duties, Dr. Li is also a faculty member for Christiana's Department of Family and Community Medicine residency program where she helps oversee the residents' geriatric education.
Dr. Li went to medical school at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - Piscataway campus. She then completed her Family Medicine training at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and stayed on for another 2 years to complete her geriatric fellowship. She then moved on to become a staff physician at On-Lok in San Francisco, which is the first Program for All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) site in the country, and whose mission is to maintain frail elderly in the community through a multi-disciplinary approach.
Eran Metzger, MD
"A Psychiatry Support Service for the Frail Elderly"
Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for Aged
Boston, MA

Dr. Metzger received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Haverford College and his medical degree from Pennsylvania State University. He completed both his residency in Psychiatry and a fellowship in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry at Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). Dr. Metzger is board-certified in Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry.
Dr. Metzger was the Director of the inpatient medical psychiatry unit at BIDMC prior to assuming his current position as Associate Director of Geropsychiatry for Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston. In addition to providing psychiatric care at the 700-bed chronic and sub-acute care Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, Dr. Metzger provides consultation for an affiliated 300-bed continuing care retirement community and for the Gerontology practice at BIDMC. Dr. Metzger also serves as chairman of the Ethics Committee for Hebrew SeniorLife.
Dr. Metzger is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and instructs medical students, residents, and fellows. His research and publications have been in the areas of eating disorders, depression, medical complications from psychiatric treatments, and biomedical ethics in long-term care.
In 2007, Dr. Metzger was conferred the designation of Distinguished Fellow by the American Psychiatric Association.
Adele W. Pike, RN, EdD
"New Trends, New Ideas and Better Practices in Geriatric Home Care: Improving Core Services and Expediting Change"
Visiting Nurse Association of Boston
Charlestown, MA

Dr. Pike currently holds a joint appointment between the Visiting Nurse Association of Boston and the William F. Connell School of Nursing at Boston College. She is the Director of Education at the VNA of Boston, and teaches Community Health at Boston College. Dr. Pike has 14 years of home care experience, as a field nurse, front line manager, and director. She is now focusing her work on home care practice advancement, and methods to translate and apply evidenced-based practices to the care of individuals and families in their homes. She has developed web based teaching tools for clinicians and students and hopes to further integrate and strengthen e-learning methods as part of her work as a Practice Change Fellow. Dr. Pike is also committed to developing front line managers in home care, and hopes to identify the skills, knowledge, and resources they need to facilitate practice change.
A graduate of Smith College, Dr. Pike received her Masters' in Nursing at Yale University and worked as a Medical Surgical Clinical Specialist in the acute care settings prior to transitioning her practice to home care. She earned her doctorate from Boston University in Developmental Studies.
Jude Rabig, RN, PhD
"Clinical Improvement Project"
Otterbein Homes
New York, NY

Jude is the Director of Research and Development for Otterbein Homes, and President and CEO of Rabig Consulting. Her career as a gerontological nurse included leadership and teaching positions. As a gerontologist she served as the director of a large Area Agency on Aging where she led a multiple agency collaboration which designed and implemented a single point of entry for seniors seeking community based services and care management. She has spent the last 5 years as the Executive Director of the National Green House® Project. In this capacity she guided the pilot projects through implementation and assisted over 30 long term care organizations with their exploration and decision making regarding implementation. She collaborated with a NCOA team to develop an online readiness assessment tool to assist organizations in evaluating their capacity to implement the model, and acted as a consultant to the University of Minnesota's study of the Tupelo Green Houses®. She has written and presented nationally on the Green House® model and the generic small house model. In 2006 she left the Green House® Project and established Rabig Consulting.
Dan Reece, MSW
"Telemedicine Geriatric Team Consultations"
PeaceHealth Gerontology Institute
Eugene, OR

Dan received both his BA and MSW degrees from the University of Iowa. His graduate emphasis was gerontology, particularly the impact on families providing care for persons with dementia. Dan has been with PeaceHealth since 1987. He served as the Director of Social Work at Sacred Heart Medical Center for six years. For the past nine years he has been the Assistant Administrator for Care Continuum. This service line includes PeaceHealth's senior programs, home care programs, inpatient social services and outpatient care management. Dan has been active in community groups addressing senior services, child welfare, Latino healthcare, domestic violence and end-of-life care. In 2005, Dan was honored by the Society for Social Work Leadership in Healthcare as their Administrator of the Year.
Dan's wife, Leslie Steeves, is a professor at the University of Oregon, where she directs the graduate program in Journalism and Mass Communication. Their daughters, Fekerte and Anna, are both students at the UO, with interests in international studies. Dan and Leslie have made many journeys to Africa, where they have personal and professional interests. Dan also enjoys running, playing guitar and the numerous outdoor amenities of the Pacific Northwest.