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About the Age Ready Team

Dr. Michael Parker

Mike Parker is a tenured University of Alabama Professor and UA Birmingham Associate Professor. He is a Member of the Executive Board of the Center for Mental Health & Aging and the inventor of the AgeReady Program. He has completed a National Institute of Aging Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Michigan and a Research Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel and was selected by the Gerontological Society of America and the John Hartford Foundation as a Geriatric Scholar. He has served on the Hartford Foundation’s Geriatric Scholar’s Selection Committee and as Mentor to Hartford Scholars and Fellows, and he is currently serving on the Leadership Board on the Forum on Religion and Spirituality with the American Society of Aging. Dr. Parker is the co-author of A Vision for the Aging Church: Renewing Ministry for and by Seniors

Richard M. Allman, MD

Richard M. Allman, MD, is the director of the Birmingham/Atlanta VA Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) and is the Parrish Endowed Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He serves as the director of the Center for Aging and the Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care at UAB. He also serves as Director of the Deep South Resource Center for Minority Aging Research. In addition, he serves as Co-Director of the John A. Hartford Foundation-funded Southeast Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine (SCEGM), a career development and training program for physicians at UAB and Emory University.

Regina Harrell, MD

Regina Harrell, MD, is an assistant professor at The University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences. She is a physician in Department of Family Medicine and serves as medical director of Capstone Village. Dr. Harrell is board certified in internal medicine and holds a Certificate of Added Qualification in Geriatrics and Hospice and Palliative Care. Harrell graduated from Vanderbilt University with a BS in molecular biology and earned her MD degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine. She completed her internal medicine residency and a geriatrics fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine.

James M. Houston

James M. Houston is the founding principal, former chancellor and emeritus professor of spiritual theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is the author of some forty books, including I Believe in the Creator, The Transforming Friendship, In Search of Happiness, The Heart's Desire, The Mentored Life and Joyful Exiles. He earned an M.A. at Edinburgh and a PhD at Oxford.

Hugh Lee, JD

Hugh Lee, JD, is currently the Director of the Elder Law Clinic at the University of Alabama Law School. He has spoken on the state, regional and national level on elder law issues, including Medicaid, Medicare, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Advance Planning, Consumer Fraud, Identity Theft and Foreclosure Defense, among other issues. He holds a J. D. from the Florida State University College of Law and has published widely in the elder law area.

Jim Martin, PhD

James (Jim) Martin is a tenured Professor of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College. A Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with more than forty years of social work practice, Jim’s scholarship, teaching, and public service focus on the well being of individuals, families and communities; his research and civic engagement address military and veteran populations. In 2009 Bryn Mawr awarded Jim the McPherson Fellowship for excellence in teaching, research, and service to the community. Jim has served as a member of Maryland's Veterans Behavioral Health Advisory Committee, the Maryland Military Child Education Coalition Steering Committee, the Council on Social Work Education Veterans’ Mental Health Taskforce, and the National Advisory Board for the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families (CIR) at the University of Southern California. Jim has served three terms of elected office on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work and he is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Clinical Social Work. Jim was the recipient of the 2014 University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work “Distinguished Alumni Award for Social Work Practice” and the 2015 Distinguished Alumni” Award from Boston College School of Social Work. A retired Army Colonel, Jim’s twenty-six year career in the Army Medical Department included clinical, research, as well as senior management (command) and policy assignments. Jim was the senior Social Work Officer in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations during the first Gulf War.

Phil Bishop, PhD

Phil Bishop is a Graduate of the US Naval Academy, James Madison University, and the University of Georgia where he earned a Doctor of Education. Phil and his wife Brenda have five children, all of whom are UA alumni. He has been a faculty member of the University of Alabama since 1984, and a full professor since 1994. He has over 170 refereed publications and over 320 professional presentations. He has mentored 45 Ph.D. students as dissertation chair. He has been a visiting scientist at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, a visiting professor at the US Military Academy, a visiting researcher at the Swedish National Winter-Sport Center and served as a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Botswana (Jan-Dec, 2013). In 2006 he was selected as UA’s first Paul W. Bryant Professor of Education. He serves as a frequent reviewer of research manuscripts, and grant proposals and as a expert witness. He speaks frequently across the USA and abroad.

Daniel C. Potts, MD

Daniel C. Potts, MD, FAAN is a neurologist, author, educator and champion of those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and their caregivers. A Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, he was chosen by the AAN as the 2008 Donald M. Palatucci Advocate of the Year, and has been designated an Architect of Change by Maria Shriver. A Pocket Guide for the Alzheimer's Caregiver (www.alzpocketguide.com), written by Dr. Potts and his wife, Ellen W. Potts, MBA is recommended as a resource by the AAN, the Alzheimer's Association, and Maria Shriver. Inspired by his father’s transformation from saw miller to watercolor artist in the throes of dementia through person-centered care and the expressive arts, Dr. Potts seeks to make these therapies more widely available through his foundation, Cognitive Dynamics (www.cognitivedynamics.org). Additionally he is passionate about promoting self-preservation and dignity for all persons with cognitive impairment. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Dennis Myers, PhD, MSSW, LCSW

Dennis Myers is Professor of Social Work and Dorothy Barfield Kronzer Professor of Family Studies where he has served on the faculty since 1981. He was recognized as a Distinguished Teacher by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education and as an expert Gero- Ed Center Expert Trainer by the Council on Social Work Education. He has been the principal or co- principle investigator for grants of over $1,000,000. He is the chair of the School of Social Work Gerontology Initiative and principle investigator for the Danny and Lenn Prince Initiative for Quality Long-term Care with Older Adults that provides research, evidence-based practice models, educational programs, and practical resources to strengthen the care environment of residential facilities and to enrich the personal and family life of older persons who reside in them. Dr. Myers serves on the Texas Nursing Facility Administrator’s Advisory Board. He is also the co- principal investigator for the Bilingual Mental Health Scholarship Program for Accredited Social Work Programs, funded by the Hogg Foundation (2008-2015). During the period between 2002 to the present, he has authored or co-authored 30 journal articles and chapters in the areas of social work practice, educational gerontology, adult caregiving, productive aging, and faith-based community services. Dr. Myers is currently working on a book entitled Awakening Power and Grace in Your Parent and Adult Child Relationships. Dennis serves as an active deacon and he and his wife, Lois, serve as the directors of a Senior Adult Sunday School department at First Baptist Church of Woodway.

Harold G. Koenig, M.D.

Dr. Koenig completed his undergraduate education at Stanford University, nursing school at San Joaquin Delta College, medical school training at the University of California at San Francisco, and geriatric medicine, psychiatry, and biostatistics training at Duke University Medical Center. He is currently board certified in general psychiatry, and formerly boarded in family medicine, geriatric medicine, and geriatric psychiatry, and is on the faculty at Duke as Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Associate Professor of Medicine. He is also Adjunct Professor in the Department of Medicine at King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and in the School of Public Health at Ningxia Medical University, Yinchuan, People’s Republic of China. Dr. Koenig is Director of the Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health at Duke University Medical Center, and has published extensively in the fields of mental health, geriatrics, and religion, with over 450 scientific peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and more than 40 books. His research on religion, health and ethical issues in medicine has been featured on dozens of national and international TV news programs (including ABC’s World News Tonight, The Today Show, Good Morning America. Dr. Oz Show, and NBC Nightly News), over a hundred national or international radio programs, and hundreds of newspapers and magazines (including Reader's Digest, Parade Magazine, Newsweek, Time, and Guidepost). Dr. Koenig has given testimony before the U.S. Senate (1998) and U.S. House of Representatives (2008) concerning the benefits of religion and spirituality on public health, and travels widely to give seminars and workshops on this topic. He is the recipient of the 2012 Oskar Pfister Award from the American Psychiatric Association and the 2013 Gary Collins Award from the American Association of Christian Counselors. His latest book is Health and Well-being in Islamic Societies (2014, Springer International).

Johann Klemmack

Johann Klemmack has over 10 years of experience delivering web-based services. He has an MBA from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and M.Eng, B.Eng from Vanderbilt University.