2018 Presenters

Robin Eggert
President & CEO, REALM

Robin Eggert is the President and Founder of REALM, which focuses on creating client organizations’ sustainable future. She is a sought-after speaker on transformational leadership, gerontology, industry trends, and innovation. She has authored numerous senior health care articles for state, national, and international publications. She is also a Certified Geriatric Care Manager and Health and Wellness Coach.
David Nolan
Chief Operating Officer - Lok Senior Health Services in San Francisco

David Nolan is the Chief Operating Officer for On Lok Senior Health Services in San Francisco. He oversees all aspects of On Lok’s Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) including seven day health centers and manages a budget of $175 million. Prior to On Lok, he managed the Duals Demonstration in Santa Clara County for Anthem. He served as the Chief Performance Officer and Executive Director for LTSS and the Duals Demonstration for Alameda Alliance for Health. David Nolan was the principal and founder of Chi Partners, a consulting firm focused on public policy as it relates to long-term care. He spent ten years as the National Program Director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Coming Home Program which adapted Medicaid waivers and created funding streams to provide affordable assisted living in ten states and additionally worked with On Lok and the PACE program.
Sister Julia Lanigan
President, Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart

Sister Julia Lanigan received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the D’Youville College in New York and her Masters in Business Administration from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She has served the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart for more than 20 years. She was an elected Member of the GNSH General Council, was General Treasurer, and is currently holding the position of President/General Superior. She previously served the Society of the Holy Child Jesus as the American Province Treasurer. She was a consultant to several committees including the American Sector Finance Committee, Medical Mission Sisters, Resource Center for Religious Institutes (RCRI), and National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) or the LCWR Collaborative Viability Project; for planning, finance, leadership and eldercare. She is also a member of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, RCRI (formerly NATRI) since its inception, and the LCWR Finance and Audit Committee.
Liz Baganz-Randolph
Health Care Administrator for the Dominican Sisters of Hope in Ossining, NY

For the last eleven years, Liz Baganz-Randolph has been the Health Care Administrator for the Dominican Sisters of Hope in Ossining, NY. She is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in the State of New York, has a Bachelors of Science in Health Care Administration from Stonehill College in N. Easton, MA and a Master’s of Professional Studies from SUNY New Paltz. Prior to joining the Dominican Sisters of Hope, she worked for over fifteen years in non-profits providing “community-based” services, with eight years as the Director of Residential and Client Services for the Mental Health Association in Ulster County, New York. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors gardening, running and biking, and relaxing by the beach. She resides with her husband in Union Beach, NJ. She can be contacted at LBaganz@ophope.org.
Valerie Palmieri, JD
Abramson Center’s COO

Valerie Palmieri, JD has been the Abramson Center’s COO since 2010. She oversees the daily operation of the Abramson Center’s various business lines, including skilled nursing, personal care and independent living, hospice, home care, transitional care, and medical adult day services. She was the administrator of the Abramson Residence from 2005 until 2010. Prior to joining the Abramson Center, she worked for 15 years at ManorCare Health Services, where she served in a variety of leadership positions. She holds a law degree from Widener University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Cabrini College.
Sister Sylvia Bielen
OP, Dominican Sister of Hope

Sister Sylvia Bielen, OP, Dominican Sister of Hope, often finds herself reflecting. Living independently at ninety years old, she has embraced a few important lessons: she treasures the advice of people her age and older. Less than two decades after entering the Dominican Sisters in 1945, she was teaching art classes (at Gloucester Catholic High School (1963-68), at Pope Pius XII Regional High School in Passaic, NJ (1968-75), and at Mount Saint Mary College (1975-2000s)). She went on to earn her Masters in Art from the University of Notre Dame, and an MFA in Design from George Washington University. She has given lectures and workshops in spirituality and art at The Mariandale Center, Wisdom House, Linwood Spirituality Center, and the Desmond Campus Extension. She spent four summers in Mississippi conducting art workshops for the resident teenagers, and attended an art workshop in Ireland.
Dr. Kimberly Van Haitsma
Dr. Van Haitsma is a Clinical Geropsychologist with a PhD in Clinical psychology

She joined the Penn State in 2014 as an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing, Adjunct Faculty, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, and Faculty Affiliate in the Center for Healthy Aging. She teaches the NURS 587 Research Ethics for doctoral level students. From a research perspective, she has been the PI or co-PI on 28 grants (total=$8.5M) and consultant on an additional 9 grants (total= $4.5M) awarded from federal, state and foundation sources. She has published over 80 articles in peer reviewed journals, many of which are co-published with former students. Her areas of research include development and testing of various mental health education and intervention approaches, innovative methodological and measurement development, and testing implementation strategies that facilitate the uptake of evidence based person-centered care practices targeting frail older adults with multiple chronic care conditions.