The Scientific Advisory Board of the Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) is comprised of outstanding professionals with diverse knowledge and expertise about dementia across research, policy and practice.  The Scientific Advisory Board provides technical clinical and scientific guidance and advice for DAA initiatives.  Board members have made significant contributions to advancing person-centered dementia care and services and are committed to furthering DAA’s mission.

Jonathan Evans, MD, MPH, CMD – Chair

Board certified in Internal, Geriatric, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Dr. Evans is Chief Medical Officer of Silversage Physician Services providing medical services to people in post-acute and long-term care settings in 18 states.  He also serves as medical director of two skilled nursing facilities and a community hospice in Charlottesville, VA.  Dr. Evans is past president of the Society for Post-Acute and LTC Medicine and served as the head of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine and the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Training Program at the University of Virginia for eight years.

Jan Bays, PT

Physical therapist with a lifelong interest in learning about and helping people living with dementia. Jan is the Public Liaison for the Cognition and Mental Health Special Interest Group of the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy.

Robert Bowles

Retired pharmacist living with Lewy Body dementia in Thomaston, GA, who is an active advocate for improving the LIVED experience of dementia. Currently serves on DAA’s Advisory Council.

Kathy Dickman, DNP, FNP-BC

Family nurse practitioner recently retired from the School of Nursing at George Mason University. Dr. Dickman continues to practice at community clinics in Northern Virginia. She is a care partner to her mother-in-law who is living with dementia.

Patty Griffiths, PhD

Research health scientist, gerontologist and principal investigator of the Veteran Caregiving Support Studies Research Lab at the VA Medical Center in Atlanta. Dr. Griffiths is affiliated with Emory University School of Medicine and GA Tech.

William Hu, MD, PhD

Board certified in Neurology and Internal Medicine, Dr. Hu is a researcher and faculty member of the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease, Dept. of Neurology at Emory University School of Medicine.  His laboratory, The Hu Lab at Emory University, focuses on developing biochemical markers for neurodegenerative disorders and characterizing the relationship between these biomarkers and brain pathology.

Nancy Kriseman, LCSW

Geriatric social worker in private practice in Atlanta, GA. Published author of several books to assist family caregivers.   Her training workshops and organizational consultations include  person-centered dementia care, end-of-life/spiritual care,  ethics training, and  staff development.

Mary Michael

Vice President of Stakeholder Management and Congresses at Otsuka America Pharmacutical. She spearheaded the launch of the Global Council on Alzheimer’s Disease, a collection of opinion leaders that influence Alzheimer’s from science, medicine, policy, caregiving, technology, finance, religion, and law.

Michele Ochsner, PhD

Research faculty member at Rutgers University with focus on the direct care workforce, person-centered dementia care, and the relationship between work organization and the care environment in long term care settings.

Mary Radnofsky, PhD

Interdisciplinary educator, author, and dementia human rights advocate who founded the Socrates Institute. “It’s time to respect the evolving roles of people with cognitive disabilities as we remain equal members of society even when our condition progresses. Together we can create a more equitable and peaceful world.” Mary has been living with a rare form of dementia known as leukodystrophy since 2005.