Nicole Brandt, PharmD, CGP, BCPP

Dr. Nicole Brandt is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.  Dr. Brandt received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and then completed a Geriatrics and Diabetes Practice Residency.  Currently, she is a Consultant Pharmacist at Pickersgill Retirement Community for Remedi Pharmacy and a Clinical Pharmacist at the Baltimore Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center.

Dr. Brandt is responsible for organizing this conference as well as being the principal investigator on the Office of Healthcare Quality grant that helped support these educational initiatives.

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Allison Davis, PhD, APHN-BC

Dr. Allison Davis is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore and an Adjunct Faculty at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.  Dr. Davis earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, a Master’s of Science in Community and Public Health nursing with an Environmental Health Concentration, and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Maryland, School of Nursing.

Dr. Davis worked at The Arc of Anne Arundel County as a delegating nurse and the Director of Nursing for fifteen years.  She served as an appointed member of the State of Maryland, Governor’s Developmental Disability and Mental Health Mortality Review Committee.

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Fred Evans, RPh, MHSA, FASCP

Fred Evans is a Drug Inspector at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Division of Drug Control.  He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor’s of Science in Pharmacy.  Mr. Evans later received his Master’s in Health Services Administration from George Washington University.  He has worked in retail pharmacy at Bloom’s Pharmacy and as a consultant pharmacist at a long-term care pharmacy provider, Drug Lane Pharmacy.  Mr. Evans then became a senior consultant pharmacist with Neighborcare. In 2006 he took on his current position as Drug Inspector.

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Kimberly Fiore, RN, BSN

Kimberly Fiore is a Nurse Surveyor at the Assisted Living Unit of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Office of Health Care Quality.  Mrs. Fiore has served on several committees, including the Pharmacy Board and Educational team.  As a member of this committee she reviews and approves the Assisted Living Manager continuing education courses.

Previously, Mrs. Fiore was a Community Health Nurse at the Carroll County Health Department where she worked on many community health projects, including health fairs at local senior centers.

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Nicole Hahn, PharmD

A graduate of Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy, Dr. Nicole Hahn was the PGY2 Ambulatory Care Resident at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy during the 2010-2011 year.  During her residency, Dr. Hahn experienced many different practice sites, including the Asthma Breathmobile. There she worked collaboratively with a CPNP to treat and manage asthma and allergies in pediatric patients.

After residency, Dr. Hahn will be working for Kaiser Permanente of Colorado as a Clinical Pharmacist in the Clinical Pharmacy Cardiac Risk Service.

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Dr. Richard Handelman

Dr. Richard Handelman is President and CEO of Catered Living of Ocean Pines, an assisted living facility in Ocean Pines, MD.  He attended Brown University for his undergraduate course work and Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine for his doctoral work.

In 1999 Dr. Handelman transitioned from private practice to practicing in long-term care with Catered Living Assisted Living Facilities.  In 2007 Catered Living received the Winner of Excellence in Service and Care from the National Association of Delegating Nurses.

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Jennifer L. Hardesty, PharmD, FASCP

Dr. Jennifer Hardesty is the Clinical Services Manager at Remedi SeniorCare in Baltimore, MD. After graduating with her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Dr. Hardesty went on to complete a residency in Geriatric Pharmacotherapy.  Currently, she is also a Clinical Assistant Professor and Preceptor at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.  She is involved in numerous projects, including the Maryland Assisted Living Facility Stakeholder’s Group.

The Maryland Chapter of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists awarded Dr. Hardesty with Pharmacist of the Year for 2006-2007.

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Donna Huynh, PharmD, BCPS, MA

Dr. Donna Huynh is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practices and Science at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and a Master’s of Arts in Instructional Systems Development from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. 

Dr. Huynh is also a Clinical Specialist in General Pediatrics at the University of Maryland Medical Center, where she provides care as part of a healthcare team.

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Dr. Patricia Nay is the Physician, Owner and Founder of Rockville Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, LLC that provides geriatric and palliative care to homebound individuals throughout Montgomery County. 

Dr. Nay holds the position of part-time Medical Director at both the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Office of Health Care Quality and Celtic Healthcare of Gaithersburg, MD.  She is also a Physician Consultant at the Montgomery County Aging and Disability Services, where she provides assessments of vulnerable adults.

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Jackie Pinkowitz  M.Ed.

As managing partner of FuturAge, Ms. Pinkowitz is involved in advancing quality family-centered care and services across home, community-based and long term care sectors for disabled and aging populations.

Ms. Pinkowitz earned her M.Ed. from Rutgers University & holds advanced certification in special needs populations. Her commitment to empowering consumers through information led to her serving on the board of the Consumer Consortium on Assisted Living; the AHRQ-CEAL Consumer Disclosure Collaborative; and the CEAL-UNC Medication Management Research Project for the national Center for Excellence in Assisted Living in Washington, DC. As a family caregiver and an advocate, she speaks at national and state conferences; writes on care issues in consumer & professional publications; and is lead author of "Caregivers' Café" blog for QualityHealth Network.

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Barbara Resnick, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP

Dr. Barbara Resnick is a Professor and the Sonya Ziporkin Gershowitz Chair in Gerontology at the University of Maryland School of Nursing.  Dr. Resnick received her Doctorate of Philosophy in Direct Clinical Research from the University of Maryland Baltimore.  At the University of Maryland School of Nursing she developed and taught in the Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Program.  Currently, she does clinical work as a geriatric nurse practitioner at Roland Park Place, a Continuing Care Retirement Community.

Dr. Resnick’s research focuses on behavior change-optimizing adherence to appropriate medications, physical activity and other types of healthy behaviors.  She has made many contributions to the fields of geriatrics and gerontology, including conducting research, educating, developing programs, and providing care.

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Deborah Sheehan, RN

Deborah Sheehan is the Delegating Nurse at Catered Living of Ocean Pines, an assisted living facility in Ocean Pines, Maryland.

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Richard G. Stefanacci, DO, MGH, MBA, AGSF, CMD

As the Executive Director of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia’s Center for Medicare Medication Management (cm³), Dr. Stefanacci continues to build upon his work as Health Policy Scholar at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), as well as a geriatrician and professor at the first college of pharmacy in the country. At CMS he spent a year working on the policy and implementation of the Medicare Part D Pharmacy Benefit especially regarding access issues for frail elderly. 

Dr. Stefanacci has served as Medical Director for several nursing facilities as well as continuing care retirement communities. Given this strong background in LTC Dr. Stefanacci has been tasked with developing at the university The Institute for Geriatric Studies at Mayes College for Healthcare Business & Policy – the institute will support a Geriatric Health Program which will be for both undergraduates and graduate students. In addition to writing and lecturing extensively, he serves as editor-in-chief of the Assisted Living Consult and Medicare Patient Management as well as serving on several other editorial boards.

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Rodney Taylor, PharmD

Rodney Taylor completed his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy in 1997 and is currently licensed in the state of Maryland.  He has worked in the following diverse aspects of pharmacy: Giant Food retail pharmacy, Kaiser Permanente specializing in anti-coagulation management and Advance PCS specializing in pharmacy benefit management.  Most recently he has worked in the pharmaceutical industry specializing in the following therapeutic areas:  anti-infectives, hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia, heart failure, anti-coagulation, and osteoporosis.  Rodney is a commissioner and Secretary for the Maryland Board of Pharmacy; member of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, American Pharmacists Association and treasurer for the Maryland Pharmaceutical Society.

Rodney is a partner in Rx Tour, LLC, a healthcare consulting company located in Ellicott City, Maryland.

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Optimizing Medication Safety in Maryland Assisted Living Facilities Conference:
Panel Discussion – Defining the Roles of Nursing, Pharmacy, and the Facility