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The STRIDE Study   |   Strategies to Reduce Injuries and Develop Confidence in Elders

Members of the STRIDE Local Patient and Stakeholder Councils

The Local Patient and Stakeholder Councils (LPSCs) are partnerships among the research team, patient/family advisors and various strategic stakeholders at each of the ten STRIDE sites. These Councils are designed to incorporate the perspective of patient and family lived experiences into study planning and implementation at each the clinical trial site. Each LPSC has 8 to 10 members and a facilitator with experience engaging patients and stakeholders in research.

LPSC Locations

California – HealthCare Partners
Iowa – University of Iowa Health Alliance
Maryland – Johns Hopkins Medicine
Massachusetts (Boston) – Partners Healthcare
Massachusetts (Worcester) – Reliant Medical Group
Michigan – University of Michigan
Minnesota – Essentia Health
New York – Mount Sinai Health System
Pennsylvania – University of Pittsburg Medical Center
Texas – University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston Health


HealthCare Partners
El Segundo, CA

Leticia Anaya, Caregiver Stakeholder
Michael Bolingbroke, Patient Stakeholder
Edna Carter, Patient Stakeholder
Vivian Chavez, RN, Falls Care Manager
Alma Flores, HealthCare Partners, Social Worker
Eric Heedley, Caregiver Stakeholder
Janelle Howe, RD, STRIDE Site Co-Investigator
Martha Jones, RN, STRIDE Site Co-Investigator
Anat Louis, PsyD, Los Angeles Department of Aging
Christine Moore, RN, MA, High Risk/Vulnerable Patient Nurse
Jocelyn Nunez, MAC, STRIDE Site Study Coordinator
Jeremy Rich, DPM, STRIDE Site Principal Investigator
Margarita Rivas, Patient Stakeholder
Lakendra Williams, Caregiver Stakeholder


University of Iowa Health Alliance
Des Moines, IA

Carri Casteel, MPH, PhD, STRIDE Site Co-Principal Investigator
Stacey Clough, Community Provider Representative, Stepping On Facilitator
Margaret DeSio, Area Agency on Aging Representative
Mary Francisco, Patient Stakeholder
Charles Keller, MD, Clinician Stakeholder
Joyce Lillis, Home Health Representative
Rebecca Oliva, PT, Home Health Representative
David Piersel, Caregiver Stakeholder
Myrna Piersel, Patient Stakeholder
Trina Radske Suchan, Community Provider Representative, YMCA
Carlene Russell, Iowa Department of Aging
Connie Shaffner, Patient Stakeholder
Angela Shanahan, RN-BC, BSN, Falls Care Manager
Sherri VerSteeg, MSN-HCSM, RN, STRIDE Site Coordinator


Reliant Medical Group
Worcester, MA

Wendy Drake, VNA Care Network Rehab Manager
Linda Dylewic, PT, PharmD, Clinician Stakeholder
Judith Gilmore, Caregiver Stakeholder
Jerry Gurwitz, MD, STRIDE Site Principal Investigator
Mike Hebert, Care Coordinator Director
Tracy Kennedy, Massachusetts Department of Public Health Prevention & Wellness Trust Fund
Peggy Preusse, RN, Falls Care Manager
Allison Richards, STRIDE Site Study Coordinator
Rita Sullivan, Patient Stakeholder
Amy Vogel-Waters, Director of Elder Affairs, Worcester Senior Center
Linda Winceck-Moore, Worcester Senior Center


Partners Healthcare System
Boston, MA

Lorna Brown, PT, DPT, GCS, Clinician Stakeholder
Martie Carnie, Senior Patient Advisor, NPSC Co-Chair
Carla Cicerchia, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Gretchen Coughlin, Patient Stakeholder
Mike Coughlin, Patient Stakeholder
Patrick Dempsey, STRIDE Site Study Coordinator
Patti Dykes, PhD, RN, STRIDE Site Principal Investigator
Maureen Fagan, DNP, MHA, STRIDE Co-Investigator, NPSC Co-Chair
Laura Nelson Frain, MD, Clinician Stakeholder
Michael Healey, MD, Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Holly Hackman, Massachusetts Department of Health Epidemiology
Julie Kautz Mills, Massachusetts Bureau of Community Health
Leah Leavitt, Elderly Affairs, City of Boston
Sally Lindover, Patient Stakeholder
Evelyn O’Neil, Community Provider Representative
Alejandra Salazar, PharmD, STRIDE Site Co-Investigator
Emily Shea, Elderly Affairs, City of Boston
Kety Silva, Research Assistant
David Ting, MD, Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Massachusetts General Hospital
Yvette Wells, RN, Falls Care Manager
Judith Whittingham, Partners Home Care

Johns Hopkins

Johns Hopkins Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Donna Bilz, Baltimore County Department of Aging
Patricia Bosse, Patient Stakeholder
Vincent Bosse, Caregiver Stakeholder
Tiffany Campbell, RN, Falls Care Manager
Patti Ephraim, MPH, STRIDE Site Coordinator
Arnold Eppel, Baltimore City Health Department Division of Aging and Care Services
Paul Gimbel, Patient Stakeholder
Vanya Jones, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy
Jade Leung, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Jack Light, Patient Stakeholder
Jane Marks, Clinical Nurse Manager
Agnes McNally, Patient Stakeholder
Ellis Morris, Patient Stakeholder
Anne Spar, PT, Physical Therapist
Myron Rosenberg, Patient Stakeholder
Judy Simons, Maryland Department of Aging
Elizabeth Tanner, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Michigan LPSC

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Tina Abbate Marzolf, Area Agency on Aging Representative
Neil Alexander, MD, STRIDE Site Principal Investigator
Ken Bandy, Director, UMHS Home Care Manager
Karen Burek, MS, RN, ANP-BC, Falls Care Manager
Diane Carr, Ann Arbor YMCA
Sallie Churchill, Patient Stakeholder
Kathleen Clark, Area Agency on Aging Representative
Mary Jo Crane, Caregiver Stakeholder
Melissa Cunningham, Caregiver Stakeholder
Robert Debrodt, Patient Stakeholder
Barbara Dunn, Patient Stakeholder
Amby Gallagher, PhD, MS, RN, Falls Care Manager, LPSC Facilitator
Cathy Hanson, Patient Advisor
Peg Jacobs, Manager, Nurse Care Navigators
Lisa Klinkman, National Kidney Foundation of Michigan
Edith Maynard, Patient Stakeholder
Linda Nyquist, PhD, STRIDE Site Study Coordinator
Laura Rowan, NCOA Representative

Essentia LPSC

Essentia Health
Duluth, MN

Bonnie Andrist, Patient Stakeholder
Erica Chopskie, RN, MPH, Falls Care Manager
Laurie Hensel, NP, Nurse Practitioner, Deer River Clinic
Mary Hertel, Minnesota Board on Aging, Fall Prevention Coalition Representative
Jenn Hoff, Nurse Educator, Injury Prevention, Trauma Unit
Diane Holliday-Welsh, OTR/L, MS-HAS, Clinician Stakeholder
Kristi Kane, Executive Director, Elder Circle
Alice Martwig, Patient Stakeholder
Cathy McCarty, MPH, PhD, STRIDE Site Co-Investigator, LPSC Co-Facilitator
Siobhan McMahon, GNP-BC, MPH, PhD, STRIDE Site Co-Principal Investigator, LPSC Co-Facilitator
Candy Nelson, RN, Nurse, Deer River Clinic
Barb Ryan, Patient Stakeholder
Ryan Sharrow, PT, Rehab Director, Gentiva Health Services
Luann Teige, Area Agency on Aging Representative
Adam Thayer, RN, Nurse, Deer River Clinic
Tasha Waage, NP, Nurse Practitioner, Deer River Clinic


Mount Sinai Health System
New York, NY

Sheila Barton, Social Worker
Anna-Isabel Caffarelli, MHS, Falls Prevention Coalition Representative, Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
Jane Cholak, Home Health Representative
Soli Davis, Caregiver Stakeholder
Louis DePasquale, PT, Bon Secours Good Samaritan Home Health Care Agency
Harrison Moss, Falls Prevention Coalition Representative, NY State Department of Health
Ruth Nathan, Caregiver Stakeholder
Caryn Resnik, Area Agency on Aging Representative, NYC Department for the Aging
Deb West, RN, Falls Care Manager
Betty Walker, Patient Stakeholder
Nancy Xenakis, Director of Care Coordination, Mount Sinai Care

Pittsburgh LPSC

University of Pittsburg Medical Center
Pittsburg, PA

Elizabeth Beck, Community Provider Representative
Marianne Bencloski, Caregiver Stakeholder
Mary Bencloski, Patient Stakeholder
Janet Bonk, Public/Community Representative
June Eazor, Patient Stakeholder
Linda Eazor, Caregiver Stakeholder
Mimi Ferchak, RN, Falls Care Manager
Sandy Gilmore, Patient Advisor
Susan Greenspan, MD, STRIDE Site Co-Principal Investigator
Jean Kablack, Area Agency on Aging Representative
Linda Lofaso, UPMC Homecare Referral
Nancy Mott, UPMC Homecare Referral
Megan Miller, STRIDE Site Study Coordinator
Mijung Park, PhD, MSN, MPH, RN, Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburg School of Nursing
Shachi Tyagi, MD, Clinician Stakeholder
Hallie Zeleznik, DPT, UPMC Centers for Rehab Services


University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston Health
Galveston, TX

Helen Appelberg, DMin, LPSC Co-Chair/Chaplain
Sharon (Frances) Booton, Patient & Caregiver Stakeholder
Shirley Bridges, Patient Stakeholder
Summer Chapman, RN, Falls Care Manager
Curtis Cooper, Area Agency on Aging Representative
Gloria Ellisor, Patient Stakeholder
Rebecca Galloway, PT, PhD, GCS, CEEAA, LPSC Co-Chair/Clinician Stakeholder, George (Moose) Morton, Caregiver Stakeholder
John Papaconstantinou, PhD, Professor, UTMB
Mukaila Raji, MD, MSc, FACP, Director of Geriatric Medicine Fellowship, UTMB, Michelle Sierpina, PhD, Founding Director, Osher Lifeline Learning Institute
Tiva Thomas, AMED Home Health
Alice Williams, MS, LBSW, Executive Director, Libbie’s Place Senior Day Program

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