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Center for Excellence in Aging & Community Wellness
NYS Evidence Based Health Program Quality & Technical Assistance Center
University at Albany, School of Social Welfare
135 Western Avenue, Albany, New York 12222

Phone: 518-442-5530
Fax: 518-591-8772
Toll-Free: 877-496-2780
Email: ceacw@albany.edu

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Philip McCallion

Professor and Co-Director, CEACW

E-mail pmccallion@albany.edu or call 877-496-2780.

Bio

Philip McCallion, Ph.D. ACSW is Professor in the School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany and co-Director of the Center for Excellence in Aging & Community Wellness. Dr. McCallion also holds an appointment as a Visiting Professor at the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Trinity College Dublin and is a Hartford Faculty Scholar and Mentor.

Philip’s work includes system design work on creating aging prepared communities and on embedding evidence based health promotion, care transitions strategies and participant directed practices in aging services delivery; evaluation of non-pharmacological interventions for persons with dementia and of psycho-educational interventions for family caregivers; development of innovative demonstration projects designed to maintain aging persons with intellectual disabilities in the community and adaptation of palliative care principles for end of life care for people with intellectual disabilities. Philip graduated from Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, and received his master and doctorate degrees from the University at Albany.

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Lisa A. Ferretti

Public Service Professor, Research Assistant Professor and Co-Director, CEACW; Director, NYS Evidence-Based Health Programs Quality and Technical Assistance Center; Program Administrator OASIS

E-mail qtac@albany.edu or call 518-442-5530 or 877-496-2780.

Bio

Lisa A. Ferretti serves as a Public Service Professor, Research Assistant Professor and co-Director of the Center for Excellence in Aging & Community Wellness and the New York State Evidence-Based Health Programs Quality & Technical Assistance Center at the University at Albany School of Social Welfare. Lisa is a Master’s prepared licensed social worker in New York State.

For more than ten years, Lisa has worked to advance the role of self-management education as a model to engage and activate people in their health decisions and self-care and realize the connections among health care, community agencies and activated older adults interested in managing their chronic conditions. Her work is largely focused on building a statewide sustainable workforce and infrastructure to deliver evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs throughout New York State. Working with Federal funders, State agencies, insurers, the aging network, health systems, physician practices, quality improvement organizations and older adult volunteers Lisa pays particular attention to underserved communities, public/private partnerships and continuous quality improvement. In her current work, Lisa hopes to see dramatic gains in the prevention of type 2 diabetes through supporting the dissemination of the National Diabetes Prevention Program and greater quality of life for all older adults through increasing participation in Chronic Disease Self-Management Education.

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Mari T. Brick

Associate Director, NYS Evidence-Based Health Programs Quality & Technical Assistance Center

E-mail qtac@albany.edu or call 518-442-5530 or 877-496-2780.

Bio

Mari T. Brick is Associate Director of the New York State Evidence-Based Health Programs Quality and Technical Assistance Center based at the Center for Excellence in Aging & Community Wellness at the University at Albany School of Social Welfare.

Mari earned her BA in Social Work from Siena College in Loudonville, NY and her MA in Social Policy from Empire State College, Saratoga Springs, NY. Mari’s professional experience is in coalition building, program implementation, policy development, training, and quality assurance/quality improvement measures for evidence-based programs. She is a Stanford University Certifying T-Trainer for the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program and the Diabetes Self-Management Program.

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Ellen Foley

Senior Assistant Director, QTAC Operations

E-mail qtac@albany.edu or call 518-442-5530 or 877-496-2780.

Bio

Ellen Foley is Senior Assistant Director, QTAC Operations at the Center for Excellence in Aging & Community Wellness, New York State Evidence-Based Health Programs Quality & Technical Assistance Center at the University at Albany School of Social Welfare.

Ellen ensures all aspects of daily operations at the NYS QTAC offices. She contributes to the ongoing development of the QTAC Partner Portal, manages data collection processes and assists statewide partners in the delivery of evidenced-based health programs.

Ellen is trained as a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP), and Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) Master Trainer and a National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) Lifestyle Coach. As part of her role at the Center, she delivers workshops throughout the Capital Region.

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ellen has been involved in community organizations and has over 20 years private sector experience in business management, finance and customer service. Ellen received her BA in Mathematics from SUNY Plattsburgh.

Melissa Dudley

Melissa Dudley

Training Specialist, NYS Evidence-Based Health Programs Quality & Technical Assistance Center

E-mail qtac@albany.edu or call 518-442-5530 or 877-496-2780.

Bio

Melissa is a Training Specialist at the Center for Excellence in Aging & Community Wellness and the New York State Evidence-Based Health Programs Quality & Technical Assistance Center (NYS QTAC) at the University of Albany. She provides technical assistance and support to her partners located throughout New York State.

Melissa graduated from Hudson Valley in 2004 with an Associate's Degree in accounting. Using the professional experience she has gained over the last 10 years she reaches out to her partners to guide them in providing self-management programs that will benefit their communities. Outside of work Melissa has been learning the Chinese language and is involved in a voluntary educational work in Albany's Chinese speaking community.

Rebecca Giardino

Rebecca Giardino

Training Specialist, NYS Evidence-Based Health Programs Quality & Technical Assistance Center

E-mail qtac@albany.edu or call 518-442-5530 or 877-496-2780.

Bio

Rebecca serves as a Training Specialist at the Center for Excellence in Aging & Community Wellness and the New York State Evidence-Based Health Programs Quality & Technical Assistance Center (NYS QTAC) at the University at Albany. Rebecca assists partners throughout New York State with the guidance needed to deliver Self-Management Programs in their local community. Rebecca received her Associates Degree from Hudson Valley Community College. She has a background in accounting, has been learning Mandarin for over 2 years and actively participates in volunteer work focused in the Chinese Community. Rebecca utilizes her community and professional experience to support the Center in its desire to improve the health of older adults in New York State.

Ruth Lindenfelser

Ruth Lindenfelser

Training Specialist, NYS Evidence-Based Health Programs Quality & Technical Assistance Center

E-mail qtac@albany.edu or call 518-442-5530 or 877-496-2780.

Bio

Ruth Lindenfelser serves as a Training Specialist in the New York State Evidence-Based Health Programs Quality & Technical Assistance Center (NYS QTAC) based at the Center for Excellence in Aging and Community Wellness at the University at Albany School of Social Welfare. Ruth provides a variety of technical assistance to NYS QTAC Partners and has expertise in the use of the CEACW Partner Portal, data collection and management, and quality assurance and fidelity.

Ruth obtained her undergraduate degree in Political Science from SUNY Purchase and her graduate degree in Social Work from the University at Albany. During her 14 years of experience as a New York State licensed social worker, she has worked with children and their families in the school, clinic and rehabilitation settings supporting families through a crisis, coordinating services, providing crisis and ongoing counseling and helping to transition youth back into their communities. As a researcher, Ruth has worked on several projects locally as well as on the national level.

Through her work, Ruth has demonstrated an affinity for creating connections with families, service providers and other community members.

Her research and writing skills have proved to be beneficial to agencies in the areas of data collection, database management and study oversight and management.

Ruth is an active board member for RiverRun Community Montessori and over the years has worked as a Hospice Volunteer and has actively participated in several HIV Coalitions throughout the Capital District.

Rhonda Rosenburg

Rhonda Rosenburg

Training Specialist, NYS Evidence-Based Health Programs Quality & Technical Assistance Center

E-mail qtac@albany.edu or call 518-442-5530 or 877-496-2780.

Bio

As a Training Specialist at the Center for Excellence in Aging and Community Wellness and the New York State Evidence-Based Health Programs Quality & Technical Assistance Center (NYS QTAC) at the University of Albany, Rhonda provides technical assistance and support to partners state-wide.

Rhonda received her BA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington. She has extensive administrative and practical experience in the fields of health care and progressive education. Rhonda has also worked closely with special needs students providing functional and academic support to maximize and expand each student’s abilities and taught after school enrichment programs to at-risk youth in the community.

Rhonda has served in multiple board and fundraising positions with Capital District Mothers of Twins Club, Southshire Community School and Hoosick Falls Central School PTA. In her spare time Rhonda enjoys kayaking, hiking and camping with her family as well as paper crafting and jewelry arts.

Doctoral Assistants

Sang Ah Chun, MSW

Junrong Shi, MS

 

Student Assistants

Ben Ferretti

NYS Quality & Technical Assistance Center

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