About the 2018 Guest Speakers
Governor Charlie Baker | Representing the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Since taking office in 2015, Gov. Baker has been making Massachusetts a great place to live, work, and raise a family while delivering a customer-service oriented state government that is as hard working as the people of the Commonwealth. An advocate for seniors, Gov. Baker worked to establish a Governor’s Council in 2017 to promote healthy aging and create the most age-friendly state for all residents.
Dr. Alice Bonner | Secretary, Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs
Dr. Bonner has over 30 years of experience as a clinician, researcher, educator, and policymaker focusing on promoting independence and quality of life for older adults. Previously, she directed the nursing home division for CMS and helped to lead a national initiative to improve dementia care. Bonner also worked as bureau director of health care safety and quality at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
Congresswoman Katherine Clark | Representing the 5th District of Massachusetts
Rep. Clark represents a diverse district in Massachusetts comprised of 24 cities and towns. She is a vocal advocate for ending wage discrimination; protecting women’s health care; access to affordable, high-quality child care; paid family leave; safer schools; and other reforms to address the challenges women and families face.
Tom Canterino | Cofounder & Vice President, Ageless Innovation
Prior to cofounding Ageless Innovation, Canterino’s experience includes starting over five companies in the past ten years. He also led and defined Hasbro’s senior care channel, selling and marketing to professional caregivers and corporate level senior communities. Ageless Innovation launched earlier this year, aiming to develop products to stimulate and foster meaningful connections for older adults, and their first brand being Joy for All Companion Pets.
Rebecca Costa | Sociobiologist
Costa is an internationally recognized sociobiologist, author, and host of the syndicated radio program The Costa Report. She is a leading expert on “fast adaptation” in complex environments and her work focuses on the latest research in predictive analytics. Predictive analytics is making it possible for caregivers and others to better understand the challenges of aging.
Kristin DeRosa | Manager, Burson-Marsteller
As a member of the crisis team at Burson-Marsteller, DeRosa assists her clients with building comprehensive crisis readiness programs to protect reputation through vulnerabilities assessments, crisis planning, and preparation. She also works to facilitate simulations through Burson’s PressurePoint™, giving clients the opportunity to refine their response process through simulated scenarios.
Karen Doyne, Managing Director & U.S. Leader, Crisis | Burson Cohen & Wolfe
Doyne has 30 years of experience at global public relations agencies, on Capitol Hill, and in the media world. She provides strategic counsel in reputation management, litigation communications, public affairs, and risk communications. Doyne was named by PR News as its Crisis Manager of the Year in 2015 and honored by Washington Women in Public Relations as one of the leading practitioners in D.C.
Dr. Christopher Foote | Senior Economist & Policy Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Foote’s research and policy interests include housing and the macroeconomics of the labor market. He joined the Boston Fed in 2003 after serving as chief economist for the Council of Economic Advisers. Each spring, Dr. Foote teaches intermediate macroeconomics at Harvard, where he was named a Professor of the Practice of Economics in 2012.
Rachel Francine | CEO, SingFit
Rachel Francine began working in interactive technologies in 1996 as a member of the CitySearch.com new markets team and has spent over 20 years converting brick and mortar products into scalable digital solutions for companies including Ticketmaster, Cars.com and CollegeStudent.com. After receiving a master’s degree in Futures Studies and Strategic Foresight, Francine co-founded Musical Health Technologies whose award winning product, SingFit PRIME, brings therapeutic music to over 400 senior living communities in 42 states.
Dr. David Grabowski | Professor of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School
Grabowski’s research examines the economics of aging with a particular interest in the areas of long-term care and post-acute care. His work also examines the integration and coordination of care for dually eligible beneficiaries. Dr. Grabowski has been the principal investigator on five National Institute on Aging projects related to demand for long-term care insurance and specialization in dementia care, among others.
Beth Burnham Mace | Chief Economist, National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care
Prior to joining the staff at NIC, Mace served as a member of the NIC Board of Directors for seven years and chaired NIC’s Research Committee. She also worked in the AEW Research Group for 17 years. In 2014, she was awarded the title of a “Woman of Influence” in commercial real estate by Real Estate Forum Magazine and Globe Street.
Kyle Rand | Cofounder & CEO, Rendever
Rand grew up volunteering in a senior living community and went on to study cognitive decline in the aging population. His neuroscience research focused on the link between functional structural changes in the brain that happen through aging, and the associated deficits in economic-based decision making. Rand cofounded Rendever after realizing the negative impacts of social isolation on seniors.
Matt Reiners | Cofounder, Eversound
Reiners has helped start two companies in the past six years and is a recipient of the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 for Consumer Tech. After seeing his grandmother struggle with hearing, Reiners, along with his cofounders, saw an opportunity to help residents hear at the perfect volume every time. In less than two years, Eversound has been adopted by over 350 communities to improve the lives of nearly 40,000 older adults.