We are excited to introduce the leadership team that will be working to ensure the 2017 Global Intergenerational Conference is one of the best ever. Each member shares a unique area of expertise in intergenerational programming, and we are thrilled to have such a wealth of experiences to draw upon in planning the conference.
Ellen Schmeding, San Diego County
Director, Aging & Independence Services
Ellen’s role is to improve the health, safety and ability to thrive for all citizens of San Diego with a focus on providing services to help keep older adults and persons with disabilities active and engaged, through prevention-focused services, links to meaningful paid and volunteer work, and intergenerational action. Her efforts have helped San Diego County become known as a Best Intergenerational Community as designated by Generations United.
Larry Cooper, The Children’s Home Inc.
Director, Kinship Services Network
A veteran of Generation United’s Intergenerational Conference, Larry Cooper has supervised the Kinship Services Network in West Central Florida since 2001. The Children’s Home is the lead agency for this prevention and early intervention program serving relative caregivers and their children to strengthen relative families and avoid placement into licensed foster care. Mr. Cooper has presented nationally on his work with Kinship families, including the 2014 CWLA National Kinship Conference and served as a co-chair for Generations United’s International Conferences in 2009 and 2011.
Derenda Schubert, Bridge Meadows
Derenda directs innovative three-generation housing communities in Portland, OR consisting of homes for adoptive families and apartments for elders 55 and older. She is a psychologist with professional experience including counseling children and families as well as creating and managing programs in the realms of foster care, mental health and developmental disabilities. Prior to joining the Bridge Meadows team, she was the Chief Operating Officer of Trillium Family Services and a Board Member of Bridge Meadows.
Shannon Jarrott – Ohio State University
Professor of Social Work
Dr. Shannon Jarrott’s research focuses on intergenerational community-building strategies. She has studied programs involving a wide range of youth and elders for over 20 years (at Penn State and Virginia Tech). Trained as a gerontologist, she has specialized in community-based services, therapeutic programming and research strategies involving frail older adults, such as those with Alzheimer’s Disease. Dr. Jarrott enjoys research collaboration with students, practitioners, and researchers across diverse disciplines. She has contributed to United Nations, education abroad, and other international efforts to promote intergenerational theory, research, and practice.
Stephanie Sue Stein – Milwaukee County
Former Director of Milwaukee County Department On Aging
Stephanie began her career in the aging network on October 25, 1974, as the director of Older Adult Programs at the Social Development Commission. From 1993 to 2015, Stephanie served as the director for the Milwaukee County Department on Aging. Stephanie is highly regarded as one of the best advocates in aging for her work that spans four decades. She was a catalyst for ensuring the startup of Family Care, Wisconsin’s long-term care program, and ending waiting lists for older people. Stephanie taught Public Policy at Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has been a session presenter and keynote speaker for countless local, state and national conferences. Stephanie is passionate and committed to quality of life for older adults.
Robin Tillotson – Chicago Department of Family & Support Services
Regional Director of Senior Services Unit
Robin is responsible for the daily operations of a regional senior center and program, nutrition, information and assistance and civic engagement. This environment provides a variety of services and programs to seniors—fitness, meals, arts/crafts, social services, computer training, trips, and myriad life enrichment offerings, serving the largest number of seniors in the city. She is especially proud of the services that are provided to grandparents raising grandchildren. Robin serves as a liaison between seniors and community organizations, political advocates (aldermen/ward committee persons), along with churches, as it relates to outreach to their senior members and constituents. She has been instrumental in developing partnerships with a diverse group of organizations, especially in the areas of intergenerational programming, policy and research.