Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly

Keynote Speakers

Rick Brajer | Secretary | North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Rick Brajer was appointed by Governor Pat McCrory to serve as Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), effective August 14, 2015. Brajer came to DHHS after two decades of serving in leadership roles in the healthcare and medical technology industries. These roles ranged from change leader in public and private equity environments to entrepreneurial leader in a venture backed environment. From his 25 years of experience in health care, Brajer brought strengths in change leadership, shaping strategy, attracting and developing talent and putting in place the systems and culture that drive execution. He places strong emphasis on accountability, collaboration and service and uses these values to build meaningful relationships and engagement with stakeholders. Brajer earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and a M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Tom Reiter | Chief Executive Officer and President
Rocky Mountain Health Care Services (Colorado Springs, CO)

Thomas (Tom) Reiter brings over 23 years of experience serving the elderly population in health care organizations. His range of experience includes direct care, Director of Marketing and Community Relations, and most recently Executive Director of the Elder Service Plan (ESP) of the Cambridge Health Alliance, a Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Mr. Reiter currently serves on the Governance Committee of Community Care of Central Colorado (RCCO Region 7).

Justin Lewis | Vice President of Organizational Excellence
Rocky Mountain Health Care Services (Colorado Springs, CO)

Justin Lewis joined the Rocky Mountain Health Care Services team in 2015. He is a Lean Bronze Executive professional with 20 years of experience in Human Resources, Direct Management and Organization Development in Manufacturing and Health Care industries. He compliments his corporate experience with four years of formal coaching experience to provide a diverse perspective on leading and managing breakthrough performance. At RMHCS, Justin oversees the Strategic Design, Training, Implementation and Measurements of the newly formed Organization Development department.


Shawn M. Bloom | President and CEO | National PACE Association 

Shawn Bloom represents over 100 operating PACE sites, plus approximately 40 in various stages of development, in his role as President and CEO of the National PACE Association. Prior to assuming his role with NPA, Shawn spent 5 years as the Executive Director of the Missouri Association of Homes for the Aging, which represented over 100 not-for-profit long-term health care and housing facilities in that state.  He previously worked in the Policy and Governmental Affairs Division of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (now called Leading Age), a  Washington, D.C.- based trade association that represents not-for-profit long-term health and housing services for the aging. Shawn received a B.S. in biochemistry and gerontology from Kansas State University and his M.S. in long term care at the University of North Texas, Center for Studies in Aging.  He began his career in the field working as a nursing home Certified Nurse Aide in high school and college.     

Featured Speaker

Paula Hartman-Stein, Ph.D. | Behavioral Health and Aging Expert | The Center for Healthy Aging

Dr. Paula Hartman-Stein will present three workshops at the conference on behavioral wellness and alternatives to psychotropic drug use, as well as lead a roundtable.

Dr. Hartman-Stein is a health care consultant, geropsychologist and journalist covering Medicare issues for The National Psychologist newspaper. She has over 30 years of direct patient care experience in hospitals, long term care facilities and private practice. Her current academic appointments include Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Northeast Ohio Medical University, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Life Span Development and Gerontology at the University of Akron and faculty in the Integrated Primary Care certificate program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She has been recognized as Outstanding Gerontology Practitioner in Ohio by the Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education. She edited two books, Enhancing Cognitive Fitness in Adults and Innovative Behavioral Healthcare for Older Adults, which includes a chapter about PACE. In 2015, Dr. Stein participated in the NC Coalition on Aging and she is a member of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine Task Force on Mental Health and Substance Abuse Older Adults Working Group. She and her husband currently commute between Asheville, NC and Kent, Ohio.

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