CARES Dementia-Related Behavior Experts

CARES Dementia-Related Behavior was funded in part by a grant from the National Institute on Aging and completed in conjunction with researchers from the University of Minnesota, the University of Iowa, Duke University, and New York University.

HealthCare Interactive would like to thank the many families and dementia experts for helping to educate other caregivers by agreeing to participate and be videotaped in this program. We respect the sensitive nature of this material and appreciate the support of everyone involved.

Content Experts/Advisory Board Members

  • Judy Dolloff, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., Dementia Clinical Specialist, St. Anthony Hospital Senior Health Center, Denver, CO
  • Ruth Kolb Drew, M.S., L.P.C., Director of Family and Information Services, Alzheimer’s Association, Chicago, IL
  • Lisa Gwyther, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., Director, Duke Alzheimer’s Family Support Program, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
  • Jeanne Heid-Grubman, M.A., Director, Education & Outreach, Alzheimer’s Association, Chicago, IL
  • Liz Larsen, M.S., O.T.R./L., Occupational Therapist, University of Minnesota Medical Center-Fairview, Minneapolis, MN
  • Mary Mittelman, Dr.P.H., Director of the Psychosocial Research and Support Program, Center for Excellence on Brain Aging, and Research Professor, Department of Psychiatry, New York University Langone Medical Center, New York, NY
  • Debbie Richman, B.S., A.D.C., Alzheimer’s Association-Minnesota/North Dakota Chapter Headquarters, Minneapolis, MN
  • Sara Sanders, Ph.D., M.S.W. (Lead Content Expert), Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Research/Evaluation Team

  • Joseph Gaugler, Ph.D., Associate Professor and McKnight Presidential Fellow, School of Nursing and Center on Aging, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • John Hobday, M.A., CEO and Founder, HealthCare Interactive, Minneapolis, MN
  • Kay Savik, M.S., Senior Research Fellow and Statistician, University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Minneapolis, MN

Development Team

  • Kathy Confer, Editor, HealthCare Interactive, Minneapolis, MN
  • Amy Ericksen, Contributing Writer, Minneapolis, MN
  • Anthony Graddy, Programmer, LocationQ, Nashville, TN
  • John Hobday, M.A., CEO and Founder, HealthCare Interactive, Minneapolis, MN
  • Beth Hoeppner, Director of Interactive Media, HealthCare Interactive, Minneapolis, MN
  • Tia Vasquez, Senior Software Developer, HealthCare Interactive, Minneapolis, MN
  • Theresa Williams, Office Manager, HealthCare Interactive, Minneapolis, MN


  • Alzheimer’s Association, Chicago, IL
  • Beatitudes Campus of Hospice of the Valley, Phoenix, AZ
  • Blue Earth Interactive, St. Paul, MN
  • Catholic Eldercare on Main, Minneapolis, MN
  • Laguna Honda Hospital, San Francisco, CA
  • MainStreet Lodge, Minneapolis, MN
  • Meth-Wick Community, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Presbyterian Homes of Bloomington, Bloomington, MN
  • Saint Therese at Oxbow Lake, Brooklyn Park, MN
  • Saint Therese of New Hope, New Hope, MN
  • The Holmstad, a Covenant Retirement Community, Batavia, IL

*The titles listed for individuals above reflect their positions at the time the program was developed and, as such, may not indicate current titles or affiliations.