Robert is the Chairman of the board of AIF. Robert oversees the strategy, finance, and operations of AIF.
As Senior Vice President of Structure Tone’s Global Services, Rob is responsible for the management of top national accounts and international client relationships. Rob also acts as a brand manager by coordinating the market strategy for Global Services and provides leadership, not only among sectors but across geographic regions to bring the global strength of Structure Tone together with local experience to each client and project in the United States and abroad.
Rob introduced green building to Structure Tone, launching the firm’s industry-leading sustainability program. He also paved the way to solidify a partnership with Delos, founder of the WELL Building Standard. Combining individual health and well-being with environmental sustainability, the WELL Building Standard focuses on human sustainability within a space. Rob’s strategic planning helped Structure Tone’s New York headquarters become the first WELL Certified project in the city.
Rob was co-chair of the Construction Committee for Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s and City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn’s Green Codes Task Force to help green the laws and regulations that govern construction in the city. As co-chair of the committee, Rob worked with other industry professionals to review the city’s construction codes and identify impediments to green building and propose additions that will encourage green practices in the marketplace.
Rob is an engaged leader, both within Structure Tone and in the community. To help cultivate Structure Tone’s next generation of thought leaders, Rob established the firm’s Emerging Leaders program giving future leaders the opportunity to see deeper into the culture of the organization, participate in workshops for their development as managers and initiate evolution and change within the organization and the wider industry.
Outside of Structure Tone, Rob was a founding member of the Fifth Street Farm. This nonprofit organization is dedicated to creating a rooftop farm and providing a living classroom for teaching science, math and humanities. This organization gives students and teachers the opportunity to integrate urban agriculture and sustainability into the classroom, offering hands-on education in food awareness and environmental sustainability.
Fran Pannella has worked for over 20 years in geriatric nursing, eldercare, advocacy and dementia education. She is passionate about the idea that there can still be Joy in Life after a diagnosis of dementia and is dedicated to finding and sharing positive ways to reduce stigma and support those living with dementia. She manages an Alive Inside inspired, Inter-generational program Connection Thru Music that she created at Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey and is a Community Liaison for a Senior Living Residence. She is a past Associate Director at Alzheimer's Association Greater NJ Chapter.
Fran is dedicated to spreading the mission of the Alive Inside Foundation and is currently working with other NJ non-profits and youth groups to share the power of music and connection to as many in need as possible and to help others start their own Alive Inside inspired programs. She is a Certified Dementia Care Practitioner, ASFA – Senior Personal Trainer & LTC Fitness Leader and Brain Fitness Facilitator and a recipient of the Memory Bridge graduate. She developed and offers Movement~Music~Memories exercise and enrichment programs to individuals with dementia.
ERIC J. BERTRAND
Eric is the CEO of Eyeball Digital and a Partner of Eyeball (www.eyeballnyc.com). Eric's focus at Eyeball has been on strategy, finance, and operations as well as launching the digital advertising group.
Prior to eyeball, Eric was a PE/VC fund manager. In 2005, he founded and managed EJB Capital, a strategic advisory firm, which Greystone & Company hired in 2007 to lead their private equity effort. Prior to founding EJB Capital, Eric was a General Partner with Palisade Capital Management, where he jointly managed a private equity fund and venture capital funds. Eric began his private equity career with Aetna's Private Equity Group.
Eric holds an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurial Studies from New York University. He graduated from Bryant University with a BS in Business Administration concentrating on Finance and Applied Actuarial Mathematics. Eric is a board member of several privately held companies as well as Unite For Sight, an international eye care related charity. Eric currently sits on the Bryant University Business School Board of Advisors, as well as the National Alumni Council. In addition, Eric is a mentor and judge for the annual New York University, Springboard, Junior Achievement, and Bryant University Business Plan Competitions.
(Strategy and Development Director) Stylianos is a business designer, entrepreneur and executive who combines a diverse industry experience in Europe, United States, S. America, Australia. He has held senior roles in Innovation Strategy, Product Management, Business Design, and Marketing, in diverse industries including Financial Services, Retail Banking, Retail commerce, Broadcast Media, Automotive, Healthcare.
As an executive in Fortune500 companies, he has built new ventures for Citi, Shell, Goodyear, etc. As an entrepreneur, he has founded and managed startups in niche investments, healthcare, education, food, etc.
He combines superior lateral thinking with an acute commercial acumen and creative skills honed in solving complex challenges at the crossroads of people, technology, design, and business.
When he is not working on a complex business challenge you will find him in the mazes of modern megacities or in the remote villages of India building his impromptu photo narratives.
Stylianos is also helping Produce and Write 'Alive Inside 2': email@example.com
J. CRAIG OXFORD
J. Craig Oxford is an entrepreneur, after finding success in the commercial trucking industry he founded High Emotion Audio Labs® and High Emotion Audio®. He has been issued more than 50 patents and trademarks in such fields as loudspeaker design, audio signal processing, geographically-correlated social networking, dielectric encoding, counterfeit detection, radiation shielding, and anti-microbial compounds for wound healing. Craig has more than 30 years of multi-industry experience, including operating responsibility for companies in audio technology, technology licensing and machine manufacturing.
Craig and his team are devoted to improving the lives of the elderly, especially those with memory and hearing loss, and music lovers of all ages through the synthesis of perceptual psychology, neuroscience, electroacoustics, and music. Craig is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a BA in Psychology; The American Graduate School of International Management with a Master of International Management; and the Owner-President Management program at Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
He also completed the Executive Program for Smaller Businesses at Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Medical Imaging Infrastructure program at MIT. Craig’s success in divergent industries stems from an ability to correlate insights across seemingly unrelated fields.
Kennedy Gachiri is the Executive Director of Richard Branson's 21st Century Leaders non-profit. Kennedy is also the creator of SuperstarAgenda, a media platform devoted to showcasing individuals who are having a transformative impact in their communities and social systems by expressing their creativity through art or some form of entrepreneurship.
In a previous life, Kennedy did time as a management consultant, corporate lawyer, and investment banker. He holds degrees from Yale Law School, The Wharton School, and the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing. Kennedy is fluent in Swahili and French; and in his free time, he plays the alto saxophone.
BERNADETTE GONZALEZ ORTA
(Higher Education Director) Bernadette González Orta is a Certified Clinical Psychologist, Private Psychotherapist, and Psychoanalyst. She teaches Psychology at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. She plays piano and comes from a musical family (her grandfather was an orchestra conductor, writer, and composer). She has written and presented on music’s link to psychology: “Psychology Foundation of Music,” “Between Music and Psychoanalysis”, “The power of Music: Intimidation vs Intimacy”.
She is the force behind the “Inspired by ALIVE INSIDE“ international expansion and universities. Presently, she is working with UIA psychology students and staff on a large scale pilot program improving elder‘s quality of life and changing young people’s paradigm in regard to old age and human connections.
She is a member of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA), the Psychoanalytic Federation of Latin America (FEPAL), and the Freudian Psychoanalytic Society in México City (SFCM).
DR. BILL THOMAS, MD
Dr. Bill Thomas is an author, entrepreneur, musician, teacher, farmer, and physician whose wide-ranging work explores the terrain of human aging. Best known for his health care system innovations, he is the founder of a global non-profit (The Eden Alternative) which works to improve the care provided to older people. He is the creator of The Green House® which Provider Magazine has called the “pinnacle of culture change.” Dr. Thomas also developed the Senior ER model of care and is now working to transform the acute care services provided to elders.
He is the author of “Second Wind: Navigating the Passage to a Slower, Deeper, and More Connected Life”, and has now embarked on a national tour to reimagine how Americans will approach aging in the 21st century. His synthesis of imagination and action led the Wall Street Journal to highlight Dr. Thomas as one of the nation’s “top 10 innovators” changing the future of retirement in America and US News and World Report to name him as one of “America’s best leaders.”
Robin Glazer is the Director of The Creative Center at University Settlement. Together with founders Geraldine Herbert and Adrianne Assail, Robin helped bring the idea that "medicine cures the body, but art heals the spirit" to fruition. Currently, The Creative Center offers a variety of programs including Hospital Artists-In-Residence, an Arts Workshop Program, a gallery site featuring the artwork of professional artists living with illness and a training program for artists and administrators.
Since 2006, Robin has been the director of The Creative Center and has broadened the scope of art services to include the aging spectrum- from well older adults to the frail elderly living with dementia disorders. In 2011, Robin initiated a merger with the University Settlement- the oldest settlement house in the US which provides social services and cultural experiences to New York City's underserved populations including new and recent immigrants- enabling The Creative Center to bring creative art experiences to vulnerable populations including older adults living with dementia disorders. In 2009, the National Endowment for the Arts, a consistent funder of training for artists and administrators in the fields of arts in health and in creative aging, selected The Creative Center as a "Best Practice Site". The Creative Center is delighted to be a two-time recipient of LIVESTRONG's Community Impact Project which has replicated the Artist-In-Residence Program in 22 hospitals across the US.
The world-renowned musician Samite was born and raised in Uganda, where he is one of East Africa's most acclaimed flutists. He performed frequently throughout Uganda until 1982, when he was forced to flee to Kenya as a political refugee. In 1987, Samite immigrated to the United States. Samite has released nine CDs internationally and composed film scores. In 2002, he founded Musicians for World Harmony, an organization dedicated to enabling musicians throughout the world to share their music to promote peace, understanding, and harmony among people. In that capacity, he travels to sing, play music, and exchange stories with victims of war, poverty and HIV/AIDS. He has traveled extensively the war-torn and distressed countries of Uganda, Kenya, Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Latvia, Liberia, and Cote d'Ivoire to work in refugee camps, with former child soldiers and AIDS orphans.
CHARLES "CHIP" STALEY
Charles "Chip" Staley directs the Wind Symphony at the Merit School of Music in Chicago and is the Founder and President of ARTSpeaks, a non-profit arts advocacy organization. Staley teaches graduate coursework at the VanderCook College of Music and co-directs the Birch Creek Adult Band Camp. Staley conducts the Wind Symphony at the Merit School of Music in Chicago and facilitates the "Alive Inside" Outreach program in Naperville. Staley serves as an Educational Clinician for Conn-Selmer, Inc. and teaches graduate classes for VanderCook College of Music.
DR. LINDA GERDNER
Dr. Gerdner Ph.D., RN, FAAN of Stanford University School of Medicine was the first to develop and test the use of individualized music for the non-pharmacological management of agitation in persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The protocol has been tested by researchers and implemented by clinicians in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Sweden, France, Norway, South Korea, Taiwan, and Japan. Dr. Gerdner’s evidence-based guideline was originally published in 1996 and is in its 5th edition. Dr. Gerdner lectures on music and dementia worldwide.
Leah Bisiani – MHlthSc/Dip Bus/Dementia Consultant/RN.1 has over 30 years’ experience within aged /dementia specific care, Leah has a passionate dedication towards Best Practice, researching and utilizing progressive and innovative approaches to obtain the highest possible quality of life for people living with dementia. She distributes and publishes her evidence-based research and articles, in medical journals, the aged care sector, and community. Leah has successfully demonstrated how creating environments in which persons with dementia continue to thrive, enables the continuation of life-based on recognition of the person, by valuing individual preference and choices. Leah won the 2010/11 Lend Lease ‘Australian’, and then ‘Global’, Award for “Excellence in Innovation” for her person-centered and behavior management models of care, designed for people living with dementia. As per the words of Gandhi, Leah believes: “Be the Change You Want to See in the World.”
DR. LOUISE ARONSON
RICHARD B. HECHLER
DR. NANCY DOME
ARTIST ADVISORY BOARD
Glenn Hughes - Deep Purple
Rudy Sarzo - Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot, etc.
Robert Sarzo - Hurricane
Ira Dean - Trick Pony
Susan Michelson - Dick Wagner Memorial Foundation
Raymond Van Tassel - Rock Photographer
Greg Errico - Sly and the Family Stone
Mike Pinera - Blues Image
Alexxis Steele - Steel Notes Magazine
Corky Byer - DJ/Promoter
Sandy Gennaro - Monkees, Cyndi Lauper, Joan Jett
Robbi Cohn - Photographer - Grateful Dead
Ann Angel - Author
Lucinda Rowe and Michael Connolly - National Recording Artists
Heidi Little - Musician/Activist
Xeno Rasumusson - Musician/Gerontologist
Paris Escovedo - Latin Jazz Musician
Lisa S. Johnson - Author/Photographer
Marc Rubinstein - Pig Light Show
Joe Davis - Joe Davis Band