University of Southern Indiana
Mid-America Institute on Aging

Keynote Speakers

Bill Thomas, MD

Bill Thomas

Best known for his health care system innovations, Dr. Bill Thomas 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(R) 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.

His most recent novel, “Second Wind” (Simon & Schuster), is a book to help boomers navigate the passage to a slower, deeper, and more connected life.

Dr. Thomas' eclectic career has included two decades living off the grid and running a mixed power farming operation (Summer Hill), founding one of the first technology companies to offer clinicians immediate access to outcome data (Rumpelstitlskin), teaching medical students and serving as a founding faculty member of UMBC's Erickson School of Aging. He is also the founder of the influential multi-author blogging platform, ChangingAging.org. This 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." The magazine noted his "startling common-sense ideas and his ability to persuade others to take a risk," and concluded that "this creative and wildly exuberant country doctor has become something of a culture changer--reimagining how Americans will approach aging in the 21st century.”


Faith Roberts, MSN, CRRN

Faith Roberts

Faith is currently the director of Magnet, Professional Practice and Parish Nursing for Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Illinois. She draws on her extensive experiences in administration, education, and clinical practice when giving presentations. Her unique ability to blend theory and reality make her presentations truly powerful and enjoyable. Her gift of storytelling captivates her audience to both the drama and humor found in healthcare.


Dean M. Hartley, PhD

Dr. Dean Hartley

Dr. Hartley is the director of Science Initiatives at the Alzheimer’s Association. He has a leadership role in the development of the Association’s research and scientific initiatives and advances these efforts by effectively communicating the goals and achievements of the Alzheimer's Association science programs to a wide variety of audiences. In addition, Dr. Hartley represents the Association’s science division, both internally and externally, and works with senior leadership on advocacy, public relations, and scientific workgroups to advance the Association’s research agenda.

Before coming to the Alzheimer’s Association, Dr. Hartley was an associate professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences and conducted research at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Prior to this, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and conducted research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston. Dr. Hartley completed postdoctoral fellowships in the Departments of Medicine, Genetics, and Neurology at Harvard Medical School after completing his Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Stanford University. He also has a master’s degree in Environmental Toxicology from the University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois.


Neha Sangwan, MD

Dr. Neha

Dr. Neha Sangwan, internal medicine physician and communication expert, empowers individuals to reduce stress, resolve conflict and build rapport quickly, especially during high-stress, emotionally charged conversations. She speaks for and partners with Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Stanford’s Medicine X, Kaiser Permanente, the American Heart Association, American Express and Google. Dr. Neha is the author of TalkRx: Five Steps to Honest Conversations that Create Connection, Health & Happiness, and her public television show is titled, The Talk Prescription.

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