Rajean Moone, PhD, LNHA, Executive Director
Rajean is an aging services consultant providing research/evaluation, training/education, and program coordination/management. He has over 15 years experience working within the Aging Services Network as a planner and program coordinator. Rajean co-chairs the Rainbow Research Group of the Gerontological Society of America and has co-published a number of research articles on LGBT aging.
Marsha Berry, MA, CAEd, Education Director
Marsha Berry formerly was the Education Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota. Marsha has a Master’s degree in Education from Eastern Michigan University. Marsha is certified by the Alzheimer’s Association to offer Foundations of Dementia Care and Activities Based Alzheimer’s Care to health care professionals. She is a Certified Alzheimer Educator (National Certification Board for Alzheimer Care).
Paul Blom, BA, TTS Chair
Paul is Owner and CEO of Right at Home – In Home Care & Assistance, a boutique companionship home care agency serving seniors exclusively since 2001. Paul earned his B.A. from Luther College and completed Masters of Divinity coursework at Wartburg Theological Seminary. Paul serves as President of the Parkinson Association of MN, Treasurer of the Minneapolis Area Senior Workers Association and Fall Aging Conference, and is a volunteer Support Group Facilitator for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Nate Cannon, BA, CDP
Nate Cannon is an Alzheimer’s Care Director at a large skilled nursing facility with over 10 years of experience in memory care, law, mental health, and chemical dependency. An author and speaker as well as a certified presenter for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Nate has worked extensively in the MI/CD field and within the LGBTQ community, serving as a policy matter expert for numerous organizations. He is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and is currently finishing his second memoir, which addresses the complexities of gender transition. He holds a BA from the University of Minnesota, Post-Baccalaureate Paralegal Certification, and is an MFA candidate at Hamline University.
Tanya Castillo, RN, BHS
Tanya has over 20 years of experience working in the health care industry. Currently Tanya is the Business and Clinical Manager at Legacy Home Care where she assists clients with initiating home care services and oversees the agency operations. Her extensive experience includes work in the areas of business management, sales and marketing, intake, patient advocacy, staff training, and education. Tanya attended Winona State University, graduating with her Bachelors of Science in Human Services – with a focus on Gerontology and received her Associates of Applied Science in nursing from Rasmussen College. She is also a member of the Minnesota Gerontological Society and an active volunteer with Little Brothers, Friends of the Elderly.
Jane Danner, MA, LSW, TTS Secretary/Treasurer
Jane has over twenty-three years of experience in healthcare as a Consultant, and Director of Social Services for both Acute and Long Term Care, as well as for Assisted Living. Currently she works as a Health Care Consultant for Volunteers of America National Services, serving older adults in care centers, assisted livings, home care, and PACE programs in 6 states. Jane is actively involved with the Vulnerable Adult Justice Project advocating for vulnerable adults.
Phil Duran, JD
Phli is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School. He has been the legal director for OutFront Minnesota since 2000, where his work has often focused on advocacy in the court system, administrative agencies, and local governments, particularly on transgender issues. In addition, he has in the past served on the Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights and the Governor's Task Force on the Prevention of School Bullying, and as the President of the Minnesota State Bar Association.
Karissa Flies, MSW, LGSW
Karissa is a Community Liaison and Social Worker at Legacy Home Care where she assists individuals and families in setting up in home services that can allow individuals to age in place. Karissa has worked in a variety of social service and medical settings, most frequently with adults and elders with mental illnesses and neuromuscular diseases. Karissa has her B.A in Psychology and received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Minnesota. She is also a Qualified Developmental Disability Professional.
Kate Houston, BA
Kate has been the Planning Director for the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging since 1995. She is the lead staff for the planning, program development and coordination work of the MAAA which focus on systems change across community and health care services, and service network capacity building initiatives. Recent focus areas include: dementia care, evidence based health promotion program dissemination, caregiver support services development, sustainability for non-profit service providers, community planning for aging, and service development technical assistance.
Dave Rompa is currently working on the Legislative and Communications Team in the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division at the MN Dept. Human Services. He was involved in HIV/AIDS work since 1988 until 2015. This work has included membership on the Governors Task Force on Injection Drug Use (Wisconsin), prevention work as the Prevention and Education Director for the Madison AIDS Support Network, HIV/AIDS behavioral research with the Medical College of Wisconsin Center for AIDS Intervention Research (CAIR). As Program Coordinator, he coordinated the largest, multi-year research project for gay men. The research included prevention, adherence and bereavement in both rural and urban settings throughout the United States.
Rob Rodè, JD
Rob Rodè is a partner at Voigt, Rodè & Boxeth, LLC and practices in the areas of health law, civil litigation, employment law, administrative law and construction law. Rob has a special emphasis on long-term care providers, home health agencies, rehabilitative agencies and housing with services providers. Rob has already jumped in to TTS by serving as a panelist at conference sessions on ethical and legal considerations serving LGBT older adults in nursing homes and assisted living.
Mike Ross, MD, PhD, MPH, MHPEd, MSt
Mike Ross is faculty in the UMN Program in Human Sexuality and was appointed the Joycelyn Elders Chair in Sexual Health Education in 2014. He holds 11 degrees, including a MD, a PhD in cross-cultural health psychology, and degrees in criminology. Mike has studied sexuality and sexual and mental health for more than 30 years in several countries: India, South Africa, Sweden, Tanzania, Uganda, and Vietnam. Ross has also published more than 500 publications and books. Mike will be an excellent addition to TTS, particularly as the curricula are redesigned and expanded.