Age-friendly Professions

The Professions Working Group encourages private sector organizations to address the needs and preferences of older patients, clients, and customers with a current focus on primary care, pharmacy, and banking.

The Professions Working Group is co-chaired by Carol Raphael, Senior Advisor at Manatt Health Solutions, and Robert Kaufman, Partner at Proskauer Rose LLP. 

  • None

    Co-Chair, Robert Kaufman | Partner, Proskauer Rose LLP

  • None

    Co-Chair, Carol Raphael* | Senior Advisor, Manatt Health Solutions

Primary Care Professions Working Group

Emily Ambizas
Associate Clinical Professor
St. John's University

Carmela Avena-Woods
Associate Clinical Professor
St. John's University

Thomas Bane
Regional External Affairs
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Harrison Bloom, MD
Associate Clinical Professor
Geriatric and Palliative Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Mia Brezin
Assistant Program Officer
EVP National Programs
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

Kenneth Cohen
Associate Professor
Touro College of Pharmacy

Tara Cortes
Executive Director
The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing
Professor, NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing

Lauren Epstein
Planning Director
UJA-Federation of NY

Linda Fried
Dean
Mailman School of Public Health
Columbia University

Jaime Gutierrez
Neighborhood Health Action Coordinator
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Eric Hall*
President and CEO
Healthcare Chaplaincy Network

Wayne Ho*
President and CEO
Chinese-American Planning Council, Inc

Julie Kardachi
Associate Professor
Occupational Therapy Program
Touro College School of Health Sciences

Rafael Lantigua*
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Columbia University

Joseph Lurio, MD
Associate Professor Family Medicine and Community Health
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Amsterdam Center, Institute for Family Health

Jacqueline Mondros
Dean and Professor
Assistant Vice President
Social Determinants of Health
Stony Brook University, School of Social Welfare

Ronnie Moore
Assistant Dean-Clinical Affairs
Associate Professor
Touro College of Pharmacy

Kathleen Otte
Regional Administrator
U.S. Administration for Community Living

Veronica Rivera, MD
Assistant Professor
Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Emily Rooney
Legislative Policy Analyst
New York City Council

Denise Scott*
Executive Vice President
National Programs
LISC

Krystal Scott
New York State Policy Director
Medicare Rights Center

Michail Shafir, MD
Clinical Professor of Surgery and Oncological Sciences
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Martha Sullivan*
Chair and Founder
The Citywide Behavioral Health Coaltion for Black Elders,Inc.

Jaime Torres, DPM
Vice President of Community Relations and Partnerships
Urban Health Plan, Inc

Diana Torres-Burgos, MD, MPH
Advisor on Hispanic Health
National Hispanic Health Foundation

Frank Winter
Partnership Manager
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services


*denotes Commission Member
** denotes Ex-Officio Commission Member

Financial Health and Wellbeing Professions Working Group

Quenia Abreu
President and CEO
NY Women’s Chamber of Commerce

Mia Brezin
Assistant Program Officer
EVP National Programs
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

Jeremy Button
Senior Director
High Lantern Group

Lauren Epstein
Planning Director
UJA Federation of New York

Robert Freedman
Partner
Schiff Hardin LLP

Kathy-Ann Hicks
Vice President
Senior Business Development Officer
PNC Bank

Deirdre Lok
Assistant Director and General Counsel
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center
for Elder Abuse Prevention at the
Hebrew Home at Riverdale

Philip Marshall
Founder
Beyond Brooke.Org

Melissa Mitchell
Executive Director
Global Coalition on Aging

Evie Sylvain
Community Partnerships Manager
Santander Bank

Christopher Widelo
Associate State Director
AARP New York

Al Wojnilower
Economic Consultant
Craig Drill Capital