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. 

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

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

Primary Care Professions Working Group

Emily Ambiazas
Associate Clinical Professor
St. John's University

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

Thomas Bane
Health Insurance Specialist
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid

Harrison Bloom, MD
Associate Clinical Professor
Geriatric and Palliative Care
Mount Sinai Hospital

Kenneth Cohen
Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice
Touro College

Tara Cortes
Executive Director
NYU Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing

Linda Fried
Dean
Mailman School of Public Health
Columbia University

Jaime Gutierrez
Neighborhood Health Action Coordinator
DOHMH

Eric Hall*
President and CEO
Healthcare Chaplaincy

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

Julie Kardachi
Chair and Director
Occupational Therapy Assistant Program
Touro College

Rafael Lantigua*
Professor of Medicine
Columbia University

Joseph Lurio, MD
Medical Director
Institute for Family Health
Amsterdam Family Health Center

Jacqueline Mondros*
Dean and Assistant Vice President
Stonybrook University

Ronnie Moore
Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs
Touro College

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

Veronica Rivera, MD
Geriatric Medicine
Mount Sinai Hospital

Emily Rooney
Aging Committee 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
Surgical Oncology
Mount Sinai Health System

Martha Sullivan*
Executive Director
Gouverneur Health

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

Diane Torres-Burgos, MD
Advisor on Hispanic Health
National Hispanic Health Foundation

Frank Winters
Regional Representative
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid


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

Financial Health and Wellbeing Professions Working Group

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

Jeremy Button
Director
High Lantern Group

Lauren Epstein
Planning Director,Caring
UJA Federation of New York

Robert Freedman
Partner
Schiff Hardin LLP

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

Philip Marshall
Founder
Beyond Brooke.Org

Melissa Mitchell
Executive Director
Global Coalition on Aging

Evie Sylvain
Community Partnerships Manager
Santander Bank

Chris Widelo
Associate State Director
AARP New York

Al Wojnilower
Economic Consultant
Craig Drill Capital