Meet the ALPA Program Team

Curriculum Developers (Webinars and Facilitation)

Jan Hively Jan Hively (Janet M Hively, PhD) is an Educator and Encore Entrepreneur who has cofounded four networks (Vital Aging Network, MN Creative Arts and Aging Network, and SHiFT, and the Pass It On Network) and several learning programs fostering advocacy leadership for and with older adults since retiring in 2000 from the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development. Jan’s academic focus has been on Productive Aging. Her mantra is, “Meaningful work, paid or unpaid, through the last breath.”
Mary Radu Mary Radu, MSW, CPCC is a Certified Life Coach and Philanthropy Consultant, who inspires and supports midlife individuals and couples to uncover their values and motivations that lead to fulfilling choices and greater impact in the world through their careers, philanthropy and lifestyle.  Mary is the author of Roadmap to Meaningful Midlife® Audio/Workbook Program, the Philanthropy from the Inside Out Program and founder of Pathmaker Coaching.  In her leadership roles she is the Founder and General Chairperson for the Northern California Life Planning Network, as well as Vice President for the National Life Planning Network, a diverse community of professionals helping people navigate the second half of life.

Program Evaluator

Sheila Tarbet Sheila F. Tarbet, MA, PhD, has evaluated and developed a wide range of programs in health and human services for innovative nonprofit organizations and service providers in California, including the Bay Area Urban League, Center for Applied Local Research, Center for Human Development, the Dental Health Foundation, La Clinica de la Raza, and Brighter Beginnings. She uses evaluation, program and materials development, and training and facilitation to promote organizational learning for caring, culturally responsive services for health and well-being. She shares ALPA’s commitment to empowerment and meaningful work in the latter decades of life.

Presenters (Webinars)

alwinr Ramsey Alwin, BA, is VP of the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and Director of NCOA’s Economic Security Initiative — a national, multi-site direct service demonstration that focuses on putting vulnerable and disadvantaged older adults on a pathway to economic security.  During her career, Ramsay has worked with federal agency officials, Congressional staff, local agency authorities, and other national associations to promote self-sufficiency. Prior to arriving at NCOA, she served as Director of National Economic Security Programs at Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW), where she launched the Elder Economic Security Initiative. She also coordinated a national policy advocacy strategy for working families—the Family Economic Self-Sufficiency Project.
Helen Kivnick Helen Kivnick, PhD, a Professor of Social Work at the University of Minnesota, has developed “Vital Involvement Practice” as a capacity-building approach to developing care plans for elders.  Her practice is grounded in the concept of vital involvement that was first described in the book, “Vital Involvement in Old Age,” that she wrote with Erik and Joan Erikson in 1986.   In her field of psychosocial development through the life cycle, she has identified role models and emphasized building on strengths to assure healthy aging in a broad variety of adverse situations.
Peter Whitehouse Peter Whitehouse, MD-PhD is a Professor of Neurology as well as a current or former Professor of Cognitive Science, Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Psychology, Nursing, Organizational Behavior, Bioethics and History. With colleagues at Johns Hopkins where he trained, he discovered fundamental aspects of the cholinergic pathology in Alzheimer’s and related dementias, which led to the development of our current generation drugs to treat these conditions.  In 1986 he moved to Case Western Reserve University to develop the University Brain Health and Memory Center.  In 1999 he founded with his wife, Catherine, The Intergenerational School, a unique public multiage, community school.  In 2008, he published The Myth of Alzheimer’s: What you aren’t being told about today’s most dreaded diagnosis (NY: St. Martin’s Press).

Presenters (Videos)

Gene Cohen Gene Cohen, MD-PhD was director of the Center on Aging, Health and Humanities at George Washington University, where he also held the positions of professor of health care sciences and professor of psychiatry.  Gene served as the first chief of Aging at the National Institute of Mental Health and acting director of the National Institute Aging .  Although Gene passed away in 2009, his research showing the power of creative expression for healthy aging provided the impetus for the National Center for Creative Aging, and his research on developmental learning stages in later life offered a foundation for the Positive Aging movement.  His video, The Aging Brain, will be a viewing assignment for ALPA session 1.