Join us every fourth Tuesday of the month at 1pm for our webinar series.
We will cover an array of topics important service and care of Older Virginians.
June 23, 2020
Issues Revealed for Older Virginians by the Pandemic
A panel discussion moderated by Pamela B. Teaster, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Virginia Tech Center for Gerontology, will explore a variety of issues uncovered by the COVID-19 pandemic that older Virginians have faced/are facing–from isolation, to access to legal representation, to specific impacts of COVID-19 on long-term care facilities. Dr. Teaster will lead panelists Dr. Richard Lindsay, Joani Latimer and Veronica Williams, J.D., in a dynamic, hour long conversation framed by ethics and how to approach the treatment and care of older adults as we move forward. Using an interactive format, our speakers will share their experiences in their respective areas of expertise, the impact, and what they have learned during crisis management, followed by the steps needed moving forward to create a safer space and community for older adults and those working with and on behalf of them across the Commonwealth.
July 28, 2020
Social Isolation in Community Based Services
This is the first webinar in a two-part series that will address social isolation. After the inaugural VGCOA webinar in June, social isolation emerged as the topic our attendees wanted to hear more about. The July 28th session (1-2pm) will focus on social isolation in community based services, followed by our August webinar (August 25) focusing on social isolation in long term care facilities. This will be an interactive panel discussion and our speakers will share first hand experiences, lessons learned and proposed solutions to address isolation.
Moderator and Panel Members
Regina Sayers, MSM, Moderator
Regina Sayers has been the executive director of Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens for 10 years and leads 214 employees and directs over 30 programs. Prior to joining AASC, she worked 34 years in the medical field. She holds a bachelor’s degree in human resources and medical technology and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Marshall University. During her tenure at AASC, Sayers has grown and cultivated the Community Based Transitions program and the PACE program from 35 participants to a current enrollment of 107 and a revenue of $10 million. Ms. Sayers received the 2019 n4a Excellence in Leadership Award in New Orleans, LA.
James Sawyer serves as executive director for InnovAge’s Richmond PACE center in Richmond, Virginia. James has spent over 20 years working in the healthcare field, with extensive experience providing care to seniors and those with developmental disabilities. Prior to joining the team at Richmond, James was executive director at InnovAge’s Blue Ridge PACE center. Previously, James served as a center director for LIFE programs in Pennsylvania, where he provided operational oversight and worked to increase the number of participants in the program. James received his MSW from Temple University, his MBA from Eastern University, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in healthcare administration. Outside of InnovAge, James sits on the board of directors for several organizations in both Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Kathy Vesley-Massey is the President and CEO of Bay Aging – a nonprofit Area Agency on Aging (AAA) serving the rural eastern coast of Virginia. In addition to traditional aging programs, Bay Aging provides senior housing, public transportation and in-home transitional health care. In 2017 her agency and collaboration were awarded The John A. Hartford Foundation Business Innovation Award for forging a statewide coalition of Area Agencies on Aging, named VAAACares (pronounced “V – Triple A – Cares”). VAAACares has contracted with multiple health systems and MCOs. It has third party verification that its interventions significantly reduce unnecessary hospital and emergency room visits and Care Coordination improves health outcomes. Prior to joining Bay Aging in 1998 she served for several years as the Deputy Commissioner of the Virginia Department for the Aging, a term as the Acting Commissioner for Virginia’s Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and in other state leadership positions. She graduated with degrees in History and Sociology from The College of William and Mary and American Sign Language Certification from Gallaudet University.