Past Webinars

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

Recorded Webinar

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

Recorded Webinar

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

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

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.

August 25, 2020

Social Isolation in Long Term Care Facilities

Recorded Webinar

Join our speakers Melissa Andrews of LeadingAge Virginia, Sarah Lineberger with Virginia Department of Health and lead support to the Governor‘s Long Term Care COVID-19 Task Force and Secretary Richard Prudom, Florida Department of Elder Affairs, as they discuss how COVID-19 has affected those living in Long Term Care Facilities and how they are attempting to combat social isolation while keeping their residents healthy and engaged. Melissa and Sarah will share insight on data and functionality in LTC facilities across the Commonwealth, while Secretary Prudom shares what Florida is doing to combat their quickly rising infection numbers and ensuring residents still have contact with loved ones outside of their living facilities through Project VITAL. This is an interactive panel discussion and our speakers share first hand experiences, lessons learned and proposed solutions to address isolation.

Moderator and Panel Members

Melissa Andrews

President & CEO, LeadingAge Virginia

Melissa Andrews joined the LeadingAge Virginia staff as President & CEO in 2016 after 14 years with LeadingAge (national). LeadingAge Virginia is an association of not for profit aging services providers, serving the entire continuum, expanding the world of possibilities for aging. Their vision of positive aging for each Virginian is one they seek to attain through advocacy, education, and establishing a leadership position within the Commonwealth.

Melissa leads the overall affairs of the association, works closely with the Board of Directors, and is responsible for the implementation of the strategic plan, oversight of financial resources, leading the team and raising the visibility of the association in pursuit of its vision to impact older Virginians wherever they live.

Under Melissa’s leadership, Dementia Friendly Virginia was launched in collaboration with the Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services and the Dementia Friends initiative was launched in Virginia. The pillars of LeadingAge’s strategic plan are workforce, impact and capacity building.

Prior to joining the LeadingAge Virginia team, Melissa served as the Vice President, Board Development & Member Relations at LeadingAge (national), facilitating board development retreats and strategic planning processes around the country. Melissa continues to serve as a governance resource in her current role, facilitating leadership retreats nationally.

Melissa is a frequent speaker at conferences, educational events and has been featured in media interviews about dementia and aging issues.

Melissa was a class of 2010 LeadingAge Larry Minnix Leadership Academy fellow. In 2012, she received the BoardSource© Certificate of Nonprofit Board Education, and in 2013, Melissa received The Coalition for Leadership in Aging Services’ Certified Aging Services Professional national certification.

Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Boston College. She lives in Richmond, VA with her husband, daughter, stepchildren and French Bulldog. Her “why’s” in life are her family and positively impacting the aging experience both in Virginia and across the nation.

Sarah Lineberger, MPH

Virginia Department of Health

Sarah Lineberger is the Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Program Manager in the Office of Epidemiology at the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). She served as the VDH HAI Epidemiologist before moving into the program manager role in December 2016. She currently oversees a team of clinicians and epidemiologists working to protect patients receiving healthcare in Virginia by preventing healthcare-associated and antimicrobial-resistant infections.

Sarah completed a CDC/CSTE HAI Applied Epidemiology Fellowship at the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health before joining VDH six years ago. She has a Master of Public Health in Global Epidemiology from Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Wake Forest University. She is on the Young Professional Leadership Council for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Virginia Chapter, and is the current President of the Wake Forest Richmond Alumni Group.

Secretary Richard Prudom

Secretary, Florida Department of Elder Affairs

In January 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis appointed Richard Prudom as Secretary for the Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA), the State Unit on Aging, whose mission is to help Florida’s 5.5 million elders remain healthy, safe, and independent.

Secretary Prudom has more than 30 years in executive leadership with the State of Florida where he has worked to develop, implement, and lead public policies and programs that improve the lives of Florida families. Since 2011, he has served at the Department of Elder Affairs as Deputy Secretary and Chief of Staff.

Prudom received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kent in the United Kingdom. In September 2014, Prudom took the oath to become an American citizen and now enjoys dual citizenship with the United Kingdom.

September 22, 2020

Advance Care Planning

Recorded Webinar

We talk a lot about how we want to live our life. What are our goals? And yet, we often avoid a discussion about our goals for end of life. This has come more to the forefront during COVID.

Moderated by Marta Keane, this webinar will explain the importance of advance care planning, and how to approach it- what resources are available and who should be part of the discussion. Nathan Kottkamp and Dr. Angela Stiltner have a long history of advocating and educating on this topic. They will share their expertise and answer questions. It is time to start the conversation!

Moderator and Panel Members

Marta Keane


(Jefferson Area Board for Aging)

Dr. Angela Stiltner, MD, HMDC, FAAHPM

Senior Medical Director
Hospice of the Piedmont

Dr. Angie Stiltner graduated from The University of Virginia with both her undergraduate and medical school degrees. After graduation, she completed a UVA-affiliated Family Medicine residency and Geriatric fellowship with Carilion Health System in Roanoke, VA. Post-fellowship, she was a full-time faculty member at the University of Virginia from 2004-2010 primarily working in Geriatric Medicine. She is currently a visiting UVA Associate Professor of Family Medicine as she continues to teach medical students, residents and fellows in her current role with Hospice of the Piedmont. Dr. Stiltner joined Hospice of the Piedmont in 2011 and has been the Senior Medical Director since 2014. She is board certified in Family Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Additionally, she received her Hospice Medical Director Certification in 2014 and was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine in 2018.

She has devoted much of her career to teaching and mentoring others. In recognition of that and her stature in the field, Dr. Stiltner was named one of eight national scholars selected for the Hearst Foundation’s Leadership Scholars Fund through the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. The two year old Scholars Fund was designed to increase the number of qualified hospice and palliative medicine physicians who have access to specialized leadership development opportunities to supplement clinical training. As part of this scholarship, Dr. Stiltner is a member of the American Association for Physician Leadership enrolled in a program for certification as a physician executive.

Dr. Stiltner received the OurHealth magazine First Place “Best Bedside Manner” award for Palliative Medicine in 2017, 2018, and 2019. She is the founding physician chair of a national pharmacy and therapeutics committee through Delta Care Rx. Founded in 2018, this important national initiative is charged with providing a collective, national voice for safe, precise, and age-appropriate medication management at the end of life. Dr. Stiltner is a past President of the Albemarle County Medical Society and has served on their executive committee since 2013. Last year, she joined the Central Virginia Advanced Directive community collaborative to help support awareness and education regarding advance care planning initiatives in her local community.

Nathan Kottkamp

Waller Law

A partner in Waller’s Healthcare Department, Nathan Kottkamp provides counsel on compliance with federal and state healthcare regulations and day-to-day operational issues. His experience includes hospitals and health systems, academic medical centers, behavioral healthcare services providers, specialty physician practices and post-acute and long-term care providers. Additionally, Nathan represents healthcare providers before professional and licensing boards, and he has successfully obtained certificates of public need for dozens of critical projects ranging from service expansions to the development of new hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers.