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Luisa Echevarria
Univision

Luisa Echevarria joined the Univision Midwest Sales office in March of 1991 as a Sales Assistant and was named Regional Sales Representative for the Midwest in June of 1991. She was promoted to Community Relations Director in October of 1994 for the new WGBO-Channel 66. As part of the launch team she worked on all community outreach activities for the new station. Ms. Echevarria is responsible for public service announcement campaigns for both Univision and TeleFutura. In 2004, the public service announcement campaign created for the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum won a local Emmy award for best public service announcement. She works with a large number of not for profit agencies to ensure that their issues, and activities are included in the Univision and TeleFutura news casts, news briefs, and community calendars. She helped to launch, and co-produced the public affairs program, 'Primera Plana' which received a 2003 award from the Illinois Broadcaster's Association for 'Best Locally Produced Public Affairs Program'. Luisa was born in Cuba and moved to the Chicago suburb of La Grange in 1961 where she graduated from Nazareth Academy. She attended Triton Community College and Loyola University. She has been a board member of El Valor since 1994, and recently joined the board of Mujeres Latinas en Accion. Luisa also volunteers her time to countless committees such as the Healthcare Alternative Systems Advisory Committee and the Latino Conference on the Media Committee. She lives with her husband in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood.

Constantina Mizis
Executive Director
The Latino Alzheimer's and Memory Disorders Alliance

Mrs. Mizis was born in Mexico from a Greek father and a Mexican mother and specialized in Linguistic and Education Studies from the School of Philosophy and Letters (UANL). In 1994, she moved to the United States where she has worked in the field of Education and Healthcare ever since. Mrs. Mizis has been a Culture Consultant, developing curriculum and Spanish-language materials for Catholic and Montessori schools and Greek-American academies. Since 1998, she worked in the family ministry program for the Archdiocese of Chicago focusing on health, immigration and domestic violence programs in Latino communities through St. Viator's Parish. She also was a member and volunteer of the Social and Justice Department of the Archdiocese. In 2006, Mrs. Mizis succeeded as Multicultural Outreach Manager, in the Alzheimer's Association Chapter Illinois. Her experience on the adaptation of Latino families within other nations has transformed Mrs. Mizis into the well-recognized conference speaker she is today. Constantina Mizis not only initiated Latino Alzheimer's and Memory Disorders Alliance but also is working effortlessly towards helping the Latino community through her Alliance. She is also Multicultural Outreach and Community Affairs Manager at Sinai Community Institute. Mrs. Mizis is an active board member of Chicago's top health committees, such as, Terra Nova Films, SOL (Study of Latinos), The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (Latino Mental Health Center), Ventanilla de Salud Program at the consulate of Mexico and many more. Constantina resides in a suburb near Chicago with her husband Enrique, and her 2 children, Eliza (22), and Christos (12).

Julio Abreu,
President/ A+ Media

Julio Abreu, president and publisher of A+ Media, has 30 years' experience in all aspects of Hispanic marketing communications and Spanish-language publishing. Mr. Abreu has developed and executed numerous award-winning programs for educators, students, consumers, and parents nationwide in many different areas including: health education, college communications, and Spanish-language book publishing.

Mr. Abreu's portfolio of clients includes a wide range of national and regional organizations such as DuPont, Illinois Department of Human Services, WYCC-TV20, Elgin Community College and all seven of the City Colleges of Chicago. Book publishing clients include Gareth Stevens Publishing and the Weekly Reader Corporation.

Selected to Who's Who in Education, Mr. Abreu holds an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison—in Spanish language and linguistics—where he taught college-level Spanish courses and pursued doctoral studies. Julio Abreu has lived in Puerto Rico and Spain, and traveled to Mexico and Latin America.

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Leah Eskenazi, MSW
Program Manager
Family Caregiver Alliance
San Francisco, CA

Family Caregiver Alliance and its National Center on Caregiving (NCC) work to advance the development of high-quality cost-effective policies and programs for caregivers in every state in the country and offers caregivers resources and referrals for help in their own communities.

Uniting research, policy and practice, Family Caregiver Alliance serves as the central source of information on caregiving and long-term care issues for policy makers, service providers, media, funders and family caregivers throughout the country.

Kristin Fabos
SeniorNet
Santa Clara, CA

Kristin Fabos is the Executive Director of SeniorNet, the leading worldwide technology educator of older adults. With headquarters in Santa Clara, California and over 240 Computer Learning Centers nationwide and internationally since its establishment in 1986, SeniorNet has trained hundreds of thousands of adults 50+ on the fundamentals of technology. SeniorNet is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization to support the use of computer technologies by individuals age 50 and older, including underserved seniors, to enrich their lives and benefit others.

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Rick Greene
U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA)
Clarksville, MD

Rick Greene is an Aging Program Specialist with the US Administration on Aging, where he has the responsibility of overseeing the National Family Caregivers Support Program. Prior to assuming this position in December 2000, he was employed by the New Jersey Department of Health & Senior Services for almost 30 years where he developed, administered, and evaluated services to family caregivers and health promotion programs for older adults. New Jersey was one of four states that were used as the model for the National Family Caregiver Support Program. He is the co-author of numerous journal articles on caregiving and aging and has made presentations on many topics at national and regional conferences. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and has a Masters Degree in Social Work.

Dan Kuhn
Greater Illinois Chapter
Alzheimer's Association
Director, Professional Training Institute
Chicago, IL

Mr. Kuhn is a licensed clinical social worker and has been active in the fields of health care and aging for more than 30 years. His previous positions include Director of Education at Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging and Director of Education at the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center. Dan is a board member of the American Society on Aging and serves on the editorial boards of several peer-reviewed journals. He has authored or co-authored more than 40 publications including Alzheimer's Early Stages: First steps for family, friends & caregivers. The Professional Training Institute is devoted to helping professionals improve their knowledge and skills, builder stronger teams and deliver better care to people with dementia and their families.

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Suzanne Mintz
President
The National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA)
Kensington, MD

Suzanne Mintz is the co-founder of The National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) and has been its paid Chief Executive since January 1997. Ms. Mintz is a graduate of the 1996 class of Leadership Washington. She serves on the board of governors of the National Patient Safety Foundation, and numerous advisory committees related to family caregiving, patient safety, and healthcare reform.

She is recognized as a leading spokesperson for family caregivers nationwide, as demonstrated by her appearances before congress and numerous mentions in the media. Ms. Mintz is a caregiver for her husband who has multiple sclerosis. She is also the author of two books. Love, Honor, & Value — A Family Caregiver Speaks Out About the Choices and Challenges of Caregiving was published in 2002. Her latest, published in 2008, is A Family Caregiver Speaks Up–"It Doesn't Have to Be This Hard."

The National Family Caregivers Association educates, supports, empowers and speaks up for the more than 50 million Americans who care for loved ones with a chronic illness or disability or the frailties of old age. NFCA reaches across the boundaries of diagnoses, relationships and life stages to help transform family caregivers' lives by removing barriers to health and well-being.

Darby Morhardt
Director, Education
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Cognitive Neurology & Alzheimer's Disease Center
Chicago, IL

Ms. Morhardt's research includes early stage and early onset dementia programs and services, the dynamics and functioning of caregiving families, the subjective experience of Alzheimer's disease, and primary care physician education. Ms. Morhardt holds a BSW from Loyola University of Chicago, an MSW from Jane Addams College of Social Work and postgraduate work in Family Therapy both from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center (CNADC) is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the following pursuits:
conducting research to discover how the brain coordinates mental functions such as memory, language, attention, and emotion transferring the benefits of this research to patients with brain diseases that impair cognitive function training researchers and clinicians who want to work in this field.