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Our Team

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Dr. Karen Mark - Executive Director

Dr. Mark is the Medical Director at the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), which administers California’s Medi-Cal program.

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Dr. Anna Chodos - Director

Dr. Anna Chodos is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General and the Division of Geriatrics, both within the Department of Medicine at UCSF.

Dr Josette Rivera

Dr. Josette Rivera - Co-Director and Education Lead

Dr. Josette Rivera is a Professor of Medicine and a clinician educator in the UCSF Division of Geriatrics.

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Dementia Care Aware Team

We are a group of dedicated individuals who are passionate about improving the quality of care for individuals living with or who are at risk for dementia and cognitive decline.

Our team is comprised of experienced healthcare professionals, researchers, and educators who specialize in dementia care.

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Danielle Taylor - Director of Operations

Danielle, a Bay Area native, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Neuroscience and a Minor in Public Health at Boston University.


Clara Park - Director of Strategy

Clara Park is the Director of Strategy for Dementia Care Aware. In this role, she is responsible for DCA’s data collection and program evaluation efforts as well as the strategic goals and direction of the program.

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Sarah Bronstein - Director of Marketing and Special Events

Sarah is the Director of Marketing and Special Events for Dementia Care Aware. Sarah has a BA in Public Relations and Advertising from the Chapman University and over 10 years of professional experience.

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Brenda Fagan - Program Manager

Brenda earned a Master of Science in Dementia and Aging Studies from Texas State University and a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from The Ohio State University.

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Dana Fong - Website, Social Media, and Communications Manager

Dana is the Website, Social Media, and Communications Manager for Dementia Care Aware. Dana has a BA in Design-Interior Architecture and a minor in Art Studio from UC Davis.

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Jada Smith - Data Analyst

Jada Smith holds a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics as well as a Bachelor of Art in Spanish from California State University, East Bay.

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Rita Archakova - Program Coordinator

In her role as Program Coordinator, Rita works closely with the Dementia Care Aware team to support program operations and deliverables.

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Izabel Pisikyan - Program Coordinator

Izabel Pisikyan earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Master of Arts degree in Developmental Psychology at San Francisco State University (SFSU), where she also worked as an Undergraduate and Graduate Researcher.

Dementia Care Aware Principal Investigators

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Elizabeth Edgerly, PhD - Alzheimer’s Association PI

Dr. Edgerly is Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association, Northern California & Northern Nevada as well as a clinical psychologist and published researcher in the field of Alzheimer's and related dementias.

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David Reuben, MD - UCLA Health PI

Dr. Reuben is the Director of the Multicampus Program in Geriatrics Medicine and Gerontology (MPGMG); Chief, Division of Geriatrics; Archstone Foundation Chair; and Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

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Lisa M. Gibbs, MD - UCI PI

Dr. Gibbs is the Chief of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology and the Ronald Reagan Endowed Chair of Geriatric Medicine at University of California Irvine (UCI). As Medical Director of the UC Irvine Senior Health Center, a primary care and consultative practice, Dr. Gibbs has led the development of innovative programs to advance the delivery of care.

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Roopali B. Gupta, MD - UCSD PI

Roopali Gupta, MD, is a board-certified physician in geriatric medicine and internal medicine. Dr. Gupta serves as the Education Chief for the UC San Diego Division of Geriatrics and Program Director for the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship.

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Freddi Segal-Gidan, PA, PhD - USC/Rancho PI

Dr. Segal-Gidan is currently director and of the USC/Rancho California Alzheimers Disease Center (CADC) located at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey. She is a member of the clinical and research staff with the NIH-funded USC Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC), and serves as the leader of the outreach, recruitment and education (ORE) core.

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Heather Bennet Schickedanz, MD - USC/Rancho PI

Dr. Schickedanz is a founder and Co-Chair of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (LAC-DHS) Geriatrics Workgroup, Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, faculty of the UCLA School of Medicine, and a Family Physician-Geriatrician primary care provider.

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Sarah Hooper, JD - UC Law SF PI

Sarah Hooper, JD is the Executive Director of the UCSF/UC Law SF Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy and Lecturer in Law at UC Law SF College of the Law.

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Have questions about dementia care? Call our warmline for clinicians today at 1-800-933-1789!