Aging is a spiritual journey.

Rabbi Richard Address, D.Min, Ph.D (honorary from  HUC-JIR 1999)

Rabbi Address served congregations in California and New Jersey as well as serving as Director for Family Concerns for Union for Reform Judaism. He serves as Founder and Director of Jewish Sacred Aging and and is the author of “Seekers of Meaning: Baby Boomers, Judaism and the Pursuit of Healthy Aging”.

Cordula Dick-Muehlke, Ph.D

Licensed Psychologist and Principal, Cordula Cares, Consulting in Aging & Dementia; Associate Clinical Professor, University of California, Irvine (UCI) School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology; Project Scientist, UCI Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND); formerly executive director of Alzheimer’s Family Services Center in Huntington Beach, CA; named 2011 Dementia Care Professional of the Year by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

Paul Dobies, OD

Assistant professor, College of Optometry, Western University of Health Sciences

James Ellor, Ph.D, D.Min, LCSW, ACSW, BCD, DCSW, CSW-G

Professor of Social Work, Baylor University, a leading authority on the work of Viktor Frankl, author of several books including  Methods in Religion, Spirituality and Aging (2009) and Spiritual and Religious Growth (2005).

Nancy Gordon, MSLS, M.Div

Director of the California Lutheran Homes Center for Spirituality in Aging; Member of Governing Council, the Forum on Religion, Spirituality and Aging of the American Society on Aging; previously director of Growth Opportunities at Friendship Village of Schaumburg, IL where she led the integration of all resident programming—spiritual life and chaplaincy, activities, lifelong learning, creative arts and volunteers—under the Growth Opportunities umbrella.

Msgr Charles Fahey, SJ

Past chair of the Board of Directors on the American Society on Aging and Professor Emeritus of Older Adult Studies at Fordham University

Donald Koepke, M.Di., BCC

Founding Director of the CLH Center for Spirituality in Aging (retired), former secretary of the National Interfaith Coalition on Aging, present Editor of Published Materials for the Forum on Religion, Spirituality and Aging, author of several journal articles and book chapters, and editor/author of Ministering to Older Adults: The Building Blocks

Jocelyn McGee, Ph.D

Assistant Professor of Neurology, Baylor University, Development of non-pharmacological clinical interventions for persons with dementia and/or other complex chronic medical conditions and their family caregivers; Spirituality and health outcomes

Kenneth Pargament, Ph.D

Professor of Psychology, Bowling Green State University, Clinical Psychologist Researcher in Psychology of Spirituality, Author (among others) Psychology of Religion and Coping and Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy, Editor-in-Chief, APA Handbook of Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality.

Giovanna Piazza, M.Div, BCC

Chaplain, Counselor, Spiritual Director, Priest

Peggy Price, D.Min

Minister Emeritus, Center for Spiritual Living, Seal Beach, California. Ambassador, Advisory Board, Parliament of the World’s Religions; Founding member and Past President Greater Huntington Beach Interfaith Council; Member Advisory Council Association for Global New Thought; Member Interfaith and Intercultural Committee Centers for Spiritual Living

Marty Richards, LICSW

Life-long gerontologist, Past Chair of the Forum on Religion, Spirituality and Aging of the American Society on Aging.  Author, Caresharing, A Reciprocal Approach to Care Giving and Care Receiving

Jane Thibault, Ph.D

Clinical Professor and Clinical Gerontologist, University of Louisville School of Family Medicine and Geriatrics.  Author of many books on aging including: A Deepening Love Affair—The Gift of God in Later Life and No Act of Love is Ever Wasted: The Spirituality of Caring for Persons with Dementia plus an upcoming book on Dedicated Suffering.

G. Jay Westbrook, MSG

G Jay Westbrook is a multiple award-winning clinician and speaker, Visiting Faculty Scholar at Harvard Medical School, and a specialist in End-of-Life care and education.  He holds an MS in Gerontology, is a Grief Recovery Specialist, an R.N, and a Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse.  He is nationally recognized as an expert on the constellation of issues surrounding End-of-Life, and is both a national speaker and a bedside clinician.