Board of Directors

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Anabel Pelham, Ph.D., CPG, President

Anabel Pelham, Ph.D. is president of the National Association of Professional Gerontologists (NAPG) and professor and founding director of the Gerontology Program at San Francisco State University. Dr. Pelham became a Professor Emerti in the fall of 2013. Dr. Pelham is Founding Director of the Center for Age-Friendly Excellence (CAFÉ) a project of the Los Altos Community Foundation and a member of the Foundation's Board of Directors. Dr. Pelham is a member of the Los Altos Women's Caucus and an active participant of Los Altos Forward (LAF).

Dr. Pelham has expertise in global issues in aging and gerontology, Age-Friendly Cities and community development, community-based health and human services, qualitative research methods, graduate gerontology curriculum development, geriatric care management, life-long learning, and credentialing and accreditation in the field of gerontology. Dr. Pelham has lectured and taught for several years internationally and in the former European Masters in Gerontology (EuMaG) Summer School in multiple countries around the world. Dr. Pelham's current interests are: creating Age-Friendly Cities and communities, professionalizing the discipline of Gerontology and compassion as a core value in aging.

Dr. Pelham is past president of the California Council on Gerontology and Geriatrics (CCGG) and is an active member of GSA, CAG, IAGG and serves on the AGHE's Global Aging Committee. Dr. Pelham is former Chair of the Senior Commission for the City of Los Altos, where she led the successful initiative to make Los Altos and Los Altos Hills the first Age-Friendly (City and Town) in California. She is a member of the Advisory Council of Grupo Dabvsa, Mexico.

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Pauline Abbott, Ed.D., CPG, Vice President and a founding member

Dr Pauline Abbott is Director Emerita of the CSU Fullerton Institute of Gerontology /Ruby Gerontology Center where she has been involved in teaching, research, and administration related to work with, for and on behalf of older adults. She serves on numerous boards, has held leadership roles on national and state professional associations and is published. For over 25 years she has been involved in personal hands-on care giving and has spoken as a strong advocate for caregivers in Sacramento and in Washington DC. Her work has involved the development of Gerontology Programs including undergraduate, certificate, and graduate levels including Ph.D. and dual degree options. Her expertise includes older adult learning and the establishment of an Osher Life Long Learning Program. She worked closely with a team led by Dr. J. Birren, founding dean of the USC School of Gerontology, on the award winning James E. Birren Guided Autobiography program. An innovative program on Assistive Technology brought together Gerontology, Engineering &Business and was made a university priority under her direction. Dr. Abbott was representative to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging nominated by Congressman Ed Royce. She has been actively involved in legislative advocacy on behalf of the field of Gerontology Education particularly related to the Older Americans Act reauthorizations. The recipient of several awards Dr. Abbott has been recognized as an outstanding senior scholar, is a Fellow of the Association of Gerontology in Higher Education, and recognized by the California State Legislature for her contributions in Gerontology. She continues to lecture, consult, mentor students & alumni, and provide community based services for homebound seniors.

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Barbara Gillogly, Ph.D., CPG, LMFT, Treasurer

Barbara Gillogly has a Ph.D. in Human Development with an emphasis in aging from the University of California, Davis. She has been the chair of the Gerontology Department at American River College for the past 20 years and has taught in the fields of aging, development, and psychology for over 25 years.

The American River College Gerontology degree is the only community college program to be designated as a Program of Merit from the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE). She has been a board member of California Council on Gerontology and Geriatrics (CCGG) and the chair of the community college committee of AGHE. In addition she is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a private practice working with older adults and their families.

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Joan J. Branin, PhD, CPG, Secretary

Dr. Joan Branin has over 30 years of experience in the fields of health and aging. She is the founding Chair of the Graduate Programs in Gerontology at the University of La Verne and served as program chair for 18 years. In addition, she has served as chair of the Health Services Administration (MHA) program and the Department of Health Services Management. Dr. Branin is also the Founding Director of the Center for Health & Aging at the University of La Verne. Courses she taught include psychology of aging, caregivers and caregiving, economics of aging, professional issues and research methods in gerontology.

Dr. Branin is an established and respected scholar in the fields of aging issues and health services research with numerous publications and presentations at international, national, and local conferences. Her research focuses on evidence-based outcomes research; cost-effectiveness and resources utilization of health and aging services; medication adherence among the elderly; working caregiver issues; quality of life of cancer patients and their caregivers; and labor force participation of women and minorities. Her most recent publication (with coauthors Gloria Juarez and Monica Rosales) addressed the “Perceptions of QOL among caregivers of Mexican ancestry of adults with advanced cancer” in Quality of Life Research 24(7) December 2014. A successful grant writer, Dr. Branin has been the principal investigator or program evaluator on grants/contracts from Unihealth, LA Care, ASA/Pfizer, The California Wellness Foundation, and The California Endowment. As a private consultant, she has consulted to community and municipal organizations who provide services to seniors and conducted numerous needs assessment projects in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties. Recently she was interviewed by CCN Sunrise, a local morning talk show, for a special program on Senior Issues.

She is the recipient of the 2013 CCGG James E. Birren Senior Scholar Award for her contribution to gerontology and geriatric education and research and the 1990 Distinguished Alumni Award from California State University, Long Beach.

Dr. Branin has served in leadership and board positions with numerous nonprofits in the fields of health and aging including the Los Angeles and California boards of the American Diabetes Association, Community Senior Services, REALConnection Advisory Board, and the UCLA Longevity Center. Dr. Branin received a PhD in Behavioral and Organizational Sciences from Claremont Graduate University, a MBA in Finance from UCLA, and a MA in Educational Psychology from California State University, Long Beach.

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Donna Schafer, Ph.D., CPG, Executive Director

Donna Schafer has served as Executive Director of the National Association for Professional Gerontologists since 2006. During that time she has written and spoken frequently about the need to professionalize Gerontology, including accreditation of Gerontology degree programs, credentialing (and eventual licensure) of Gerontology program graduates, and hiring of educated Gerontology professionals. Currently she is a member of the AGHE task force on accreditation of academic Gerontology programs.

Dr. Schafer’s most recent research focuses on the measurement of competencies in gerontology. She has presented on this topic at national meetings of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (Nashville, 2015; Denver, 2014) and the Gerontological Society of America (New Orleans, 2013).

Dr. Schafer’s recent publications include (with co-authors Drs. Anabel Pelham, Pauline Abbott, and Carroll Estes) “Professionalizing Gerontology: Why AGHE Must Accredit Gerontology Programs,” Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, 2012; and, with Dr. Pelham, “Accreditation: The Missing Manual,” AGHExchange, 2010. Dr. Schafer has presented on the topics of accreditation, professionalizing the workforce in Gerontology, and the future of academic Gerontology programs at the annual meetings of the Gerontological Society of America (Orlando, 2015), American Society on Aging (San Francisco, 2011), the Gerontological Society of America (New Orleans, 2010), the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (Reno, 2010; San Antonio, 2009), and the International Association for Gerontology and Geriatrics Congress (Paris, 2009).

Prior to her association with NAPG, Dr. Schafer retired after six years as Dean of Research, Graduate Studies, and International Programs at Humboldt State University (California) where she also was Professor of Sociology and Executive Director of the Humboldt State University Sponsored Programs Foundation. Dr. Schafer served as a member of the Gerontology faculty at San Francisco State University for 12 years and was Associate Dean of the Graduate Division for six of those years. She is Past President of the California Council on Gerontology and Geriatrics, the California State University Graduate Deans Council, and the Western Association of Graduate Schools.

Before moving to California, Dr. Schafer was a Research Associate in the Gerontology Center at the University of Kansas, where she earned her Ph.D. She has served on the boards of community and social service organizations in San Francisco and Kansas City. She is author or co-author of three books (The Urban Elderly: A Study of Life Satisfaction; The Dynamics of Aging; and Reminiscence and Nursing Home Life) and numerous articles and conference presentations focusing on various topics in social Gerontology, Gerontological education, and graduate education.

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