WAGECC Faculty & Staff


Beverly Lunsford, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, The George Washington University; Director, The Center for Aging, Health, and Humanities

Associate Directors
Elizabeth L. Cobbs, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, The George Washington University; Chief of Geriatrics and Extended Care, Washington, DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Gay Hanna, PhD, MFA
Executive Director, National Center for Creative Aging

Evaluation Consultant
Patricia D. Franklin, RN, PhD

Expert Faculty and Mentor
Dale Lupu, PhD, MPH
Associate Research Professor, School of Nursing, The George Washington University

Expert Faculty
Laurie Dodge Wilson, MSN, RN, ANP/GNP-BC
Research Instructor, School of Nursing, The George Washington University

Program Manager
Shari Sliwa, MA

Associate Faculty

Kim Acquaviva, PhD, MSW, RN
Director, The National Collaborative on Aging; Chair, Friends of the National Institute on Aging (FoNIA); Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, The George Washington University

Lisa Alexander, EdD, MPH, PA
Program Office Director, Capital City Area Health Education Center

Elizabeth Galik, PhD, CRNP
Assistant Professor,  Organizational Systems and Adult Health, School of Nursing, University of Maryland
President, Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association

Robin Newton, MD, FACP
Associate Senior VP for Health Sciences and Director of Graduate Medical Education, Howard University

Susan Perlstein, MSW
Founder Emeritus, Elders Share the Arts and the National Center for Creative Aging

Judy Rollins, PhD, RN
President, Society for the Arts in Healthcare; Researcher and Consultant, Rollins & Associates, Inc.; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine

Judy Salerno, MD, MS
Executive Officer, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies

Barbara Soniat, PhD
Associate Professor and Director of the National Catholic School of Social Service Center on Global Aging, Catholic University

George Taler, MD
Director of Long Term Care, Co-Director of the Medical House Call Program, Vice President for Medical affairs of MedStar Home Health-VNA and Medical Director of Northwest Health Care Center, Washington Hospital Center

DeAnne Zwicker, DrNP, APRN-BC
Geriatric Consultant