Jennifer Carson, PhD
Dr. Jennifer Carson’s mission is to continually envision and develop opportunities for personal, cultural and systemic growth to improve the well-being of persons living with dementia and their care partners. Jennifer brings a commitment to service, collaboration and innovation built upon 28 years of experience in the field of long-term care and retirement living, bridging direct care and support, organizational leadership, research, innovation, and education. With a strong commitment to partnerships and participatory approaches to both research and practice, Jennifer is an international speaker, university lecturer, published researcher and author regarding long-term care, dementia care and support, culture change, and leisure and aging. Her educational background includes a BA in Therapeutic Recreation from Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington; a MS in Therapeutic Recreation from Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina; and a PhD in Aging, Health and Well-Being from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario. Jennifer finds balance, enjoyment and opportunities for personal growth through a diversity of leisure interests, including: travel, arts and culture; reading and learning; swing and salsa dancing; hiking and other outdoor adventures; playing with her two cats; and spending time with her husband, Peter, making music and memories together.
Kyrié Carpenter, M.A.
Kyrié’s passion for story has lead her to a career in film, studies in Depth Psychology, and ultimately to her work with aging. She has her masters in counseling psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her thesis explored the Anti-Aging myth in America and major neurocognitive disorders/ dementia as an embodiment of the trickster archetype and its facilitation of growth on a cultural level via the integration of elders into American society. Kyrié did her practicum at Age Song/ Pacific Institute’s Gerontological Wellness program as well as training in existential humanistic practices and acting as a liaison between GeroWellness and Enrichment. Kyrié was also part of a team that presents on existential-humanistic model of care at professional conferences and through publications internationally. She shares her observations and learnings through work with clients and a blog for Huffington Post and ChangingAging.org.
Namarah A. McCall
Namarah A. McCall is a Philadelphia-born musician and creative consultant exploring the connections of social exchange through performance art. She is a singer-songwriter and Skyrim enthusiast who enjoys spontaneity and adventure. Her recent project “I.D.C.” examines female autonomy within the construct of patriarchal systems still prominent in music, business, and politics. Enjoying the challenge of redefining these systems, Namarah works to create spaces where individuals can create monumental change. Her belief is that through conversation, innovation and unique partnerships society can and will impact. Namarah’s myriad experiences in the arts, social justice, health and communications have culminated in a holistic approach to addressing societal symptoms. Her most recent achievement was the creation of the week-long festival on Ithaca College campus titled “IC Color” in the Spring of 2016, an educational and multi-faceted convention that celebrates and discusses topics relating to members of marginalized groups.