Dr. Mintzer is a geriatric neuropsychiatrist with experience as principal investigator (PI) for over 250 clinical trials. He is the former President of the International Psychogeriatric Association. Additionally, he previously served on the Council of Aging with the American Psychiatric Association and on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry. He is a Professor of Neuroscience and Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and the executive director of the Biotechnology Research Institute at Roper Saint Francis Health Care System. His career has focused in the areas of neurosciences, geriatric psychiatry, and medicine, including the psychopharma-cology of Alzheimer’s disease, the behavioral management of agitated patients with dementia, memory disorders and mental health in the elderly as a function of their ethnicity.
Mike has been working in the field of health and long term care since 1988 and has a proven track record of helping organizations achieve success in advocacy for health and long-term care issues. He combines his deep knowledge of policy and program development and management with his skills in public speaking, community organizing, adult education, media strategy and public health communications. Mike had a career of over 20-years on the public policy and advocacy staff of the Alzheimer’s Association. Mike is also the CEO of Cognitive Solutions, providing specialized health care consultancy on Alzheimer’s care in hospital settings, and owner of Splaine Consulting, offering governmental and policy consulting services in the U.S. and abroad.
Ms. Anakaren Lamas led a number of far-reaching community initiatives within the Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias sphere. She has worked in the nonprofit sector and long-term care serving families and individuals living with dementia for over a decade. Anakaren has extensive experience building partnerships with community stakeholders as well as conducting education and outreach to multicultural groups. For years Anakaren’s career has centered on enhancing individuals’ understanding of Alzheimer's Disease and the value behind the role that community engagement plays in the acceleration of research. As program staff at the Alzheimer’s Association, Anakaren educated families on the latest dementia research and connected them to vital resources that help promote quality of life. Moreover, Anakaren has spearheaded public policy efforts aimed to identify barriers and viable legislative solutions that would help improve the network of community-based supportive services for people living with dementia and their families.
Mrs. Jennifer Vasconcellos adds over 17 years’ experience of administrative knowledge, trade show planning, and project management to Recruitment Partners. Prior to joining, Jennifer directed customer service and logistics for an international manufacturer of power transmission equipment. Servicing utilities, private engineering firms, and federal agencies, she was responsible for marketing analysis, coordinating international logistics, and program management. Jennifer holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Mr. Lucash is the CEO of BioPharmaConnex, which is a partner in Recruitment Partners LLC. He has over 30 years of experience in the areas of healthcare, entrepreneurship and business management. He was the administrator of a private cardiology practice, Manager in the consulting practice of a “Big 4” CPA firm, and an executive at two urban teaching hospitals. He has worked and consulted for an array of hospitals, medical practices, home health agencies and nursing homes, in addition to other young and emerging companies. Mr. Lucash holds MBA and MPH degrees from Columbia University and is currently a faculty member at Northeastern University and other universities.