The Future of Aging in New Jersey

Friday, June 9, 9am - 3pm

at the Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick

Join us for our 25th conference and our 25th anniversary and we explore the Future of Aging in New Jersey. What changes are needed as our population lives longer than ever before? What plans are being made to prepare for when residents over 60 to outnumber the students in our classrooms? What do you want to see for the next 25 years?

Morning Keynote: Ayse Birsel

Award winning designer and author of

Design the LongLife You Love, A Step-By-Step Guide

to Building A Meaningful Future.

Book purchase and signing available during the conference

Lunchtime Keynote Panel: Views from the Capital

Moderator: Jeannine LaRue, Senior Vice President, Kaufman Zita Group

Kaylee McGuire, Deputy Commissioner for Aging and Disability Services

Assemblywoman Shanique Speight, Chair Assembly Committee on Homeland Security, Member Assembly Committee of Aging and Senior Services, and Committee on Health

Assemblywoman Angela McKnight, Chair Assembly Committee on Aging and Senior Services, Member Assembly Committee on Women and Children, and Homeland Security

Our Breakout Sessons:

Virtual Sessions , June 8

all conference registrants will be sent link to live webinar, as well as copy of recording

10am - Aging in Place with Assisted Living Programs (ALP) and Supportive Housing

  • Cassondra Warney, Senior Program Manager, Metro Team, CSH and Rebecca Lynn 

11 am - Technology + Aging: A Future of Independence

  • Mike Marotta, Naomi Leibowitz & Payton Williams, Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center at Disability Rights New Jersey 

In Person Breakout Sessions, June 9:

Morning Breakout Sessions 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Not Just Tomatoes: Home-Grown Efforts to Spur Age-Friendly Community Work in New Jersey

  • Emily A. Greenfield, PhD, Professor, Hub for Aging Collaboration at Rutgers School of Social Work
  • Emily Balog, PhD, OTR/L, ECHM, Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program, Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Sciences, School of Health Professions at Rutgers
  • Althea Pestine-Stevens, PhD, MPAff, Hub for Aging Collaboration at Rutgers School of Social Work and Age-Friendly North Jersey.
  • Stephanie Hunsinger, State Director, AARP New Jersey
  • Tim Evans, Research Director, New Jersey Future
  • Lauren Snedeker, DSW, LSW, Assistant Professor, and Coordinator for the MSW Certificate in Aging and Health Program at Rutgers School of Social Work
  • Patricia Lindsay-Harvey, President, Willingboro Community Development Corporation

21 Strong Aging Well in NJ

  • Maureen Bergeron, NJ4A President and Executive Director, Camden County Division of Aging &   Disability Services ADRC  
  • Maria La Face, Esq., NJ4A Vice-President and Director of the Ocean County Office of Senior Services 
  • Cindy McNellis, NJ4A Secretary and Executive Director of the Atlantic County Area Agency on Aging, local Office on Aging within the Atlantic County Department of Human Services/Division of Intergenerational Services. 

The Ins & Outs of ADUs

  • Danielle Kemble, CoFounder, Haven
  • Dean Dafis, Mayor of Maplewood, NJ

Plant Where You Wish to Bloom: Preparing for Budding Older Adults and Caregivers Today

  • Colleen Beach, MSW, LSW, Specialist Professor at the School of Social Work, Monmouth University
  • Janessa Ortiz, MSW, LSW, Permanency/Litigation Casework Supervisor, State of New Jersey’s Division of Child Protection and Permanency 
  • Heather Passarelli, MSW, LSW, Monmouth University.  

How Small Changes Can Make a Big Difference in Helping Seniors and Their Caregivers Age in Place

  • Diane Vitillo, MS, OTR, CAPS, ECHMP, CLIPP™ , President & Owner, Home Heart Beats, LLC 
  • Rebecca Abenante, MA, MSW, LSW, ASW-G, Healthy Aging Program at Atlantic Health System 

Reimagining NJ’s Long Term Care System: A Path to Transformation

  • Amy Brown, Esq., Policy Director for the Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman
  • Laurie Facciarossa Brewer, New Jersey Long-Term Care Ombudsman 
  • Ev Liebman, Director of Advocacy, AARP New Jersey 
  • Gwen Orlowski, Esq., Executive Director of Disability Rights New Jersey 

Beyond Bingo: Perspectives on Lifelong Learning, Senior Centers & Physical Health

  • Pat Bohse, President of Bohse & Associates, LLC  
  • David Burdick, Professor and Director of the Stockton Center on Successful Aging (SCOSA) at Stockton University 
  • Megan Novak, Director, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rutgers University (OLLI-RU) 

The Future of the Healthcare Workforce

  • Tyla Minniear, Chief Operating Officer, New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute  
  • Jake McDonald, Senior State Policy Advocacy Specialist, PHI 

Telemedicine and Older Adults

  • Ljubica Minova, PharmD, PGY-2 Geriatrics Pharmacy Resident, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center
  • Laura Tortoriello, RN BSN, Director of Virtual Services, VNA Health Group 

Living Longer, Working Longer

  • Tim Driver, President, Age-Friendly Institute and the Certified Age-Friendly Employer (CAFE) Program 
  • Jan E Mutchler, PhD, Director, Gerontology Institute, McCormack Graduate School of Policy & Global Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston

Social Workers Eligible for 5.5 CEs:

NJAAW is partnering with Monmouth University School of Social Work to offer a total of 5.5 Social Work CEs for this year's conference:

  • For the in-person conference on June 9, we offer 2 cultural competency CEs and 1.5 general. 
  • For registrants who attend the virtual pre-conference session on June 8, 2 additional general credits will be issued.

Conference attendees seeking CEs should visit the Monmouth University table after checking in on June 9. If you have not already paid the administrative fee, please bring a check made out to Monmouth University on June 9. Certificates can be picked up at the close of the conference.

The Future of Aging in New Jersey CEs can also be applied to Monmouth University's Certificate in Aging Program. Information on the program can be found here: Certificate in Aging

*Be sure to indicate your intention to obtain CE Hours on the registration form.*

Exhibitor Spaces Still Available!

The NJAAW conference gives sponsor the opportunity to interact with 250+ professionals in the field of aging - thought leaders, academics, government agencies, senior centers, services providers, housing administrators and more. For details on sponsorships levels, click here: Sponsor details

Thank you to our sponsors





  • Doors open at 8am, program starts at 9am
  • Parking is available for $15 in the Hyatt Regency garage
  • The Hyatt is a short walk from NJ Transit, New Brunswick Train Station