2020 MGA Conference Speakers
Rebecca Kinney is the Director for the Administration for Community Living’s Office of Healthcare Information and Counseling (OHIC). In this role Rebecca is responsible for the administration of the Medicare focused programs and activities managed by ACL including the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) program, the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) program, and the Duals Demonstration Ombudsman Technical Assistance Center. She provides oversight and direction to the ACL project officers, the state grantees, various administrative contracts used to support the state grantee work, and the national technical assistance and resource centers established to support the ACL grantees.
Rebecca came to ACL in 2011 as the SMP Program Manager. Prior to that she worked with the Michigan SHIP, SMP, and MIPPA grantee as the statewide Trainer where she was responsible for the education and certification of the team members statewide and became known for her expertise on both Medicare and Michigan Medicaid.
Rebecca has spent her entire professional career working on these Medicare beneficiary focused programs. Throughout her career she has persistently advocated for Medicare beneficiaries, constantly worked to strengthen partner relationships at all levels, and actively supported the program networks by providing training and technical assistance whenever possible.
Rebecca acquired her Master of Social Work with a focus in aging and management in 2006 from the University of Michigan where she was also a Geriatric Fellow. She also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Alma College.
Roslyn Robinson Kellum, R.N., D.D.S., has been a general dentist for more than 25 years with a focus on pediatric, geriatric, removable prosthodontics and oral surgery.
“Dr. Roz”, as she is known to her patients, has a special interest in community dentistry that addresses public health needs. She has extensive knowledge of best practices in providing mobile dental services. She created a mobile onsite geriatric dental treatment program which she, and her husband Errol, operated for over 10 years. Through this program they provided mobile dental services to geriatric residents in long-term care, assisted living facilities, hospitals, and private homes in the Baltimore metropolitan area. Dr. Roz, is the Dental Director for Mission of Mercy’s MD/PA program, providing direct dental care and blood pressure screenings in a non-traditional practice setting.
Dr. Kellum earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery from Howard University College of Dentistry in Washington, DC, along with a BSN in nursing. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing.
Linda Ryan, M.S.
Executive Director, Mission of Mercy
Linda M. Ryan has served Mission of Mercy as a member of their national board of directors and, for nine years, as their Executive Director.
Ms. Ryan has a M.S. degree from Johns Hopkins University.
Prior to being with Mission of Mercy she has been the Executive Director of CHANGE, Inc. (program for developmentally disabled adults), Hope Alive (shelter for homeless women and children) and Operation Smile (Baltimore Division – serving children with cleft lips and palates).
Ms. Ryan enjoys reading, hiking, traveling and spending time with her developmentally disabled son.
Dr. Nieman is a clinician, researcher, and social entrepreneur committed to eliminating hearing care disparities among vulnerable older adults. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Division of Otology, Neurotology, and Skull Base Surgery at Johns Hopkins and a Core Faculty member in the Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health as well as Principal Faculty in the Center for Innovative Care in Aging. She collaborates with colleagues from across gerontology, geriatrics, otology, and social design to advance the hearing care of vulnerable older adults. Dr. Nieman developed a theory-driven affordable, accessible, and community-delivered approach to hearing care specifically designed for older adults, known as HEARS, which is currently being evaluated through an NIH-funded randomized controlled trial across Baltimore. HEARS has been cited as a promising innovation in accessible hearing care by a recent Lancet report and, beyond Baltimore, is being piloted nationally and internationally. In an effort to accelerate the pipeline for innovative hearing care solutions, Dr. Nieman co-founded and served as the founding Executive Director of a social enterprise, Access HEARS. Drawing upon these diverse roles, Dr. Nieman aims to ensure that all older adults have the tools they need to age well.
Over the past 25 years, Ann Kayrish has had the opportunity to work in many parts of the health care industry including managed care, patient assistance programs, and provider and sales force relations. She has spent the last seven years with Montgomery County State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) helping the most vulnerable populations gain access to the health care benefits and services. Ann hopes that her extensive “boots on the ground” experience will help NCOA and partner organizations shape and deliver programs that improve the health and well- being of Medicare beneficiaries.
When not denying family member, friend and colleges high fives, Ann can be found running, biking or binging on her most current podcast obsession.
Associate Director, NCOA
Brandy Bauer is Associate Director of the Center for Benefits Access at the National Council on Aging (NCOA), where she coordinates all communications for the MIPPA Resource Center, identifies and promotes promising strategies to increase benefits access for older adults, and educates consumers about scams targeting older adults. Previously, she spent a decade in the international health and human service sectors, working on improving access to services for vulnerable and marginalized populations, including refugee and war trauma survivors in Europe, and as a humanitarian aid worker in Afghanistan.