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Executive Council

Executive Council

Cristen Reat

Co-Founder & Program Director,

Cristen Carson Reat is the Co-Founder and Program Director of, a program of Easter Seals Greater Houston. BridgingApps provides resources, education, and information on apps and mobile devices to help people with disabilities target and improve skills to reach their highest levels of physical and cognitive development. Cristen holds a M.A. degree from the University of Texas at Austin, graduated from the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California and is certified through the Assistive Technology Applications Program at California State University. She is a proud veteran of the United States Army, where she served as a linguist and has worked in education for fifteen years, most of that time at an educational non-profit. She has written articles on apps for special needs populations that have appeared in National Down Syndrome Communicator, TechEdge Magazine and Parenting Special Needs Magazine. She is the mother of two sons, one of whom has Down syndrome.

Carla Perissinotto

MD, MHS Associate Professor of Medicine, Associate Chief for Geriatrics Clinical Programs, UCSF, Medical Director, UCSF Care at Home, UCSF Care at Home Physician

2017, Dr. Carla Perissinotto was appointed as the first Associate Chief for Geriatrics Clinical Programs at UCSF. Given the growth of clinical programs, the associate chief oversees and manages our both our inpatient and outpatient clinical programs which include Care at Home, Geriatrics consultation in the outpatient setting, and the new Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) unit at Moffitt-Long Hospital, Orthopedic CO-Management programs and programs which are in development.

Carla is an Associate Professor in the Division of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine. Carla is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine. Carla is dedicated to working in both community and academic settings. Her main work is in UCSF Care at Home–which provides medical care to home bound older adults, and in embedded Geriatrics consult practices. From 2008-2017, Carla served as a primary care and consulting Geriatrician at the Over60 Health Center in Berkeley.

Carla joined the faculty in August 2010 as a clinician-educator and has received multiple awards for her excellence in teaching. Carla is passionate about working with diverse communities and improving the training of internal medicine residents and all learners in the care of elderly patients. Carla also has a special interest in teaching primary care doctors how to more effectively recognize cognitive impairment in the outpatient primary care setting. Carla was also a recipient of the highly-competitive HRSA Geriatric Academic Career Award 2010-2015, with which she developed curricula to teach a wide range of learners on the care of elderly patients in diverse settings. Carla has also gained national and international recognition for her research on the effects of loneliness on the health of older adults. She is frequently invited to discuss her research and discuss the clinical and policy implications of the health effects of loneliness.

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SVP of Impact, United Way

Alicia Lara is United Way’s Senior Vice President of Impact. Alicia has dedicated her career to making lives better for those that she serves, most notably in the public health sector.

Alicia’s service to United Way began in Los Angeles where she was the Vice President for Community Investment. In this capacity, she was responsible for the development and management of policy, research and grant-making programs. While there, she helped the organization achieve success in their vision to end homelessness, increase high school graduation rates and improve the financial stability of low-income families.

Before working with United Way, Alicia spent eight years with The California Endowment, a health-related philanthropic organization with a grant-making budget of $150 million annually. During this time, she held various positions within the organization, including Vice President of Programs, Director of Responsive Grant Making and Senior Program Officer.

Alicia has pledged her career to serve the nonprofit space working on women’s health issues, HIV/AIDS services and prevention, homelessness and health care policy. She currently serves on the board of directors for Ms. Foundation for Women and Funders Together to End Homelessness. Alicia is a relentless challenger of the status quo and envisions a world of tomorrow that is better than the one we live in today. She continually inspires her colleagues and the entire United Way network by profoundly and positively affecting the communities that she serves.

Tim Connor

UW Population Health Institute in support of the Wisconsin DHS

Mr. Connor has an educational background in sociology and public administration and has worked for 30 years evaluating mental health and substance abuse programs. He has previously been a member of the national evaluation team evaluating the children’s mental health system of care initiatives funded by the federal Center for Mental Health Services and has served as a Section Chief for the Wisconsin Bureau of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services overseeing budget, contracts, evaluation, and the implementation of select mental health programs. He now works at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Population Health Institute evaluating mental health programs to help with policy development, program planning, and local program quality improvement efforts for initiatives funded by the Wisconsin’s State Department of Health Services. Selected areas of his evaluation research include the use of psychiatric hospitalizations and the involuntary detention process, assessing unmet mental health need in the population, and the use of evidence-based practices

Stephen Ewell

Executive Director, CTA Foundation

Stephen Ewell is executive director of the Consumer Technology Association Foundation, a charitable foundation with the mission of linking seniors and people with disabilities with technology to enhance their lives. They support programs providing independence, purpose and vital connections for people across the country. Steve graduated from Drew University with a Bachelors of Arts and earned his MBA and Masters of Science in information and telecommunications systems from Johns Hopkins University’s Carey Business School.
He serves on the Advisory Councils for the Center for Inclusive Design and Engineering (CIDE) at University of Colorado and the Enhancing Neurocognitive Health, Abilities, Networks & Community Engagement (ENHANCE) at Weill Cornell.

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