Advisory Board

Debra Sanders, PhD, RN, GCNS-BC

Debra Sanders, PhD, RN, GCNS-BC, is an assistant professor in the department of nursing at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania where she teaches senior nursing students advanced medical-surgical nursing. Her areas of clinical expertise include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, and sleep. She is board certified as a gerontologic clinical nurse specialist and maintains a part-time practice as a pulmonary clinical nurse specialist at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa. She has made presentations at the local, state, and national levels on a multitude of topics and maintains membership in several professional organizations, including the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, the National Gerontologic Nursing Association, and the Pennsylvania Sleep Society. In 2009, she was selected to attend the Geriatric Nursing Education Consortium Institute sponsored by the John A. Hartford Foundation, joining approximately 800 nurse educators from across the country for specialized training in enhancing the gerontology content in senior-level baccalaureate nursing courses.

James Siberski, MS

James Siberski is coordinator of the Gerontology Education Center for Professional Development and an assistant professor of gerontology at College Misericordia, as well as an adjunct professor of psychiatry at Pennsylvania State University. He’s a former director of Misericordia’s Alternative Learning program. Prior to his retirement, he was director of staff development of Danville State Hospital. He’s certified in re-motivation therapy and gerontology instruction and has had extended training in several areas, including cybernetics of treatment, behavior modification, and geriatrics. He has presented more than 100 workshops nationally on various aging-related topics and has been published in a number of professional and trade journals. He’s a member of the board of trustees at Maria Joseph Manor and an affiliate of the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatrists.

Diane L. Schneider, MD, MSc

Diane L. Schneider, MD, MSc, is a geriatrician and epidemiologist, a former associate professor of medicine, the author of The Complete Book of Bone Health, and cofounder of 4BoneHealth.