Advisory Board

Rosemary Laird, MD

Rosemary Laird, MD, is executive medical director of senior services for Florida Hospital at Winter Park and medical director of The Center for Family Caregivers in Melbourne, Florida. Laird received her medical degree with honors from Georgetown University School of Medicine. She completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Chicago Hospitals. She then pursued a geriatric fellowship at the University of Kansas and remained as an assistant professor of medicine until 2001. Her research activities focused on falls and program design for the care of elders. She holds a master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Kansas.

In 2002 she became the founding medical director of the Health First Aging Institute, a component of Health First, Inc, a community-based not-for-profit integrated healthcare system on Florida’s Space Coast. The Aging Institute sponsors a specialty geriatric and primary care clinic and offers educational programs for lay and professional audiences.

Laird is an active fellow of the American Geriatrics Society and is serving as president of the Florida Geriatrics Society. In 2009 she was named a Practice Change Fellow for the Atlantic Philanthropies. Both a speaker and author, she contributed the Afterword (“Caregivers Seeking Advice: A Doctor’s Prescription”) in the 2008 book Voices of Caregiving. Along with Leeza Gibbons and Dr. Jamie Huysman, she is coauthor of the 2009 book Take Your Oxygen First: Protecting Your Health and Wellbeing While Caring for a Loved One With Memory Loss.

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.