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.

Michael R. Wasserman, MD

Michael R. Wasserman, MD, is a geriatrician who has devoted himself to serving
the needs of older adults for the past 30 years. He presently serves as the chief
medical officer for Rockport Healthcare Services in Los Angeles. He previously served as executive director of Care Continuum for Health Services Advisory Group, the QINQIO for California.

In 2001 he cofounded Senior Care of Colorado, which became the largest privately owned primary care geriatric practice in the country prior to its sale to IPC in 2010. His recently published book, The Business of Geriatrics, details how to succeed in geriatrics practice in today’s health care marketplace. He previously served as president and chief medical officer for GeriMed of America, a geriatric medical management company located in Denver. At GeriMed he helped to develop the company’s Clinical Glidepaths in conjunction with physicians at St. Louis University’s School of Medicine Geriatric Division.

A former public commissioner for the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission, he was a cofounder of MESA (Medicare Experts and Senior Access), a multiyear grant from the Colorado Health Foundation to train primary care physicians to effectively care for and bill for Medicare patients. The lead delegate from the State of Colorado to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging, he cochaired the Colorado Alzheimer’s Coordinating
Council.

A graduate of the University of Texas, Medical Branch, he completed an internal medicine residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and a geriatric medicine fellowship at UCLA. In addition to opening Kaiser-Permanente’s first outpatient geriatric consult clinic, he was cofounder and owner of Common Sense Medical Management, a case management company that helped manage high-risk beneficiaries of Cover Colorado. He is past chair of the American Geriatrics Society’s (AGS) Managed Care Task Force and presently serves on the Public Policy Committees for both AGS and AMDA.

Since the inception of the Wish of a Lifetime Foundation, he has been an active supporter and currently serves as treasurer on its board of directors. He served on the board of directors of The Denver Hospice for 15 years. He currently serves as a board member
for the AGS Foundation for Health in Aging and has spoken extensively and been published on a variety of topics including geriatrics, quality improvement, geriatric workforce issues, healthy aging, Alzheimer’s disease, the business of health care, practice management, and managed care.