Maryland Commission on Aging

Commission Members

Rose has a BA and MBA from the University of Chicago, a PhD in Public and International Affairs from Princeton, and did postdoctoral studies on aging in Asia at the University of Michigan. She is President and CEO of Rose Li and Associates (RLA), a science management and research administration firm. Before this, Rose held leadership positions at the National Institutes of Health, including Special Assistant for Policy Development with the Office of Communications and Public Liaison; Chief, Population and Social Processes Branch in the Behavioral and Social Research Division of the National Institute on Aging; Senior Policy Advisor to the Office of Extramural Research; and as an official with the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. She was appoint​ed by the Governor to the Maryland State Board of Education in November 2016. She is past president of the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni, and co-chair of the Asian American Alumni Association of Princeton-DC Region.
Paula Blackwell, MBA, MHA has more than 20 years of experience developing and leading health and human service programs throughout the region.  She is the Executive Director of the Central Maryland Health Education Center.  She is also a principal consultant at Elevated Channels providing project management oversight and program development for non-profits throughout the mid-Atlantic.   Prior to her position at Central Maryland AHEC, Ms. Blackwell held several positions with Foreign-Born Information and Referral Network (FIRN) including Program Director for Health Education and Promotion.  She has also held positions at Bon Secours Health System and the African American Health Alert.   Ms. Blackwell is the founder and president-emeritus of her family’s foundation, Another Opportunity, Inc., which coaches and mentors young African American men and each year pays tuition for at least two community college students who are otherwise unable to secure financial aid.   She is VP of the board of Just Living Advocacy.  In addition she hand serves on the University of Maryland Baltimore Master of Public Health Advisory Committee and the Johns Hopkins University Center to Reduce Cancer Disparities Advisory Committee.  She is the proud mother of three children and spends time away from professional commitments enjoying activities with her children and grandchildren. ​
Since 2004, John Haaga has served first as Deputy Director and then as Director of the Division of Behavioral and Social Research at the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health.  This division funds research in the behavioral and social sciences on individual and population-level issues in aging and health, including health disparities at older ages and long-term supports and services for the disabled elderly.   Before joining NIA, he was Director of Domestic Programs at the Population Reference Bureau, a nonprofit research and education organization, and staff director for the Committee on Population of the National Academy of Sciences, where he led projects on the demography of aging and the global demographic transition.  In previous jobs he worked on maternal and child health programs and substance abuse policy in the US, Bangladesh, Malaysia and several African countries, for the RAND Corporation and the Population Council.   His degrees were awarded by Oxford University, the Johns Hopkins University, and the RAND Graduate School.   He has taught at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, Georgetown University, and the Defence Intelligence College, and lectured in the OASIS Lifelong Adventure program.   John and his wife Elin raised three children in Montgomery County, and now divide their time between homes in Montgomery and Washington counties.  His work for the Commission is volunteer, in an individual capacity, and his views do not represent those of the NIA or any other federal agency.
Joy is a graduate of the University of Virginia and received a J.D. degree from the University of Virginia Law School. She is a member of the Maryland, District of Columbia, and Virginia Bars. She was named the Associate Commissioner for Consumer Education and Advocacy of the Maryland Insurance Administration in July 2004. This Unit is responsible for providing consumers with information so that they are better able to understand their rights and obligations under their insurance policies. The Unit also attempts to facilitate the prompt resolution of automobile and homeowners claims through a pilot program. From September 1997 through July 2004, she served as the Associate Commissioner for Consumer Complaints. Four years prior to that, she served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Insurance Administration. From 1988 to 1993 she was an Associate in the law offices of Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger and Hollander. For two years previously, she served as a judicial law clerk for the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Sen. Ben Kramer - headshot (002).jpgSENATOR BENJAMIN F. KRAMER 
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Barry Liden, JD, is Vice President of Patient Engagement for Edwards Lifesciences, the global leader in patient-focused innovations for structural heart disease, as well as critical care and surgical monitoring.  He is responsible for helping the Irvine, California-based company engage with, learn from and empower patients and their families to improve the healthcare experience.  Barry joined Edwards in 2002 as Director of Global Communications and has served in a number of public affairs positions, most recently as Vice President of Government Affairs.  Before joining Edwards, Barry served for seven years in leadership positions at public relations and integrated marketing consulting firms.   He began his public affairs career in 1990 as the Director of Government Relations for the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, responsible for policy development and advocacy for the greater L.A. business community.  For almost three decades, Barry has integrated public policy, government relations, public relations and crisis management practices to provide strategic solutions to unique challenges.  He enjoys sharing this experience, having taught seven years at the University of Southern California as an adjunct faculty member in the Annenberg School for Communications and is currently an adjunct faculty assistant professor at Georgetown University’s School of Nursing and Health Studies.  He also serves as a Board Member of the Alliance for Aging Research in Washington, DC.  Barry has a bachelor of science in public administration from the University of Southern California, and a juris doctor from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles.  He and his wife live in Garrett Park, Maryland and have three sons.​
Magaziner.jpgJAY S. MAGAZINER, Ph.D., M.S. Hyg.
Dr. Magaziner is Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Director of the University of Maryland’s Center for Research on Aging.. His research in aging focuses on three interrelated areas:  the consequences of hip fracture, population health and health outcomes, and methods for studying older populations. The major focus of this work is to identify ways of enhancing functioning and improving the quality of life for older persons. His studies include examining changes in function, bone and muscle following hip fracture, and the design and implementation of interventions to improve outcomes from hip fractures. He is recognized for his leadership and expertise in the epidemiology of aging. He has been continuously funded by the National Institute on Aging since 1983, and has received two consecutive MERIT Awards from the NIA in recognition of his contributions to our understanding of recovery from hip fracture. He also directs the University of Maryland’s Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center, funded by the NIA. He has published extensively in internationally recognized journals and has served as a reviewer for the Veterans Administration (VA), the Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration (ADAMHA), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Dr. Magaziner has a Ph.D. in Human Development and Social Science from the University of Chicago and an M.S.Hyg. in Epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.  
George W. RebokGEORGE W. REBOK 
George has a BA in Psychology from Muhlenberg College and MA and PhD in Life-Span Developmental Psychology with a specialization in Gerontology from Syracuse University. George did his post-doctoral training in the Dementias of Aging at Johns Hopkins University. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and holds joint faculty appointments in the Center on Aging and Health, and the Center on Innovative Care in Aging. George has over 35 years of experience in life-course developmental research and cognitive aging. His research has included studies on cognitive training interventions with the elderly, and the effects of aging and dementia on driving and other everyday life tasks. George has served as the Principal Investigator for two large intervention trials funded by the National Institute on Aging – the ACTIVE trial and the Baltimore Experience Corps® trial. He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, American Psychological Association, and Association for Psychological Science.
Carmel Roques
Carmel Roques, CEO of Keswick, is an accomplished health care executive with more than 30 years’ experience leading and repositioning senior living organizations. Her areas of expertise include community health, palliative care, strategic planning, organizational development and culture change, with clinical expertise in brain health and dementia. She is a licensed nursing home administrator (Maryland and Virginia) and licensed clinical social worker. Prior to her start at Keswick in December 2011, she served as the Chief Operating Officer for Virginia United Methodist Homes, responsible for the strategic leadership and daily operation of seven senior living campuses throughout Virginia.  Her career in Maryland has included the roles of Chief Operating Officer at EMA, Executive Director of Copper Ridge, and Director of Home Care and Adult Day Care for Catholic Charities of Baltimore. She is a current board member of LifeSpan Network, Greater Baltimore Committee (Health Advisory Committee), Village Learning Place and Friends of the Howard County Public Library. Additionally, she serves on the Maryland Medicaid Advisory Committee, as Chair-Elect American Diabetes Association Maryland and as Vice Chair for the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers. 
David Roth is a Professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.  Since 2012, he has served as the Director of the interdisciplinary Center on Aging and Health at Johns Hopkins University.  He has over 30 years of experience as a researcher on aging and the psychosocial determinants of health for older adults.  He is an accomplished scholar and a co-author on over 200 published, data-based research papers.  He has specific interests in the psychological and social effects of chronic health problems for older adults and for their family caregivers.  Some of his most recent work is focused on identifying from national epidemiological studies the health benefits of volunteering and from serving as a family caregiver.  Prior to joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins, he received a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of North Dakota, a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Kansas, and served as a Professor of Biostatistics in the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.   
Delegate Kathy Szeliga graduated from Towson State University, B.A., Elementary Education, summa cum laude, in 1994. She was first elected in 2010 to the Maryland House of Delegates and serves on the Health and Government Operations Committee. She has also served on the Appropriations Committee and Environment and Transportation Committee. Since 2013, Delegate Szeliga has served as the House Minority Whip. Additionally, Delegate Szeliga has received prestigious awards, such as Maryland’s Top 100 Women, The Baltimore Sun’s Women to Watch, 2014 Legislator of the Year from MD Society of Anesthesiologists, and a Towson University Distinguished Alumni Award in 2017.  Kathy has been married for over 39 years to Mark, they have two married sons and two granddaughters. She and Mark started a construction general contracting business 33 years ago where they work together today. 
Sharon Saunders MD.jpgSHARON E. SAUNDERS, MD, MPH
Sharon E. Saunders, MD, MPH, is a geriatrician and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine. She has also been on the faculty at The Ohio State University College of Medicine/University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine/University Hospital, and served as a program coordinator on the Buprenorphine Outreach Project, Baltimore County Department of Health. She completed her Internal Medicine residency and Geriatrics fellowship at The Ohio State University Hospitals. Sharon earned her Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, MD from The Ohio State University College of Medicine, and MPH from University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.
Aging Commission allen 2.jpgALLEN TIEN, MD, MHS
Allen Tien, MD, MHS is President and Chief Science Officer of Medical Decision Logic, Inc. (“mdlogix”).  Allen has spent his entire career dedicated to advancing healthcare and prevention. As well as being a Board-Certified psychiatrist, Allen is knowledgeable about epidemiology, biostatistics, social network science, computational semantics, and software architecture. As faculty in the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health Department of Mental Hygiene and School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry from 1988 to 1997, his research spanned public mental health epidemiology, services, and prevention, and clinical neuroscience, and he initiated and taught a key course on multi-level life-course etiologic models of mental disorders. In 1997, Allen founded mdlogix to develop organized software tools that bring science and practice together to provide policy makers, scientists, managers, clinicians, and patients with the information technologies, tools, practices, and knowledge they need to improve health outcomes. He has provided vision for and overseen establishment of a systematic user-centered software innovation process that effectively, efficiently, and reliably solves problems for people in different roles in diverse healthcare, education, employment settings, and associated government agencies. Allen is successful in translating science into practice, contributing significantly to developments in the field of health sciences informatics, including innovations in clinical research, team workflow automation, and behavioral health screening and integration. He has received over 30 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and other grants and contracts from the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with several currently underway, and continues to partner with academic colleagues in their research funding, programs, and resultant peer-review publications. Allen is an author of 50 publications in the fields of clinical psychiatry, public mental health, and health sciences informatics. He earned his medical degree from Ohio State University College of Medicine and his Masters in Health Science from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He lives in Towson, Maryland with his wife and three sons.