November 5, 2020

Mark Hinderlie

Chief Executive Officer, Hearth Inc.

Hinderlie serves as chief executive of Hearth, Inc., a Boston agency committed to ending elder homelessness.  Hearth develops and operates permanent supportive housing for homeless elders (currently 188 with 54 units in the pipeline due to open 1/21); conducts outreach to currently homeless elders having placed over 2,600 homeless or at-risk older adults in permanent housing with supports; does research and advocacy for better public policy.  Hearth received the Excellence in Not-for-profit Leadership Award from LeadingAge, a national organization for senior housing with services, in 2013. Hinderlie also serves as co-chair of the National Leadership Initiative to End Elder Homelessness, as co-chair of the Coalition for Senior Housing, a Massachusetts advocacy organization.

Ronald L. Book, Esq.

Chair, Homeless Trust | CEO Ronald L. Book, P.A.,

It is difficult to narrow Mr. Book’s areas of expertise to simply a few. He has experience with a vast array of issues including: appropriations, economic development, environmental remediation, public finance and tax issues, human and social services, transportation, growth management, health care, seaports and aviation, and many, many more. Simply put, if it is an issue that you have read about, Mr. Book has been at the center of the debate, influencing the decisions of policymakers for the past 45 legislative sessions.

Mr. Book is a member in good standing of the Florida Bar. He is a registered lobbyist and a member of the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists (FAPL).

Francis Afram-Gyening, MBA, MPH, FACHE

Chief Executive Officer of Camillus Health Concern, Inc.

Francis is a senior healthcare executive with two decades of substantial industry experience. He has a strong commitment to the highest standards of clinical quality and patient care, superior financial performance, and consistently maintains extensive community involvement. His passion for overseeing large institutions with a personal touch is contagious and has strengthened and motivated the staff, patients, and community wherever he has been.

Francis’ work has transformed multiple organizations, raising their profiles through streamlining operations and bringing in additional resources to exponentially expand their footprint. Prior to joining Camillus Health Concern, as the President & Chief Executive Officer of Care Alliance Health Center in Cleveland, Ohio, he oversaw great improvements in efficiency and a dramatic expansion of services and space, while maintaining a firm commitment to quality and patient-centered care.

Past Events

September 23, 2020

Louise Aronson

Louise Aronson, MD MFA

Louise is a geriatrician, writer, and professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. The author of Elderhood and A History of the Present Illness, she is a regular contributor to the New York Times and the New England Journal of Medicine among other publications. Recognition of Louise’s work includes a MacDowell fellowship, four Pushcart nominations, the American Geriatrics Society Clinician-Teacher of the Year award, and a Gold Professorship for Humanism in Medicine. Next Avenue, public media’s first and only national journalism service for America’s older population, named Louise Aronson as one of 12 “Influencers in Aging” for 2019.

October 1, 2020

Lourdes A. Boue

Chief Executive Officer, West Kendall Baptist Hospital

Lourdes has more than three decades of experience as a healthcare executive in South Florida. Her focus areas included resource allocation, long-range planning, leadership development, strategic marketing, quality and patient-satisfaction initiatives.

Lourdes previously served as Vice President of Operations for the hospital, and was part of the team that opened West Kendall Baptist Hospital, Miami-Dade County’s first new hospital in more than 35 years. She was responsible for the hospital’s general operations, including the planning, implementation and ongoing evaluation of services offered at the hospital.

October 23, 2020

Marc E. Agronin, MD

Senior Vice President, Behavioral Health and Chief Medical Officer for the MIND Institute

Dr. Marc Agronin leads Miami Jewish Health’s MIND Institute, which provides a wide range of services for individuals with memory changes, Alzheimer’s disease, and all other neurocognitive disorders, along with associated mood and behavior disturbances. In 2019, the Florida State legislature designated the MIND Institute as one of the state’s 17 official memory disorder centers.

Dr. Marc Agronin has been part of Miami Jewish Health since 1999. He is a leading expert in Alzheimer’s disease and geriatric mental health issues, and a nationally-sought author and speaker. Agronin has written 10 books, including the critically acclaimed The End of Old Age: Living a Longer, More Purposeful Life (2018).

Amina Rivero-Barba, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist and Clinical Neuropsychologist

Dr. Rivero-Barba is a licensed psychologist and clinical neuropsychologist who has expertise working with individuals living with neurodegenerative disease, chronic medical conditions and psychological comorbidities. Dr. Rivero-Barba joined MIND Institute at Miami Jewish Health in 2013.

Dr. Rivero-Barba provides a wide range of services including neuropsychology assessment, as well as psychological counseling and interventions.

Chrystine Kopcsik, LCSW

Memory Disorder Clinic Coordinator

Ms. Kopcsik is a licensed clinical social worker who has expertise providing education, coaching, counseling and case management for individuals with neurocognitive disorders and their caregivers. She has provided social work services in both assisted living and medical/dialysis settings, and has experience overseeing dementia adult daycare, dementia-related activities, and brain fitness. Ms. Kopcsik is the Memory Disorder Clinic Coordinator and oversees Meaningful MINDs brain fitness and the Girsh Cognitive Enrichment Program.