The I’m Still Here Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors, which guides the strategic direction of the Foundation and raises philanthropic support for the I’m Still Here Foundation. The Board meets formally at least once per year, as well as between the regular meetings as needed to conduct the Foundation's business. Scroll down to learn more about our current board members.
Jacqueline Vischer, PhD
Dr. Jacqueline Vischer has degrees in Psychology and Architecture and has spent close to 30 years advising corporate and government clients as well as design firms and professionals on ways of incorporating human needs and behavior into the design of the built environment. She has worked with government agencies in Canada and the U.S. to help solve problems of high density family housing, to renovate and improve public institutions such as prisons and psychiatric hospitals, and on creating energy-efficient office buildings. Dr. Vischer developed a reliable method of measuring the quality of interior workspace according to the functional comfort ratings of occupants. She has used her approach in over two hundred workspace design and renovation projects – offices, manufacturing facilities and health care – for a wide range of public and private organizations. She has published five books about her work.
Jerry Pucillo, MA
Mr. Pucillo has over 30 years of real estate development program and project management experience. He has also been involved in corporate strategic planning and the development of new business initiatives. Jerry’s particular interests are in the use of sustainable best practices to provide triple bottom line results. As President of Centergreen LLC, a sustainable development and strategic consulting firm, Jerry acted as a consultant to real estate firms seeking project executive leadership and sustainability advice and counsel. As Senior Vice President and Project Executive of the New Boston Fund, he promoted a sustainability platform across all departments and projects, and facilitated the growth of New Boston’s Urban Strategy America Fund projects by promoting triple bottom line returns to investors. As CEO of Oaktree Development, Jerry has been responsible for managing multiple real estate development projects and helped to launch a new business to create sustainable franchised development opportunities.
Jennifer Pilcher-Warren, PhD
Dr. Warren was awarded her doctoral degree in Gerontology from the University of Massachusetts in Boston. Her professional experience has focused primarily on care and housing arrangements for elders with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, including policy and fundraising work for the Alzheimer’s Association of Eastern Massachusetts, the Alzheimer’s Association of Utah, and the Massachusetts Association of Older Americans. For seven years, Ms. Warren was affiliated with Hearthstone Alzheimer Care Assisted Living programs in Massachusetts and New York, where she held a number of management positions. She is currently serving as the Executive Director of Care Management for Overlook C.A.R.E. in Lincoln, Massachusetts.
Paul Raia, PhD
Dr. Paul Raia, PhD, has worked in the fields of gerontology and psychology for more than 28 years. For many years he served as the Director of Patient Care and Family Support at the Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts Chapter. His interest in Alzheimer’s came out of his role as a caregiver for his aunt, who suffered from dementia and passed away in 1989. Since then, he has developed a systematic approach to dementia called “Habitation Therapy,” a technique that focuses on the patient’s emotions and their remaining capacities. Dr. Raia has appeared on many Boston-based media outlets and on CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, and PBS national news programs.
Meredith Patterson, MSW, LICSW, CMC
Ms. Patterson has more than 25 years' experience in the field of health care and aging. As a pioneer in the professional specialty of Geriatric Care Management, she founded Meredith Patterson Associates in 1988 to provide elder care consulting and management for individuals and families. Ten years later, Meredith intentionally developed a unique social entrepreneurship home care model, which she called Elder Care Companion's of Choice (ECCC), in which the client and the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) would experience a greater sense of respect, the client was ensured the highest caliber of care, and the aide would be compensated at a significantly higher rate of pay. However, the cost to the client would be no more than the market rate. The usual and customary profit margin to the 'agency," would be given to the CNA in addition to the "standard" pay. Meredith wanted her clients to experience continuity in their care. ECCC's personalized home care has surpassed everyone's expectations. The client, their family, their trusted advisors, and their health care team have felt the difference.
Ms. Ott is the President of Sage Age Strategies. She has 30 years of experience in senior living growth strategy, campus master planning, market research and program/ service development. A recognized thought leader and highly sought speaker in the senior living space, she has worked in every facet of the senior living lifestyle continuum, including life care communities and CCRCs, assisted living and memory care communities, adult day centers, sub-acute and rehabilitation facilities, long-term care centers, hospice care providers and home care services. Faith has successfully guided an extensive list of client-partners in both the for-profit and non-profit senior living sectors. Her considerable industry knowledge, experience and “customer first” attitude is illustrated by Sage Age’s large number of long-term clients. Organizations that have benefited from Faith’s exceptional vision and expertise include: Horizon Bay/Brookdale Senior Living, Brandywine Senior Care, Sunrise Senior Living, EPOCH Senior Living, Abe’s Garden®, Clarity Pointe, Validus Senior Living™, Elderlife Financial Services, Life Choice Hospice, Pacifica Senior Living, Presbyterian Senior Living, Diakon Senior Living, Brightview Senior Living, Partners Pharmacy and Marriott Senior Living.