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UNT alumni are continuously recognized as outstanding professionals in the field of gerontology. Here are just a few.

Don Gilmore, M.S.

President & Chief Executive Officer
Otterbein Homes
Lebanon, Ohio

Service to older adults has marked Don's career since matriculation from the Center in 1977. Now the President and CEO of Otterbein Homes, a not-for- profit corporation serving six owned retirement communities and providing management/affiliated services to two other communities, Don also believes personal involvement is key to fulfilling the mission of his organization.

He has served as the Chairman of AAHSA, President of the New Jersey Association of Non-Profit Homes for the Aging and various other boards and committees dedicated to the health and welfare of older adults.

Most recently Don has been in on the ground floor of creating a unique concept in preserving choices for seniors living in not-for-profit communities in the Greater Cincinnati area. He serves on the board of Momentum Health Solutions, a Medicare risk product, designed specifically for those residents living in not-for-profit retirement communities, allowing them to receive care at their home community.

You can reach Don at:
Otterbein retirement communities are located at: Lebanon, St. Marys, Cridersville, Lelpsic, and Pemberville.

Martha G. Hipskind, M.S.P.H.

Director of Marketing & Aging Issues
Health Planning Source, Inc.
Research Triangle Park,
North Carolina

Martha Grove Hipskind ('92) is Director of Marketing and Aging Issues for Health Planning Source, Inc., a healthcare consulting firm located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Health Planning Source offers strategic planning, operational, and performance improvement services to a wide variety of healthcare providers and excels in forging the link between articulating and achieving strategic visions in daily operations.

After attending the University of North Texas, Hipskind received a M.S.P.H. in Health Policy and Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ('96). Her graduate work included a summer internship at the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) and a research assistantship at the Sheps Center for Health Services Research that culminated three publications on the affects of admission to a nursing facility:

  • Rabiner, D.J., Hipskind, M.G., & Boyce, S.E. (1997). The impact of residence and attitudes on the use of nursing home services. Carolina Health Services and Policy Review, 4,193-214.
  • Rabiner, D.J., & Hipskind, M.G. (1997). Stability and change in attitudes toward nursing homes: Results from an admission cohort of nursing home residents. Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, 17(4), 59-79.
  • Rabiner, D.J., Hipskind, M.G., & Randolph, R.K. (1997). Are rural elders healthier and happier upon admission to a nursing home setting? Journal of Clinical Geropsychology, 3(4), 299-319.

Following graduate study, Hipskind served as a Research Health Scientist in the VA National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention where she launched a 70,000-veteran survey providing baseline data used to evaluate the VA's shift to a primary care model.

Her new position at Health Planning Source offers unlimited opportunities to bring aging issues to the forefront of strategic planning by healthcare organizations and systems across the Carolinas. Hipskind is currently underway establishing a new division dedicated to assisting businesses in the Research Triangle Park area with offering eldercare programs to their employees. Recently, this effort has led to her piloting seminars for caregivers of older adults through area churches, continuing education departments, and professional groups.

Bill Kubat, M.S.

Division Director: Resident and Community Services
The Evangelical Luthern Good Samaritan Society
Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Bill Kubat joined the Good Samaritan Society in 1977 as a licensed nursing home administrator of Good Samaritan facilities in Albion and Beatrice, ND; and at Las Cruces, NM. During this time, he also served the Society as an Expanded Staff representative, as a Preceptor in the Society's Administrator-In-Training (AIT) program, and as a member of its National Board of Directors from 1991 to 1993

In May 1993, Bill was appointed Director of the Eastern States Region of the Good Samaritan Society. He served in this capacity until June 1995, when he accepted a position as Division Director for Resident and Community Services at the Society's home office in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

As Division Director for Resident and Community Services, Mr. Kubat is responsible for a staff of 40 who provide clinical/programmatic consulting and support services to GSS facilities throughout the country in the following areas: Nursing, Social Work, Activities, Dietary, Health Information Management, Therapy, Dementia Care, Subacute Services, Managed Care and Quality Assurance. He also chairs the Society's Ethics Committee
Mr. Kubat, who also holds a bachelors degree from Marquette University, was one of nearly two dozen practicing administrators who pursued graduate training in long-term care during the early 1990s through a pioneering distant learning program designed by the Good Samaritan Society and the Center for Studies in Aging.

Steven E. Proctor, M.S.

President & Chief Executive Officer
Presbyterian Homes, Inc.
Camp Hill, Pennsylvania

Alumnus Stephen E. Proctor is President and CEO of Presbyterian Homes, Inc.(PHI). The not-for profit organization, founded in 1927, is headquarters in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. Proctor joined PHI in 1971. He was elected President and CEO by PHI's Board of Trustees in April of 1995 following 16 years as the organization's Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer. Presbyterian Homes is dedicated to providing high-quality, affordable health care, housing and retirement services to older persons in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Ohio and West Virginia.

  • Proctor oversees PHI's comprehensive range of services including: skilled nursing care, rehabilitative therapies, subacute nursing care, personal care and assisted living, continuing care communities, rent-subsidized housing, adult day care, home care, hospice and meals-on-wheels programs.
  • Currently, PHI owns and/or manages 19 retirement communities and health care facilities, serving more than 3,660 residents and clients throughout its system of care. Committed to its organizational mission, last year Presbyterian Homes provided more than $4.2 million in charitable care to 1,396 older individuals in financial need.
    Proctor's career has also been marked by distinguished service to his profession as elected officer and board member of national and regional associations.
  • In November of 1995, The American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA), elected Proctor to serve as the next chair of its national Board of Directors. In his tenure as chair-elect, chair and immediate past chair, Proctor served on the AAHSA's Executive Committee, acting on behalf of the board when it is not in session. Proctor served as secretary of the board in 1995 and also served as a member of AAHSA's House of Delegates from 1983-1989, and from 1992 to the present.
  • He has also served the Pennsylvania Association of Non Profit Homes for the Aging (PANPHA) in various capacities including president (1982-1984); president-elect (1980-1982); vice-president (1978-1980); and board member (1978-1986). For his leadership, Proctor received PANPHA's Distinguished Service Award in 1991.
  • Proctor was Chair of the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare Long Term Care Advisory Committee from 1984 to 1994, and has served on the Inter-governmental Council on Long Term Care since 1990.

Prior to attending the University of North Texas, Proctor received a B.S. in Business Administration from Elizabethtown College, and his his R.N. from St. Clair County Community College. Originally from Port Huron, Michigan, Proctor currently resides in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania with his wife Rhonda, and two children.

David S. Schless, M.S.

Executive Director
American Seniors Housing Association
Washington, D.C.

David S. Schless is Executive Director of the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA) with principal responsibility for the Association's legislative and regulatory efforts. Based in Washington, DC, ASHA represents the interests of the nation's larger and more prominent firms participating in the seniors housing industry. ASHA's members are engaged in all aspects of the development and operation of seniors housing, including the ownership, construction, financing, and management of such properties.

In addition to his responsibilities as Executive Director of ASHA, David also serves as Treasurer of the Seniors Housing Political Action Committee and as Vice President of the National Multi Housing Council (NMHC) on matters related to housing seniors.
David is a co-author of the 1998 HDR Affordable Seniors Housing Handbook which was recently published by West Group.

David holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Traveler's Center on Aging at the University of Connecticut and a Master of Science degree from the Center for Studies in Aging at the University of North Texas. He became the first Executive Director of the American Seniors Housing Association in the spring of 1991, after serving as Manager of Research at the National Association for Senior Living Industries (NASLI).

Edwin C. Thomas III, M.S.

President & Chief Executive Officer
Asbury Services, Inc.
Gaithersburg, Maryland

Alumnus Edwin C. Thomas, III is President and Chief Executive Officer of Asbury Services, Inc. (AServ). Asbury Services, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization with headquarters in the Washington D.C. Metro area, located in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Asbury Services, Inc. supports organizations which provide services to the aging through continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs), housing, assisted living, health care and other services to the aging.

Asbury has provided geriatric care and services to the aging since 1926 at Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Asbury Methodist Village has been recognized for quality geriatric care through varied certifications and awards, including Continuing Care Accreditation Commission, CCAC, Joint Commission Accreditation Healthcare Organization, JCAHO, and United Methodist Ministries' EAGLE award. Other retirement community locations include Asbury-Solomons Island, a waterfront CCRC in Southern Maryland.

Today Asbury provides services to over 1,600 residents and employs approximately 800 employees. Financial stability is demonstrated by a rating for Asbury Methodist Village & Asbury-Solomons Island by S&P of A-. In December, 1997 Asbury Obligated Group bonds were the first tax exempt bonds of a CCRC in the nation to be insured by Municipal Bond Insurance Agency, (MBIA) rated AAA.

Thomas' career includes management on the East Coast and in the Mid-West. Prior to joining AServ as President and CEO in 1987, he was named the Executive Director of Wesley Retirement Services, formerly South Iowa Methodist Homes, Inc. at the age of 31, and served from 1980 to 1987 having joined the organization as an Administrative Intern in 1978. Thomas' leadership includes professional representation at state and national associations and various accomplishments.

American Association of Homes for the Aging

  • Convenor, CEOs of Multiple Organizations (CEMO) Forum 1986-1987, 1998-99
  • Member-at-Large, AASHA House of Delegates 1988-1991
  • Member, Awards Committee 1988 - 1989
  • Building Committee 1989 - 1990
  • Chair, Long Term Care Insurance Advisory Committee 1990 - 1992
  • Member, Long Term Care Insurance Advisory Committee 1993-1994
  • Member, Convention Planning Committee - 1995

Maryland Association of Non-Profit Homes for the Aging

  • Co-Chair, Public Policy Steering Committee 1996 - 1997
  • Member, Public Policy Steering Committee 1988 - 1997
  • Chair CCRC Task Force 1993, 1994Member, Board of
  • Directors 1990 - 1997
  • Chairman's Award, 1990

Iowa Association of Homes for the Aging

  • Region II Vice President 1983 - 1986
  • Chair, Public Policy Committee 1984 - 1986
  • Member, Board of Directors 1983 - 1986
  • Award of Merit, 1985

Des Moines Leadership Institute (sponsored by Greater Des Moines

  • Chamber of Commerce) 1986 - 1987
  • Member, Damascus United Methodist Church, Damascus, Maryland
  • Thomas received an M.S. in Studies in Aging from the
  • University of North Texas and a B.S. in Political Science from
  • Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Herb Weiss, M.S.

Writer, Editor and Consultant
Pawtucket, RI

Herbert P. Weiss, M.A., N.H.A., of Pawtucket, Rhode Island received his master's degree in Administration of Long-Term Care and Retirement Facilities from UNT in 1979. He is a writer, editor, and consultant in the aging and health care fields. He received the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) Journalism Award in 1994 and, in 1997, was named one of the "100 Most Influential People in Long-Term Care" by McKnight's Long-Term Care News.

Mr. Weiss is a Washington correspondent for Balance, ACHCA's premier member publication. He also teaches gerontology at the University of Rhode Island. He is a former legislative assistant covering health care and aging issues for Senator Larry Pressler (R-SD) and an appointee to the Rhode Island Advisory Commission on Aging.

He has been a member of the Periodical Correspondents Association to the U.S. Senate and House Galleries, a professional member of Sigma Phi Omega Honor Society in Gerontology, and a former member of the Adult Health Development Program at the University of Maryland. Over the years he has been appointed to serve on the editorial advisory boards of several national long-term care trade publications.

To date, Mr. Weiss has published more than 175 articles on aging and health care issues.







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Alumni of the center are employed
throughout the United States as:

  • Health Educators and Counselors for the Aged
  • Planners in State and Federal Agencies
  • Administrators of Adult Day Services
  • Senior Center Directors
  • Directors of Community Agencies
  • Caseworkers and Care Managers for the Aged
  • Adult Protective Services Personnel
  • Mental Health Specialists in Aging
  • Aging Specialists in Leisure, Travel and Recreation
  • Corporate Gerontologists
  • Directors of Hospital-Based Geriatric Services
  • CEOs of Continuing Care Retirement Communities
  • Nursing Home Administrators
  • Administrators of Assisted Living and Senior Housing
  • Marketing Consultants for Business and Industry

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John R. Grace, M.S.
Executive Director

Kansas Association of Homesand Services for the Aging, Topeka, Kansas
Greg Rogerino, M.S.
Executive Director

Winchester Gardens
Maplewood, NJ
Lisa Stewart, M.S.
Retirement and Lifestyles Issues Consulting,
Spring Valley, CA



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