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Institute for Engaged Aging Ambassadors

The mission of the Institute for Engaged Aging Ambassadors, an academic, corporate and community coalition, is to enrich the aging experience by advising and advancing the research, teaching and outreach of IEA Faculty Associates and their students.

Cindy Homer-BaronCindy Homer-Baron

Cindy Homer-Baron is both an educator and a senior housing specialist. In the field of Education she was an Assistant Professor at the University of New Hampshire in the area of literacy learning and she directed a teacher training program at the University of California, Berkeley. Cindy also spent 16 years working as a Director of Sales & Marketing in the senior living industry. She sold apartments and condos to seniors who were independent or in need of assisted living and/or memory care services. She has a passion for helping seniors find a wonderful home which offers maintenance-free living along with healthcare services, if needed. Her goal is to keep seniors independent and active for as long as possible.

Cindy is currently a senior housing consultant and lives in the Greenville area. She earned a master’s & doctoral degree from Northern Illinois University and an undergraduate degree from Ohio University. She has enjoyed living in New England, as well as in the San Francisco Bay area and the Chicago & Atlanta areas. Her interests are: taking classes at OLLI, reading, researching, traveling, fitness workouts, keeping up with technology, and connecting with her family and friends. Cindy can be reached at: chomerbaron@gmail.com.

Dr. Nancy McKeownDr. Nancy McKeown

Dr. Nancy McKeown, licensed Audiologist in North and South Carolina, has been working with hearing impaired patients for more than 20 years. Her time in the audiology field has been focused on improving the communication ability of her patients through the use of properly fit hearing aids and aural rehabilitation. Much of her time has been spent educating the public on the importance of being your own advocate when buying and wearing hearing aids. Nancy has worked in both the private practice setting fitting hearing aids on patients of all ages and working in the hospital setting diagnosing hearing loss on newborns and infants. Nancy is a strong advocate of using real ear measures to verify the fit and performance of a hearing aid. She believes this is a valuable step in providing patients with exceptional care. Nancy is Board Certified in Audiology by the American Board of Audiology, a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, and has held her Certificate of Clinical Competence with the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. She is a graduate of the University of Florida where she completed her Doctorate of Audiology in 2001.

Dan RobertsDan Roberts

Dan Roberts began his career in Information Technology began as a computer operator and programming tutor for Clemson University Computer Center.   He joined Monsanto Company after graduation and advanced to Director, Application Development – Fibers and Chemical Intermediates Division while developing and managing the corporate portfolio of integrated business applications, specializing in math-based planning and scheduling systems. 

 In 1986, he founded and was principal for Innovative Computing, providing consulting and application development for Planning/Scheduling Systems and Supply Chain Optimization applications for such global enterprises as Monsanto, Solutia, Shaw Industries/Berkshire Hathaway and DuPont.   

In 1999, he joined Aspen Technology as a Senior Consultant and Project Manager where he led enterprise-wide Supply Chain Optimization application development and SAP Implementation for the merger of BP and Amoco, and for Cryovac/Sealed Air and Wellman Industries.   Dan also served as the lead Corporate Trainer for Aspen in Forecasting, Production Planning and Scheduling tools, developing and delivering courses to clients across the US, Europe and Asia. 

 Since 2004, Dan has worked in a series of Information Technology leadership roles for UnitedHealth Group – Optum Technology Division, developing applications and managing projects to implement leading-edge middleware tools that permit hundreds of health-information and insurance applications for this Fortune-5 company to share a central core of enterprise databases.   Dan also serves on the UHG Cultural Ambassadors team that defines and coordinates communication of the core principles, ethics and best practices that guide the UHG enterprise.  Dan’s work in the Healthcare and Insurance sectors has motivated him to assist in the founding and development of the Clemson Institute for Engaged Aging Ambassador Group and to continue his education in Applied Health Research and Human Centered Computing. 

Gail Stokes is Senior Editor of All About Seniors Resource/Referral Directory for the Upstate of SC.Gail Stokes

Gail Stokes is Senior Editor of All About Seniors Resource/Referral Directory for the Upstate of SC. Building strong relationships with the professionals in the senior industry is key to making All About Seniors a valuable tool for professionals and seniors and their families.

Becoming caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease was not in the life plan, but led Gail to a career of working in a field for which she became passionate. Serving seven years as community relations director at a local Alzheimer’s care community, it was her goal to learn as much as she could about Alzheimer’s disease and to educate others along the way. It was a privilege to work closely with families, assisting them with resources and educational materials, as they endured the journey of Alzheimer’s disease. Gail works closely with the Alzheimer’s Association through serving on and chairing committees for fund raising events and various other functions. She served as secretary for the SC Alzheimer’s Association, and in January, as a volunteer, will attend the 2019 Leadership Summit in San Antonio, Texas.

Gail is a graduate of the inaugural class of Furman University’s Senior Leaders Greenville. The yearlong program challenges the senior population to get involved and become voices for the rapidly growing number of seniors in our community. Currently serving on the Board of Senior Action provides an inside look at the daily needs of our seniors.

Gail serves as Membership Chair of Upstate Senior Network, Chair of the Greenville area Adult Interagency Council, and is a former member of the SC Silver Haired Legislature for Greenville County.

Gail and her husband Bryan, a Baptist minister, are the parents of two children and two grandchildren and reside in Greer, SC.