Troy C. Andersen, MSW, MS, LCSW, PhD
Adjunct Professor, Neurology
Associate Professor, College of Social Work
Executive Director, W.D.Goodwill Initiatives of Social Work
Dementia Specialist Clinical Social Worker
Troy is the Executive Director, W. D. Goodwill Initiatives on Aging and Associate Professor/lecturer in the College of Social Work at the University of Utah. Dr. Andersen is a dementia specialist clinical social worker at the Center for Alzheimer’s Care, Imaging and Research at the University Of Utah School Of Medicine. Dr. Andersen received his PhD in Social Work with an emphasis in developing proactive dementia care services for individuals in the early stages of the disease and other aging related topics.
In 2010, Dr. Andersen received the John A. Hartford Doctoral Fellow in Geriatric Social Work, a two-year fellowship with emphasis on developing enhanced research and teaching skills on issues related to older adults. He won the Anna Dresel Award for outstanding graduate student in Gerontology. Mr. Andersen received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Utah, a Master’s degree in Social Work from Brigham Young University, a Master’s degree in Gerontology from the University of Utah, and a PhD in Social Work at the University of Utah.
For the last ten years, Dr. Andersen has worked for the University Of Utah School of Medicine’s Center for Alzheimer’s Care, Imaging and Research. This center operates a multi-disciplinary subspecialty neurology clinic where he works daily with cognitive and movement disorder neurologists, neuropsychologists, nurses and research coordinators providing medical social work services to patients with progressive forms of dementia and their caregivers and families. In his 26 years of clinical experience, he has also worked extensively with individuals with chronic mental illness, as well as in crisis intervention, trauma and grief issues
Sheryl Bagshaw, MBA, SSW, SVW
Sheryl is a Dementia Practitioner/Educator. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor’s of Science in Sociology and a Gerontology Certificate from Utah State University where she started the Student Gerontology Association. Sheryl has been working in the senior care industry since 1997, and is a licensed Social Service Worker. Since 2005, Sheryl has specifically been working with dementia clients and their families. She has been a Cognitive Interventionist, a Senior Placement Advisor, a Case Manager, a Long-Term Care Social Worker, a Discharge Planner, the Director of a Dementia Unit, and the host for various Family Support Groups. Sheryl holds Certification as a Validation Worker through Naomi Feil’s Validation Institute, and has obtained her Certification as an Eden Alternative Associate. She holds national certification as a Dementia Practitioner through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP). Sheryl has been a Volunteer Ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Association and is currently a member of the Utah State Coordinating Council for Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias. She is a sought after speaker throughout Utah as a Dementia Educator and Speaker. She is also the author of the books “Angels at the Bedside” and “Dementia: From the Wrong End of the Bed.”
Liz Garcia-Leavitt, MSW, LCSW
Health Educator / Clinical Social Worker
Liz is a Clinical Social Worker and Health Educator at the University of Utah, Center for Alzheimer’s Care, Imaging and Research (CACIR). Liz has practiced for over 10 years as a Geriatric and Medical social worker specializing in dementia care. Prior to CACIR she worked in the community at Jewish Family Service with their older adult and caregiver support programs and with the LDS hospital Senior Cognitive Clinic. Liz is passionate about improving the quality of life for individuals with dementia and their loved ones. She has continued her caregiver support work with CACIR.
Richard “John” Lassere, MD
Dr. Lassere graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport in 1984 and completed his Family Medicine residency in Baton Rouge. He practiced solo in South Louisiana, until moving with his family to establish a medical clinic in Pocatello, ID in 1996. He practiced at the Boise VA from 2012 to 2016, where he was a Geriatric Scholar. Currently he is a practicing Geriatrician at the Southridge Clinic in Riverton with Intermountain Healthcare. He is board certified in Family Medicine and Geriatrics. His interest is in outpatient geriatrics, particularly in keeping patients functional, happy and at home for as long as possible.
Nancy Madsen, SSW, MS, CPM
Nancy holds an MS Degree in Gerontology from the University of Utah and is a licensed Social Service Worker and Certified Public Manager. She is currently the Program Manager for the Utah Caregiver Support Program in the State of Utah/Division of Aging & Adult Services. Nancy was a family caregiver for her elderly mother for twenty-two years and care partner for her late husband for over seven years prior to his passing from a terminal illness. She understands the role of a family caregiver well. She is passionate about advocating for all aging individuals as well as family caregivers who selflessly devote their lives and time in caring for their loved ones.
Allie Miraglia is a project manager specializing in community engagement at HealthInsight, a non-profit quality improvement organization dedicated to improving health and health care across Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and Utah. Originally from Washington D.C., Ms. Miraglia studied Behavioral and Public Health at the University of Maryland and previously worked in policy and research at the US Department of Agriculture in the Office of Public Health Science and at the Food and Drug Administration in the Office of Policy. She has six years of clinical research experience, including two as a clinical microbiologist overseeing FDA-regulated clinical trials for surgical applications in Bozeman, Montana.
Ms. Miraglia’s background in federal health policy, clinical research, and community health care education and outreach have paved the way for successful consumer and community engagement projects at HealthInsight Utah since 2015. Ms. Miraglia works extensively with diverse stakeholders in the community addressing topics such as advance care planning documentation and education for patients and providers, improving Hispanic/Latino health insurance navigation and access to resources, assessing Medicare Annual Wellness Visit processes for conducting cognitive assessments, scaling Diabetes and Chronic Disease Self-Management workshops in rural and underserved counties, and hosting community conferences that bring together diverse populations to increase awareness of patient centered outcomes in health research.
Kate Nederostock, MGS, CPD
Kate Nederostek is the Program Director for the Alzheimer’s Association Utah Chapter. The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. For the Association, Kate oversees the outreach, education, support, and safety services provided to family dementia caregivers, individuals living with dementia, professional caregivers, healthcare providers and researchers throughout Utah. Kate has been working with persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their families for 17 years in numerous capacities. She has had the opportunity to lead a memory care neighborhood within a nursing home setting in Ohio, serve as the Executive Director of two different assisted living communities in Ohio and Maryland, as well as support approximately 20 different long-term care communities in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Michigan as a divisional memory care support person.
Kate holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, a master’s degree in gerontological studies from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner. Kate serves on various committees and coalitions within Utah to improve services and support to individuals affected by dementia.
Portrait of a Caregiver is a joint project with the Utah Caregiver Support Program, the University of Utah College, of Nursing and the Hartford Change AGEnts Initiative. The collaboration of playwright, Jacqueline Eaton RN, PhD of the College of Nursing and Nancy Madsen DHS of the Utah Caregiver Support Program brings the performing arts, the needs of unpaid family caregivers and aging individuals in long term care to focus on the actual conversations and feelings to a wider audience.