After caring for his grandparents and later his own mother as they battled Alzheimer’s disease, Evan DuBro decided he wanted to change the way we care for those affected by memory diseases. In 2007, Evan founded Our Family Home believing that small homes, well-trained staff and connection-based care could change the way we care for seniors with memory disease. Evan is the Chief Executive Officer of Our Family Home, which offers eight residential memory care homes in suburban neighborhoods in Columbus and Cincinnati.
Evan is a long-time member of the Alzheimer’s Association and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Central Ohio Chapter. Evan was a member of the Association’s Advocacy Committee, where he lobbied for increased funding for Alzheimer’s research and better care, before recently joining the Care and Support Committee.
Dr. Dabelko-Schoeny is an applied community-based scholar seeking to improve the delivery of home and community-based services for older adults and their caregivers through collaboration with community agencies, older adults, and interdisciplinary faculty. She leads the research and evaluation efforts for Age-Friendly Columbus and Franklin County. Utilizing mixed methodological approaches, Dr. Dabelko-Schoeny conducts research with faculty in the Colleges of Nursing, Medicine, Veterinary medicine, and Arts and Sciences to test innovative interventions to support the well-being of older adults and family caregivers.
Katie White is the Director of Age-Friendly Communities at The Ohio State University College of Social Work. Ms. White graduated with a degree in gerontology and has spent her career working and volunteering with older adults. Her experience in person-centered program development at the Alzheimer’s Association sparked an ongoing passion for elevating the voice of older adults in the community, which was further strengthened in her role as founding Executive Director of Village Connections. Her dedication to inclusive-planning served as the foundation for the Age-Friendly Columbus initiative within the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission and continues to guide her daily work advocating with and for older adults.