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Board of Directors 

Ann F. Monroe (Chair)
Health Foundation for Western & Central New York
Buffalo, NY  

Rani Snyder (Vice Chair)
The John A. Hartford Foundation
New York. NY

Vincent Tilford (Treasurer)
The Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation
Detroit, MI

Steve Ewell (Secretary)
Consumer Technology Association Foundation (CTA)
Arlington, VA

Susan Althans (Director)
The McGregor Foundation
Cleveland, OH

Nora Moreno Cargie (Director)
Tufts Health Plan Foundation
Watertown, MA

Shelley M. Lyford (Director) 
Gary and Mary West Foundation
Carlsbad, CA  

Aaron Merki (Director) 
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc.
Owings Mils, MD

Katie Midgley (Director)
The Plough Foundation
Memphis, TN

Brian Myers (Director)
Empire Health Foundation
Spokane, WA

Helen Ramon (Director)
Bader Philanthropies, Inc.
Milwaukee, WI  

Laura Giles Rath (Director) 
Archstone Foundation
Long Beach, CA

René W. Seidel (Director)
The SCAN Foundation
Long Beach, CA  

Patricia (Trish) Shannon (Director)
AARP Foundation
Washington, DC

Trent Stamp (Director)
The Eisner Foundation
Beverly Hills, CA

GIA Staff
John Feather, PhD
Chief Executive Officer
Tel: 703.413.0413
Email: jfeather@giaging.org

Emily Baransy
Tel: 419.615.8543
Email: ebaransy@giaging.org

Amy Karimipour
Annual Conference Consultant
Tel: 850.523.4200
Email: amyk@akconsultinggroup.org

Maria Gonzales Jackson
Director of Programs and Membership
Tel: 703.413.0413 
Email: mgonzalesjackson@giaging.org

Bio of John Feather, PhD

JOHN FEATHER, PhD, is Chief Executive Officer of Grantmakers In Aging, the national society of grantmaking foundations and other organizations that work to improve the lives of older people. Prior to beginning that position on October 1, 2011, Dr. Feather was Executive Director and CEO of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, the national membership organization of pharmacists who specialize in care of older persons. Until 2002, he was Director of the AARP Andrus Foundation, the research and education charity of AARP.  

For the seventeen years prior to that appointment in 1995, Dr. Feather held several positions at the State University of New York at Buffalo, including Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology, and Executive Director of the Primary Care Resource Center. Prior to that he was Director of the Western New York Geriatric Education Center.  

Dr. Feather is Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Society on Aging, Past Treasurer of the National Hispanic Council on Aging, and a former officer or Board member of 12 other national non-profit organizations.  In March 2015, he received the ASA Award, the highest honor of the American Society on Aging for his work in policy, practice, and education.

Dr. Feather is an organizational sociologist by training and received his undergraduate education at the University of Texas at Austin and his masters and doctoral degrees at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He has earned the designation of Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and Certified Association Executive (CAE).


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