Gwen Ellis has been a lifelong resident of the Twin Cities. Gwen is a Restorative Practices Circle Keeper, with an emphasis on leadership and youth development. She also works within her community as an African American Cultural Arts instructor. Mrs. Ellis currently has the privilege of being appointed and anointed to serve in the role of caregiver to her cherished, senior family members.
Odichinma (Odi) Akosionu is a 4th year Doctoral Student in the Health Economics track of the Health Services Research, Policy and Administration Program at the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health. Her research area is in the economics of aging- investigating how structural discrimination and racial inequities shape the experiences and health outcomes of older adults receiving long term services and supports.
Robbin leads the planning and execution of community-oriented activities, partnerships and engagement at the organizations and agencies at CHAI. Her position proactively cultivates, grows, and manages CHAI’s network of partner community agencies and organizations, and placing a special emphasis on increasing collaboration with black, indigenous, and communities of color as well as sexual and gender minorities (SGM).
Angie Renee has been a clay teaching artist for the last 20 years in many capacities around the Twin Cities metro area. She started her teaching artist career at Northern Clay Center and now is the Vitality Arts Director and teaching artist at The Rumriver Art Center in Anoka.
Patricia Hoolihan’s latest book is Hands and Hearts Together – Daily Meditations for Caregivers from Holy Cow! Press. For decades she has taught a variety of writing courses at The Loft in Minneapolis and Metropolitan State University and she is currently teaching at The Loft and freelance classes.
Dr. Osterholm is on the front lines of our nation’s COVID-19 recovery efforts. He is a distinguished member of President Biden’s COVID-19 Advisory Board and served as a Science Envoy for Health Security on behalf of the US Department of State (June 2018 – May 2019).