Dr. Tatiana Sadak (she/her), PhD, PMHNP, ARNP, RN, FAAN

DPEN Board of Directors, Executive Director

Yale University School of Nursing, Professor and Deputy Dean

University of Washington School of Nursing, Affiliate Professor

Primary areas of expertise on DPEN team: Vision, networking, advancement, research and dissemination, and education

“I am passionate about dementia care because these diseases deeply touch the lives of many people and it is possible to have a good quality of life while living with dementia if people receive appropriate care and support.”

Email: tatiana.sadak@yale.edu


Dr. Soo Borson (she/her), MD

DPEN Board of Directors, Co-Director

UW School of Medicine, Professor Emerita

USC Keck School of Medicine, Professor of Clinical Family Medicine

Primary areas of expertise on DPEN team: Research and dissemination, education, networking, and visibility

Email: soob@uw.edu


Barbara Cochrane (she/her), PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA

DPEN Primary Investigator

University of Washington School of Nursing

Professor Emeritus: Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing

Northwest Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Center, Co-Director

Email: barbc@uw.edu


Emily Ishado (she/her), MSW, LICSW

DPEN Board of Directors, Director of Operations

University of Washington School of Nursing, Research Coordinator

Primary areas of expertise on DPEN team: New and existing strategic initiatives, networking, and implementation

“I am passionate about dementia care because I have always felt a special bond to people living with dementia and know we can do better in providing them with equitable and optimal care.”

Email: eishado@uw.edu


Christina A. Coulter (she/her), PhD, AGPCNP-BC, ARNP

Christina A. Coulter (she/her), PhD, AGPCNP-BC, ARNP

DPEN Board of Directors, Director of Curriculum

University of Washington School of Nursing

Swedish Medical Group, Internal Medicine Nurse Practitioner

Primary areas of expertise on DPEN team: Curriculum and content development

“I am passionate about dementia care because the advancement of quality evidence-based care not only improves the lives of older adults with dementia and their families, but it also has the power to reduce burn-out and improve clinical role satisfaction”

E-mail: cac76@uw.edu


Gina Werdel

Gina Werdel (she/her), MPA

DPEN Team, Program Operations Specialist of Long-Term Care Externship and Residency

University of Washington School of Nursing, Program Operations Specialist

Primary areas of expertise on DPEN team: Project management, business development

I’m passionate about dementia care because “Dementia is a condition that deeply impacts people and their loved ones. There is a growing need in Washington for a workforce that can provide quality care for people living with dementia, and I’m glad to be a part of a team that’s addressing this need in a strategic and compassionate way.”

Email: gw1197@uw.edu


Sarah McKiddy (she/her), BSN

Sarah McKiddy (she/her), BSN, RN

DPEN Board of Directors, Secretary

University of Washington School of Nursing, Doctoral Student

Primary areas of expertise on DPEN team: Global initiatives, marketing, and research and dissemination

Email: sm256@uw.edu


Laurel Barchet (she/her), BS, ADN

DPEN Team, Curriculum Designer

University of Washington School of Nursing

Primary areas of expertise on DPEN team: E-Learning Instructional Design and nursing

I’m passionate about dementia care because “Dementia has affected many of my friends and family members and continues to affect more people every day. People living with dementia, their care partners and families deserve high-quality, specialized care. My goal is to support healthcare educators and help healthcare students and professionals to be the best care providers that they can be.”

E-mail: lah19@uw.edu


Chandler J. Lewis (he/him), M.Sc.

Chandler J. Lewis (he/him), M.Sc.

DPEN Board of Directors, Advisor for Innovation and Dissemination

University of Washington School of Nursing, Consultant, Advisor, and Curriculum Development

The Cross Cultural Health Care Program, Director of Equity & Inclusion

WA Nursing Commission, Chair of DEI Workgroup

Primary areas of expertise on DPEN team: Sustainability and business development; and diversity, equity, and inclusion

“I am passionate about dementia care because every elder deserves compassionate healthcare.”

Email: clewis10@uw.edu


Melinda Schultz (she/her), MA

Melinda Schultz (she/her), MA

DPEN Board of Directors, Affiliate Consultant

Yale University School of Nursing, Program Manager for DPEN

University of Washington School of Nursing, Program Specialist for DPEN

Primary areas of expertise on DPEN team: Quality improvement, research and dissemination, project management, marketing

“I am passionate about dementia care because if it were my loved ones, I would want the best care for them.”

Email: schulm5@uw.edu