Meet our Speakers

Our speakers and panelists are scheduled to speak at the 22nd Florence Cellar Conference on Thursday, April 27, 2017. More information is coming soon.

Carolyn Clevenger

Keynote Speaker

Carolyn Clevenger, RN, DNP, AGPCNP-BC, GNP-BC, FAANP

Assistant Dean for MSN Education
Clinical Associate Professor
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Emory University

In addition to her role as Assistant Dean, Clevenger is the Director of the Fuld Palliative Care Fellowship program and the nurse faculty lead on interprofessional education collaboratives such as the Interprofessional Team Training Day(s) and Emory Senior Mentor program. She is President-Elect of the Gerontological Advance Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA) and a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

The Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association honored her with its Excellence in Education Award in 2010. Dr. Clevenger is a recognized as an expert in gerontology and healthy aging. She has served as a clinical expert for media outlets including Fox News, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Magazine, and the Atlanta Business Chronicle.


Mary Dolansky

Plenary Speaker

Mary Dolansky, PhD, FAAN, RN

Associate Professor, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
Director, QSEN Institute
VA Quality Senior Nurse Fellow, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA

Dr. Dolansky is an Associate Professor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) and Senior Mentor in the Veterans Administration Quality Scholars program at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center. Dr. Dolansky is Director of the QSEN Institute (Quality and Safety Education for Nurses). She has co-published two books on quality improvement education, co-authored several book chapters and articles, and was guest editor on a special quality improvement education issue in the Journal of Quality Management in Health Care. She has taught the interdisciplinary course “Continual Improvement in Health Care” at CWRU for the past 10 years and was chair of the quality and safety task force at the school of nursing that integrated quality and safety into the undergraduate and graduate nursing curricula.


steven landers

Plenary Speaker

Dr. Steven Landers, MD, MPH

President & CEO, VNA Health Group

Dr. Landers is the President and CEO of the Visiting Nurse Association Health Group, Inc., the nation’s second largest not-for-profit home health care organization. As a certified family doctor and geriatrician, Dr. Landers places a strong emphasis on house calls to the vulnerable elderly and has a specialized interest in geriatric medicine, home health, hospice and palliative care.

Dr. Landers is a graduate of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. He currently serves on numerous Boards including the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation, Partnership for Quality Home Health Care, Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP), and Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA). Dr. Landers has authored several articles on the role of home care in national publications, including the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medicine. Dr. Landers most recently joined the Huffington Post as a regular blogger focusing on health policy, family caregivers, and nurses and finding ways to improve quality and value in American health care. 


Stephanie M. Loucka

Luncheon Speaker

Stephanie M. Loucka

Director, Ohio Department of Aging

Stephanie M. Loucka was appointed director of the Ohio Department of Aging by Governor John Kasich on August 1, 2016. Having previously served the department from 2011 to 2013, including time as assistant director, Director Loucka is excited to drive the agency toward its mission of keeping Ohio on the leading edge of innovation and responsiveness to our growing and changing aging population. Director Loucka and her Department of Aging staff are guiding the state's effort to transform how it serves older Ohioans and the family members and professionals who care for them, with a focus on proven, person-centered policy and practices.

Director Loucka leads efforts to create responses to the challenges and opportunities of an aging population by developing and fostering partnerships using proven theories of collaboration and innovation. She and the department believe that aging is everybody’s business and that individuals, state and local governments, businesses and others have a role in challenging negative views of aging and ensuring that every Ohioan has opportunities to grow, thrive and contribute.