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The Legacy Project draws on the best ideas and knowledge from both local experts and international leaders in their field. Advisors with expertise in key areas related to the Legacy Project's work are helping to shape the development of our programs, resources, research, and the new Legacy Center. Create, Connect, Change with the Legacy Project at www.legacyproject.org.

Current members of the Legacy Project's Advisory Board include:

Chris Bergerson
Director, National Program Services
Girl Scouts of the USA, New York, NY

Ms. Bergerson, a former middle school teacher, heads program development for the 3.7 million youth members and adult leaders of the Girl Scouts of the USA. More than 50 million American women have been part of the Scouting experience, and that number continues to grow.

Donna Butts
Executive Director
Generations United, Washington, DC

With over thirty years experience working with national organizations including the YWCA and 4-H, Ms. Butts now heads the preeminent American intergenerational organization bringing together more than 100 national, state, and local organizations representing more than 70 million Americans. GU is the only national organization advocating for the mutual well-being of children, youth, and older adults.

Chris Caram
Deputy State Superintendent, Academic Affairs
Oklahoma State Department of Education, Oklahoma City, OK

Dr. Caram received her PhD from the University of Oklahoma in Educational Leadership, Supervision, and Curriculum Development. She worked in school districts in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and North Carolina as a teacher, principal, director of elementary education, assistant superintendent, and deputy superintendent. She has served as Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Foundations at Western Carolina University and at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She has also provided leadership training and organizational consulting across the US.

David Friesen
Friesens Corporation, Altona, MB

Mr. Friesen's stewardship for more than twenty years has made Friesens one of Canada's leading independently-owned businesses, twice named by Deloitte and Touche as a Top 50 Best Managed Company. He combines considerable business acumen with a commitment to serving the community.

Doug Manning
Educational Consultant, Kelowna, BC

Mr. Manning is the former CEO and President of Bridges Transitions, a company dedicated to preparing students to manage life transitions. He is also a former teacher, counsellor, and administrator in the Central Okanagan School District.
Mr. Manning now works with education-related companies assisting in the design and development of their programs.

Leslie McCallum
President and CEO
Bright Red Communications, Toronto, ON

With twenty-five years experience in marketing and advertising working on leading brands including Esso, Freedom 55 Financial, McDonald's, and Dove, Ms. McCallum also has a Masters degree in Social Work, which allows her to bring a community perspective to her work.

Anita Merina
Literacy Director
National Education Association, Washington, DC

The NEA is the largest American education association, with over 3.2 million teacher members. Ms. Merina heads a number of literacy initiatives, including Read Across America.

Harry R. Moody
Director, Academic Affairs
AARP, Washington, DC

Dr. Moody, with degrees from Yale and Columbia, is a respected leader in aging with meaning. He also serves as Senior Associate with the International Longevity Center (US) and is a Senior Fellow of Civic Ventures. He previously served as Executive Director of the Brookdale Center on Aging and Chairman of the Board of Elderhostel. He has written numerous scholarly articles and books.

Ian Ross Pelman
Thomas and Pelman, Barristers and Solicitors, Stouffville, ON

Practicing law for over thirty years, Mr. Pelman has enjoyed working with hundreds of families, often involving second and third generation members, and has a strong personal interest in the community goals of the Legacy Project.

Kathleen Valentine
Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Community Engagement,
Associate Professor in the School of Nursing
Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA

Dr. Valentine has extensive leadership experience in complex health care organizations across the US, including hospital systems, large multi-specialty physician practices, health care insurers, and academic nursing. Her special interest is transforming practice environments through the diffusion of caring science within interprofessional team work. She is past president of the International Association for Human Caring, founding editor for the International Journal for Human Caring, and author of numerous national and international scholarly research presentations and publications. Her progressive vision of health includes not only physical well-being, but psychological and social well-being.

Peter Whitehouse
Founder, The Intergenerational Schools
Physician, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, and
Professor, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Visiting Researcher and Strategic Advisor in Innovation, Baycrest/University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
As a medical doctor, researcher, and professor, Dr. Whitehouse's work encompasses cognitive neuroscience, geriatric neurology, and environmental bioethics. His life passion and purpose is creating intergenerative learning communities committed to sustainable human flourishing. He researches and implements innovative care and life strategies for age-related cognitive challenges such as those associated with what he used to call "Alzheimer's." A well-known speaker (and listener) and prolific author, he has published in most of the leading medical and scientific journals, and has written and edited several books including The Myth of Alzheimer's.

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