Caregiver Advisory Board Members

Family Caregivers Advisory Board, in alpha order by last name:

Kwi Bulow, MD Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, Medical Director at Qualcomm Clinic Academic Appointments – Clinical Professor, Medicine – General Medical Disciplines Professional Education – Residency: University of California San Diego Medical Center (1987) CA – Fellowship: University of California San Diego Medical Center (1989) – Medical Education: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine (1984) – Board Certification: Geriatric Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine (1990)


Daniel Chavez, MBA Executive Director of San Diego Health Connect. The voice of a caregiver. Dan has more than 30 years of health care information technology experience. He has an extensive track record of cultivating startups, business development and product marketing.

Previously, Chavez served as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Independa, a San Diego-based innovator that provides solutions to help the elderly remain independent. In his previous positions, Chavez was Executive Vice President at Payformance Corporation, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the medical division of Immersion Corporation, and Senior Vice President at Availity.

Dan’s prior experience includes IBM, GTE, SAIC, Stellcom Technologies and CSC. He holds a BA from San Jose State University and an MBA from Stanford University.


Debora Demarest global marketing and corporate communications executive who creates awareness for companies and brands by employing solid communications strategies and unique messaging to enhance brand awareness and corporate reputation. With a portfolio that includes experience with Madison Avenue agencies, start-ups and Fortune 100 companies in various industries: life sciences, healthcare and consumer package goods.

The foundation of Debora’s experience is a deep knowledge of all communications solutions: from articulating the voice-of-the-customer during the creative development process to garnering brand recall via unique campaigns, media relations programs, media relations activities and public relations programs.


Cathy Francis, MA, SPHR Karacal Communications and the voice of a caregiver. Over 20 years in leadership roles in a variety of industries from 50 to 10,000 employees, from bio-tech to hi-tech, healthcare to services, retail to hospitality with multi-site and international offices.

While Human Resources has been the common thread of her responsibilities, she prides herself on being an overall business leader as evidenced by additional assignments helping to implement an ISO9000 program, full responsibility for company facilities and administrative services, and key participant in the development of long term strategic plans. Whether it be a startup (she’s assisted four so far, including taking one through IPO), an acquisition/merger, or a Fortune 500 with several thousand employees across multiple sites, she takes her broad breath of global business experience with her to assist executive teams and employees alike in achieving their goals.

Cathy was a volunteer co-author and tiger-team coach at the Life Science Information Technology Global Institute (LSIT) who produced the Good Informatics Practices (GIP) guidance documents published through   HIMSS GIP Training Practices


Mario Garrett, PhD San Diego State University, Professor, School of Social Work. Psychologist and Internationally recognized gerontologist. Founder and Director of Data Analysis Service, Albuquerque, NM. Past Chair Department of Gerontology and Director of the University Center on Aging, San Diego State University.







Gail Hunt, President and CEO and The voice of a caregiver. National Alliance for Caregiving, a non-profit coalition dedicated to conducting research and developing national programs for family caregivers and the professionals who serve them. Prior to heading the Alliance, Ms. Hunt was President of her own aging services consulting firm for 14 years. She conducted corporate eldercare research for the National Institute on Aging and the Social Security Administration, developed training for caregivers with AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association, and designed a corporate eldercare program for EAPs with the Employee Assistance Professional Association.

Prior to having her own firm, Gail was Senior Manager in charge of human services for the Washington, DC, office of KPMG Peat Marwick.

Ms. Hunt attended Vassar College and graduated from Columbia University.


Nansi Kiwani, owner of, a local San Diego Health, Wellness & Social Service Directory & Events Board. The voice of a caregiver. Born and raised in Nairobi-Kenya, she received her education in the US in Speech Communications and has over 3 years’ experience working directly with seniors, in the non-medical in homecare field. Prior to that Nansi designed and self-published “The Health Tracker” – a healthcare organizer she created. In the capacity of owner of “The Maggie Company”, she worked with local vendors, hospital gift shops, pharmacies and other businesses in San Diego to market and promote The Health Tracker.

Currently Nansi is responsible for running the “Senior-A-Go-Go” transportation program at ElderHelp of San Diego. The program provides transportation services to seniors 60 plus who live in the San Diego area.


Steve Koh, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor at University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Director for UCSD Community Psychiatry Fellowship, and UCSD Outpatient Faculty. Steve was Clinical Faculty in Dept. of Psychiatry at Naval Hospital Balboa in San Diego, where he was psychiatrist at the Naval OASIS residential program for complicated PTSD, imbedded geriatric psychiatrist for Naval Hospital Internal Medicine Dept., and Attending for Consult Liaison Services.

Steve is President of San Diego Psychiatric Society, Chair of Early Career Psychiatrists at the American Psychiatric Association (APA), member on the APA Council on Government Relations and Advocacy. He is past member of APA Council on Healthcare Systems and Finance, Board of Trustees, Minority Fellows Chair, Assembly of MITs Chair, and Chair of American Medical Association’s Resident/Fellows Section Public Health Committee. He sits on the Board of San Diego NAMI and past Board of Glenner Center.


Rita Moufarrege, MSW. Social Worker and the Voice of a Caregiver. University of Rochester (UR): Previously Primary Therapist at Older Adult’s Service, Primary Evaluator at UR Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program. New York Licensed Master Social Worker. Relocated to San Diego. MSW and Advanced Certificate in Gerontological Social Work from The Greater Rochester Collaborative MSW program – Nazareth College and SUNY College at Brockport.

Current volunteer Lay Eucharistic Visitor (LEV) at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Poway, CA, providing spiritual support to home-bound older adults and their caregivers. Twelve years of prior experience, serving as a LEV at St. Peter’s Church in Henrietta, NY. Facilitated a Matter of Balance Class at a senior care facility. Previously served as President of the Board of Directors of St. Peter’s Child Care Center in Henrietta, NY.

Through personal experience as a caregiver of an aging parent, as well as professional and volunteer experience working with caregivers, Rita emphasizes the importance of providing support via education, community resources and peer connections to prevent caregiver burnout.


Jeani K Stevens, iHeartMedia, Jeani Stevens Consulting. The voice of a caregiver. Four time veteran as a full time caregiver. A seasoned and highly respected media, marketing and entertainment professional. Effectual leader with proven ability with twenty-five years of relevant media, marketing and entertainment experience.

Jeani uses a unique sales and marketing perspective that is from bottom-line up. Her success comes from a personalized and team-sales approach with Impressive presentation and negotiating skills. Jeani has exceptional skills in relationship development and communication with C-Level and Senior Executives that is creative and solution oriented.


Jamie Tyrone, RN, Founder and CEO of B.A.B.E.S., “Beating Alzheimer’s by Embracing Science”, she founded the non-profit, charitable organization which is dedicated to raising funds and the need for research in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. The voice of the Patient.

Through LEAD (Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer’s Disease), she participated in clinical workgroups that submitted recommendations to the NAPA Advisory Council, appointed by the Department of Health and Human Services to create the National Plan on Alzheimer’s Disease that was required by the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA) and released in May, 2012.

She also is a founding member of Women Against Alzheimer’s.

Jamie’s family history with Alzheimer’s disease is documented in the CNN award winning film “Filling the Blank”, produced by Filipe Barrel. The documentary brings to light the havoc and devastation this disease inflicts on generations and generations of families, but brings hope through research.

Jamie received her nursing degree from Mt. St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles, California, and was one of the youngest nurses to receive National Board Certification in Perioperative Nursing. Jamie utilized her expertise and knowledge and worked with powerhouse medical companies such as Kendall Healthcare, Caremark, Vencor, and Transitional Hospital Corporation.

In her retirement, Jamie served as Secretary and Board Director to the Silver Gate Yacht Club in San Diego and was honored with the “Starbright” Award in 2005. Today, Jamie has turned her sights on finding a cure for Alzheimer’s. She is proud to say that she is a research participant and now tirelessly works to bring awareness to this insidious disease and to raise the funds necessary for much needed research in the quest to find a cure to end the suffering for the next generation.