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At a Glance

Faculty & Staff

Ellen W. Miller, PT, PhD

Associate Provost of Research, Graduate Programs and Academic Partnerships
Executive Director, Center for Aging & Community
DeHaan Endowed Chair in Gerontology

317-791-5932
Health Pavilion, 250
emiller@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
community & educational partnerships, geriatric rehabilitation, gerontology education and training

Background
Dr. Miller has been at the University of Indianapolis since 1990 and has worked with the Center for Aging & Community (CAC) since its inception in 2001. She was named executive director in 2005 and awarded the DeHaan Chair in Gerontology in 2007. As the executive director of CAC, Dr. Miller has led the Center to a prominent role in gerontology education and training. Under her direction, CAC has partnered with local, state and national aging network and government organizations to conduct work that is enhancing the quality of life for older adults.

Education
PhD, Human Performance and Gerontology, Indiana University
MS, Physical Therapy, Texas Woman's University
BA, Biology, Millikin University

Fun fact
I started teaching at UIndy, started my doctoral studies at Indiana University and was pregnant with my first child all in the same year--1990.

Favorite thing about UIndy
High quality and professionalism in a friendly, caring environment

Tamara L. Wolske, PhDc

Academic Program Director
Assistant Professor in Aging Studies

317-791-5938
Health Pavilion, 246
wolsketl@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
global issues and aging, end-of-life issues, cultural awareness and culture change in long-term care settings

Background
Wolske is currently President of the Board of Directors for Perry Senior Citizens Services in Indianapolis; Chapter Representative for the Delta Mu Chapter of the Sigma Phi Omega National Honor & Professional Society for Gerontology; Secretary of the board for the Indiana Geriatrics Society; and Chair of the Public Policy Committee for the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. Prior to joining the University of Indianapolis in 2004, Wolske worked as the Assistant Director for the Connect2Help™ 2-1-1 telephone helpline for health and human services at the Information & Referral Network (IRN).

Research Interests
global issues affecting aging populations, communication in multi-cultural environments, characteristics affecting quality of life at the end of life

Education
PhDc, International Business Administration, International School of Management (Paris, France)
MS, Gerontology, University of Indianapolis
BA, Sociology, University of Indianapolis

Fun fact
I enjoy international travel and I relieved a life-long fear of heights by taking a hot air balloon ride. It was amazing!

Favorite thing about UIndy
The people that work here and attend as students are friendly and caring.

Sharon Baggett, PhD

Associate Professor of Aging Studies

317-791-5941
Health Pavilion, 261
baggetts@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
community planning for livability, public policy and aging, cultural variations in aging, research and evaluation

Background
Dr. Bagget has been a consultant in research and evaluation since 1993 and has led more than 50 projects in the public and private sectors at the local, regional, and national level. She has authored a book on residential care for the elderly, a book chapter on long-term care, two articles in refereed journals, 15 proprietary publications, and made more than 30 national and regional conference presentations.

Research Interests
community planning for livability and accommodation of all ages; public policy and aging, including supportive services, international aging; distance learning in gerontology education

Education
PhD, Urban Studies/Policy Analysis, Portland State University
MA, Studies in Aging, University of North Texas
BA, Sociology/Social Work, University of North Texas

Fun fact
I have climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa and done “climbing hikes” in Nepal and throughout the Pacific Northwest. I have also played in many bands, including my last, The B-side String Band.

Favorite thing about UIndy
Acoustics in Ruth Lilly Performance Hall – perfect for all types of music.

Lisa Borrero, PhD

Assistant Professor

317-791-5944
Health Pavilion, 230
borrerol@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
critical gerontology, psychosocial health issues pertaining to older women, retirement adjustment, intergenerational learning, service-learning, and qualitative research methods

Background
Dr. Borrero holds a dual appointment in the Center for Aging & Community and the College of Health Sciences. She teaches Physical Dimensions of Aging and Public Health & Aging Populations in the Master of Science in Gerontology program, along with Research Methods I & II and Qualitative Research Methods in the Doctor of Health Science program.

Research Interests
psychosocial health issues pertaining to older women, adjustment to retirement, identity development among older adults, intergenerational learning

Education
PhD, Health Behavior, Minor in Gerontology, Indiana University – Bloomington
MS, Counseling, Indiana University – Bloomington
BA, Psychology, Earlham College

Fun fact
I enjoy spending time outdoors in all seasons, music, reading and sharing many exciting adventures with my husband and two young daughters!

Favorite thing about UIndy
The value placed on service and the genuine effort to make a positive impact on the local community.  The university’s motto, “Education for Service”, makes me feel honored to teach and serve at this institution.

Ellen Burton, MPH, CHES

Senior Project Director

317-791-5940
Health Pavilion, 210
burtones@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
public health, population health, project management

Background
Burton serves as the Senior Project Director for the Center for Aging & Community. In this role, she works with CAC faculty and staff and local, state and national aging services organizations to provide consulting services, project management and evaluation that promotes the health and well being of older adults. Prior to her role at CAC, Buron managed collaboration in education, research and administrative operations for the health science schools of Indiana University and served as a grant director for the Indiana FSSA Division of Aging.

Education
MPH, Health Services, Boston University
BS, Communication Disorders, Boston University

Fun fact
I am the nine year Scrabble champion of my household, which includes my husband, young son, and two "free range" rabbits. Admittedly, two of them are terrible spellers.

Favorite thing about UIndy
The friendly and collaborative atmosphere.

Amy Magan

Communications Manager
Center for Aging & Community and
College of Health Sciences

317-791-5933
Health Pavilion, 210
amagan@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
communication and social media

Background
Magan has been at UIndy since 2005. She is responsible for publication of e-newsletters, the Center's social media presence and works with University Communications on media opportunities. She also provides communications management to the University's College of Health Sciences. Prior to joining UIndy, she was a freelance writer and worked in health care and pharmaceutical communications.

Education
BA in Journalism/Public Relations, Butler University

Fun fact
In my spare time, I write to make people laugh.

Favorite thing about UIndy
No matter what the season, the campus is beautiful.

Amy McFadden Marack, MPA

Business Manager

317-791-5939
Health Pavilion, 210
maracka@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
budgeting, public finance, procurement/purchasing, public management, and contracts

Background
Marack spent four years as Deputy Controller for the City of Indianapolis. During her 10 years at the State of Indiana, she served as Procurement Director at the Department of Administration, coordinated Budget Committee meetings at the State Budget Agency, and calculated tax liabilities for businesses at the Department of Commerce.  

Education
MPA, Indiana University at Indianapolis
BS, Political Science, Saint Joseph’s College (Rensselaer, Indiana)

Fun fact
When I'm not chasing my two young sons around, I enjoy taking historic home tours with my sisters.

Favorite thing about UIndy
The people – Everyone is incredibly friendly and helpful.

Lidia Dubicki

Project Coordinator

317-791-5926
Health Pavilion, 210
ldubicki@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
project management, database design, data collection, conference planning

Background
Since 2005, Dubicki has been the primary Project Coordinator for CAC's Pressure Ulcer Initiative, Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, Home Modifications Project and Healthcare Associated Infection Initiative. She designed and managed an integrated relational database for healthcare quality initiative data collection. She has also coordinated and executed over 50 regional trainings, 20 webinars and six CAC continuing education events. Dubicki is pursing a master's degree in strategic leadership and design.

Education
BS, Meteorology, Cornell University

Fun fact
I play French Horn in the Indianapolis Municipal Band.

Favorite thing about UIndy
My favorite thing about UIndy is its presence and good reputation in the community. I am proud to tell people that I work for UIndy.

Kayleigh Allen, MS

Project Coordinator

317-791-5934
Health Pavilion, 210
allenkk@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
social services, Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia

Background
Allen’s undergraduate education centered on human development and family studies. From there, she navigated her way to the University of Indianapolis Master of Science in Gerontology program. Her master’s Capstone project was on the need for support groups for older women in assisted living. While pursuing her master’s degree, Allen worked in long-term care as a social worker and in telehealth as a health educator. Her most recent position before joining the staff at CAC was that of memory care facilitator at an assisted living facility where she oversaw the development and implementation of programming for both early stage and mid stage dementia “neighborhoods.”

Education
MS, Gerontology, University of Indianapolis
BS, Human Development & Family Studies, Indiana State University

Fun fact
There were only 48 students in my high school graduating class!

Favorite thing about UIndy
I love the small campus feel. I went to Indiana State University and I liked the closeness of the University so when I started searching for grad programs, campus size was very important to me.