Larry Minnix

lminnixpicPresident and CEO, Leading Age

Larry Minnix is President and CEO of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA), a position he has held since 2001. For more than 35 years, Minnix has been a passionate advocate for leadership and innovation in not-for-profit aging services. He entered the field as an administrative intern at Wesley Woods Center of Emory University, where he went on to serve as CEO. He also served as an AAHSA board member prior to joining the association as its CEO. Minnix has translated his passion into practice as AAHSA’s CEO. During his tenure, he established the Center for Aging Services Technologies, developed programs to address important issues like workforce retention and regulatory reform and is currently advocating for long-term care financing reform. Minnix is a frequent speaker on long-term care, quality, ethics, and public policy. He serves on the boards of Generations United and The Erickson School of Aging Studies. Most recently, Minnix was nominated to The NonProfit Times’ 2008 “Power and Influence Top 50” List. Larry received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Emory University and is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church.

Contact Information
Leading Age–Formerly Known As American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA)
2519 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC, 20008-1520
Phone Number: 202-783-2242

Stephen Maag (Moderator)

1205bsmaagDirector, Residential Communities, LeadingAge

Mr. Maag is responsible for developing and implementing public policy for Leading Age residential communities including assisted living, continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) and senior housing. Steve also works with individual member facilities on specific issues they are facing including participating with members boards as they review and revise their strategic plans. He serves as resource for members when dealing with wide variety of legal and regulatory matters on a state and national basis. Mr. Maag serves as a liaison to LeadingAge state affiliates on assisted living, CCRC and housing issues. He also is a part of the advocacy staff at LeadingAge and works with congressional members and committee staff on public policy issues important to LeadingAge members. Mr. Maag also serves as the LeadingAge board representative to The Center for Excellence in Assisted Living and was board chair in 2010.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Maag was a member/partner with Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland PPLC., a law firm in Seattle, Washington, from 1988-2006 with a practice emphasizing on health care, primarily long term care. He represented numerous health care clients in all aspects of facility and professional licensure, Medicare/Medicaid survey/certification issues, fraud and abuse investigations, liability litigation, corporate compliance plans, certificate of need, negotiating and drafting contracts with managed care organizations, buying and selling of facilities, and general business representation.

Prior to joining the Ryan firm, Mr. Maag was Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs with the Washington Health Care Association from 1984-1988 and a partner in Mickelson and Maag, 1978-1982

Mr. Maag has presented at numerous seminars on a national and state level on a wide variety of legal and operational issues facing long term care providers over the last 25+ years and contributed to a number of publications on a variety of health care topics. He received his B.A. Degree from the University of Washington in 1975 and his J.D. from Seattle University, School of Law in 1977.

Nancy Libson

blank-profile-mdDirector of Housing Policy at the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging

Nancy Libson, Director of Housing Policy at the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, has more than 30 years experience in affordable housing policy development, program implementation, technical assistance and training, and advocacy. Ms. Libson’s work at AAHSA focuses on developing policy and positions related to affordable service enriched senior housing in conjunction with association members; providing technical assistance to members; improving housing programs; advocating for policy changes in Congress and within the Department of Housing and Urban Development and for adequate appropriations for housing; and developing coalitions among housing public interest groups and organizations. Prior to joining AAHSA in 2003, Ms. Libson held posts with government and legislative offices and private firms in the development of affordable senior housing.

Majd Alwan

1312malwanSenior Vice President–Technology, LeadingAge, and Executive Director of CAST

Majd Alwan is Senior Vice President of Technology at LeadingAge and Executive Director at the LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST). Prior to joining CAST, he served as an assistant professor and the director of the Robotics and Eldercare Technologies Program at the University of Virginia’s Medical Automation Research Center. Majd’s research interests there included passive functional and health assessment, biomedical instrumentation, medical automation, as well as eldercare and assistive technologies. As a volunteer, he chaired the Funding Aging Services Technologies committee and the Pilots committee for CAST.

Majd is a Senior Member of the IEEE’s Engineering in Medicine and Biology, and Robotics and Automation Societies, and a member of IEEE-USA’s Medical Technology Policy Committee and the Geriatric Care Workgroup. He also serves on the Alzheimer’s Association’s Work Group on Technology.

Majd received a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Damascus University, a Master’s of Science degree in Control Engineering with distinction from Bradford University, and his Ph.D. in Intelligent Robotics from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of London.