NTG Board of Directors

National Task Group

The National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices is 501(3)(c) not-for-profit tax exempt corporation and licensed for charitable solicitations under the laws of the State of Maine.  The NTG's postal address is PO Box 862, Rockport, Maine 04856.  The NTG is governed by a Board of Directors and has a subsidiary Advisory Body, made up of NTG associate members, and a Scientific Consultative Panel.  Its mission is to advocate for services and supports for people with intellectual disability and their families who are affected by Alzheimer's disease and dementias.

Board Announcements

NTG Board Meeting - Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 7:00 - 8:30pm EDT

       also December 16th, January 20th, February 17th

Officers of the Corporation


   Co-President: Matthew P. Janicki

   Co-President: Seth M. Keller

   Vice President: Kathleen Bishop

   Vice President: Kathryn Pears

   Treasurer: Helen E. Stepowany

   Secretary: Kathryn Service

Members of the Board of Directors

Marianne Barbera  (NY)

Kathleen Bishop, Ph.D. (FL)

Nicole Cadovius, MBA  (CT)

Lucille Esralew, Ph.D. (CA)

Andrew Griffin, Ph.D.  (TX)

Adel Herge, Ph.D.  (PA)

Matthew P. Janicki, Ph.D. (ME)

Nancy S. Jokinen, Ph.D. (BC)

Seth M. Keller, MD  (NJ)

Risley 'Ley' Linder, MA/MEd (SC)

Christina Marsack-Toplewski, Ph.D.  (MI)

Philip McCallion, Ph.D. (PA)

Dawna Torres Mughal, Ph.D. (PA)

Melissa Parnell, Ph.D.  (NC)

Kathryn Pears, MPPM  (SC)

Rick Rader, MD  (TN)

Jadene Ransdell   (FL)

Kathryn Service, FNP  (MA)

Helen E. Stepowany, MS  (NY)

Board Members on Federal Councils

National Council on Disability - Rick Rader, MD

Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Disease Research, Care, and Services - Matthew P. Janicki, Ph.D.

NTG Scientific Consultative Panel

Lucille Esralew, Ph.D. California Department of Developmental Services, Sacramento, California - CHAIR

Brian Chicoine, M.D., Adult Down Syndrome Center, Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, Illinois

Matthew P. Janicki, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago

James Hendrix, PhD, LuMind IDSC, Burlington, Massachusetts

Julie Moran, D.O., Geriatric Medicine Specialist, Tewksbury Hospital, and Instructor in Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts

​Micheal Rafii, M.D., Ph.D,, Director of Medical Safety, Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

Shahin Shooshtari, Ph.D., University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada

Karen Watchman, Ph.D., University of Stirling, Scotland

Other panel appointments are currently in process

Past Board Members
  Paula Gann (CA) 2020-2021

From 2011 to 2020, the NTG was managed by a steering committee composed of the following NTG members:

  • Kathleen Bishop, Ph.D.  (NY/FL)

  • Nicole Cadovius, MBA  (CT)

  • Melissa Disipio, MSW  (PA)

  • Lucille Esralew, Ph.D.  (CA)

  • Lawrence T. Force, Ph.D.  (NY)

  • Paula Gann  (CA)

  • Andrew Griffin, Ph.D.  (TX)

  • Rachel Grimm  (DC)

  • Ashley Helsing  (DC)

  • Adel Herge, Ph.D. (PA)

  • Mary Hogan, MAT  (ME)

  • Matthew P. Janicki, Ph.D. (Co-Chair)  (ME)

  • Nancy Jokinen, Ph.D.  (BC)

  • Seth M. Keller, M.D. (Co-Chair)  (NJ)

  • Ronald Lucchino, Ph.D.  (NM)

  • Christina Marsack-Topolewski, Ph.D.  (MI)

  • Philip McCallion, Ph.D.  (PA)

  • Julie Moran, D.O.  (MA)

  • Dawna Torres Mughal, Ph.D.  (PA)

  • Leone Murphy, M.S.W.  (NJ)

  • Melissa Parnell, Ph.D.  (NC)

  • Kathryn Pears, MPPM  (SC)

  • Rick Rader, M.D.  (TN)

  • Mike Rafii, M.D.  (CA)

  • Jadene Ransdell  (FL)

  • Kathy Service, FNP  (MA)

  • Baldev Singh, M.D.  (NY)

  • Kathy Srsic-Stoehr, MSN  (VA)

  • Helen Stepowany, MS  (NY)

National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices - PO Box 862, Rockport, ME 04856 USA - EIN 85-2663072