Darlene Yee-Melichar, EdD, CHES, is Professor and Coordinator of the Gerontology Program at San Francisco State University (SF State). She received her BA in Biology from Barnard College, Columbia University; MS in Gerontology from the College of New Rochelle; and MS and EdD in Health Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research interests in healthy aging, long-term care administration, and minority women's health are reflected in 4 books; 100 journal articles, book chapters, book reviews, and technical reports; and numerous community and professional presentations. She is Vice President of the Board of Directors for the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform; President of SF State's Chapter of Sigma Xi, the national research society; and Past Chair of the DHHS-OWH Minority Women's Health Panel of experts. Dr. Yee-Melichar is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America , Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, and AAHPERD's Research Consortium. She received the 1995 Distinguished Educator Award from the California Chapter of the American College of Health Care Administrators; 1998 Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging; 2001 Distinguished Alumna Award from Teachers College, Columbia University; 2007 SF State Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Service; and 2007 AGHE Distinguished Teaching Award. She is the coauthor of Assisted Living Administration and Management (Springer Publishing Company 2010) which is a reference used by the American College of Health Care Administrators for its Assisted Living Certification Exam.Andrea Renwanz Boyle
Andrea Renwanz Boyle, DNSc, RN, BC
is a graduate of the University of California where she received a doctoral degree in nursing science. Dr. Boyle also received a masters degree in nursing from Boston University and nurse practitioner certification from Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. Currently, Dr. Boyle is an Associate Professor and Director of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at San Francisco State University. Dr. Boyle is the co-editor of a text on aging, has published on health related issues in aging, and conducts research on evidence-based practice for nurses and problem-based learning strategies for undergraduate and graduate students. Additionally, Dr. Boyle has been certified as a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly Administrator, and currently serves as a manuscript reviewer for a gerontology nursing journal. Dr. Boyle received the San Francisco State University Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Service in 2009. Cristina Flores
Cristina M. Flores, PhD, RN, has been a registered nurse for 23 years. Her nursing practice has included many aspects of the continuum of care such as home health care, assisted living communities, and the acute care hospital. She holds an MA in Gerontology from San Francisco State University and a PhD in Nursing Health Policy from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). At present, she practices nursing as the Vice President of Operations and Program Development for AgeSong in California. Dr. Flores conducts research relative to quality of care and quality of life in long-term care for the Institute on Aging in San Francisco and at UCSF. She has taught in the Gerontology Program at San Francisco State University. She has published several journal articles, book chapters and is the coauthor of Assisted Living Administration and Management (Springer Publishing Company 2010).