Board of Directors

Catherine Harris PhD, RNCS
Dr. Harris a Professor Emeritus at the University of New Mexico College of Nursing pioneered respite care services for home bound caregivers, recruiting, training, and monitoring respite providers. She has led research on the bereavement experience of Alzheimer caregivers, governance in residential settings, and the effectiveness of volunteers as respite care providers. She has received two National Institutes of Mental Health Faculty Development Awards in Geriatric Mental Health and has been certified by the American Nurses Association as a Gerontologic and Adult Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist. In addition to many lectures and radio and television appearances, she led a state-wide Alzheimer training project from 1993 through 1999 in New Mexico. This project included planning and implementing six major Alzheimer conferences and producing training videos for a variety of Alzheimer care topics. With over 30 years of university teaching experience, including eighteen in Geropsychiatric nursing, plus many years of hands-on clinical work, Dr. Harris possesses first-hand knowledge of the needs of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and their families, including diverse cultural and ethnic groups, along with the needs of clinical professionals and care centers. She received her basic nursing education at the University of Kansas, Kansas City and Master’s degree in Psychiatric Nursing from University of California, San Francisco. She received her PhD from the University of New Mexico and a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology from the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California. She served three years as a Lieutenant in the US Air Force.

Edwin J. Olsen, MD, MBA, JD
Dr. Edwin Olsen has made major contributions to the field of medicine, specifically to the area of Gerontology, throughout his 30 year career. Areas of specialty include Geriatric psychiatry, health policy, and general adult psychiatry. He was Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry with Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Director of a Miami Area Geriatric Education Center and Associate Chief of Staff at V.A. Medical Center Psychiatry Service. Dr. Olsen has lectured nationally and internationally, led funded research efforts, and published books and articles on a range of topics in the area of Gerontology. He is a member of the American Geriatrics Society and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education and serves on the Editorial Board of the Gerontologic Society of America. Dr. Olsen received his MD from the Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1968 and an MBA and JD from the University of Miami in 1995.

Ms. Kay G. English, Executive Director
The Alzheimer’s Research and Resource Foundation
P. O. Box 201001
San Antonio, TX 78220