2017 SAGE Board of Directors Election--Meet the Candidates!

The SAGE Nominating Committee, chaired by Ric D'Amico, has assembled this slate of three candidates to fill three open board positions. Get to know the candidates, and then please vote for all candidates you approve of for service on the SAGE board. Please vote by 12 am CT on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. 


Teresa Whittington, RN, BSN

Vice President, Community Services

C.C. Young

Teresa Whittington is the VP of Clinical and Continuum Operations at C. C. Young in Dallas, TX.   C. C. Young is a CCRC caring for over 400 residents. Recently, she helped develop their CCRC without walls program in which they plan to provide care and services to nearby neighbors.   Teresa has been an RN for 34 years and has worked in the senior care industry for over 27 years.  She has held both clinical and operational positions in stand-alone nursing facilities and CCRC campuses. She has a passion for dementia and designing environments in which seniors will thrive.   Teresa holds several certifications in dementia care and partners with C.C. Young’s therapy department to provide meaningful therapy to their residents with dementia.  In 2000 she was a part of a design team for an Alzheimer’s care neighborhood that was featured on NBC Nightly News, called “one of the most appropriate in the entire nation.”   

As a member of SAGE, Teresa  has participated as a design juror and has had the privilege of participating on several  POE’s for SAGE.  She currently serves on the SAGE board and is seeking to serve a second three-year term.  


Christine Soma, AIA

Architect/Project Manager

Pope Architects

Christine Soma is an Architect and Project Manager with Pope Architects, a leading Twin Cities-based architecture and interior design firm that has a strong focus on creating inspired environments for senior living. Well-respected in her industry, Christine has developed an outstanding reputation for understanding the sensitive and unique design needs of each of her clients, as well as fellow designers. Christine has more than nine years of experience and has helped create over 30 projects in the field. Her infectious energy and determination in front-end design has changed the lives of those residing in her meticulously crafted spaces. Her personal mantra is to constantly push new ideas to improve the status quo.

Christine’s passion is to explore, learn, research, and test new ideas. She has presented such research at the national Environments for Aging conferences and Pioneer Network Conferences.

Christine is seeking a second term on the SAGE Board of Directors. She serves as the SAGE Education Chair and has previously served as a juror for design competitions published in Environments for Aging Magazine.




Lori Reynolds, PhD, OTR/L

Asst. Professor & Gerontologist

Northern Arizona University

Lori Reynolds is Assistant Professor in Department of Occupational Therapy at Northern Arizona University on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus. She has a PhD in Gerontology from the University of Kentucky. Lori is the 2017 recipient of the New Investigator Award from the Center for Health Design, and her research for this award examined if exposure to a virtual nature experience could reduce anxiety and agitation among individuals with dementia. Other research interests are living environments that promote well-being and fullness of living for older adults, nature inclusive environments for senior living, and inter-professional design collaboration. Lori is an advocate for occupational therapists as members of inter-professional design teams, as their knowledge of health conditions, human physiology, and the influence of person-environment fit on function and well-being provides unique insights in the design process. Lori consults with organizations, architects and landscape architects on senior living facility design, inclusion of nature for resident well-being, and wellness programming.

Lori has shared her time and expertise on two SAGE webinars in the past year.

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