HIGN Leadership & Staff
Tara A. Cortes, PhD, RN, FAAN Executive Director; Professor of Geriatric Nursing
Dr. Cortes’ distinguished career spans executive leadership, nursing education, research and practice. She has provided significant contributions to advancing health care, particularly for those people with limited access to the health care system. Significantly, she has developed collaborative models with advanced practice nurses and physicians in traditional as well as non-traditional settings to enhance the care of the American older adult population.

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Ab Brody, RN, PhD, GNP-BC; Associate Director
Dr. Brody is a board certified geriatric nurse practitioner with clinical expertise and current practice in house calls and inpatient geriatric consult services. Dr. Brody’s research and scholarship activities focus on the intersection of geriatrics and palliative care as he seeks to improve the quality of life, quality of care, and patient outcomes for older adults living in the community.

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Hartford Institute Staff in alphabetical order:
  • Yamilee Bazile, Manager, e-Learning, Web, and Social Media, HIGN
  • Barbara Bricoli, Executive Director, NICHE Program
  • Linda Bub, Director, Education and Program Development, NICHE Program
  • Sarah Greene Burger, Coordinator, Coalition of Geriatric Nursing Organizations (CGNO)
  • John Capalbo, Manager of Business Operations, HIGN
  • Kimberly Cheng, Special Assistant to the Executive Director, HIGN
  • Dina Maria Figueroa-Bell, Administrative Aide, NICHE Program
  • Kerry Gallagher, Coordinator, Marketing and Communications, NICHE Program
  • Elsie Ginsberg, Manager, Membership, NICHE Program
  • Sherry Greenberg, PhD, RN, GNP-BC, Program Coordinator, Advanced Practice Nursing: Geriatrics; Editor-in-Chief, Try This Publications, HIGN
  • Maryanne Giuliante, DNP, RN, GNP, ANP-C, Nurse Practitioner Program Manager, HIGN
  • Emma Hutchinson, Coordinator, Community Engagement and Analytics, NICHE Program
  • Norriena Jordan, Computer Support Technician, NICHE Program
  • Malvina Kluger, Senior Administrator, HIGN
  • Mathy Mezey, Founder and Senior Advisor, HIGN
  • Joanna Melendez, Budget Analyst, NICHE Program
  • Joseph Shuluk, Research Coordinator and Assistant Research Scientist, NICHE Program
  • Heather Waters, Manager, Business Operations, NICHE Program
Hartford Institute Leadership and Staff

The Hartford Institute leadership and staff are dedicated to the Institute’s mission of geriatric nursing excellence.

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