A life-long love of music, art and nature drives the basis of Linda Davis' three decades of work with low-income Elders. Davis has a Masters degree in Gerontology and undergraduate degrees in Communication and Flute Performance. She has advanced knowledge about and has directly worked with persons with Alzheimer's Disease. She developed and managed a Service Coordination Program and a nationally recognized Quality Assurance Department in HUD Affordable Senior Housing. Her life's work has been to support creativity, health and meaningful living for Elders, especially those who are marginalized. Davis' award winning work in the arts and aging has received national recognition.
Helen Kivnick has a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Michigan and is a professor of Social Work at the University of Minnesota. In her book, Vital Involvement in Old Age (1986), Dr. Kivnick collaborated with Erik Erikson in re-conceptualizing his theory of lifelong psychosocial development to permit psychosocial health at each stage of the life cycle. Kivnick develops, implements, and teaches direct practice modalities that promote psychosocial health in culturally diverse communities.