Keynote Speakers2020-02-03T21:37:01+00:00

Keynote Speakers

Stephanie Summerville, New York, NY
Stephanie Summerville is a musical theatre performer and storyteller living in New York. She is a singer with the Secret City, an Obie Award-winning art salon held montly at Dixon Place. She is also a proud graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and an alum of the NY Shakespeare Festival Lab at the Joseph Papp Theater.

Dr. Vibha Krishnamurthy, Founder and Executive Director, Ummeed Child Development Center, Mumbai, India
There are over 52 million children in India with developmental disabilities and over 650,000 in Mumbai alone. Out of these, not even a quarter have access to quality care. Ummeed provides specialized care for most developmental disabilities and has moved into areas of training, research and advocacy. Dr. Krishnamurthy’s vision is to put Ummeed at the forefront of a movement to make inclusion of children with developmental disabilities a visible agenda for India. She is an Expert Consultant in Early Childhood Development & Disabilities for the World Health Organization (WHO) and the President of the International Developmental Pediatrics Association (IDPA).

Sister Edna Lonergan 2019- 2020 AARP Purpose Prize Winner
Founder and President, St. Ann Center for Inter-generational Care, Milwaukee, WI
As a nurse, occupational and massage therapist and gerontologist, Sr. Edna Lonergan is a leading advocate promoting the benefits of intergenerational programs. Through her vision and guidance, St. Ann Center became the first dementia-specific day care in Milwaukee and one of the first fully integrated intergenerational day cares in the United States – serving children, frail elders and adults of all ages with disabilities and their caregivers in one home-like setting. Since opening St. Ann Center’s Stein Campus on Milwaukee’s south side in 1999, she replicated the center at the Bucyrus Campus, opened in 2015, on the city’s near north side – one of the most economically challenged and underserved areas of Milwaukee.

St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, reflects Franciscan values in meeting the spiritual, physical, psychological and social needs of all who participate, regardless of faith, culture or ability to pay. Sr. Edna’s credo for those in here care: “It doesn’t matter what age they are…Everyone needs a sense of purpose.”

To read Sr. Edna Lonergan’s full biography, please click here.