Leadership and Staff

Scott Miyake Geron, M.S.W., Ph.D.
Director and Principal Investigator
Associate Professor, Boston University School of Social Work

Dr. Geron is an Associate Professor of Social Welfare Policy and Research at Boston University School of Social Work, where he has been since 1992.  Dr. Geron is CADER’s Director and Principal Investigator, and under his leadership, CADER has become a leading source of online training for practitioners across the country.

Dr. Geron has extensive experience in conducting program evaluations; applied policy research with the elderly, chronically mentally ill and other long-term care populations; and research studies. He also is an expert in development of consumer-based measures of service quality. From 1994 through 1997, he was Principal Investigator of a successful three-year National Institute on Aging study to develop a measure of client satisfaction for frail older adults who received home-based services.  The Home Care Satisfaction Measure developed by Dr. Geron and his colleagues is now widely used by states and programs around the country, and has been adopted by the U.S. Administration on Aging as a key performance outcome measure. Dr. Geron has also studied and written extensively about care management and care coordination for older adults.  He was part of a Robert Woods Johnson grant to establish standards for care management in long-term care.

Bronwyn Keefe, M.S.W., M.P.H., Ph.D.
Associate Director and Research Assistant Professor

Dr. Keefe is a Research Assistant Professor at Boston University’s School of Social Work. She is also the Associate Director of Boston University’s Center for Aging and Disability Education and Research (CADER). Dr. Keefe’s research interests are in exploring the intersection of aging and disability programs through policy analysis and research with a focus on working with multiple stakeholders in the aging and disability fields to collaborate on joint projects. This includes policy analysis, workforce development initiatives for people who work with older adults and people with disabilities, and training evaluation and research. Dr. Keefe serves as the Project Director for CADER’s statewide and national training programs by managing the curriculum development process and evaluation activities, which focus primarily on gauging the effectiveness and impacts of the Center’s online learning programs. Dr. Keefe brings years of experience running large randomized controlled trials from her years at the Depression Clinical Research Program located at Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Department. She was responsible for managing a five-year National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) grant and multiple clinical studies from various pharmaceutical companies concerning the psychopharmacology of depression. She also has extensive experience managing research projects and grants through her work at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

Kathy Kuhn, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.
Director of Workforce Development

Ms. Kuhn has worked at CADER since 2004 and is the Center’s Director of Workforce Development. During her tenure here, Ms. Kuhn has played a critical role in building CADER’s online capability and creating its catalog of more than 50 online courses. Her current focus is on developing work-based supports for client organizations, including CADER’s Workforce Development Toolkit, which will include guides and tools to enable clients to optimize the impacts of online learning. Ms. Kuhn also is a lecturer at Boston University School of Social Work.

Prior to her work at CADER, she was the Clinical Director of Geriatric Mental Health and Linguistic Outreach at Kit Clark Senior Services. Before joining Kit Clark, she served as Director of Social Services and Continuing Care at Marlborough Hospital. Ms. Kuhn is also active in advocacy efforts to improve the provision of mental health services to older adults, including serving on the statewide Elder Mental Health Committee for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, co-chairing the Mental and Cognitive Health Committee for the Boston Partnership for Older Adults, being a member of the National Mental Aging Network Leadership Committee of the American Society on Aging (ASA), and serving as a mentor in ASA’s New Ventures in Leadership.

Frank Fay
Director of Business Development

Mr. Fay joined CADER as its Director of Business Development in 2009. His specific responsibilities include articulating CADER’s business development strategy; identifying, generating, negotiating and finalizing partnerships, collaborations and client relationships for CADER ; and ensuring that the Institute meets its business development targets.

Mr. Fay has over 20 years of achievement and demonstrated success in both sales and sales management, with an emphasis on technology-related products and services for Global 2000 class companies. Prior to joining the CADER team, Frank served as Director of Sales for Wellesley Information Services, where he oversaw a sales and customer service team of 28 people with annual sales of $35 million. In that position, he was responsible for developing and implementing the sales strategy, hiring, training, building compensation plans, product pricing, and new product development initiatives.

Amelia Paini, M.S.W.
Program Manager

Anna Stathopoulou
Online Training Manager