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Pam Slater-PriceDianne Jacob

County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Pam Slater-Price and Supervisor Dianne Jacob have hosted the Aging Summits from their inception. They have both been advocates for the needs of older adults and people with disability.
Nick Macchione

Nick Macchione is the Director of the County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency.
Pam Smith

Pam Smith is the Director of Aging & Independence Services and the General Manager for the East Region, two divisions of the County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency.
Gary W. Small, M.D.

Gary Small, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, the Parlow-Solomon Professor on Aging at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Director of the UCLA Center on Aging, and Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Division at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior. Dr. Small's team has developed brain imaging technologies that detect the first signs of brain aging and Alzheimer's disease years before patients show symptoms and have led to expanded Medicare coverage for brain PET scanning. In addition to testing medicines that might delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease, Dr. Small has studied and developed lifestyle and memory training programs for improving cognition and healthy aging, which are available throughout the U.S. in senior centers, community hospitals, and assisted living facilities. Dr. Small has authored over 500 scientific works and received numerous awards and honors, including Senior Investigator Award, American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, and the Weinberg Award for Excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry from the American Psychiatric Association. Scientific American magazine named him one of the world’s top innovators in science and technology. He is the author of several popular books on brain health and aging (The Memory Bible, The Memory Prescription, The Longevity Bible, iBrain), which have been translated into two dozen languages.
Bruce Pechman

Bruce Pechman, The Muscleman of Technologyr, is America's most prolific Freelance Consumer Technology television personality with over 200 major network live TV appearances! Bruce appears regularly on the KTLA Morning Show (10 million household reach) in Hollywood and "Good Morning San Diego," plus national TV stations including Fox & Friends in NYC. Bruce's moniker reflects his 25 years of technology expertise and 30 years of fitness training. Bruce's technology skills were honed through his diverse career at multiple Fortune 100 companies including working on the B-1B and B2 Bomber programs as Sr. Project Engineer with a specialty in Air Force Defensive Avionics. Bruce's physique is legendary-not only is he the Best-Built Technology & Fitness Personality, he is a model on 3 pages of the Holiday SkyMall magazine (read by more than 600 million air travelers). Bruce is also a regular contributor to "Bottom Line Personal" newsletter with over 1 million readers. You can visit him at www.mrbicep.com