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Thomas J. Fairchild, PhD
Institute for Optimal Aging Board Member

Dr. Thomas J. Fairchild is the Vice-President for the Office of Strategy and Measurement and Director of Special Projects on Aging at the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC).  He previously held a faculty position at the Center for Studies in Aging at the University of North Texas.

He has been involved for more than 30 years in the field of gerontology, with an emphasis on retirement housing, long-term care, and health service management.  Dr. Fairchild has conducted research, published articles, and made numerous presentations in retirement housing and management issues that impact the senior housing industry and long-term care. His primary research interest deals with Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) and job performance and turnover issues in retirement housing and long-term care facilities. His research has been sponsored by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Health, the Administration on Aging, and various other foundations and organizations.

He has also developed and implemented training programs for staff in retirement communities and long-term care facilities.  He has worked with a variety of national and international developers and sponsors in retirement housing and long-term care. He has membership in and serves on the boards of numerous associations including AFLA, ASHA, AGHE, AAHSA, TAHSA, and TALA.

As Vice-President of Strategy and Measurement, he is responsible for establishing and maintaining an effective strategic planning process and developing performance improvement initiatives across the institution. In his role as Director of Special Projects on Aging, he is currently coordinating a research project at UNTHSC designed to create a state-wide database related to Alzheimer’s disease.  This state-wide project involves three other Texas health science centers.

In 2004, Dr. Fairchild was named a fellow in the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. Dr. Fairchild also has received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging.

Dr. Fairchild received his BS in management and his M.A. in sociology from Wayne State University.  He completed his PhD in sociology with a specialization in aging from Wayne State University.

Ross C. Roadman
Institute for Optimal Aging Treasurer

Ross Roadman joined American Retirement Corporation in 1999 as Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and is currently Senior Vice President of Investor Relations and Planning for Brookdale Senior Living Inc.  Previously, Mr. Roadman served in various capacities at Ryder System, Inc., including Group Director of Investor and Community Relations, Assistant Treasurer, Division Controller and Director of Planning.  Before joining Ryder, he held positions with Ernst and Young and the International Monetary Fund.  Mr. Roadman has served on numerous trade association and nonprofit agency boards.  Mr. Roadman received his BS in Information Systems and Accounting from the University of Maryland and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.


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