Who We Are
Bronwyn Keefe, MSW, MPH, Ph.D.
Director, Research Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Social Work
Keefe, a research assistant professor at Boston University’s School of Social Work, is also the director of Boston University’s Center for Aging and Disability Education and Research (CADER) and The Network for Professional Education. She is passionate about educating practitioners and making an impact on their knowledge, skills, and values in key practice areas with older adults. Through CADER, Keefe develops curriculum and evaluates training initiatives for professionals who work with older adults and people with disabilities. In 2019, she was awarded a four-year Geriatric Academic Career Award from the Health Resources Service Administration (HRSA) to build on her commitment to train an interprofessional gerontology workforce. Keefe has also been funded on many projects related to behavioral health, with a focus on building the capacity of providers and communities in understanding the importance of mental health, substance use, and developing age-friendly initiatives to improve the lives of older adults.
Her research interests are in long-term service and support delivery, community-based programs and services, intersection of aging and disability programs and policies, workforce development, curriculum development, and program and training evaluation. Her research has been published in the Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, the Journal of Aging and Social Policy, and the Journal of Gerontological Social Work. She serves on the boards of the Eldercare Workforce Alliance and the Massachusetts Gerontology Association, where she is vice president.
Kathy Kuhn, MSW, LICSW
Kathy Kuhn, MSW, LICSW, was previously the director of Workforce Development at the Center for Aging & Disability Education & Research (CADER) and is now working on special projects. Kuhn is a member of the curriculum team, where she develops national online training programs in aging and fosters new collaborative initiatives. Prior to her tenure at BUSSW, Kuhn worked extensively with older adults in health and mental health settings including 10 years as the clinical director of Geriatric Mental Health and Linguistic Outreach at Kit Clark Senior Services in Boston, Mass. She was the director of Social Services and Continuing Care at Marlborough Hospital in Marlborough, Mass. for 10 years. In 2011, Kuhn received the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers’ Greatest Contribution to Social Work Practice award. She is also involved in several advocacy efforts to improve the provision of services to older adults — particularly through her work with the Massachusetts Aging and Mental Health Coalition — and, in 2013, was appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Elder Abuse as the Geriatric Mental Health Specialist.
Amelia Paini, MSW
Program Manager for Curriculum Development
Amelia Paini, MSW is a program manager and member of the curriculum development team at CADER. Paini has years of experience in the social services field including a focus on evaluation, program management, and content development in training programs created for individuals working with older adults and adults with disabilities. Prior to working at Boston University, Paini was associate director of Client Services at HouseWorks in Newton, Mass., a homecare agency providing services to older adults and people with disabilities, where she was responsible for writing care plans and managing services for approximately 80 clients while advocating for their care plan vision.
Online Training Manager
Anna Stathopoulou is the online training manager for The Network and CADER. She has worked with BUSSW since 2004 and manages all operations related to online training and implementation. She works closely with organizations to determine coursework, develop a customized experience for training partners, and collaborates closely with developers and designers to improve systems. As one of the founding members of CADER, Stathopoulou has worked with thousands of training participants across the country to grow our programs and build career ladders and competencies for those who work with older adults.
Nathalie Cao Andreae
Training Program Coordinator
Andreae joined CADER in 2016 after more than 20 years at technology companies ranging from privately held startups to large enterprises where she worked across multiple disciplines, including sales, marketing, and operations. In her current role, Andreae assists with program launches, monitors learners progress and provides technical support, as well as post-sales program support.
Joan Ead, ALM
Eadem Writing and Editing Associates
As a contract member of the curriculum team, Ead is a writer and content researcher with many years of experience creating skills-based curriculum for practitioners who work with older adults and people with disabilities. Her expertise is in approaching content from a scientific and analytical perspective in the social sciences field. Ead has vast experience through her previous role at the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission in the Social Security Disability Unit, working with interprofessional teams, and serving as a disability adjudicator. She also worked with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Social Security Administration analyzing and evaluating medical and legal regulations as they pertained to disability laws.
Program Manager for Curriculum Development
An alumna of BU, Montague returned to the University to coordinate the development and implementation of The Network. As program manager, she will work with trainers to identify opportunities to engage with learners across The Network. A veteran of the technology industry, she spent twelve years working in marketing and strategic alliances, and has consulted with a wide range of business, consumer, political, education and non-profit organizations.
Senior Staff Coordinator
Black-Foley joined the BUSSW team in 2016 after working as a fundraising professional for various nonprofit organizations. In her role at The Network, she coordinates trainings, reviews CE applications and serves as a liaison for learners enrolled in The Network offerings. Black-Foley works closely with trainers and organizations who are part of the Trainers Hub.