Walter Coffey – http://leadingagega.org
Currently, Walter is the President & CEO of LeadingAge Georgia, the Georgia Institute on Aging (the education arm of LeadingAge) and the Center for Positive Aging (the consumer arm of LeadingAge). Walter is one of 5% of association CEOs who is a Certified Association Executive (via the American Society of Association Executives). He is also the Managing Partner of WD International, LLC and a part time instructor with the Gerontology Institute at Georgia State University in Atlanta.
Walter has worked with older adults for over 30 years. Along with developing and leading professional development and educational programs, he has presented workshops at state, national and international conferences. He is passionate about facilitating the development of individuals and organizations, especially relating to quality, person-centered care and services. He became a certified Eden Educator in order to engage and certify professionals and elders in the culture change movement. In 2008, he co-founded the state culture change coalition for Georgia.
Walter is an advocate for individuals living with dementia. He serves as an officer on the Board of Directors of the national Dementia Action Alliance. As a gerontologist and thought leader, Walter has provided leadership to various boards, task forces, committees, regulators, legislators, and study groups. He is passionate about the professional development of individuals and advancement of organizations to better meet their missions. Walter has led the development of programs, regulations and legislation that positively affect the lives of older Americans. He is known as a connector and collaborator who supports the wellbeing of both elders and those working with them.