The Csomay Center’s foundation builds on the accomplishments of the Directors of the John A. Hartford Foundation Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence. These exceptional leaders advanced geriatric nursing research, education, and practice for academic student learners, faculty, and practitioners alike.  We gratefully acknowledge the John A. Hartford Foundation for generously supporting the center for over 15 years and the Directors who established the legacy on which we build:

  • Meridean Maas, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor Emeritus (2000 - 2005)
    Research interests: nursing interventions for persons with dementia in nursing homes and their family caregivers, and classification testing of outcomes that are responsive to nursing intervention.
  • Kathleen C. “Kitty” Buckwalter, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor Emeritus (2006 - 2010)
    Research interests: geriatric mental health, caregivers of persons with dementia, long-term care staff training, and rural delivery systems. 
  • Janet Pringle Specht, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor Emeritus (2011 - 2014)
    Research interests: practice models to promote professional nursing, diagnosis, interventions and outcomes for older persons with urinary incontinence, and care of persons with dementia and their families.
  • Kristine Williams, PhD, RN (2014 - 2016)
    Research interests: interventions to improve care for older adults by enhancing nursing communication, providing cognitive training for maintaining self-care, and using technology to support family caregivers of persons with dementia.