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Michael Skrajner Director, Research and Program Development
As a senior member of the Hearthstone Institute Faculty, Mike trains professionals and care providers on many of Hearhstone's innovative methodologies including Montessori-inspired Activity Programming (MAP) ® and Procedural Interval Learning (PIL) ® . He has also co-authored more than seven peer-reviewed articles on these topics.

Throughout his career Mike has managed federally and privately funded research projects. He has conducted
research on a wide variety of dementia related topics including:
•  Medication adherence intervention delivered via videophone to HIV positive persons in rural, urban,
   and suburban areas of the United States.
•  The implementation of Montessori-Based Activities in nursing homes, assisted living facilities,
    and adult day centers.
•  Programming that allows persons with early stage dementia to lead Montessori-based activities.




Gregg Gorzelle Associate Director of Research
Gregg has extensive experience in non-pharmacological and clinical gerontological research, as well as the I’m Still Here approach. Since coming to Hearthstone in January of 2013, Gregg has managed an NIH-funded study called the Hearthside Book Club Study, in addition to assuming numerous departmental administration and grant writing duties.

Gregg has co-authored a number of peer-reviewed journal articles, a manual on dementia programming, and a book chapter on assessment of persons with dementia. He has managed both federal and privately funded grants over the past 14 years. His favorite part of being a Hearthstone team member is the fact that we make a difference in the lives of persons with dementia every single day.


Drew Walker Research Assistant
Drew has been a valuable member of the Research team since 2012. Drew truly embraces the essence of Hearthstone and shown compassion for those to whom we are all so dedicated.

She wears many hats in the research department, mainly working with data collection, entry, and organization. As a result, she splits her time between the home office where she can catch up on tasks, projects, and data and venturing out to research sites for data collection in the form of observations and one-on-one assessments with residents and their caregivers.

Drew particularly enjoys interacting with study participants, noticing the staying-power of small details from their individual character and the insightful lessons they teach her.




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