Team & Board of Directors

Integrace Institute Team

Dr. Tabassum Majid

Executive Director
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Stephanie Arcadia

Research Coordinator
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Laura Gillen

Learning & Development Specialist
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Integrace Institute Board of Directors

Jackie Harris, Chair
Jonathan Hansen
Andy Mirabole

Dr. Chitra Naganna
Lynn Sanchez
Cindy Yingling

Dr. Tabassum Majid

Executive Director


“We’re moving toward a future where people living with neurocognitive disorders have opportunities TODAY to create a brighter tomorrow.”

Dr. Tabassum Majid is bringing hope and promise to the future of neurocognitive disorders. As the Executive Director here at Integrace Institute, Dr. Majid is leading and advancing research and educational initiatives in care practices, technologies, and treatments for those living with, and supporting individuals with, neurocognitive disorders. In her role, Dr. Majid applies the Institute’s research findings daily through her work right here in our community to help families on their journey toward meaningful living. In addition, Dr. Majid is committed to sharing the research findings generated by the Institute and its partners on a global scale. Together, they are transforming the landscape for those living with neurocognitive disorders both now and in the future.

Her unyielding dedication to the neurocognitive field stems from her teenage years when she helped care for both of her grandparents living with dementia. At the time, Dr. Majid’s heart filled with a passion to better understand these diseases and help those living with them. Several years later, she received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in Interdisciplinary Studies, concentrating on Neurodegenerative Disorders of the Aged. She went on to gain greater expertise in dementia from both pre-clinical and clinical perspectives in Houston, Texas where she earned her PhD from Baylor College of Medicine. She then returned to her home state of Maryland to complete a fellowship at the University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy researching care management decisions with caregivers and individuals with dementia, where she was first introduced to Integrace Institute. Her personal and professional focus aligned closely with the mission of Integrace Institute and shortly after joining the team, Dr. Majid assumed the leadership role of Executive Director in 2017.

Dr. Majid’s commitment and expertise in the neurocognitive field is evident through her appointment to the Maryland Governor’s Council on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders where she contributes to the development and implementation of the Maryland State Plan. In addition, Dr. Majid was recognized as one of the “Top 25 Women to Watch in 2018,” by The Baltimore Sun for her evidence-based research, leadership and her overall positive impact in an area of healthcare, that on a global scale, we are only just beginning to understand.

Stephanie Arcadia

Research Coordinator


“We’re taking real-world situations and finding solutions that will have a positive impact right here, right now in our community and beyond.”

Stephanie Arcadia is making a difference in the lives of people living with neurocognitive impairments. As the Research Coordinator here at the Integrace Institute, Stephanie is part of the team that implements person-centered research right here in our community to identify new approaches to meaningful living for those on this journey. Stephanie’s work centers around life with a neurocognitive impairment in its entirety, which includes understanding the needs and responsibilities of care partners, family members, and professionals too. Through these community-based research studies, Stephanie works closely with partner organizations to collect the research findings and turn them into data that will soon become the foundation for new forward-thinking strategies that will transform lives.

Stephanie found her passion for research during her senior year at Shippensburg University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology in 2017. One course made all the difference for this recent college graduate, that jump started a passion turned career in just about a year’s time. During her final months of college, Stephanie worked as a Research Assistant where she gained hands-on experience in the field and knew immediately she was ready to take the next step into a full-time job doing what she loves most ― research.

Stephanie and Integrace Institute found each other in 2017, when Stephanie’s family relocated to Maryland. Most recently, Stephanie earned a certificate in Leadership for Dementia Care through The Erickson School at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Today, Stephanie is working toward her Masters Degree in Community-Based Education and Leadership at Stevenson University and is excited to apply what she’s learning to help further the mission of Integrace Institute to touch even more lives in the coming years.

Laura Gillen

Learning & Development Specialist


“We should keep learning and setting new goals for ourselves; and that includes optimizing our personal resources in order to create opportunities to experience life fully at every age.”

Laura Gillen is on a mission ― a mission to empower people living with neurocognitive change. As the Learning & Development Specialist here at Integrace Institute, Laura recognizes that everyone’s personal aging experience differs, yet we all share the same goal for meaningful living… even as we adapt to changing circumstances. In her role, Laura is helping to lead the way in reshaping the stigma surrounding dementia and other neurocognitive changes by developing evidence-based educational curricula for colleagues, aging services providers, advocates, and those navigating a life’s journey with these changes. A turnkey design ensures this work is ready to be applied and disseminated to other organizations across the globe.

Laura’s passion for optimal aging stems from her time as a Resource Specialist at Integrace’s Fairhaven Community where, for nearly a decade, Laura listened, learned and shared the stories of residents who became friends. Here, her quest to improve opportunities for meaningful living began and continues to grow today. She currently holds a Masters Degree in Gerontology and also serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Gerontology Program at McDaniel College. And Laura isn’t stopping there. She most recently became certified as a Brain Longevity Therapist to help people take positive steps toward protecting their neurocognitive health.

Laura’s heart remains within your community. She serves with several local organizations, including the Board of Trustees for Carroll Hospice and the Freedom Lions Club Foundation, at the Center for the Study of Aging, and as a Eucharistic Minister at her local church.

When you join us here at Integrace, Laura will want to hear your story — your interests, dreams and goals for the future. That’s part of her commitment to personalizing a proactive, strengths-based plan for living which honors many different, yet dignified, measures of success.