Team & Board of Directors

Integrace Institute Team

Dr. Tabassum Majid

Executive Director
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Stephanie Arcadia

Research Coordinator
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Stephanie Carideo

External Relations & Partnerships Manager
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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


Dr. Tabassum Majid has had both a personal and professional passion in caregiver-care recipient dyads in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias since she was a caregiver for her grandparents as a teenager. A native Marylander, Dr. Majid received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County concentrating in an interdisciplinary approach to Neurodegenerative Disorders of the Aged. She then gained expertise in the pathology, imaging, and biology of dementia from both pre-clinical and clinical perspectives in Houston, TX, where she earned her PhD from Baylor College of Medicine. She then returned to Maryland to complete a fellowship at the University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy researching care management decisions with caregivers and individuals with dementia, which is providing an evidence base to evaluate both health services and social programs tailored to the needs of both caregivers and their care recipients at Integrace Communities. Dr. Majid also is a member of the Maryland Governor’s Council on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders and contributes to the development and implementation of the Maryland State Plan.

Stephanie Arcadia

Research Coordinator


Stephanie is a recent graduate of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. She began her career working at The Center for Health Behavior Research at The University of Pennsylvania. She is honored to be the Research Coordinator at the Integrace Institute, and build relationships with family members, residents, and outside community members. She enjoys transforming the stories of those on the journey towards neurocognitive living into data.

Stephanie Carideo

External Relations & Partnerships Manager


Creating meaningful experiences and relationships has always been Stephanie Carideo’s passion. Originally from Northern Ireland she spent over a decade working in hospitality management globally before transitioning into the field of aging services 4 years ago.

Stephanie joined the Integrace Institute in early 2018 as the External Relations and Partnerships Manager where she has the opportunity to share her passion for a person centered model of living with the wider community. Her role includes developing collaborative partnerships in order to achieve the greatest impact on our elders, individuals with neurocognitive disorders as well as their personal and professional caregivers.

Stephanie received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Hull, England and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in the Management of Aging Services at the University of Maryland Baltimore County’s Erickson School.

Laura Gillen

Learning & Development Specialist


Laura Gillen is Learning & Development Specialist at the Integrace Institute in Sykesville, Maryland and also serves as Adjunct Professor of Gerontology in the Master’s degree program at McDaniel College, Westminster, Maryland. Ms. Gillen’s particular areas of interest include optimal aging, meaningful living in dementia care, learning technologies, and translational research. Laura earned an M.S. in Gerontology from McDaniel College, and a B.S. in Economics and Mathematics from Duquesne University. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction. Ms. Gillen is a member of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, the Gerontological Society of America, the Leading Age Educators Group, and Sigma Phi Omega, the national Honor and Professional Society in Gerontology. She serves on the Board of Trustees of Carroll Hospice, the Advisory Board of the Center for the Study of Aging at McDaniel College, and is Secretary of the Freedom District Lions Club Foundation.