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Our Team

Anton Porsteinsson, MD - Director

Anton SpeechAs the Director of the AD-CARE Program, Dr. Anton Porsteinsson has devoted his career to the care and study of individuals with memory disorders. His clinical and research interests are focused on cognitive deficits and behavioral changes associated with these disorders, especially treatment interventions and improved diagnostics – areas in which he is internationally recognized. He is a lead investigator for many prominent, national AD prevention and treatment trials and has conducted major clinical trials with cognitive enhancers, course stabilizing agents, and psycho-tropics for behavioral changes associated with dementia. Dr. Porsteinsson is the author and collaborator of hundreds of research publications and serves as site principal investigator for research grants from the National Institutes of Health and other leading funders.

A graduate of the University of Iceland School of Medicine, and completion of a psychiatry residency at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Dr. Porsteinsson is also the William B. and Sheila Konar Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at the University of Rochester. Additionally, he directs the Psychiatry Program and Psychiatric Consultation Liaison Service at Monroe Community Hospital. 

Emily Clark, DO – Co-Investigator

Emily joined the AD-CARE team in 2020 as a Co-Investigator. Emily obtained her medical degree from Kansas City University in 2015 and completed her general psychiatry residency at the University of Rochester in 2019. She went on to complete a geriatric psychiatry fellowship through the University of Rochester in 2020. Her time is shared between the AD-CARE program and the Memory Care Program clinical service, where she devotes her time to the treatment and management of memory disorders and behavioral changes associated with these disorders.

Susan Salem-Spencer, RN, MSN, CCRC – Senior Study Coordinator

Susan Salem-Spencer is the Senior Study Coordinator at AD-CARE. She has been involved in Alzheimer’s Disease Research since 1997 and joined AD-CARE in 2001. Her role involves supporting, facilitating, and coordinating the daily clinical trial activities. 

Audrey Rice, RN, MS, ANP – Study Coordinator

Audrey joined the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) in 1985, where she worked as an RN in the Neurosurgical Unit and later in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. After earning her MSN from the University of Rochester’s School of Nursing, Audrey joined the Emergency Department (ED) at Strong Memorial Hospital as a Nurse Practitioner.  Her experiences with older adults in the ED led her to the field of gerontology where she practiced in long term care, meeting the complex health needs of older adults living with chronic illness. In 2014, she transitioned to the URMC outpatient Memory Care Program, where she evaluated adults with memory problems and provided ongoing care for individuals with dementia. In 2015, Audrey joined URMC’s AD-CARE Program, where she supports ongoing research in Alzheimer's Disease.

Nancy Kowalski, RNC, MS – Study Coordinator

Nancy has been with the AD-CARE team since 1996 and has had various roles ranging from Cognitive Rating administrator to Psychiatric consultant. Since 2015, Nancy has taken on the role of Research Study Coordinator. She is extremely grateful to work with the families that she meets on a daily basis; they inspire her to continue her work in research.

Kim Martin, RN, BSN – Research Nurse

Kim has been with AD-CARE since 2000 and enjoys working within the geriatric population. She recently completed her BSN at the University of Rochester’s School of Nursing.

Melanie Keltz, MSN, FNP – Research Nurse

Melanie joined the AD-CARE team in 2014 as a psychometrician and transitioned to a Study Nurse after receiving her BSN from the University of Rochester’s School of Nursing in 2016.  In December 2020, Melanie graduated from St. John Fisher’s Family Nurse Practitioner Program. She is eager to apply her new skills and knowledge into her current role, while looking forward to gaining more experience in Alzheimer’s Disease and Older Adults.

Asa Widman, BS – Human Subject Research Coordinator II

Asa has been with AD-CARE since 2001. She runs the cognitive and memory testing for the research studies in addition to organizing research-related source documents.

Bridget Holvey, BS - Psychometrician

Excited to join the AD-CARE team in 2019, Bridget has an affinity for working with the geriatric population.  She works directly with participants performing clinical procedures and cognitive tests, while continuing her education through the University of Rochester Master's in Public Health program.

Esmeralda Morales-Lamarre, MS – Psychometrician

Esmeralda joined the AD-CARE team in 2019 with experience working with the geriatric population and Alzheimer’s Disease research.  She works directly with participants administrating cognitive tests and performing clinical procedures.

Patricia Herring, MA – Research Administrator & Program Manager

Joining the AD-CARE team in 2017 as Administrative Assistant, Patricia now oversees the operations of the entire program along with negotiating budgets for potential clinical trials, managing fiscal resources, and conducting program analyses and financial forecasts.

Russ Kurvach, BS, CCRP – Regulatory Coordinator

Russ has been a member of the AD-CARE team since 2011, overseeing all the regulatory aspects of our clinical trials including compliance with local, state, and federal regulations.