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POISED George Mason University

Nelson Cortes

Dr. Nelson Cortes is the Principal Investigator of the POISED project.  He has earned his B.S. in Physical Education & Exercise Science from ULHT with a special emphasis in Sports Biomechanics; an M.S. Ed. in Exercise Science with concentration in Clinical Biomechanics; and his Ph.D. in Human Movement Science from Old Dominion University. He has a special interest in healthy lifestyles and developing and implementing intervention strategies to assist individuals to maintain independent and high quality of living. He has authored his research in refereed journals, and other publications; and has presented regionally, nationally and internationally. 

Shane Caswell

Dr. Shane Caswell is a Co-Investigator on the POISED Project.  He earned his B.S. in Physical Education Teacher Certification and Athletic Training from the State University of New York at Brockport; an M.S. in Athletic Training; and his Ph.D. in education from Ohio University. Dr. Caswell focus on community outreach programs and research that translates the findings from the lab to the community.  He has authored his research in refereed journals, book chapters and other publications; and has delivered scholarly presentations regionally and nationally. 

Amanda Estep Cary

Amanda Estep (Cary) earned her B.S. in Exercise Science from Virginia Commonwealth University and her M.S. in Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion from George Mason University. She is currently enrolled in a doctorate program in Education with a concentration in Exercise Fitness and Health Promotion.

Jessica Pope

Jessica Pope earned her B.S. in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise and one in Business Management from Virginia Tech, and her M.S. in Health and Human Performance:  Athletic Training from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  She is a certified athletic trainer and is currently enrolled in the doctorate program in Education with a concentration in Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion at George Mason University.

Jatin Ambegaonkar

Dr. Jatin Ambegaonkar is a certified athletic trainer, strength and conditioning specialist, and occupational therapist. His research interests include performing arts medicine and injury prevention during physical activity. Dr. Ambegaonkar is an associate editor for the International Journal of Athletic Training and Therapy, on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, and serves on the Research Committee of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science.


Project Mend-A-House

Jennifer Schock-Bolles

Jennifer Schock-Bolles has been the Executive Director of Project Mend-A-House since March of 2014. She has an interior design degree, is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) as designated by the National Association of Home Builders and worked as the Director of Marketing for Home Instead Senior Care for seven years after working as an Account Executive for Cranberry Marketing. Her love of both residential construction and working with seniors as well as her many well-developed community relationships, uniquely position her to effectively lead Project Mend-A-House staff and volunteers. She lives in Manassas with her husband.

Jodie Houser

Jodie Houser is the Community Connections Coordinator for Project Mend-A-House (PMAH). She started with PMAH in July, 2014. She is a registered nurse by profession having graduated from the University of Virginia. For the past seven years, she worked as a Nurse Liaison for Livinrite Home Health and developed many strong relationships in the healthcare community during that time. These relationships are invaluable in her role as Community Connections Coordinator. They enable her to successfully promote PMAH services to potential clients most in need of ramps, our durable medical equipment loan closet and our fall prevention/home safety services. She was born in Washington D.C. and lived in Asia as a young child, otherwise, the rest of her years have been in Virginia. She is married and has a family with three older children.


Old Dominion University

Dr. Steven Morrison: Dr. Morrison is an Endowed Professor and the Director of Research of the Center for Brain Research and Rehabilitation (ODU, Norfolk, VA). He has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed publications, and secured more than $3 million in external grant support dealing with training interventions to decrease falls risk.