Kristine Theurer, PhD, Founder and President
Kristine has worked in residential care for over 20 years and graduated with a PhD from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Arts in Gerontology from Simon Fraser University. She developed and evaluated the Java Group Programs, receiving a number of research grants including the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She is author of a number of peer-reviewed research journal articles, facilitates workshops and staff trainings and presents regularly at international conferences. With her continuing research she hopes to help address the epidemic of social isolation and loneliness by helping to bring the mental health needs to the forefront of the aging policy agenda.
Clayton MacKay, Founder and CEO
As CEO of the Java Music Club, Clayton brings many years of business experience. He has served on the Insurance Council of British Columbia and has been a contract supervisor for the Provincial Emergency Program. In addition, he worked closely with Ministry of Health in their third party cost recovery program. Clayton has also volunteered for many years with men in recovery from addiction and currently serves on a board member for a non-profit agency that provides a vital link in the continuum of recovery services. He has built an understanding of the strong impact of mutual support groups and the ability of these groups to create positive and supportive communities. His plan for the Java Group Programs is to standardize the use of peer support programs within the senior living sector across Canada and the US.