Leslie Ritter, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA
Dr.Ritter began her career as a cardiac intensive care nurse in Tucson, Arizona. She received her Masters in Nursing and Exercise Physiology and PhD in Physiology from the University of Arizona. She currently is a Professor at the College of Nursing and Dept. of Neurology at the University of Arizona and the William Feinberg Endowed Chair for Stroke Research. She also serves as the faculty stroke coordinator for the University of Arizona Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Ritter is passionate about educating both healthcare professionals and the community about the risks for stroke as well as the resources that are available for stroke and TIA survivors and their caregivers.
Diane first became interested in stroke/stroke survivors and their caregivers through her study of Nursing, as a Medical Research Paralegal and through her personal experience with the strokes of her husband and close friends. Her work as a Court Appointed Special Advocate also involved stroke survivor family members. She served as a member of the Women’s Heart Health Education Committee of the Sarver Heart Center and is a supporter of the Zuckerman College of Public Health and Galileo Circle which supports the University of Arizona College of Science.
Geneva received her Bachelor of Athletic Training Education degree from New Mexico State University and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. She is a Certified Athletic Trainer and has also received specialized training in the treatment of patients who have suffered a stroke or acquired brain injury. She is certified in Neuro-Integrative Functional Rehabilitation and Habilitation (Neuro-IFRAH). After practicing as a physical therapist for 3 years in humid Corpus Christi, Texas, she relocated to Tucson in 2015. She currently is an outpatient physical therapist at the Rehabilitation Institute of Tucson HealthSouth specializing in treating patients with stroke and orthopedic challenges.
Jennifer received her Bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Portland State University. As a student clinician, she facilitated aphasia groups at Portland State and the University of Arizona Speech and Language Clinics. She has served as the events coordinator for the UA Sarver Heart Center since 2010. A favorite part of her job is making monthly reminder calls to members of the Green Valley Stroke Support Group, facilitated by Dr. Leslie Ritter. She has a passion to help facilitate a supportive community for stroke survivors and their caregivers.
Maya Luria currently serves as the director of senior services at Tucson Medical Center, overseeing initiatives, programs, and services that enhance the quality of life for seniors throughout Southern Arizona. She is a native Tucsonan who appreciates the area’s rich and unique culture. As a founder of Bald Beauties Project and co-chair of the Second Chance Tucson coalition, Maya focuses her efforts and time supporting causes for those in need.