Gail Gibson Hunt
President and CEO
Gail Gibson Hunt is President and Chief Executive Office of the National Alliance for Caregiving, a non-profit coalition dedicated to conducting research and developing national programs for family caregivers and the professionals who serve them. Prior to heading the Alliance, Ms. Hunt was President of her own aging services consulting firm for 14 years. She conducted corporate eldercare research for the National Institute on Aging and the Social Security Administration, developed training for caregivers with AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association, and designed a corporate eldercare program for EAPs with the Employee Assistance Professional Association.
Prior to having her own firm, she was Senior Manager in charge of human services for the Washington, DC, office of KPMG Peat Marwick. Ms. Hunt attended Vassar College and graduated from Columbia University.
As a national expert on family caregiving and long-term care, Ms. Hunt served on the Policy Committee for the 2005 White House Conference on Aging, as well as on the CMS Advisory Panel on Medicare Education. She was the chair of the National Center on Senior Transportation. Ms. Hunt is also a commissioner for the Center for Aging Services Technology (CAST) and on the Board of the Long-Term Quality Alliance and the National Center for Creative Aging. Ms. Hunt is a member of the Multiple Chronic Conditions Workforce Technical Expert Workgroup. She co-chairs the NQF MAP Person and Family-Centered Care task force. Additionally, Ms. Hunt is on the Governing Board of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).
Rick Greene, M.S.W.
Rick Greene, M.S.W., started his career in aging at the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. There, he developed health promotion programs for the elderly and a comprehensive network of supportive services for family caregivers of the elderly. Mr. Greene also administered many federal and foundation grants. His work with family caregivers in New Jersey was partly the model for the National Family Caregivers Support Program (NFCSP).
As a result of his state successes, the U.S. Administration on Aging selected Mr. Greene in 2000 to be the first Director of the NFCSP. In this capacity, he was responsible for developing training materials and workshops, overseeing special grants, and managing funds of approximately $150 million to the states. In 2009, he transferred to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, where he implemented the Medical Foster Home Program, expanded home-based primary care in rural areas, and developed programs for Native American veterans.
He currently serves as an Executive Advisor to the National Alliance for Caregiving, and Executive Advisor for the International Alliance of Carer Organizations, where he annually convenes an international body of caregiving advocates.
C. Grace Whiting, J.D.
Chief Operating Officer
C. Grace Whiting, J.D., is the Chief Operating Officer at the Alliance, where she leads the organization’s business development, supports strategic planning, and develops relationships with key stakeholders in the family caregiving community. In her work at the Alliance, she managed the launch of the Caregiving in the U.S. 2015 report with AARP. Ms. Whiting has also contributed to several national reports on caregiving, including Caregiving in the U.S. 2015, Cancer Caregiving in the U.S. with the National Cancer Institute and Cancer Support Community, and Dementia Caregiving in the U.S. with the Alzheimer’s Association. Ms. Whiting has spoken on coalition building at national and international conferences, including the keynote address at a National Institutes of Health workshop, “The Spectrum of Caregiving and Palliative Care in Rare Diseases” in June 2015, jointly hosted by the National Institute of Nursing Research and the Office of Rare Diseases Research.
Michael Reese Wittke, B.S.W., M.P.A.
Director of Advocacy
Michael Reese Wittke manages the National Network of Caregiving Coalitions, including the Advocacy Task Force. He develops relationships with policymakers on Capitol Hill, federal agencies, the White House and participates in national coalitions on behalf of the Alliance. He also works to support and grow the Caregiving Champions program.
Prior to joining the Alliance, Mr. Wittke was the Associate Director of Government Affairs at the National Association for Home Care & Hospice. In this role, he followed legislative developments influencing end-of-life care, long-term care, home care and hospice. He was also the main architect of the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations 50th Anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid and Older Americans Act which featured more than 200 stakeholders and policymakers in the Washington area, among other Hill events.
Mr. Wittke previously served as Chair of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Political Action for Candidate Election Committee and as a member of the NASW Metro Chapter Board of Directors. He came to Washington through an internship with the Hinckley Institute of Politics. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work at the University of Utah with honors and a Master’s degree in Public Administration at American University.
Maja Pašović, M.A., M.Ed.
Special Assistant to the CEO
Maja Pašović is the Special Assistant to the President/CEO at the Alliance, where she manages the day-to-day needs of the organization, providing executive support to the CEO and support for the organization’s operations. In addition, Ms. Pašović provides logistical and communications support to the Board of Directors and the International Alliance of Carer Organizations, through event planning and social media outreach.
Originally from Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ms. Pašović brings in a breadth of international experience and expertise in disability rights research and advocacy, academic teaching, administrative support, and communications. Ms. Pašović’s passion for improving the educational opportunities for marginalized youth and children has led her to organize and deliver workshops and lectures at non-profits and higher education institutions in Bosnia and Canada.
Prior to joining the Alliance, Ms. Pašović worked as a Research and Communications Assistant at the UNICEF Office in Bosnia, where she helped develop a Situational Analysis on the Rights of Children and Youth with Disabilities in Bosnia, which includes a set of policy directions and recommendations for improving the social, health and education services for persons with disabilities. Ms. Pašović holds two Master’s degrees: M.A. in Literary and Communication Studies from the University of Waterloo, Canada, and M.Ed. in Education and Language Teaching from the University of Sarajevo. She received a Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Sarajevo.
Communications and Advocacy Fellow
Jessica Overman serves as the Communications and Advocacy Fellow working alongside the Director of Advocacy, Mike Wittke, and the Alliance’s Chief Operating Officer, Grace Whiting. As a current Master of Public Health student, Jessica brings a public health aspect to caregiving, along with skill sets including administration and communication.
Her work with the Alliance in the communications sector serves to produce social media content and develop the social media editorial calendar to support communication growth and outreach among the Alliance. Jessica also works within the advocacy realm to advance the National Network of Caregiving Coalitions through research, synthesizing data, and producing materials to help caregiver outreach.
Jessica holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health from the University of Maryland, and will graduate with her MPH in Practice in Policy in December 2017. She hopes to use this learning experience as grounds for professional development in healthcare policy reform and community health outreach.