C. Grace Whiting, J.D.
President and C.E.O.
C. Grace Whiting, J.D., is the President and Chief Executive 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. As President and CEO, she continues her tenure at the Alliance where she has previously served in various roles including as Chief Operating Officer and the Director of Strategic Partnerships. In her work, she managed the launch of the Caregiving in the U.S. 2015 report with AARP and launched the first national study of rare disease caregiving with Global Genes. 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 caregiving at national and international conferences, including the 7th International Carers Conference in Adelaide, Australia and at three national summits at the National Institutes of Health.
Patrice A. Heinz
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Patrice A. Heinz is the Director of Strategic Initiatives where she is responsible for developing the mission-related projects of the National Alliance for Caregiving and identifying innovative ways to engage Alliance members in research, education, and advocacy on family caregiving. Her work encompasses member and corporate contract support, program development, restricted giving, and communications for the Alliance Board of Directors, members, funders, and other stakeholders.
She previously served as the Director of Development for Women Enabled International; the Director of Resource Development for the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities; and was the proprietor and principal consultant of Heinz Consultants, a business she founded in 1984. Her areas of expertise include strategic planning, organizational analysis, program development and evaluation, board and leadership development, and philanthropic alignment to mission. She is the author of numerous articles, white papers and publications, including “Developing Successful Grant Proposals” the sixth curriculum in the Resource Development series published by the Alliance for Children and Families.
She is currently a member of the Surgical Family Care Committee of Children’s National Health Systems in Washington DC, and is the past PTO Chair of St. Coletta’s School of Greater Washington, a school for special needs children. Prior to moving to DC, Pat was active in numerous community and civic affairs in her home state of Wisconsin, serving on the Public Health Priorities Committee of the Governor’s Health Policy Council and the Patient Compensation Panel of the Supreme Court of Wisconsin. She was a founding member of the Women’s Fund of the Milwaukee Foundation.
In addition to her professional experience, Pat is a caregiver to her adult daughter, Ashley Nicole.
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 which includes caregiving advocates representing 27 states and communities across the United States. He develops relationships with policymakers on Capitol Hill, federal agencies, the White House and participates in national coalitions on behalf of the Alliance. In addition, Mr. Wittke supports the Annual National Conference of Caregiving Advocates at the annual meeting of the American Society on Aging. Under his leadership, the Alliance has co-hosted a national Hill briefing on Congressional Caregiving Stories with the Gerontological Society of America, AARP, and the John A. Hartford Foundation. Mr. Wittke has also led national coalition efforts to support key pieces of caregiving legislation, including the RAISE Family Caregivers Act and proposed legislation to create a national “Caregiving Corps.”
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 supported the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations work on the 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.
Caregiving Graduate Fellow
Ms. Spangler holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics and Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland. Before coming to the Alliance, she worked as a legal assistant at an energy law firm and held internships in federal and state government. She is currently a first-year Master of Public Administration student at the George Washington University. She plans to use her time with the Alliance to learn more about coalition building and the advancement of caregiving, and to build upon her communications and advocacy skills. She plans to pursue a career in public affairs and strategic communications.
Gail Gibson Hunt
Gail Gibson Hunt continues in an advisory role as Founder at 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, where she served as the President and CEO for over twenty years. Prior to founding the Alliance in 1996, 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.