National Network of Caregiving Coalitions

National Network of Caregiving Coalitions
The National Network of Caregiving Coalitions is a virtual network of 80+ state and local caregiving coalitions across the United States. In supporting this network, the Alliance provides technical assistance, an annual conference, quarterly webinars, and guidebooks to assist coalitions in their work with family caregivers. Join the listserve for this network by clicking here.


Advocacy Task Force

Our yearly programming is guided by the Advocacy Task Force, a working group of coalition representatives that meets monthly to provide advice and counsel on current project and engages in two key areas: (1) Sharing of Best Practices and Strategies; and (2) Setting Priorities for National Work. These leaders represent the diverse interests of family caregivers across the United States and are leading the way in caregiver advocacy, education, and empowerment.
 
Task Force Leaders 
 

AR – Sheila Palmer Harrod, MPA
Program Coordinator
UAMS Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program 

 

AZ – Elizabeth Harris, MSW
Interim Treasurer, Arizona Caregiver Coalition
Respite Project Coordinator, AZCaregiver.org

 

CA – Dr. Donna Benton, Kylie Meyer, MSc
Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, University of Southern California
California Task Force on Family Caregiving

 

CA – Veva Arroyo, MSW, LCSW
Social Worker, San Diego County
San Diego Caregiver Coalition 

 

FL – Toula Wootan, MHA
Community Development Officer,
Community Hospice of Northeast Florida
Caregiver Coalition of Northeast Florida 

 

FL – Chris MacLellan
The Purple Jacket 

 

HI – Eldon Wegner, PhD
Professor Emeritus (Sociology), U. Hawai’i at Manoa
Hawaii Family Caregiver Coalition

 

IL – Chris Damon
Executive Director
CareSmart Illinois

 

ME – Dr. Ken Elliott
University of Maine 

 

MI – Anne Ellermets
Director of Contract Services & Program Development
Caregiver Resource Network

 

MN – Beth Wiggins
Director of Caregiving and Aging Services
Metropolitan Caregiver Service Collaborative

 

MS – Spencer Blalock
Mississippi Family Caregiver Coalition

 

MT – Kerrie Reidelbach
Program Manager
Montana Lifespan Respite Coalition

 

NM – Adrienne Smith, MPA 
Founder & Executive Director
New Mexico Direct Caregivers Coalition 

 

NJ – Carol DeGraw, MSW, LCSW
Health Impact Area Director
United Way Caregivers Coalition

 

NJ – Eric Joice
Executive Director, The Family Resource Network
Caregivers of New Jersey

 

NV – Debbie Carroll
Founder
The Senior Sage 

 

NY – Andrea Cianfrani, Esq.
Deputy Director of Public Policy, LiveOn New York
NYC Family Caregiving Coalition (LiveOn New York)

 

OR – Jon Bartholomew
Director – Government Relations
AARP Oregon State Office

 

TN – Janice Williams, RN
Founder
Caregivers Respite

 

TX – Faith Unger
Caregiver U Project Coordinator
Caregiver U (Age of Central Texas)

 

UT – Geri Lehnardt
President
Utah Caregiver Coalition

 

VA – Ashley Kenneth
Geriatric Care Manager, VCU Health System
Virginia Caregiver Coalition 

 

WA – Hilary Hauptman
Kinship Family Caregiver Program Manager
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services  

 

WA – Linda Porter
Program Coordinator
Lifespan Respite Washington 

 

WI – Janet Zander, MPA
Advocacy & Public Policy Coordinator
Greater Wisconsin Area Agency on Aging Resources 

 

For more information about this group, contact the Alliance’s Director of Advocacy Mike Wittke at mike@caregiving.org


Coalition Resources

Looking for resources on establishing or growing your coalitions? Want to download the Advocacy Tool Kit? Visit our Coalition Resources page here.