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Dedicated to Creating the Choice of Independent Living Through Volunteer Caregiving

Board of Directors

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Inez Russell, President

inezrusselEditedInez Russell is the founder and Executive Director of Friends for Life, a charity that provides care for the elderly and people who have disabilities.Friends for Life received national recognition for its work when it was selected as one of 16 ‘outstanding charities’ nationwide to be featured in a report published by the Hudson Institute, a Washington, D.C. based research firm. The charity has been recognized three times by the Acton Institute of Michigan who named Friends for Life one of the ‘most compassionate and effective human service initiatives’ in the United States. Fordham University in New York in their Grotta Report, named Friends for Life one of the nation’s best practice models for caring for the elderly and the University of California at Berkeley named Friends for Life at best practice model in caregiving.  Inez received the YWCA Pathfinder’s Award for Civic Leadership, the Woman of Distinction award from the Girl Scout Council, was named Woman of the Year by Altrusa International, Inc. of Waco, Citizen of the year and in 2015 she was named CNN Hero for the work of Friends for Life.

Tammy I. Glenn, Vice President and Acting Executive Director

Website BOARD glenn tammy EditedTammy joined the Board of Trustees the National Volunteer Caregiving Network in 2013.  As an informal caregiver, author and founder of HomeBoundResources.com, Tammy I. Glenn has counseled numerous family members and friends in short and long-term care issues, prompting The Pacific Coast Business Times to recognize her for “Who’s Who in Healthcare” in 2014 in the tri-county area where she currently leads one of the original pilot programs in the nation, CAREGIVERS: Volunteers Assisting the Elderly, founded in 1984 and serving Ventura County, California.  

Jill Sears, Secretary

Jill Sears EditedJill is the Program Director for a unique YMCA Outreach Program for Ahwatukee Seniors in Phoenix, AZ ( Y OPAS). With a degree in Business Administration, her professional background includes training management with The Orvis Company, and Service Quality Management with American Express. After taking time off to start a family and support her husband in pursuit of his career goals – Jill rejoined the workforce using her skills in organization, project planning, communications and creativity to lead successful Family Ministry and Youth Ministry programs before landing at the YMCA. Y OPAS is unique to the Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA. The 16 year old program started in a local church but quickly outgrew the space and has been part of the YMCA for 10 years. The program has almost 200 volunteers who provide transportation, friendly visiting and phone calls, household help, and social events and activities for 400 seniors in the Ahwatukee community.

Jay Friedman, Treasurer

Website BOARD Freidman Jay EditedJay is a Certified Public Accountant and works as Expert Sales Operations for Dassault Systemes Delmia Corp. in Auburn Hills, MI.

Judy Tabert, Immediate Past President and Chair Emeritus

Website board tabert judy 2013 EditedJudy was a founding member of the Faith in Action National Network. She is co-founder Interfaith Network of Care, Milltown, NJ a 21 year RWJF Faith in Action program. She is the past chair of the Middlesex County Human Services Advisory Council and past chair and current member of the board of Community House at St. Thomas.





Board of Trustees

Jim Archer

Website BOARD archer jim EditedJim retired in 2010 after a 38-year career in Sales and Marketing. Since retiring, he has been an active volunteer, supporting numerous local programs.





Carl Dolezal

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Carl is a certified Project Management Professional with experience in marketing, management, budgeting and program design. Carl was first introduced to Volunteer Caregiving while in college at TX State where he directed MAP a service learning project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.





Dr. Oren Renick, JD, MPH, FACHE

Website Board Renick Oren EditedOren has been a Professor in the School of Health Administration at Texas State University since 1990. He is also Adjunct Professor of Population Health at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He previously served simultaneously as Chair of the Department of Health Administration & Interim Chair of the Department of Health Services Research at Texas State. He has served as Founding Director of the Service Learning Initiative, Chair & Vice Chair of the Faculty Senate and a member of the Board of Trustees for the National Volunteer Caregiving Network. Prior to coming to Texas State in 1990, Dr. Renick spent almost 20 years in the healthcare industry.


 Dick Russell

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Dick has been in the Human Service field for over 25 years, with practical experience interspersed with education in Human Service Management through Empire State College, and theology through Porterbrook Theological Institute. He has worked with individuals with intellectual disabilities, counseled youth in the juvenile justice system, performed two weddings, several funerals, and has been Executive Director of Faith in Action Steuben County since 2003, located in the scenic Finger Lakes region of New York State. Dick has been the recipient of the Steuben County Office for Aging Community Service Award. He serves as the New York State Ambassador for NVCN, and is currently the NVCN Board/Ambassador liaison.


 Amanda Sokan, Ph.D.

Website Board sokan amanda EditedAmanda holds a PhD in Gerontology, with faculty positions in gerontology and health administration. She is director of the Executive Master of Science in Clinical & Translational Science Program, at University of Arizona Health Sciences.