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November 2017 Newsletter

This month NVCN is extra thankful for our newest board members and our State Ambassadors!!

NVCN would like to introduce you all to our two newest board members- Jill Sears (Arizona) and Dick Russel (New York). We would also like to share a little about some of our current state Ambassadors. We hope you get to know your state ambassador a little more! 

*If your state ambassador is not listed below they will be in the December Newsletter. 
 
Dick Russell is one of NVCN's newest Board Members as well as the ambassador for the state of New York!
Dick Russell 
NVCN Board Member
Executive Director of Faith in Action Steuben County (New York) 

Dick Russell has been in the Human Service field for over 25 years, working with individuals with intellectual disabilities, counseling youth in the juvenile justice system, finding community service for them to complete, and since 2003 as Executive Director of Faith in Action Steuben County, located in the scenic Finger Lakes region of New York State. The program began through a RWJF grant in 1994, now serving 25 towns in a rural county larger than the state of Rhode Island in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. Dick also serves as the New York State Ambassador for NVCN.

He first became aware of the Faith in Action program when he and his family attended a presentation given by the first director of “Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers Program”, as it was known then, at the church they attended. Dick leaned over to his wife, Kathy, and told her, “This is something I want to be involved in after the kids grow up.” Little did he know that he would get his wish in a most unsuspected way some eight years later, becoming the third director of the program.

Dick lives with his wife Kathy, their 3(!) dogs and a cat, in the little town of Canisteo where he grew up, pop. 3,391 (Home of the World Famous Living Sign! http://backroadstraveller.blogspot.com/2013/04/world-famous-living-sign.html). They enjoy visits with their 2 grown children, Joel and Kelly, and their families, including three precious grandchildren, Max, Clara, and Hudson. They also treasure taking annual road-trips in their truck camper to see the wonders of both this beautiful country and our neighbors to the north.
 
 
 
Jill Sears (Arizona) 
NVCN Board Member 

I am the Program Director for the YMCA ‘s Outreach Program for Ahwatukee Seniors  ( Y OPAS) - in Phoenix, AZ.  Our program is 16 years old. We have 180 volunteers serving 455 folks in our small community.  Our mission is to help seniors age in place.  Y OPAS is unique to our Y in the Phoenix metro area and it is my goal to see more Ys with programs like ours!

 I met most of the board members at a face to face event and was totally inspired to get more involved.
I love the idea of being part of something bigger than our local program - we are a movement together - helping seniors across the country! As a new member to the NVCN board, I hope to be involved in developing a way  to use the online NVCN training modules to train NVCN certified volunteers.  I see this as a great benefit to programs with limited resources for training.

I’m an east coast girl (NJ,NC,VA) who has fallen in love with the desert - I enjoy hiking and running and time with my family. My husband Mike and I are the proud parents of three - our oldest daughter is in her second year at the University of Oregon studying business - our second daughter is a senior in high school and hoping to go to Elon University next fall and son Will is in 7th grade and loves basketball.
I’m looking forward to getting to know you all better in the coming year - Jill
 
What Can Your State Ambassador Do For You?  

Your state Ambassador is here to serve as a mentor and resource for state and regional programs.  They will introduce new initiates and award programs. Your state Ambassador will communicate with the NVCN Director of Membership keeping NVCN current and up to date on any program changes or relevant activities occurring in your state. They will also communicate NVCN value to members and potential new members while promoting volunteer caregiving. 
 
Fritzi Mevis 
Executive Director of People Who Care (Arizona) 

Fritz is the Executive Director of People Who Care, a not for profit volunteer caregiving organization in Prescott, Arizona.  She joined the staff of People Who Care in April 2000 and became the director in January the following year.  She attended Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin for three years and later received her B.A. in Liberal Arts from the University of Maryland in Heidelberg, Germany.  Prior to joining People Who Care, Fritzi worked for five years as the Office Administrator and Therapy Services Coordinator for Spectrum Speech and Language and ProRehab, Inc. in Agoura Hills, California.
 
Fritzi had a rich and rewarding volunteer experience with Army Community Services (ACS) while she and her two children accompanied husband, Gary, during his 24 years of military service encompassing twelve stateside assignments and three overseas assignments in Germany.  During these years working as an ACS volunteer, she witnessed and personally experienced the challenges of transition, relocation, family separations and stressful life adjustments for military families that instilled in her the intrinsic value of community care and support.
 
Fritzi was one of the founding members of the Coalition for Compassion & Justice (CCJ) and served on the board of directors for 12 years. She and a fellow volunteer started the CCJ Home Repair Program and managed it for five years.  She is an active member of the the Quad City Interfaith Council, the Community Partnership for Comfort Care (CPCC) and the League of Women Voters.
 

Rev. Robert P. Hall, OSL 
Executive Director of the Delaware Ecumenical Council on Children and Families

I have been the Executive Director of the Delaware Ecumenical Council on Children and Families since 1997.  By background, I am a United Methodist clergyperson, ordained in 1975, also a Diplomate and a Fellow in the American Psychotherapy Association.  I am a 1974 honors graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in Catonsville, Maryland an a 1977 graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.  I have served parishes in Dorchester and Cecil Counties, Maryland and in Kent and New Castle Counties, Delaware.  I have also worked for a community action agency, a chapter of the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse, and an affiliate of the National Association for Home and Community Care.  On a volunteer basis, I have served on the governing boards of the American Heart Association, the Delaware Association for Children or Alcoholics, the Delaware Consumer Health Care Coalition, the Delaware Public Health Association, and the Health Education Network of Delaware.  We begun our first Faith in Action program in 1998 and it is the centerpiece of our organization's programs.  

 
Julie Glawe 
Faith in Action of Piatt County (Monticello, IL)  

I have been with our outreach since 1998 (however, I did take 11/2 years off from 2007 until the middle of 2008).  Faith in Action of Piatt County is considered a rural outreach. Living in a rural area resources are slim, but I feel as if we have utilized individuals and their gifts and abilities well to reach out and meet the need of our elders.  The outreach is funded solely by individuals, businesses, congregations and fundraising events.  On a personal side, I studied nursing but have worked with faith based non-profits for 24 years.  I not only have a strong interest in working with the elderly but also with families and individuals that have dementia or have been diagnosed with an illness that encompasses dementia.  Faith in Action and the volunteers who give of their time so generously in our County are valued and respected and our volunteers realize the tremendous impact that they have on their elders.
 




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Rita Elsberry 
Executive Director of Island Volunteer Caregivers (Washington) 

I am a native of Bainbridge Island and an RN with previous experience in primary care, hospice and working with people with developmental disabilities and dementia.  I served on the Board of Directors of Island Volunteer Caregivers for 9 years before being hired for the Executive Director position in 2013.  My background in healthcare has been very useful in understanding the many challenges our seniors and others face in dealing with complex health and caregiving situations.

In my free time I love spending time with my children and grandchildren, traveling and going on kayaking adventures with my husband, or playing with glass fusing.
 
 

 
Michele Hull 
Director of RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) of Boone and Greene Counties (Iowa) 

I have been with RSVP for 20 years establishing RSVP from a ½ time program to a fulltime program with one full-time staff and two part-time staff serving two counties. Currently I serve on the National RSVP Directors Association Board (NARSVPD).  Through the RSVP staff and Advisory Council three signature programs were established, which are free services - Adult Caregiver Respite began through Robert Wood Johnson Foundation seed monies in 2002, Grocery Assistance-shopping Program (GAP) began in 2005, and In-Home Visitation began in 2014.    Prior to RSVP I was volunteer coordinator for the Story County (Iowa) Volunteer Center for two years and in banking for 11 ½ years.  Living in Boone County I am a member of the Boone Lions Club, I have recently moved on from volunteering on Boone County Relay for Life committees for 10 years, I am the secretary for our American Legion Auxiliary (my father was in the Marines), and have volunteered for a local fall annual town celebration for eight years.  Also, I ride a motorcycle with my husband and we volunteer together with the nonprofit B.A.C.A. (Bikers Against Child Abuse).
 
NVCN State Ambassadors 
Arizona 
California 
Delaware
Hawaii 
Illinois 
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Kansas
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Michigan 
New Jersey
New York 
Texas
Washington
West Virginia 

 
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Congratulations to Faith In Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley!

Faith In Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley was honored as an inaugural recipient of the Change Maker to Watch award at TGKVF’s 2017 Building Bridges for Good Measure conference held November 2-3. 

 

2017 Senior and Family Conference & Expo


The Expo happens every other year and is put on by the SAGA (The Senior Advocacy Group of Ahwatukee)! 

SAGA's goal this year was to address concerns of isolation and loneliness – and specifically to provide tools for folks to provide a holistic approach to aging.

Speakers included:
  • Dr. Carol O. Long, Founder and CEO of Capstone Healthcare
  • Dr. Amanda E. Sokan, Director of the MS Program in Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Dept.
  • Rev. Dr. Kristin Longenecker Hansen
    Pastor of Desert Foothills United Methodist Church
  • Donna Lewen, BA.
  •  Anne Poole
  •  DR. Vanessa McCarthy, Doctor of Occupational Therapy
  • Gregg Powell, Owner of Grace at Home Senior Care
As you can see above there were many excellent key note speakers accompanied by a breakout sessions that addressed each – mind, body, and spirit – it was a huge success! 
 
 
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