We’re a team that believes in honoring our past and securing our future.
We are a community of older adults, caregivers, advocates, and more. What brings us together is our commitment to ensuring that every older person has the opportunity to live his/her best life. We understand that aging impacts all of us, whether you are a grandparent raising a grandchild or an adult child acting as the primary caregiver to your aging parent. Successful aging matters to all of us—it’s why we do what we do. Scroll through our profiles to learn why we are aging advocates.
Staff and Contributing Bloggers
Jenna’s experiences in healthcare training and advocacy have uncovered for her the wealth of stories that diverse, aging populations have to share – and convinced her that we must preserve those stories and empower people to tell them.
Randella’s father passed away from cancer at 65 and her mother was his primary caregiver. Seeing their love, she believes the love people have for each other is magical. Randella believes that the older we get the more we need the love of others to survive.
Michael Adams is the Chief Executive Officer of Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders (SAGE). He has taught law school courses on sexual orientation and gender identity and has served on advisory councils for AARP, the American Society on Aging, and the New York City Department for the Aging.
Dr. Cruz’s primary focus is to increase policy-maker and public understanding of the needs impacting Hispanics and disenfranchised sectors of our society, and to encourage the adoption of programs and policies that equitably serve everyone.
Dr. Wes Lum has more than 20 years of experience in the field of aging, health, social services, policy, and advocacy. He most recently served as the Director of the Hawaii Executive Office on Aging and is currently working to effectively and successfully serve Asian American and Pacific Islander elders in his role as CEO with NAPCA.
Quyen grew up learning the value of language, culture & family. Her parents sponsored her grandparents from Vietnam in the early 90s to be reunited after the Vietnam War. Quyen believes in a world where older adults are integral voices in their communities.
Mari became an aging advocate when she learned that many refugee elders in her home state of Minnesota were barely surviving on meager public benefits. She believes that caring for and valuing the contributions of older people is a human rights issue.
Aaron Tax is the Director of Federal Government Relations for Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), where he advocates for LGBT-inclusive federal aging policies that account for the unique needs of LGBT older adults.
Dr. Woody ensures that Older Adults are included in all conversations regarding their lives: health care, children, chosen families, sexual identity, and more—not as spectators but as leaders. Her motto: Nothing about us without us.
Becky remembers her mother caring for her great-grandfather, Johnson, both at home and in the hospital. She admires how tough and practical her mom had to be and would like to help others in the same position juggle work and caregiving.
Tyrell serves as the Executive Assistant to NAPCA President and CEO, Dr. Wesley Lum and also serves as the Administrative Manager, overseeing the operations of NAPCA’s four offices nationwide.
Heather has studied and worked in the human service field for over ten years. Her experience in aging policy, program development and evaluation, and advocacy has focused on areas related to caregiving, elder abuse, Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias, long-term services and supports, community planning, and volunteerism.
Nicole Van Nelson has dedicated her career to working with non-profits to make a difference in people’s lives. She has worked over 10 years in the non-profit and communication fields, including advocacy, outreach, marketing, and grassroots organizing.
Eun Jeong has worked to serve disadvantaged people for about 25 years in various non-profit areas, including elders, women, children, the disabled, and the victims of domestic violence in Korea and the U.S. She is always looking for more opportunities to assist and advocate AAPI seniors.
Vega is a coach, trainer, and editor whose specialties include intentional life planning, career transition, and productivity and time management. Vega has been involved in LGBTQ organizing since 1983 when she came out as a lesbian, and active in the South Asian queer community since 1997.
Angie Boddie is the Director of Health Programs for the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, Inc. (NCBA). She directs all health promotions, advocacy and education programs for NCBA.
Meera’s experiences as a writer, educator, and culturally competent communicator have convinced her that empowering immigrant elders to tell their own stories is necessary to change perspectives and fight stereotypes. She believes that as diverse elders live longer lives, our nation’s policies must center equity and inclusiveness.
Jason Resendez is the executive director of the LatinosAgainstAlzheimer’s Network & Coalition, a national initiative focused on raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease’s disproportionate impact on the Latino community.
Tomi Nagai-Rothe designs and visually facilitates meetings, creates Big Picture Maps, teaches these skills to non-profit/public sector organizations and coaches leaders. Tomi just celebrated her “Kanreki” – 60th birthday milestone (in Japanese culture) – and enjoys reflecting on the elder chapter of life.
Hank Trout is an Editor-at-Large for A&U: America’s AIDS Magazine and writes “For the Long Run,” a bi-monthly column addressing the struggles and triumphs of being a long-term (29-year) survivor of HIV/AIDS. He has lived in San Francisco for 38 years, currently with his fiance Rick Greathouse.
Marsha is an author, speaker, educator and advocate for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, a cause she embraced due, in large part, to the harassment and bullying her son experienced throughout high school. Marsha is also on the PFLAG National Board of Directors.