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 McDavid
National Managing Coordinator, Diverse Elders Coalition

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 Bluehouse
Executive Director, NICOA

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
Chief Executive Officer, SAGE

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. Yanira Cruz
President & CEO, NHCOA

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. Wesley Lum
President and CEO, NAPCA

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 Dinh
Executive Director, SEARAC

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 Quenemoen
Director of Communications & Development, SEARAC

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
Director of Federal Government Relations, SAGE

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. Imani Woody
CEO, Mary’s House for 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 Owl Morgan
Project Coordinator, NICOA

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 Ma’ae
Executive Assistant, NAPCA

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 Chun
Director of Technical Assistance, NAPCA

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
Technical Communications Analyst, NICOA

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.

Dr. Eun Jeong Lee
National SCSEP Director, NAPCA

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 Subramaniam
Founder, Vega Mala Consulting

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
Director of Health Programs, NCBA

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 Venugopal
Communications and Development Manager, India Home

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
Executive Director, LatinosAgainstAlzheimer’s Network & Coalition

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.

Maria Glover-Wallace
Board Member, Project Fierce Chicago
Maria A. Glover-Wallace, MS, MBA has over 16 years of social and human service work with marginalized urban populations. Her current doctoral research explores the reported wellness for LGBT seniors and people of color.
Tomi Nagai-Rothe
Director of Teaching & Learning, Leapfrog Consulting

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.

Marsha Aizumi
Author and LGBTQ Advocate

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.