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“As our population ages, increasingly we are seeing a
huge care gap and a critical need for caregiver support.”

-David Inns, CEO GreatCall


As the need for caregiving increases, various emotional and financial issues arise. The Family Caregiver Council was born from a desire to look at these issues in a collaborative, meaningful way, providing support and resources so caregivers won’t become overwhelmed. Comprised of leaders from 13 national family caregiver organizations and other experts, we’ve combined our resources to support family caregivers more effectively than any of us can do alone. Caregivers need help, too. The Family Caregivers Council is here to provide it.

David Inns, President & CEO, GreatCall, Inc.

David Inns is CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of GreatCall Inc., the leader in connected health solutions for active aging. Since its inception in 2006, GreatCall has developed a complete portfolio of products and services that help enable independent aging, including: telehealth services, medication adherence programs, emergency response, fall detection and activity monitoring. GreatCall’s commitment to simplicity and best-in-class service helps the older consumer adopt and enjoy connected health solutions while keeping caregivers up-to-date on their own smartphones with the GreatCall Link app. Under David’s leadership, GreatCall has grown from a startup in 2006 to a company with hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenue and over 1,000 employees.

Before joining GreatCall, David was Vice President, Consumer Markets for Bell Mobility in Canada where he ran the $1.6 billion consumer market P&L. He was also Vice President, Consumer Marketing for Bell Canada where he ran the $4 billion wireline P&L. David was a Partner at Diamond Management & Technology Consultants, which was bought by PWC in 2010 for $378 million.

Brigid Bonner, Chief Experience Officer, CaringBridge

Brigid Bonner directs all aspects of development, marketing and customer service for CaringBridge. She has driven innovation and growth in many technology savvy, consumer-based businesses including Schwans Home Service, UnitedHealth Group and Target.

Scott Collins, CEO, Link-age

Scott Collins is President and CEO of Link-age, created to address opportunities in managed care. Today Link-age is comprised of three companies: Link-age Connect, Link-age Solutions and Link-age Ventures, with more than 460 senior living communities in 16 states. Scott previously was a vice president with GE Capital Commercial Asset Funding. Scott was a nominee for the Ernst &Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2012.

Danielle Glorioso, Executive Director, Center for Healthy Aging, UCSD

Danielle K. Glorioso is the Executive Director of the Center for Healthy Aging and the Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging, University of California San Diego. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she has been a member of the UC San Diego Division of Geriatric Psychiatry since 2001. Danielle provides leadership and direct oversight of Center operations including strategic planning, organizational development, community outreach, training, philanthropy, communications and marketing.  She is also a certified complicated grief therapist with a specialty working with those bereaved to suicide loss.  Danielle is a co-author on a number of publications in the fields of aging, ethics, mental health, suicide and grief and is active in a number of community organizations and serves as a board member for San Diego chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).

Gail Hunt, President & CEO, National Alliance for Caregiving

Gail Hunt is President & CEO of the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC), a non-profit coalition dedicated to conducting research and developing national programs for family caregivers and the professionals who serve them. She was previously the president of her own aging services consulting firm for 14 years. She has led NAC’s benchmark studies, Caregiving in the U.S., as well as studies on working caregivers, caregivers of veterans, and the financial and health impacts of caregiving. She also served on the Policy Committee for the 2005 White House Conference on Aging, the CMS Advisory Panel on Medicare Education, and is on the Governing Board of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

Meg Kabat, National Director, Caregiver Support Program, Department of Veteran Affairs

Meg Kabat is the National Director of the Department of Veteran Affairs’ Caregiver Support Program. In this role she serves as the principal advisor to senior leaders across the Veteran Affairs (VA) on caregiving. She is responsible for national policy development as well as oversight and implementation of the Caregiver Support Program and serves as the principal manager in developing a Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers and a Program of General Caregiver Support Services. Meg began working with America’s Wounded Warriors in 2003 and has worked in many roles for both the United States Navy and the VA, beginning with the Caregiver Support Program in 2011.

Brooks Kenny, EVP & CMO, Lotsa Helping Hands

A member of the Founding Team of Lotsa Helping Hands and nationally recognized expert in cause marketing and strategic partnering, Brooks Kenny is the force behind the company’s successful enterprise and nonprofit marketing initiatives. Brooks, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, directs the company’s worldwide branding, marketing, and social media efforts by developing strategic partnerships, creating business growth opportunities, and expanding brand reach. Brooks is credited with enhancing the company’s offerings to the nonprofit sector, securing high-profile partners including the Alzheimer’s Association, Muscular Dystrophy Association, and the National Health Council. In 2009, Brooks received the National Family Caregivers Association’s Founder’s Award.

Jeffrey Makowka, Director, Market Innovation, AARP

Jeff Makowka is focused on the wants and needs of the 50+ market, both domestically and internationally. As a Director of Market Innovation in AARP’s Enterprise Strategy and Innovation group he helped to launch, and now co-manages, the Innovation@50+ initiative, which aims to spark entrepreneurial activity across public and private sectors.

Scott Peifer, Vice President, Alliance Development, Aging2.0

Scott Peifer leads Alliance Development for Aging2.0, a global network an innovation accelerator for aging and senior care. The Aging2.0 Alliance is an interdisciplinary innovation community for senior care stakeholders and technology companies to cultivate knowledge sharing, connections and partnerships to scale innovations in aging. Scott serves on the boards of the Family Caregiver Alliance and the American Society on Aging. Prior to joining Aging2.0 he established AgeTech West and served as Associated Director of the Leading Age Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST). Scott previously served as Pennsylvania Policy Director of Aging.

Katie Roper, VP Health Care Strategy & Partnerships, Home Care Assistance

Katie Roper is responsible for developing national partnerships for Home Care Assistance. She brings extensive experience in the caregiving space, including her role as VP sales and marketing for Caring.com where she transacted with the full spectrum of aging-related services.

John Schall, CEO, Caregiver Action Network

John Schall is the CEO of the Caregiver Action Network, the nation’s leading non-profit association providing education and resources to family caregivers throughout the United Sates. He is a public policy and communications professional with noted expertise in a wide range of policy fields, including health care, labor, education, taxation, and budget policy. He brings more than 30 years of bipartisan experience in senior positions in the U.S. Government, including serving as a White House domestic policy advisor to President George H.W. Bush, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Department of Labor, and chief budget advisor to former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole.

Sherwin Sheik, President & CEO, CareLinx

Sherwin Sheik founded CareLinx after witnessing his family’s struggles with finding and managing care for his sister who has MS and his uncle who had ALS. CareLinx is a nationwide professional caregiver marketplace, empowering families to easily find, hire manage and pay caregivers who match their specific needs and budgets online. Sherwin was previously Director Equity Derivatives: Healthcare Specialist for Knight Capital Group, Hedge Funder Trader: Healthcare Analyst for Bellman Walter Capital , Equity Derivative Trader: Healthcare for Merrill Lynch and in Corporate and R&D Finance for Amgen.

Kai Stinchcombe, Co-Founder & CEO, True Link

Kai Stinchcombe is co-founder and CEO of True Link, a financial protection service to help seniors live happily and independently longer. With fraud, financial entrapment, and predatory marketing to seniors on the rise, True Link enables older adults to spend their money safely, using a caregiver-managed debit card with on and off switches to block unwanted charges. Before True Link, he was the co-founder and CTO of Aktana, a sales management software company, and then the head of analytics at LendUp, a socially responsible small-dollar lender.

Louis Tenenbaum, Founder, Aging in Place Institute

Louis Tenenbaum the founder of Aging in Place Institute, is a leading authority on aging in place – the idea that our homes are the most desirable and economical place for housing and care. A remodeling project to help a young paraplegic be independent at home led to the refocusing of his remodeling company on aging in place. This led to his studying aging, housing and care systems, transportation and long-term care and health costs. His white paper, Aging in Place 2.0: Rethinking Solutions to the Home Care Challenge, published by the Met Life Mature Marketing Institute, is the result of this cross-disciplinary experience.

Advisors

Sally Abrahms

Sally Abrahms specializes in aging and baby boomers for consumer and corporate clients. She is an expert on caregiving, aging in place, and housing issues. Her stories have appeared in Newsweek, TIME, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The AARP Bulletin and AARP the Magazine. She has written for the huffingtonpost.com, forbes.com, PBS’s nextavenue.org and for two years wrote a weekly AARP blog for family caregivers. Check out her website at www.sallyabrahms.com and follow her on twitter.

Mary Furlong, President & CEO, Mary Furlong & Associates

Mary Furlong, Ed.D, is the president & CEO of MFA, and a leading authority on the baby boom generation as it moves toward and beyond age 50. Through her three companies she has raised over 130 million in venture financing and corporate sponsorships for companies with products and services to serve the needs of the boomer/senior marketplace. In March 2011, Mary received an award as one of the top 100 Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and is also the author of “Turning Silver into Gold: How to Profit in the New Boomer Marketplace”.

Laurie Orlov, Founder, Aging in Place Technology Watch

Laurie Orlov is the founder of Aging in Place Technology Watch, a market research firm that provides thought leadership, analysis, and guidance about technologies and related services that enable boomers and seniors to remain longer in their home of choice. Laurie spent more than 30 years in the technology industry, including 24 years in IT and nine years as a leading industry analyst at Forrester Research. She has spoken regularly at industry conferences and symposia been featured in numerous publications. Her segmentation of this emerging technology market and trends commentary has been presented in the Journal of Geriatric Care Management. She has a graduate certification in Geriatric Care Management from the University of Florida and a BA in Music from the University of Rochester.