Caregiver Action Network Announces Fellowship to Honor the Policy Legacy of Late CEO, John Schall

Caregiver Action Network is proud to announce a new policy fellowship. This fellowship honors the legacy of CAN’s late CEO, John Schall. It recognizes his numerous policy contributions. John Schall worked in Washington, DC, for decades. The John Schall Policy and Programs Fellowship provides aspiring leaders with an opportunity to develop their policy skills. It continues the important work that Schall valued deeply.

While leading CAN for the past 10 years, Schall worked in various policy fields. He spent over 30 years in healthcare, labor, education, and economic development. He also focused on taxation and budget policy to address the nation’s caregiver crisis. Throughout his distinguished career in DC, he served as Senator Bob Dole’s Chief Budget Advisor. This role was in the Senate Majority Leader’s Office. He also served as Chief of Staff of the U.S.

Department of Labor from 1991 to 1993 and was a White House Domestic Policy Adviser to President George H.W. Bush and Deputy of the White House Domestic Policy Council from 1989 to 1991. Schall was a visionary leader, a devoted advocate, and a powerful voice for family caregiving.

Caregiver Action Network Appoints Dakota Heath as First John Schall Fellow

In the Fall of 2023, Dakota Heath was chosen as the inaugural John Schall Policy and Programs Fellow at Caregiver Action Network. He previously worked in allocations and sourcing for the City of Lubbock, Texas. He also served as a Policy Intern for the Caregiver Action Network through the Washington Center.

Heath worked closely with Schall on policy and legislative matters of family caregiving and truly developed his passion for policy work under Schall’s mentorship.

Dakota currently holds a BA in Political Science from Lock Haven University. His main principle in life is to help those in need and bring light to the injustices plaguing some of our most vital systems.

“We are thrilled to have Dakota Heath re-join the CAN Family, as an inaugural John Schall Fellow,” said Andrea Cohen, Chair of the Caregiver Action Network Board of Directors. He brings passion and vigor to the role that I know will not only honor John’s legacy but have a meaningful impact in the lives of the millions of family caregivers across the country.”

“Speaking on behalf of John’s family and friends, we are thrilled by the creation of the John Schall Fellowship. This was said by Dr. Thomas Schall. “This fellowship exemplifies John’s passion for supporting policies. It advocates for millions of family caregivers across the country. He would be so proud to see that passion carried into the future. Knowing that caregiver families have somewhere to turn to ease their many burdens would bring him great joy.” To help further support the John Schall Fellowship Program, click here to make a one-time, or recurring donation.

CAN Announces Fellowship to Honor the Policy Legacy of Late CEO, John Schall