Caregiver Action Network Recognizes and Welcomes New Board Members | Caregiver Action Network

Caregiver Action Network Recognizes and Welcomes New Board Members

CAN is proud to announce that in 2023, we have been fortunate to add five new members to our Board of Directors. We want to share the skills and expertise they bring to CAN and some of the critical work they are doing to help family caregivers.

Lisa Adler is a managing partner with RAZR Consulting. Lisa has worked in corporate affairs at various companies, including biopharmaceutical companies, and has experience in brand building, crisis management, public policy, patient advocacy, and public relations. She has built partnerships with the New England Patriots, the Boston Red Sox Foundation), and the Newman Foundation. Lisa brings experience building relationships between pharma- and biotech companies and non-profit organizations to support programming for patients and their caregivers to the CAN Board. She has been a caregiver for her parents with Alzheimer’s disease and congestive heart failure.

Dean Stephens has more than 30 years working in healthcare. He founded and led two health tech companies, Healthline and Talix, and currently advises emerging healthcare startups. Dean was previously on the CAN Board for seven years, starting in 2010. He is his mother’s primary family caregiver (long-distance) in Connecticut. To the Board, he brings a familiarity with CAN and, as an entrepreneur, has knowledge of health care, value-based care.

Serena Lowe is the founder and principal of AnereS Strategies, LLC. Before her current position, she served as senior director of LTSS & Community Life at CareSource, senior policy advisor at ACL, and chief HCBS liaison to CMS. While at CareSource, she worked on their investment in as part of a strategy to support family caregivers. To the CAN Board, Serena brings connections for potential family caregiver initiatives and expertise in establishing partnerships with other organizations, government agencies, and key stakeholders.

Dawn Shedrick is president of JenTex Consulting and a lecturer at Columbia University’s School of Social Work. In her consulting work, she advises companies on LGBTQ+ issues and building trauma-informed workplaces. She has experience in direct care and clinical social work and has done extensive work in public and mental health, diversity and DEI leadership coaching, and facilitating LGBTQ+ training. Her caregiving experience comes from caring for her mother with MS.

Vicki Hoak is the former CEO of the Home Care Association of America, for the Pennsylvania Home Care Association before that, and is a co-founder of the Pennsylvania Senior Support Coalition. As a strong aging advocate, she has contributed to many current legislative bills affecting family caregivers. Personally, Vicki was a caregiver for her mother for four years. She understands the challenges of caregiving, knows what supports are needed, and is a strong advocate for enabling people to live independently for as long as possible.

Please join us in welcoming our new Board members. We look forward to working with them to advance CAN’s ability to advocate for, educate, and support family caregivers.