Caregiver Action Network Recognizes and Welcomes New Board Members

Caregiver Action Network 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

Lisa Adler is a managing partner with RAZR Consulting. She has worked in corporate affairs at several firms, including biopharmaceutical companies. Her experience spans 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’s background includes cultivating partnerships between pharmaceutical and biotech firms and nonprofits. She focuses on enhancing programs for patients and caregivers at the CAN Board. She has been a caregiver for her parents with Alzheimer’s disease and congestive heart failure.

Dean Stephens

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, knows health care, and value-based care.

Serena Lowe

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 Caregiving.com as part of a strategy to support family caregivers. Serena brings valuable connections for family caregiver initiatives to the CAN Board. She also specializes in forging partnerships with organizations, government agencies, and key stakeholders.

Dawn Shedrick

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 extensive experience in direct care and clinical social work. Additionally, she has focused on public and mental health, diversity leadership coaching, and facilitating LGBTQ+ training. Her caregiving experience comes from caring for her mother with MS.

Vicki Hoak

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 of Directors members. We look forward to working with them to advance CAN’s ability to advocate for, educate, and support family caregivers.