Press Release: Caregiver Action Network Names Marvell Adams Jr. Next Chief Executive Officer

Marvell Adams Jr. Next Chief Executive Officer

For release on:
July 10, 2023


An Innovative, Action-Driven Champion of Caregivers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Caregiver Action Network, the nation’s leading organization supporting family caregivers, has selected Marvell Adams Jr. as its next Chief Executive Officer after a nationwide search.

Marvell Adams Jr. is a caregiving expert and visionary leader with over two decades of experience in not-for-profit leadership. He has scaled organizations, strengthened infrastructure, ensured financial sustainability, and initiated DEI initiatives. Adams previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of The Kendal Corporation. The organization provides services to over 4,000 residents across its communities and programs. He also served as the Chief Executive Officer of Collington, a Kendal Affiliate in suburban Washington D.C. His strategic, data-driven approach, entrepreneurial mindset, and collaborative style will empower him to lead CAN’s growth and expand the organization’s impact on millions of family caregivers across the US.

“Marvell has a strong personal vision for CAN and how to take the organization to the next level. As an experienced caregiver and advocate, he was drawn to the opportunity because he immediately saw CAN’s untapped potential. Any organization in the caregiving space now requires new thinking to address evolving needs. “We are thrilled to have a forward-thinking and action-driven leader,” said Andrea Cohen, CAN Board Chair. “I am confident that with Marvell as CEO, CAN will have even more opportunity to impact the lives of family caregivers.” Andrea Cohen expressed optimism about Marvell’s leadership shaping CAN’s future impact on family caregivers.

Marvell Adams Jr. Announced at the Caregiver Action Network (CAN)

Marvell Adams Jr. assumes the role following the retirement and passing of CAN’s CEO John Schall. John Schall was driven by his passion to ensure caregivers received the support and education they needed. His dedication focused on helping caregivers care for their family members and loved ones. Schall and the CAN team achieved significant progress during their tenure. They strengthened CAN’s financial position and established it as the national voice for family caregivers. They formed strategic relationships that impacted millions of caregivers directly. Their lobbying efforts were highly effective, positioning CAN well for its next chapter of growth.

“CAN’s mission and vision to support family caregivers aligns with the work that has been my passion for the past 20 years,” Adams said. “To truly serve and support family caregivers, it is paramount that we increase our capacity.” This includes expanding our programs to reach more caregivers and striving for equity in caregiving. These efforts aim to ensure all caregivers receive the support they need and deserve. Our country is becoming more diverse, and caregiving is becoming more complex. CAN needs to evolve to enhance its role as the nation’s top caregiver organization. This evolution is crucial in supporting the 90 million family caregivers in the United States.

New CEO’s Background and CAN’s Mission

Marvell Adams Jr. has served on numerous industry boards. These include LeadingAge National, the Center for Innovation: The Green House Project, and the Pioneer Network. He is a surveyor for CARF International, the accrediting body for health service providers and retirement communities around the world. Marvell Adams Jr. is a dedicated volunteer who has contributed to various organizations. His volunteer work includes involvement with Meals on Wheels, Special Olympics, Alzheimer’s Association, and MD Food Bank. He has also volunteered with Epworth Children’s Center and the American Red Cross. He holds a Master of Healthcare Administration with a Specialty in Aging Services from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Additionally, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the College of Charleston.

CAN reaches millions of family caregivers through its outreach, advocacy, and education initiatives. The organization addresses issues and concerns common to all family caregivers. This includes caregivers of individuals with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age.

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About CAN

Caregiver Action Network ( is the nation’s leading family caregiver organization working to improve the quality of life for more than 90 million Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age. CAN serves a broad spectrum of family caregivers ranging from the parents of children with significant health needs to the families and friends of wounded soldiers; from a young couple dealing with a diagnosis of MS, to adult children caring for parents with Alzheimer’s disease. The Network reaches caregivers on multiple platforms. CAN (the National Family Caregivers Association) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers across the country free of charge.