Press Release: The Passing of CAN CEO, John Schall

Washington, DC January 6, 2023 – Caregiver Action Network (CAN) regretfully shares the sad news that John Schall, CEO of Caregiver Action Network since 2012, passed away on December 30, 2022. Mr. Schall was 62 years old.

CAN CEO John SchallThe CAN Board of Directors issued the following statement: “We are greatly saddened by the passing of John Schall. He was a visionary leader, a devoted advocate, and a powerful voice for family caregiving. He fueled his daily work with a passion to ensure caregivers received support and education. This was crucial for caring for their family members and loved ones effectively. The Board, staff, and many he mentored mourn his loss. We extend our sympathies to his family and friends.”They will hold a funeral in Detroit next week. They are arranging for a memorial service in Washington, DC. Additional information will be provided as details become available.

Tribute to Outgoing CAN CEO John Schall

Board Co-Chair Melissa Rowley added, “John was recognized nationally as a thought leader on caregiving issues and trends. John leveraged over 30 years of expertise in policy fields. He developed programs and strategies to address the nation’s caregiving crisis. We will always be grateful for John’s unrelenting efforts on behalf of family caregivers everywhere.” Board Co-Chair Andrea Cohen added, “John’s vision transformed CAN and caregiving. All who knew him will miss him dearly as a friend and colleague.”

The Board of Directors appointed Lisa Winstel as Interim Chief Executive Officer. Lisa has been with the organization for over 13 years as Chief Operating Officer. Lisa will leverage her experience managing leadership transitions, including at non-profits. Her goal is to maintain CAN as a strong and vibrant organization.


About CAN:

Caregiver Action Network (CAN) is the nation’s top family caregiver organization. They aim to enhance the quality of life for over 90 million Americans. These individuals care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, or the frailties of old age. CAN leads the way in elevating awareness, highlighting needs, and driving policy efforts to positively impact healthcare’s largest workforce – the family caregiver.

Serves a broad spectrum of family caregivers ranging from the families of children with special needs to the families and friends of wounded soldiers; from a neighborhood’s support of a young couple dealing with a diagnosis of MS, to adult children caring for parents with Alzheimer’s disease. CAN, also known as the National Family Caregivers Association (EIN 52-1780405), is a non-profit organization. They provide education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers nationwide at no cost.