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Meet the NSCA Board for 2020-2021




Stephanie Grove - President
 

Stephanie Grove is the Director of the RSVP Center of Essex & Hudson Counties, sponsored by Jewish Family Service of MetroWest, New Jersey. She has served as the director since 2014 and helped to launch RSVP in Essex and Hudson Counties after the program had no sponsor in the area for several years. She enjoys working with the 400 volunteers serving in signature programs and at volunteer stations. Stephanie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has a Masters in Social Work with a focus on Non Profit Management. She has served on the National Senior Corps Association board since 2017. 

Stephanie is a mom to a toddler and enjoys hiking, being outside, and learning new things.

Email: 
sgrove@jfsmetrowest.org

Valarie Wright - President Elect


Valarie Wright is in her third year as a Senior Companion Program Manager with First State Community Action Agency in Georgetown, Delaware. Valarie retired from the State of Delaware in 2014 with over 20 years’ experience as a public information clerk, employment services specialist, employment services supervisor, and contract/consultant with the Delaware Department of Labor, Division of Employment and Training. She also served two years from 2013-2015 as a member of the Delaware Workforce Development Board Youth Council (formerly Delaware Workforce Investment Board). As a member, she was part of an ad-hoc committee creating youth scholarships and processes. The scholarships still exist today.


For five years, she served with the Delaware National Guard - Active Guard Reserve as a Personnel Administrative Specialist. Her education in business administration and participation in Department of Labor’s Leadership Associates Program led her to obtain the following skills and experiences: 

  • supervision
  • personnel
  • contract consulting
  • budget management
  • data validation.

Valarie is an active member in her church which she has participated in as well as led projects for fundraising for over 25 years. She is a member of the Delaware Association of Volunteer Administrators (DAVA).

Email: 
vwright@firststatecaa.org



Betty Vail - Secretary


Betty Vail has served as the RSVP Director for the City of Miles since 2009, covering Carter, Custer, Fallon, and Rosebud Counties at 45 volunteer sites with over 200 volunteers. Betty has served on the NSCA Board since 2018. Previously, Betty was both a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader and has volunteered with many other organizations. She currently is a member of the Custer County Transit, Custer County Council on Aging, and the Salvation Army Boards. Betty attended Miles Community College. She is a certified Strong Women, Strong Bones and Arthritis Foundation Exercise instructor. She is also certified in “Workin’ It Out,” a cognitive intervention program. Betty has a wide variety of work experience from office manager to Athletic Director at Powder River County High School, Motel Manager in Alliance, Nebraska, Weight Watcher Leader, and WoRC Case Manager prior to becoming RSVP Director. She is honored by the Montana Boy Scouts of America with a District Award of Merit and Weight Watchers as leader of the year and a diamond leader. She is most proud of her personal accomplishment of climbing Devils Tower, Wyoming.


Betty is a mother to some amazing sons with lovely wives and is proud of her two awesome grandsons. Her free time is spent walking with friends, reading, and of course playing with her grandsons.

Email: 
rsvp05@midrivers.com


Maria E. ReQua - Treasurer

Maria E. ReQua has been directing volunteer programs in New Mexico since 2005. She has served in both rural and metropolitan communities and in both nonprofit and local government sectors. Maria is currently the Foster Grandparent Program Project Director for the City of Albuquerque Department of Senior Affairs. Maria also worked for Albuquerque’s largest organization serving individuals with disabilities where she managed community and corporate volunteer projects. Before moving to Albuquerque, Maria directed the Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion programs as well as a senior volunteer transportation program in northern New Mexico.
 

Maria has served on the NSCA Board since January of 2016. Prior to her terms with NSCA, Maria served as an NM Health Insurance Benefits Assistance Corps volunteer for five years and as a Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Community Alliance committee member for three years. 

Maria is a mother of two and has been happily married for over 25 years.

Email: 
mrequa@cabq.gov

Erin Kruse - Immediate Past President


Erin Kruse has served as the Senior Corps Programs Project Director for the Civic Service Institute at Northern Arizona University since 2012. She has the privilege of working with more than 600 Foster Grandparent, Senior Companion, and RSVP volunteers in rural and urban communities throughout Arizona. Erin also worked with Foster Grandparent and RSVP Programs in Denver with Volunteers of America. She has been engaged with Senior Corps Programs since 2005 and has served on the NSCA Board since 2014. Erin earned a B.A. from the University of Arizona and a Master of Education from Northern Arizona University. She is a certified Real Colors and MBTI facilitator and enjoys delving into personality assessments and learning from others in the process. 

Erin is a mom to two amazing children and in her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, yoga, all things outdoors, traveling, and reading.

Email: 
erin.kruse@nau.edu


Triste Vasquez-White - FGP Committee Chair

Triste Vasquez-White has been the Director of the Foster Grandparent Program at The Senior Source in Dallas, TX since 2015. She has served on the NSCA Board since 2018, leads the FGP committee, and is an editor for the E-News. She holds a BA in Psychology from Austin College in Sherman, Texas and a master's degree in social work from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is an LMSW and has worked in the non-profit realm for two and half decades, primarily in the fields of youth mentoring and volunteer program management.

Triste lives in Arlington, TX with her husband of nearly thirty years. She has two sons who are “out of the nest” but still has a sixteen year old daughter, two “senior“ dogs, and two goofy cats to keep her busy. She loves being outdoors, geocaching, reading, doing Zumba, and working out.

Email: tvasquez-white@theseniorsource.org

Margie Zutter - RSVP Committee Chair

Margie Zutter has served in RSVP of Dane County staff for 42 years. She graduated from UW Madison with a BA in Social Work and History and did her social work field placement with RSVP of Dane County in 1976. Upon graduation, she was hired as a staff member, serving in different capacities over the years. This was including program coordinator, Assistant Director, Interim Director, and for the past six years as the Executive Director. RSVP of Dane County was organized in 1972 and incorporated in 1977. A Foster Grandparent Program was added in 2000. RSVP of Dane County is one of the larger RSVP programs in the nation with 1,500 volunteers.

Margie is Past President of the Wisconsin Senior Corps Association (WISCA.) She is also on the WAAN (Wisconsin Aging Advocacy Network) Board of Directors. WAAN works on advocacy issues concerning older adults on the state and national level.

Margie and her husband Keith live in Madison, Wisconsin, have two children in grad school, and a pet rescue Beagle from Alabama.

Email: 
mzutter@rsvpdane.org




Deb Blackburn - SCP Committee Chair

Deb Blackburn, M.Ed., M.A., and coursework for Doctorate of Public Health. Deb has been with Georgia Southern State University Area Senior Companion Program since 2012. As a board member for NSCA, she represents small rural Senior Companion Programs.

Her professional experience includes DFCS, nursing homes, home health, and Executive Director of two community based nonprofits. In her community, she has been a board member for several agencies, served on numerous commissions, coalitions, and collaborations. Deb has won and managed over $2.8M in grants, from proposal stage through evaluation and reporting. During her career she has developed, managed, and evaluated non-profit and government budgets up to $1.2M annually. She also has 24 years as an enthusiastic and effective trainer and instructor.

Deb’s specialties are grants, sensitivity/multicultural training, team building, and social service mapping. Her other skills include:

  • program management
  • social work leadership
  • finding solutions for complex issues
  • impact/evidence based programming
  • federal grants
  • supervision and evaluation of students, volunteers, and staff
  • day-to-day operations to ensure accountability and efficient and effective use of available resources while maintaining good stewardship of funds and in-kind donations
  • fundraising
  • advocacy
  • counseling
  • research
  • policy/procedure development and implementation
  • strategic planning
  • facilities management
  • inspections
  • construction experience.

Email: debblackburn@georgiasouthern.edu


Board Members

Jan Abbot - FGP Program Representative

Jan Abbot is the Elder Mentor/FGP Director for RurAL CAP in Anchorage, Alaska and has been in her position since 2013.  She has served in non-profit leadership roles for 30 years, including American Red Cross, Providence Health and Services and Rural Alaska Community Action Program. She believes now is such an important time for our collective organizations to build upon the collaborative efforts that already exist, and to continue to support our programs through advocacy and leadership development.  She is passionate about serving Alaska's most valuable treasures - its Elders and children.  In her spare time, she enjoys travel and working in her glass studio.



Felicia Adams - At-Large Member

Felicia Adams joined Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging in 2016 as the Senior Companion Program Administrator. Adams has a passion for community engagement, children’s rights and reducing health disparities. She has more than a decade of experience in research, public health, program management and community health education.


Prior to joining the Eldercare Services Institute team at Benjamin Rose, Adams was Director of Administration and Communications for the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University. She has also held positions with the Case Center for Reducing Health Disparities, The Centers for Families and Children and University Hospitals. Adams discovered her passion for community engagement and public health while serving as Community Projects Manager for the Greater Cleveland Health Education and Service Council.


Adams has undergraduate degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Public Administration with a focus on Law & Public Policy from the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. Additionally, she earned a certificate in volunteer management.

Adams volunteers regularly at her church, Church on the North Coast, and with the Our Lady of the Lake School Parent Teacher Organization.





Sandy Bowers - FGP Program Representative

Sandy Bowers is the Foster Grandparent Program Supervisor for Washtenaw County, located in Southeast Michigan. The program is sponsored by the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development. She has held this position for 4 years. During this time she has been involved with the Michigan Association of Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs, serving as the co-chair of the Membership Development Committee. She is a Michigan native who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising from Michigan State University and a Master's in Social Work from the University of Michigan, and is a retired Peace Corps Volunteer. Sandy enjoys spending time with her three children and pet corgi, gardening, and hiking.

Email: 
bowerssk@washtenaw.org

Tracey Gibson - FGP Program Representative/At-Large Member

Tracey Gibson is the Program Manager for Volunteer Services for Salt Lake County Aging & Adult Services. She was educated at Utah State University and has twenty-five years of public service under her belt. Tracey loves working with older adults, which she has done for over ten years. Tracey lives in Tooele with her son, a dog, and two cats.

Email: tgibson@slco.org

Nancy LeVault - RSVP Program Representative


Nancy has been the director of the RSVP Program of Southwestern Illinois College, a two-county program, since 2018. Prior to that she worked at the college as the Campus Executive Director and Title IX Coordinator. Nancy is a lifelong resident of Madison County and has extensive background with service organizations and non-profits in the area.  


Nancy is a graduate of Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, IL with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education; Master's Degree in Education Administration, and additional coursework at McKendree University in Lebanon, IL.


She has had several roles with the tenure; 1987 - 2014 as Teacher, Elementary School Principal, and ending career as Director of Elementary Education/Title I.  Employer - Granite City School District, Granite City IL.  In my Title I role, I provided administrative guidance for seven elementary schools and numerous federal grants under the Title I umbrella. 



Alicia Lucke - SCP Program Representative/Resource Development Committee Chair

Alicia Lucke has served as the Senior Corps Project Director for the Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments since 2014 where she oversees the RSVP, Foster Grandparent, and Senior Companion Programs in Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties of Oregon. An urban-rural interface, volunteers in this region enjoy National Service in diverse settings including a college city, agricultural municipalities, and the Oregon coast. Alicia earned a bachelor degree in both Spanish and Political Science and a Master of Development Administration from Western Michigan University where she also had the opportunity to study abroad in Spain and Mexico. She is trained by the U.S. Government in Adult Learning Strategies and has experience as a federal training linguist, Head Start family worker and former Director of Cultural Health Initiatives for the American Heart Association.  

 

Alicia is bilingual, enjoys travel, cooking, playing tennis with her husband, and chasing after their three young, energetic kiddos.

Email: alucke@ocwcog.org


Josefina Mata - SCP Program Representative


Josefina Mata is the Executive Director of Concilio CDS, Inc. a 501(c)3 not-for profit private organization in New Mexico, with program components state-wide.  Mrs. Mata has experience working with underserved populations and has focused on various National and Transnational Initiatives.  Mrs. Mata has over 30 years of experience in administering healthcare, civic engagement, Senior Corps (Foster Grandparent, Senior Companion, RSVP), AmeriCorps Legacy, AmeriCorps VISTA, Caregiving, TimeBanking, tobacco use prevention & control, cultural and art community programs in rural areas that have been federally designated as Medically Underserved Populations in New Mexico, West Texas and in Mexico. The population being low-income and culturally diverse. These programs have been focusing on capacity building and equity around hunger, poverty, health, advocacy, and veteran & military assistance, and social justice by integrating an intergenerational approach.


Nolen Mears - SCP Program Representative/Legislative Committee Chair

Nolen Mears is the Director of Senior Volunteer Programs for the Concho Valley Council of Governments in San Angelo, Texas, and his duties encompass oversight of all three Senior Corps Programs. Nolen joined CNCS in 2013 following a 36-year career in higher education, primarily as Associate Dean and Dean of Students at Angelo State University. The program website is at www.cvcog.org.

Email: nolen.mears@cvcog.org

Susan Nickels - SCP Program Representative

Susan Nickels, Program Manager since 2018, has been with FGP/SCP for over 23 years. During her tenure with the Program Sponsor, SCLHealth, St. Mary’s Medical Center, she’s been responsible for all Program finances, budgeting, grant writing and reports, and ensuring that both internal organizational standards and CNCS standards are met. Additionally, she is involved in planning and participating in training events, public speaking, and developing community relationships. Susan manages a small staff, and has direct contact daily with her volunteers.


Susan is currently a member of NSCA, NAFGPD, and Mesa County Council on Aging, and is a Board Member of the Community Impact Council of Mesa County. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration.


Cassie Rose - FGP Program Representative 


My name is Cassie Rose and I currently have a dual role as a Program Manager for the Foster Grandparent Program of Southern Oregon and a Program Coordinator for RSVP of Jackson County.  I’ve been doing this work for five years.  Our FGP program has 65 volunteers across three counties where we serve approximately 300 at-risk youth each year.  Our RSVP program is solely in Jackson County where we have approximately 500 volunteers in the Healthy Futures focus area. 


I have a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Oregon University in Health Promotion and a minor in Math Education. I’m passionate about giving back to the community that helped raise me through volunteer service.  In all my spare time I’m into whitewater rafting, skiing and coaching my two children in soccer.


I’ve been a member of NSCA since 2015.  I’m also the treasure for our Oregon state association that supports Senior Corps programming, The Seniors Serving Oregon Coalition, Inc.  I would consider it a great honor to serve on the NSCA Board. 



Tess Scannell - At-Large Member






Tess Scannell recently joined the NSCA Board as an At-Large Member and we are thrilled have such an experienced and dynamic Senior Corps leader in our midst. Tess is currently a member of the RSVP Advisory Council at the University of Maine Center on Aging, RSVP Project, and a Maine State Service Leader for America’s Service Commissions (ASC). She earned a Master of Social Work degree (MSW) from the University of Pennsylvania and spent her entire career devoted to low-income populations including four decades devoted to aging and intergenerational issues.

Email: tessscannell@gmail.com



Lynette Scriver-Colburn - RSVP Program Representative/Communications Committee Chair

Lynette Scriver-Colburn has been the Project Director for United Way RSVP in Great Falls, Montana since April 2015. She has been involved with NSCA since 2018 as an auxiliary board member and a RSVP program representative. Prior to joining the United Way, Lynette was a historian with a research firm in Missoula, Montana and also worked for the US Forest Service. Lynette received her B.A. in US History from Montana State University-Billings and her M.A. in Public History and Federal American Indian Policy from Washington State University.

Lynette is married to her husband Hal, and together they enjoy road trips, concerts, and whatever activities their niece and nephew are involved in. She is also a competitive powerlifter and is involved in historic and cultural preservation efforts in north central Montana. 

Email: lynette@uwccmt.org


Theresa Strong - RSVP Program Representative/ Membership Committee Chair


Theresa Strong has served as the RSVP Director for the Greater Hartford/Central CT Connecticut RSVP Project, under sponsorship of the Community Renewal Team, Hartford, CT since 2013. Theresa has served as an NSCA Board Member since 2014. Theresa’s professional passion has always been enriching the lives of older adults. She started her career in Clovis, NM at the age of 19, administering the Senior Companion Program for the town; while obtaining her college degree. She then moved back to Connecticut; where she served as a municipal Senior Center and Human Services Director for 25+ years. Theresa lives with her husband Jim, two sons, and their chocolate lab, named Brownie. In her spare time, she loves to spend time gardening, traveling with her family, and just enjoying ‘home life’.

Email: strongt@crtct.org

Donna Teel - FGP Program Representative

Donna is the Director of the NJ Foster Grandparent Program (FGP), a statewide senior volunteer project covering 10 of NJ’s 21 counties. Working in the field of national service for over 20 years, she served as the AmeriCorps Training Officer and Disabilities Inclusion Officer for the NJ Commission on National and Community Service prior to transitioning to FGP in 2010. Donna was instrumental in transitioning the FGP from one state department to another, effectively engaging staff in broader program development and compliance measures; established standard policies, office systems and procedures for the statewide project; and also led the project through federal monitor processes. With AmeriCorps, Donna increased training initiatives and brought a heightened level of training through partnerships and outcome-based workshop design. The Corporation for National Service commended her for achievement of high performance standards. She served on the Corporation’s Training and Technical Assistance Advisory Group for several years. Donna also administered the disabilities inclusion project where she increased outreach, partnerships and staff training and support that resulted in greater volunteer opportunities and hiring of persons with disabilities serving in New Jersey AmeriCorps programs.

Donna holds a B.A. from Montclair State (College) University and Master of Human Service Administration from Rider University.

Email: 
donna.teel@sos.state.nj.us


Donna Whitcomb - RSVP Committee Representative


Donna has served as a Program Director for Ecumen RSVP since 2004, serving four counties in central Minnesota. She also served four years on the National Senior Corps Association (NSCA) in the roles of RSVP Cluster Rep., President, and Immediate Past President. She served two terms as the President for the Minnesota Senior Corps Association (MnSCA), and prior to that served two terms as the MnSCA Secretary. In addition to her role as Director of Ecumen RSVP, she serves as the Coordinator for the Meeker Council on Aging, for Meeker County Minnesota.  Prior to her work in Senior Corps she was the Director for the Grove City Area C.A.R.E. LAH/ BNP program.  Donna holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration Management obtained from Southwest Minnesota State University. She is a Minnesota native and lives on her family farm with her husband. Her two sons, and their families, currently run the family farm.  Donna is also a certified Deputy Medical Examiner, and recently retired after 20 years of service in the field.  In her spare time she enjoys music, gardening, and her three grandchildren Ages 13, 7 and 5.