Get to know your NAFGPD Board.
ASPN_NAFGPD BOARD MEMBERS
Jeanine Nemitz, President
Project Location: Fort Dodge, Iowa. Jeanine has directed a small RSVP project previously. She became involved with FGP as an Advisory Council member prior to joining the staff. Click here to email Jeanine.
Project Location: Tallahassee, Florida. Josie manages all three Senior Corps programs. She is passionate about helping seniors stay active and engaged while dispelling myths about aging. Click here to email Josie.
Shaunda Noah, Secretary
Project Location: Wilburton, Oklahoma. A large percentage of her volunteers are Native American who assist other native children in the classroom with reading and literacy. Click here to email Shaunda.
Tina Brown, Treasurer
Project Location: Redding CA. Tina manages all three Senior Corps programs. Her expertise involves event planning, community relations and building partnerships. Click here to email Tina.
Lisa Jenkins, Mid Atlantic Region Representative
Project Location: Camp Springs, Maryland. Lisa manages a project adjacent to Washington, D.C. Her grandparents focus on education along with teenage unwed mothers and their children. Click here to email Lisa.
Rebecca Maletto-Cornell, Mid Atlantic Region Representative
Project Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rebecca states that she is grateful to learn and serve with others from across the country to help continue to make our program be the best it can be. Click here to email Rebecca.
Brandi Barnette, Mid Atlantic Region Alternate
Project Location: Big Stone Gap, Virginia. Brandi’s program focuses on head starts and schools in very rural and economically disadvantaged neighborhoods in southwest Virginia. She is passionate about helping others and being a part of the ASPN board. Click here to email Brandi.
Nancy Carney, Mid Atlantic Region Alternate
Project Location: Dover, Delaware.
Stacy Friesland, Southeast Region Representative
Project Location: Asheville, North Carolina. Stacy's project encompasses the majestic mountains of western North Carolina. Previously, she was a station supervisor for the Senior Companion Program. Click here to email Stacy.
Deisha Finley, Southeast
Project Location: Knoxville, Tennessee. Deisha manages all three Senior Corps programs. Her projects showcase how older adults are an effective solution to help meet local community needs. Click here to email Deisha.
Lori Johnson, Midwest Region Representative
Project location: Greenville, Michigan. Lori is passionate about networking to provide resources. If she knows of something, someone, somewhere that can help someone, she will let them know. Click here to email Lori.
Karen Gajewski, Midwest Region Representative
Project Location: Kent, Ohio. Karen is passionate about the opportunity I have to support the amazing volunteers. She feels fortunate to also be part of the NAFGPD Board and represent our volunteers.
Sonja Workman, North Central
Project Location: Beatrice, Nebraska. Sonja states that she loves being part of a board who are passionate about FGP and understands the impact on communities across the country. Click here to email Sonja.
Van Johnson, South Central Region Representative
Project Location: Houma, Louisiana. Van is passionate about training my volunteers to serve enthusiastically their children as well as mentoring new directors and witnessing their growth in the program. Click here to email Van.
Anne Corbin, Northeast Region Representative
Project Location: Boston, Massachusetts. Anne is most passionate about providing volunteers with the most meaningful and fulfilling volunteer experience possible. She wants volunteers to reflect on their experiences and remember the impact on the lives they have touched. Click here to email Anne.
West Region Representative
Project Location: Los Angeles, California. Donna states that her personal motto is 'Achievement Requires Commitment' and she is committed to the volunteers and community they serve! Click here to email Shanetta.
Barb Brady, Mountain Region Representative
Project Location: Billings, Montana. Barb states that she is surprisingly good at retiring people and has even gotten thank you notes from those she has had to retire. Click here to email Barb.
Cresha Reid, Southeast Region Alternate
Project Location: Wilton Manors, Florida. Cresha has managed Foster Grandparent Programs in Michigan and Florida. She is most passionate about assisting others get through needs met by connecting them with community resources. Click here to email Cresha.
Southeast Region Alternate
Project Location: Fayetteville, Tennessee. Kathie is happy to be associated with this program and very proud of the work done by FGP. She believes in the mission of Senior Corps and is enjoying the network of professionals here at NAFGPD! Together we are better! Click here to email Kathie.
Alesia Macklin, Southeast Region Correspondent
Project Location: Pensacola, Florida. Alesia manages both a Foster Grandparent Program and Senior Companion Program. She is passionate about ensuring those who still have “giving” in their blood are able to do so. Click here to email Alesia.
Laura Morgan-Kessler, Washington D.C. Advocate
Location: Washington, D.C. Since 2015, Laura Morgan-Kessler has served as the federal advocate for the National Association of Foster Grandparent Program Directors. She is a strong believer in the role for NAFGPD and its members to education Members of Congress on the impact and importance of the Foster Grandparent Program in local communities.
She provides NAFGPD with timely and strategic intelligence on Congressional and federal agency actions and helps develop and implement federal advocacy strategies to accomplish NAFGPD’s federal goals. She maintains strong working relationships with Members of Congress and their staff, as well as the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Laura has been a federal advocate in Washington, D.C. for over eleven years. Prior to that, she spent time on Capitol Hill as a legislative staffer for California’s senior Senator Dianne Feinstein. A native of Southern California, Laura received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Wake Forest University.