Gigi Amateau

Director of Grants & Research
Greater Richmond Age Wave Coalition
 

A Mississippi native, Gigi Amateau has worked in health and human services for thirty-years in program administration, information and referral, and philanthropy at organizations such as Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, the Commonwealth of Virginia, Richmond AIDS Ministry, Homeward, SeniorNavigator, and United Way. She is currently the Director of Grants and Research for the Greater Richmond Age Wave Coalition. Gigi received her undergraduate degree from VCU in Urban Studies and Planning and is currently studying for her graduate degree in gerontology, also at VCU. Additionally, she is an award-winning author of seven books for young children and teens and the children’s book reviewer for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. She is a past recipient of the Teresa Pollak Award for Excellence in the Arts and the 2017 Pat Asch Social Justice Fellow with the YWCA of Greater Richmond. She and her family live in the city of Richmond.

Marcia DuBois

Director of the Division for the Aging (VDA)
Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services​
 

Marcia serves as the Director of the Division for the Aging (VDA) for the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS).  In this position, she oversees the administration of the exemplary services provided to older adults by Virginia’s 25 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs); explores creative ways to improve aging programs; provides program updates and direction to three gubernatorial boards; and devises strategies to address emerging legislative, regulatory, and policy issues in order to guide the Commonwealth in preparing for an aging population.

Previously, she served as the Independent Living Director and Livable Communities Coordinator for DARS where she managed all aspects of the Independent Living Unit, promoted Virginia’s Blueprint for Livable Communities, served as the DARS liaison for housing and transportation policy and planning activities, and provided technical assistance and monitoring of community based programs including Area Agencies on Aging, Brain Injury Programs, and Centers for Independent Living.  

A Richmond native, Marcia’s career working in the aging and disability field began while completing her studies at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Later, she moved to Harrisonburg and became the co-founder and Executive Director of Valley Associates for Independent Living (VAIL), a consumer-controlled, cross-disability Center for Independent Living (CIL).  

During her 21-year tenure as executive director at VAIL, Marcia acquired extensive experience with non-profit management and human service systems including Medicaid Waiver service delivery, managed care, community based services, vocational rehabilitation services, education, and social service systems. She holds a Master’s Degree in Management and Disability Services from the University of San Francisco’s McLaren School of Business.

Lisa Winstel

Chief Operating Officer
Caregiver Action Network
 

As the Chief Operating Officer of Caregiver Action Network (CAN), Lisa Winstel is responsible for strengthening the organization’s infrastructure, administering programs and developing new program initiatives. She plays a leadership role in strategic planning, analysis and fundraising. She oversees design, marketing, promotion, delivery, quality and outcomes of programs and services. She manages communications standards and the development of materials and messages for the organization. She established and implemented CAN’s successful Corporate Leadership Council.

Lisa’s role in public relations with CAN has included spearheading three caregiving inserts in USA Today and securing three PSA’s in Times Square. Most recently, Lisa has served as the team lead in developing a partnership with a major retailer to support caregivers. Lisa was team lead on the launch of a website for family caregivers of loved ones with rare diseases, RareCaregivers.org and represents CAN on LEAD (Leaders Engaged in Alzheimer’s disease), the Global Council on Alzheimer’s disease (GCAD) and represents caregivers Post-Acute Care /Long-Term Care workgroup of the National Quality Forum’s Measure Applications Partnership. Other projects include developing caregiver content for the Veterans Administration’s Caregiver Support Program at caregiver.va.gov, fielding caregiver surveys, developing national public relations campaigns around caregiving and representing caregivers on multiple PCORI initiatives.

Lisa has more than twenty years’ experience as a non-profit executive having served as the chief executive for five different non-profits throughout her career. She has managed four leadership transitions including three founder transitions. She received her master’s degree from The Heinz School (then the School of Urban and Public Affairs) at Carnegie Mellon University, where she also earned her BFA. Lisa brings her personal experiences as a sandwich generation caregiver to her role at CAN, having been her mother’s caregiver during a battle with a rare cancer.

 

Patrick Hurd

Attorney
LeClairRyan
 

Patrick J. Hurd is a healthcare attorney with both law firm and in-house counsel experience, including extensive experience in behavioral health. He focuses his practice on counseling a broad spectrum of healthcare providers, including healthcare systems, hospitals, inpatient/outpatient psychiatric facilities, physicians, home health entities, durable medical equipment suppliers and other healthcare allied professional practices in corporate, regulatory, transactional, and compliance matters. He is a former CEO of a 501(c)(3) not-for profit healthcare provider with facilities in Hampton and Virginia Beach, Virginia. Mr. Hurd also served as Director of Risk Management for an acute care hospital with a large psychiatric and addiction treatment department. He received his Juris Doctor from the George Washington University Law School.

Eric Schneidewind

President
AARP Board of Directors
 

Eric Schneidewind, J.D., was elected by the AARP Board of Directors to serve as AARP’s President from June 2016 to June 2018. The President’s role is filled by an AARP volunteer who is also a member of the all-volunteer AARP Board of Directors. The primary duty of the President is to act as the principal national volunteer spokesperson, helping to articulate the positions and views of AARP to its members, volunteers and the public. In addition to his duties representing AARP, Eric is a retired partner of Varnum LLP law firm, currently serving as of counsel, specializing in energy law. As a public servant, he was chair of the Michigan Public Service Commission, deputy director of policy and consumer protection for the Michigan Insurance Bureau and attorney for the Michigan State Housing Authority. His volunteer roles include service as state president of AARP Michigan, secretary for the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association and more than 20 years of volunteering at homeless shelters. He holds a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and earned his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School at Ann Arbor. He resides in Lansing, Michigan.