NATIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL
My personal and professional life experiences help shape me as a volunteer advisor and co-chair with the AACY National Advisory Council. These experiences include time as an adult caregiver to my now deceased parents, as well as caring for my brother who was once critically ill, 6 years as a middle and high school youth counselor in our church, several years as a board member and then COB for a local youth mentoring non-profit organization, a 45 year career as a senior marketing and business development executive in major pharmaceutical and clinical research organizations, as well as with several non-profit organizations (FHI 360 and the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI)). While working at the DCRI, I met Connie and joined the AACY Advisory Council, which led to meeting Dr. Elizabeth “Betsy” Olson, Professor and Chairperson for the Department of Geography at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. In 2018 I helped Betsy start the “Bookend Caregiving” project, which received partial funding from a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) award. Bookend Caregiving focused on listening and learning from youth caregivers and older adults and their families in our regional area. After retiring from the DCRI in 2019, in addition to my volunteer role with the AACY National Advisory Council, I’m a weekly volunteer at Duke Health COVID vaccination sites, as well as a patient concierge for the Duke Cancer and Pediatric Clinics. I’m also serving as a volunteer District Coordinator for Disaster Early Response Teams with the United Methodist Church for eastern North Carolina. My lovely wife Linda and I will celebrate our 48th wedding anniversary this June.