THE CARE CHALLENGE:
We address the two major problems for caregivers: limited time and chronic exhaustion.
WHAT WE DO:
The Caregiver Relief Fund provides vouchers for at-home respite care.
We fundamentally believe a balanced caregiver is the foundation of a healthy, happy family and a respected care receiver.
AT HOME RELIEF:
Vouchers for professional at-home care services are donated or purchased on behalf of the Caregiver Relief Fund. We award these vouchers to caregivers, giving them time to address their personal needs and financial resources to invest in their own well-being.
WHO WE SELECT:
We select individuals who have been in a caregiving role for a chronically ill individual, elder or disabled person for 12 months or longer. Applicants must not have an annual income that exceeds $80,000.
HOW WE DO IT:
Caregivers fill out an application form, share their caregiving story and go through an interview. We then select and match the available relief funds with the needs of the caregiver.
The Caregiver Relief Fund was established in 2009.
The Caregiver Relief Fund was born out of the direct caregiving roles from each of the founders. America is facing a massive crisis of the family. Caregivers are being crushed. We witnessed hundreds of caregivers enduring similar challenges. And the number one challenge we found was severe pressures on their time, health and financial resources. The consequences are massive. We are here to address this challenge.
We want caregivers to have the time needed to get a long-term plan in place. This starts with getting them some relief and time. We created the Caregiver Relief Fund to respect caregivers, build strong families and ultimately help America face one of its single largest challenges: the aging of America and its impact on caregivers.
The Caregiver Relief Fund is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization registered in the State of Illinois. It is a social venture committed to being a voice for caregivers and a resource for them.
MELANIE SCHNOLL BEGUN
Managing Director, Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management, Philanthropic Services
Melanie Schnoll Begun is a Managing Director and Head of Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management’s Philanthropic Services. Melanie has served as a philanthropic counselor to families, foundations and family offices for over 17 years. She works with the firm’s ultra-high-net-worth clients to develop areas of focus for their philanthropy; engage multiple generations in their foundation’s governance, programming and evaluation; help clients to design customized domestic and international grant-making portfolios and gift agreements; facilitate giving circles and retreats; and coordinate with clients’ tax and legal professionals on the formation of tax-exempt nonprofit organizations as well as their dissolution or merger.
Melanie joined Smith Barney in 1997 as Associate Estate Planning Counsel in the Estate & Trust Services group. Prior to Smith Barney, Melanie was an estate planning attorney in a New York City law firm.
Melanie is the Vice President of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney’s Global Impact Funding Trust, Inc., the nonprofit organization sponsoring the firm’s donor-advised fund, and is a Board Officer and Board Member of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning (formerly the National Committee for Planned Giving). She is also on the advisory boards of Girls, Inc., and Grameen America, a non-profit microfinance organization whose mission is to help entrepreneurial individuals, especially women, build credit and defeat poverty. She has published articles on various tax, estate and charitable planning strategies in Trusts & Estates magazine, Tax Notes Today, Exempt Organization Report and various other trade journals, as well as appeared in publications such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
Co-Founder and COO of B.O.T.H.
A.D. Frazier is an entrepreneur and a well respected corporate leader. Prior to co-founding Back of the House, a leading provider of start-up services for Boomers, he was the CEO of the Chicago Stock Exchange. Prior to that role he was the COO of Caremark, President of Invesco and was the COO of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. He is a thought leader, leading voice in corporate governance and is now engaged as a thought leader in the space of boomers third chapter professional life and the caregiving space.
Leeza Gibbons’ career in entertainment and new media is diverse and impressive. Leeza’s on-camera hosting experience ranges from Entertainment Tonight to TV news magazine Extra. For six years she was producer and host of Leeza - the Emmy award winning daytime show. Currently she hosts the PBS TV show My Generation and her radio show, Hollywood Confidential.
Personal experience inspired Leeza to create The Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation (a 501c3 non-profit) and its signature program, Leeza’s Place, which offers free services for family caregivers. A thought leader in the field, she wrote a book called Take Your Oxygen First: Caring for Yourself while Caring for Someone with Memory Loss.
Leeza’s talents and experiences found a natural outlet on the Lifetime Series, Health Corner, a weekly TV magazine show focusing on health and wellness, and What Should You Do?, in which Leeza provided viewers with help and advice for dealing with life-threatening emergencies. Leeza also founded Sheer Inspiration Life Coaching, a web based business offering visitors one-on-one access to experts who can help them improve their lives.
Her guest appearances include: Larry King Live, Good Morning America, Oprah, The Today Show, Donny Duestch and The View. She was recently named one of the “Ten who Make a Difference” by AARP and has just been named the AARP Ambassador of Care. Leeza is a long-time board member of the Alzheimer’s Association and has a two decade commitment to the celebrity panel of the American Red Cross. Leeza is also one of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s appointees to the Independent Citizen’s Oversight Committee.
LAURA BAUER GRANBERRY, MPA
Program Director for the Rosalynn Carter Institute/Johnson & Johnson Caregivers Program and is Director of National Initiatives for the RCI
In her 12 years at the RCI, Laura has co-authored two of the RCI’s signature training programs, Caring for You, Caring for Me – Education and Support for Family and Professional Caregivers, 2nd Edition and Caring and Competent Caregivers: Professionals Helping Families. She has co-authored journal articles in Health & Social Work (2006) and Educational Gerontology (2004), and contributed chapters to Voices of Caregiving (LaChance Publishing, 2009) and Recreating Neighborhoods for Successful Aging (Health Professions Press, 2009).
Prior to joining the RCI, Laura worked as a case manager in child protective services and counselor for delinquent youth at an outdoor therapeutic program run by the State of Georgia. Laura holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Public Administration from Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. She also holds a certificate in Gerontology from Georgia Southwestern State University. Laura is a certified master trainer in the evidence-based programs “Savvy Caregiver” and “The Future is Now”.
President and CEO for the National Alliance for Caregiving
Gail Hunt is President and CEO of the National Alliance for Caregiving, a non-profit coalition dedicated to conducting research and developing national programs for family caregivers and the professionals who serve them. Prior to heading NAC, Ms. Hunt was President of her own aging services consulting firm for 14 years.
She conducted corporate eldercare research for the National Institute on Aging and the Social Security Administration, developed training for caregivers with AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association, and designed a corporate eldercare program for EAPs with the Employee Assistance Professional Association. Prior to having her own firm, she was Senior Manager in charge of human services for the Washington, DC, office of KPMG Peat Marwick.
Ms. Hunt attended Vassar College and graduated from Columbia University in New York. In May of 2004, she was appointed by the White House to serve on the Policy Committee for the 2005 White House Conference on Aging. Ms. Hunt is on the Advisory Panel on Medicare Education. She is the incoming chair for the National Center on Senior Transportation. Ms. Hunt is also on the Board of Commissioners for the Center for Aging Service Technology and she is also on the steering committee for Long-Term Care Quality Assurance.
Senior Client Partner at Korn/Ferry International
With over three decades of experience in the healthcare industry, Mr. Mullen has served as the National Practice Leader for the North American Healthcare Services Practice for Korn/Ferry. He is also very active in the Firm’s National Nonprofit Practice and Global Financial Market. Prior to joining Korn/Ferry in 1996, Mr. Mullen served as president and CEO of, the managed care division of UniHealth, a large health system in California. In this capacity, Mr. Mullen served on the senior leadership team of the $2 billion parent company and directed managed care strategy for ten acute care hospitals and medical groups. Mr. Mullen has held CEO roles at hospitals with companies such as Hospital Corporation of America and senior positions with leading management consulting firms such as Ernst & Young. He has been active on many national and community boards, including the National Association of Private Psychiatric Hospitals, California Hospital Medical Center, CliniShare, the Alliance for Children’s Rights (past president) and Health Insights (past chairman).
Mr. Mullen has a master’s degree in public health from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. Louis University.
Jack Murrin served as a Partner and the Director of Finance (CFO) for McKinsey & Company, the global management consulting firm, from 2002 through 2010. As the Firm’s principal financial officer, he was responsible for its financial planning, MIS, treasury, control, tax, benefits and financial shared services operations globally.
Before rejoining McKinsey in 2002, he served as a Senior Managing Director at Bankers Trust. At BT he led the Corporate Development and Strategy function and was closely involved in strategic transactions including the purchase of M&A firm Wolfensohn & Co and the investment bank Alex. Brown -- as well as BTs ultimate merger with Deutsche Bank. Prior to joining BT in 1995, Jack had been SVP Planning & Analysis at Travelers Inc. and EVP Planning & Development for Carlson Companies.
From 1981 to 1992, Jack was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. He served in its Washington D.C., London, and New York offices and was elected a Partner of the Firm in 1987. Jack played a lead role in developing McKinsey’s global Corporate Finance practice, which advises leading corporations on the strategic and financial aspects of corporate management, transactions (e.g., M&A) and restructurings.
Jack is co-author of the first three editions of Valuation: Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies (Wiley, 1990) a leading book on valuation and value-based management. Valuation has been translated into numerous languages for use around the world and has become a core reference/course text at business schools.
Jack earned an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. Jack is a CPA and won the Sells Award for placing first on the nationwide CPA examination in November 1977. Prior to attending Stanford, he worked in the audit department for two years with Arthur Andersen & Co. in Washington D.C. He holds a B.S. Economics, summa cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
Jack has been actively involved in environmental conservation for over twenty years and has served on the board of the Nature Conservancy’s New York chapter and is Vice-Chair of its Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island, NY.
Bill founded Sierra Tucson, one the nation´s leading recovery and rehabilitation facilities. He is also the founder of Miraval Resorts, the nation´s leading destination wellness center. Bill is a recognized and award winning visionary and has served in a leadership position within the wellness, recovery and mental health space for the past two decades. Prior to founding these enterprises, Bill held leadership roles within his family´s group of businesses.
He is a graduate of Brown University.
Director of Diversity and Strategic Collaborations, Alzheimer’s Association
Janis Robinson joined the Alzheimer’s Association in 2008. As Director of Diversity and Strategic Collaborations Janis is responsible for outreach to the many constituencies supported by the Alzheimer’s Association. In this role she secures speakers for conferences, works to deliver workshops and secure translation in other languages, and ensures delivery of Alzheimer’s Association resources in various communities. Janis is also responsible for increasing awareness about Alzheimer’s through corporate outreach.
Prior to joining the Alzheimer’s Association, Janis was both an Insurance Broker at Willis and a Corporate Developer at Mercer Human Resources Consulting where she brokered insurance benefits for employees and managed human resources consulting projects. Janis was also the Director of Diversity at Aon, and prior to her role at Aon, the Director of Diversity for the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, (GSB) from 1999 to 2001.
She received her MBA in Marketing from the Krannert Graduate School of Business, Purdue University, 1987 and her BA in Urban Studies and Economics, from Barnard College Columbia University, 1982. Janis is also an alumna from Leadership Greater Chicago, 1995 and a member of various organizations in the Chicago Metropolitan community.