ASPN BOARD MEMBERS
Get to know your ASPN Board.
Chairperson - FGP
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 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.
Learn more about Rebecca here.
Stacy Friesland, Southeast 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.
Van Johnson, South Central 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.
Charlotte Melson, North Central Representative
Project Location: Kansas City, MO. Charlotte manages the Kansas City Shepherd's Center Senior Companion Program. In addition she previously managed a Kansas Foster Grandparent Program and other local non-profits. Click here to email Charlotte.
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Alesia Macklin, At-Large Representative
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.
Learn more about Alesia here.
Nancy Carney, At-Large Representative
Project Location: Dover, Delaware. Nancy has served as FGP project director for the last five years. She loves and supports the concept of nation service connecting communities with volunteerism. She sees herself as a bigger picture thinker.
Tammy Taylor, At-Large Representative
Project Location: Jefferson, North Carolina. Tammy has over 26 years experience working with Senior Corps Programs. Her work with FGP provides firsthand knowledge of the tremendous impact in the everyday lives of volunteers and the children they serve. Click here to email Tammy.
Learn more about Tammy here.
Carol Ayars, At-Large Representative
Project Location: Richmond, Virginia. Carol is the Program Manager at Senior Connections. She love to share her passion of working with volunteers. She especially passionate about those who could fall through the cracks without someone caring about them. Click here to email Carol.
Learn more about Carol here.
Suzanne Hull, At-Large Representative
Project Location: Honolulu, Hawaii. In Hawaii, almost one in five persons is now 65 or older. A perfect place for intergenerational services. Suzanne sees the ASPN board as a place where advocacy, teamwork and passion combine. Click here to email Suzanne.
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Jennifer Lantz, At-Large Representative
Project Location: Charles City, Iowa. Jennifer directs the Foster Grandparent Program in north central Iowa. She also has a passion for volunteering for local and national organizations. She brings to the board the perspective of a newer director who joined during the pandemic. Click here to email Jennifer.
ASPN Operations Manager
Location: Carver, Minnesota. Denise has a long history working with the Senior Corps programs and loved the opportunity it provided to serve on this board previously! She says her participation introduced her to some amazing people! Since 2014, Denise has been assisting ASPN with many tasks including member list-serves, member management, sales, etc. Click here to email Denise.
Laura Morgan-Kessler, Washington D.C. Advocate
Location: Washington, D.C. Since 2015, Laura Morgan-Kessler has served as the federal advocate for the Americorps Seniors Professional Network, Inc. She is a strong believer in the role for ASPN and its members to education Members of Congress on the impact and importance of the Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Program in local communities.
She provides ASPN with timely and strategic intelligence on Congressional and federal agency actions and helps develop and implement federal advocacy strategies to accomplish ASON’s federal goals. She maintains strong working relationships with Members of Congress and their staff, as well as the Americorps agency staff.
Laura has been a federal advocate in Washington, D.C. for over a decade. 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. She and her husband live in Northern Virginia with their daughter.