In 2012, the Alabama Legislature passed the Alabama Lifespan Respite Resource Network Act (2012-410) which designates the members of the Alabama Lifespan Respite Coalition. The Governor appoints the coalition comprised of members who are culturally, economically, and geographically diverse and representative of the state demographics. The coalition’s responsibilities are to: (1) build partnerships and coordinate respite care efforts statewide (2) provide public awareness about respite to the citizens of Alabama, and, (3) identify, coordinate, and develop, community/funding resources for respite services.

Members of the Alabama Respite Coalition 2021-2024

Cathy Caldwell Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS)
Marlene Wood Governor’s Office on Disability (GOOD)
Representative Danny Garrett Alabama House of Representatives, House Ways & Means Committee Chair – ED
Senator Tom Whatley Alabama Senate, Judiciary Committee Chair
Representative Paul Lee Alabama House of Representatives, Health Committee Chair
Senator Jim McClendon Alabama Senate, Health Committee Chair
Nick Nyberg Alabama Department of Senior Services (ADSS)
Ginger Wettingfeld Alabama Department of Medicaid (ADM)
Shelia Duncan Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), Office of Minority Health
Sallye Longshore Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention (ADCANP) / Children’s Trust Fund of Alabama
Sam Smith Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR)
Vivan Warren Alabama Department of Mental Health (ADMH)
Darryle Powell Alabama Council for Developmental Disabilities (ACDD)
Cheryl Smith United Cerebral Palsy of Huntsville and Tennessee Valley, Inc. (UCP)
Theresa Vollor Collaborative Training Partner Representative, Birmingham VA Health Care System
Nikki Poe Collaborative Training Partner Representative, West Alabama Area Agency on Aging
Linda B. Collins Family Caregiver
Hattie Thomas Comm Respite Initiative/Program Representative, Labor of Love
Tim Trimble Comm Respite Initiative/Program Representative, Aaron’s Staff Respite Care
Mary Bynum Autism Society of Alabama (ASA)
Kristina Johnson Hospice Organization Representative, Compassus
Representative Laura Hall Alabama House of Representatives Health Committee, Ranking Minority Member
Anne Hails American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
Amy Lamb-Eng Statewide Advocacy Group Representative, Alabama Head Injury Foundation
Vera Spinks Family Caregiver
Beau Green Respite Care Provider, Right at Home
Karen Pettaway Respite Care Provider, The Resource Center
Dr. Nicole Ruggiano

Dr. Rachel Winston

Ryan Robnett

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