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

Lisa Alford Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS)
Marlene Wood Governor’s Office on Disability (GOOD)
Representative Bill Poole Alabama House of Representatives, House Ways & Means Committee Chair - ED
Senator Cam Ward Alabama Senate, Judiciary Committee Chair
Representative April Weaver Alabama House of Representatives, Health Committee Chair
Senator Gerald Dial Alabama Senate, Health Committee Chair
Commissioner Neal Morrison Alabama Department of Senior Services (ADSS)
Stephanie McGee Azar Alabama Department of Medicaid (ADM)
Julia Sosa 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
Freida Baker Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR)
Commissioner James Purdue Alabama Department of Mental Health (ADMH)
Johnna Breland Alabama Council for Developmental Disabilities (ACDD)
Suzanne Price United Cerebral Palsy of Huntsville and Tennessee Valley, Inc. (UCP)
Dr. Jatuun Gibson Collaborative Training Partner Representative, Auburn University - Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES)
Sherry Kolodziejczak Collaborative Training Partner Representative, AARP / Crestwood Hospital
Pamela Ramos Family Caregiver, Alzheimer's Community Caregiver, Ramos Group
Kathy Jo Spears Comm Respite Initiative/Program Representative, Northwest Alabama Council of Local Governments (NACOLG)
Maria Gutierrez Comm Respite Initiative/Program Representative, AU Sharing the Care (STC) Initiative, Lee County Autism Resource & Advocacy (LCARA)
Angel Lowen Autism Society of Alabama (ASA)
Lori McGrath Alabama Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (ALHPCO)
Julie Smith Home Instead Senior Care (HISC)
Candi Williams American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
Terry Pezent Statewide Advocacy Group Representative, The Arc of Alabama
Ruth Brewbaker Faith-Based Initiative
Lynn Easterwood Respite Care Provider, Hospice of North Alabama
Gina Germany Respite Care Provider, Touching Hearts Senior Care
Dr. Pamela Parmalee University Partner, University of Alabama Mental Health & Aging

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