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

Kimberly Lewis

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 Jim McClendon

Alabama Senate, Health Committee Chair


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


Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR)

Jewell Pitts

Alabama Department of Mental Health (ADMH)


Alabama Council for Developmental Disabilities (ACDD)

Cheryl Smith

United Cerebral Palsy of Huntsville and Tennessee Valley, Inc. (UCP)


Collaborative Training Partner Representative


Collaborative Training Partner Representative

Ree Clark

Family Caregiver, CRS Parent Consultant


Comm Respite Initiative/Program Representative

Tim Trimble

Comm Respite Initiative/Program Representative, Aaron’s Staff Respite Care

Angel Lowen

Autism Society of Alabama (ASA)

Kristina Johnson

Alabama Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (ALHPCO), Huntsville Hospital System Hospice Family Care

Representative Laura Hall

Alabama House of Representatives Health Committee, Ranking Minority Member


American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)

Amy Lamb-Eng

Statewide Advocacy Group Representative, Alabama Head Injury Foundation


Faith-Based Initiative

John Beard

Respite Care Provider, Alacare Hospice and Palliative Care Organization


Respite Care Provider


University Partner

Alabama Lifespan Respite Resource Network® (Alabama Respite) is a program of United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Huntsville and Tennessee Valley.

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