NAPSA has seven committees focused on specific areas of development for members and operations. If you’re interested in participating on one of the committees, or have a question for one of the committee chairpersons, please click here.
The committees serve the following roles:
Chair: Duane Vickrey
The Communications Committee focuses on developing strategic initiatives to effectively expand NAPSA’s reach across diverse demographic, cultural and geographic populations. The committee aims to attract individuals with multidisciplinary perspectives to facilitate development of strategic message paradigms and strategies which bolster NAPSA’s identity, brand and ability to attract funding for public awareness campaigns highlighting abuse / neglect / exploitation. The Committee members will also work to develop contacts with journalists and other communications professionals to better enable outreach and education efforts. To join, please contact Committee Chairperson, Duane Vickrey.
Public Policy Committee
Chair: Joe Snyder
The Public Policy Committee focuses on advocating for public policy changes on a national level. This includes issues related to elder abuse, abuse of adults with disabilities, Adult Protective Services and allied professions. NAPSA members can participate in the Public Policy Committee by contacting the Committee Chairperson, Joe Snyder, via our contact form.
Chair: Paul Needham
The Education Committee focuses on developing educational content for APS workers. This includes developing content on skills such as identifying symptoms of abuse, neglect or exploitation; how to best work with allied professionals such as law enforcement and hospitals; and when to involve other professionals to determine an individual’s cognitive capacity. To join the Education Committee, contact Paul Needham or Lori Delagrammatikis via our contact form.
Chair: Carmen Castaneda
The Conference Committee focuses on planning, organizing and facilitating the NAPSA annual conference. Five unique subcommittees (i.e. awards; entertainment; presentations; publicity; scholarships and sponsors) specialize on developing specific areas for the conference. To join or assist in one of the specific areas of the conference, contact us via our contact form.
Chair: Marta Fontaine
The Membership Committee focuses on ways to expand NAPSA membership nationally and identifying unaddressed needs of current members, including member research and polling. To join, contact Marta Fontaine via our contact form.
Chair: Betty Malks
The Fundraising Committee focuses on ways to increase funding and sponsorship by outside organizations and the promotion of fundraising campaigns. To join the Fundraising Committee, contact Betty Malks via our contact form.
NAPSA/NCPEA Research Committee
Co-chairs: Carol Dayton representing NAPSA, Paula Mixson (representing NCPEA)
The NAPSA/NCPEA Research Committee focuses on bringing researchers and practitioners together to expand the application of data analysis and evidence-based practice in improving the response to elder abuse. Contact either of the co-chairs, Carol Dayton or Paula Mixson, to join via our contact form.
Senior Action Committee
Chair: Nyla McCarthy
The Senior Action Committee is a group of retired citizens who have a passion about addressing elder abuse in our communities and are active in supporting NAPSA. They assist with various projects such as reviewing research literature, identifying possible conference sponsors, updating contact lists for national organizations and editing content for the website. Contact Nyla McCarthy via our contact form.