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Tarrant Area Gerontological Society 

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2023 Board Members

Our board consists of volunteers who believe in educating and sharing beneficial related to professionals in the aging community.  They are committed to providing the best events and programs in Tarrant County.

Michelle Myers, President

Michelle worked in HR and Recruitment for 10 years before leaving in 2014 to help her Mom with the family business, Angelic Place, a Residential Care Home in SW Arlington. There she turned her love of helping people into a love of helping the Elderly and saw how important it was to find the right fit in Senior housing. After seeing the increasing need for Seniors to have easy access to resources, she joined Senior Living Specialists in 2018 where she enjoyed the rewarding task of helping Seniors and their families navigate the challenging process of finding resources and Senior housing options. In 2020 Michelle joined Right at Home helping those needing Companionship, Personal Care, and Home Maker Services wherever they call home allowing them to remain safe without losing their independence. In October of 2022, Michelle joined NtelCare, a Senior Services Technology Company, as Director of Marketing. She continues to help Seniors stay Independent now through technology utilizing the NtelCare remote behavior monitoring system giving Families Peace of Mind that their Loved one can stay Safe and Independent as long as possible. Michelle has volunteered for many organizations over the years and currently advocates for Seniors serving on an Alzheimer’s Association North Central Texas Chapter Gala Planning Committee and Tarrant Area Gerontological Society (TAGS) Board. Michelle served as TAGS Scholarship Chair for 3 years before moving into the TAGS President-Elect Position in 2022 and President in 2023. She also served on the Continuity of Care Board for 4 years as Programs Chair. She is very active in the DFW Senior Healthcare Community and is a Co-Creator of the DFW Healthcare Connection Networking Group. Michelle also Facilitated another Senior Services networking group in the Arlington/Mansfield area for over 4 years. Michelle is the first to reach out to help those who are new to the area or industry and is a firm believer in the benefits of Senior Healthcare Networking and knowing your Community Partners. Michelle lives with her husband, two sons, and their Mini Long Haired Doxie Brooks in Waxahachie, Texas. During her spare time, she enjoys decorating, traveling, cooking, and spending time with her family. 

Nancy Moore, Immediate Past President

Nancy was born and raised in Midland, Texas and moved to the DFW area in 2014. She started in healthcare in 2006, working in a physician’s office, transitioned into home health, spent 5 years in the SNF world & joined the team at Magnolia Hospice in 2021.. Nancy started her journey with TAGS in 2016. She is passionate about geriatrics; the aging population & continues to strive to be a resource in this complicated healthcare maze. Nancy is also on the board for PMR Charity & her daughters youth cheerleading organization. Nancy enjoys working with the elderly and continues to be involved in the community. 

Nancy is married with three girls & her family resides in Coppell. She loves and follows the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Astros & Houston Rockets, and enjoys watching TV in her downtown.

Chris Ibarra, President Elect   

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Randi Hagstrand, Treasurer     

Randi Hagstrand holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of North Texas. Her career in Healthcare  was first inspired by her sister, a LVN who has spent most of her career working with Seniors in nursing facilities. Out of college she obtained her Certified Nursing Assistant certification and worked on the floor at a local nursing home, while also working as a Physician’s Scribe in the emergency department. She then made a pivotal point to pursue the Administrative aspects of Senior Care. Before joining Senior Living Specialists in January 2021, she worked as an Admissions and Marketing Director for eight years. Her sense of purpose is fulfilled when she gets to educate and provide comfort to families facing the challenges of aging adults. Randi is married with three children. She enjoys photography, running, visiting local coffee shops and traveling.

Trish Bendurski, Secretary   

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Paige Wolk, LMSW - Programs Chair  

Senior Vice President, Overture Home Care  

Paige Wolk, LBSW, CDP has over twenty years of experience in the Senior Care Industry. She began her career as a Social Worker in a skilled nursing facility. Mrs. Wolk was active in the Social Work community, earning such distinctions as Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers and Social Worker of the Year by the Society for Social Work Leadership in Healthcare, Texas Chapter.

Her experiences with the elderly include Social Work, Business Development, Public Relations, Advocacy, Community Education and Marketing for long term care facilities, rehabilitation facilities and subacute units. Prior to joining the Overture Home care team in June of 2016,  Paige was employed with Rehab Synergies, a Rehabilitation Services Provider serving as the Director of Marketing and Recruitment for 6 years.

Mrs. Wolk has a passion for the elderly with particular interest in Alzheimer’s and Dementia. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP) and volunteers regularly for Dementia and Alzheimer’s related causes.

Paige is married with three children and resides in the mid-cities. She enjoys cheering on her twin boys at the hockey rink and recently became an OU Fan (Boomer! Sooner!) given her daughter attends the University of Oklahoma.

Andy Gates, Programs Co-Chair

Andy was born and raised in Houston, Texas and moved to DFW in 2007.  Andy graduated from the University of Texas at  Arlington in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. He continued his education and graduated as a licensed physical therapist assistant from Tarrant County College in 2015.  He began his healthcare career as a physical therapist assistant in skilled nursing.  He currently resides in Argyle, Tx with his wife and 2-year-old son.

Toni Sudderth, Summer Forum Chair  

Toni Sudderth, Senior Area Advisor, Reliant at Home. 

Toni graduated Tarleton State University in 2010. After a 10 year career in banking, Toni brought her customer service skills and her deep, abiding passion for the senior population to the health care industry in 2015. Toni begin in home care, worked for a memory care and has been Reliant at Home, on their home health team, for 4 years now. 

Toni has a deep passion for advocating and educating and does so through her various commitments to Tarrant County nonprofits. Toni has had a love and concern for the senior population ever since her childhood. She has always been very close with her grand and great grandparents. In recent years, she helped her grandmother and mother understand what life looks like with Alzheimer’s, as her grandfather fought and lost his battle in 2017. 

Toni is a wife, mom of two energetic girls, a boxer and Great Dane that keep her busy and proud. Toni enjoys spending weekends with her family and friends on Lake Travis, in the Texas hill country and doing all she can to make amazing memories for her little ones. Toni and her family reside in Weatherford, Texas.

Alaine Capper, Faith-Based Chair  

Alaine Capper currently serves as Family Care Specialist for Life Gift Fort Worth. Alaine was raised in healthcare here in  Tarrant County with moving here in 1964 for her father to become the 2nd cardiologist in Tarrant and Dallas County. She has involved herself in the healthcare community and worked primarily in hospice and senior living. This new opportunity will allow her to utilize the gifts that she has in loving people in the hardest of times while helping reach others with the gift they are providing in organ and tissue donation. 

Having a passion to help the elderly in ALL areas of life is one of Alaine’s biggest passions. Her involvement with TAGS although short is deeply important to her. The Faith Based aspect touches Alaine at her core. She is the chair this year after having served as Gail Snider’s co-chair in 2021-2022 year. She is the Linked Network Tarrant County Co-Facilitator and serves on the board of Continuity of Care as well. 

Margaret Seeley, Faith-Based Co-Chair  

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Shelley Reetz, Scholarships Chair  

Shelley was born in Kansas City and is a loyal Chiefs fan but has been in Texas for almost all of her life.  She graduated  Stephen F Austin and has always been in Sales.  After losing her Dad in 2018 to Cancer, Shelley felt a calling to be involved in the lives of seniors as they enter possibly the final chapter of their lives.  Shelley is the Business Development Director for Highlands Village Assisted Living in Mansfield and has been there since before they opened in 2019.  She has a strong desire and passion for helping people. 

Shelley is married, and between her and her husband Jeff they have 5 grown girls and 3 grandchildren.  Their lives are filled with faith, love, golf and a lot of laughter.  She is excited to be joining the TAGS board and helping raise money to give scholarships to people trying to get or continue their education aimed at helping seniors.

David O'Connor, Administration Chair  

David O’Connor is a Healthcare Administrator at The Stayton at Museum Way with expertise both in health  insurance costs and coverage, and in issues surrounding primary care and the health care workforce. He has an extensive background in health care management, policy, and public health. In his managerial role, he oversees all aspects of a facility’s health care delivery to ensure optimal care for patients. His goal is to improve the quality and efficiency of medical care, manage the finances, prepare budgets, hire, and manage staff, ensure compliance with regulations and more.  He approaches all aspects of any job with positive, hard-working mindset, and helping find solutions to any challenges.

Jennifer Riggs, Nursing Chair  

Holding a Bachelor’s degree in communications from Western Governors University, Jen never considered  healthcare as a career option, until her grandmother was diagnosed with Dementia when she was 24 years old. She spent the next few years watching her grandmother decline cognitively and seeing the best and worst sides of the senior care industry. This was the drive she needed to do her part in seeing that families have trusted care during these times. She started working as a CNA in memory care skilled nursing for 5 years before she graduated from nursing school. As a nurse Jen has worked in surgical transplant and emergency department in the acute as well as skilled nursing. Coming full circle with her communications degree, Jen now works as a Director of Business Development at Southwest Nursing and Rehab in Fort Worth. Her grandmother passed after a 13-year battle with Dementia on 2020, but will always be her “Why”.
Jen is a California to Texas transplant, and has the rare opportunity to see multiple healthcare markets across the nation. In California, she was skilled nursing committee member for the California Nurses Assoc., volunteered with Desert AIDS Project and the VA hospital. She enjoys giving back her time and talents for the community she serves. Jen is a mother to 3 kids, loves to cook, craft, garden and decorate in her spare time.

Kathryn Rotter, Public Policy Chair

Kathryn Rotter currently working for Commissioner Gary Fickes, Precinct 3 and I just got a promotion and my new title is Executive Administrator Programs and Outreach. Her responsibilities include serving the senior community, addressing transportation issues, and handling other priority issues within Northeast Tarrant County. Prior to working for Commissioner Fickes, she served as the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Office of Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley from

April of 2012 though July 2022. She was tasked with creating a senior expo event for Tarrant County. This event, Senior Synergy, just completed its 9 th year and focuses on providing health

education, health screenings, services, resources and so much more to help seniors in our area live an independent and healthy lifestyle.

Kathryn is an experienced Community Outreach Coordinator with a demonstrated history of working in government administration. She is skilled in non-profit organizations, budgeting, event planning, customer service, and sales. She is a strong business professional with a BBA focused on Business Management and Marketing from Texas Christian University - M.J. Neeley School of Business.

Kathryn has one son who graduated from Stephen F. Austin; he continued his education and is now serving the community as a paramedic/firefighter. Kathryn is a brand-new Grandmother, as her son and daughter in law, who live in Collin County, delivered their first child in April of 2022. Kathryn enjoys the outdoors, including hunting, loves to travel and thrives on spending time with her family.

Linsey Tarkington, Social Work Chair  

My name is Linsey Tarkington, I am the new Social Worker chair. I graduated from UTA in 12/96 with a Bachelor of Social Work degree. I have two daughters; my oldest daughter is in her second year of Law School at OU.  My youngest  daughter is a Senior at Sam Houston State majoring in Criminal Justice. I spent most of my career in long term care. I worked for the Department of Aging and Disabilities services for 12 years inspecting skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. I am currently employee at Texas Rehabilitation Hospital in Arlington as a Case Manager. I have been at Texas rehab for 8 months. I am happily married; I love animals and enjoy cruising.

Christina Mauldin, LVN - Membership Chair  

Christina Mauldin is an LVN and current a clinical Liaison at Encompass Health Inpatient Rehab. She has been a nurse for 16 years, graduating from Tyler Jr College. She is continuing her education at Tarrant County Community College. She has two children. Jada, 21yrs old and attending college at Oklahoma University. Jrue, 11yrs old who enjoys playing sports, camping and fishing.  Christina has a wide background of nursing history and experience. She has worked in hospice, home health, level 1 trauma hospital, assisted living, skilled nursing and now inpatient rehab.

Katie Luna, Community Engagement Chair  

Katie Luna has been married for 20 years and is a mother of three. Before she started working as a Marketing & Admissions Director at   Emerald Hills, she owned her own bakery. Katie has been an LVN for 10 years and took a break in between to chase her dreams of owning a bakery. After COVID she decided to get back into the medical field as a liaison and is loving this new line of work! Katie is eager to promote TAGS and take part of such a wonderful organization.

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