Marie Dagger, Orange County Department on Aging

Marie is a community-based occupational therapist with the Aging Transitions team at the Orange County Department on Aging.  She earned her BA in Spanish and BS in Recreational Therapy from Western Carolina University, and graduated with her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from UNC. Marie began her work with the Department on Aging through the county’s grant-funded dementia support team, providing dementia-related education to the community and in-home coaching to local families.  She continues working with the older adults of Orange County to ensure safe and meaningful living in both home and community spaces.  Marie is currently serving as a mentor for PiAP affiliate Bernadette Aylward through her role coordinating Dementia Friendly Orange County.

Robert Dowling, Orange County Affordable Housing Coalition

Robert began his career as a teacher before moving into banking in New York City and Chicago. He completed an MBA in finance at NYU in 1986.  Robert and his wife Bethaney moved to Carrboro, NC in 1994. He began his affordable housing work at Hayti Development Corporation in 1995 and assumed his current position as executive director of Community Home Trust in late 1997.  Robert serves on the board of the Chapel Hill Carrboro Chamber of Commerce and is the board Treasurer of Grounded Solutions Network, a national organization that focuses on equitable and inclusive neighborhoods.  Robert is the co-chair of Interfaith Council’s capital campaign to build a new food kitchen and community pantry in Carrboro.  He is a true champion for community development.   Robert serves as a mentor for a PiAP affiliate, Hilary Pollan, who coordinates communications for the Orange County Affordable Housing Coalition.

Yvette Garcia Missri, Orange County Department on Aging

Yvette holds a Masters in Public Health in Health Behavior from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and a J.D. from Boston College. She is the administrator of the volunteer-based division at the Orange County Department on Aging.  In this role, she serves as the project manager for several of the department’s community-based and peer-to-peer volunteer led programs. Prior to her to public health training, Yvette worked as a gender-based violence trial attorney for approximately eleven years. Yvette’s interests include all things community engagement, as well as using lifestyle to maximize our health outcomes, regardless of the genes we’ve been dealt. Yvette serves as a mentor for PiAP affiliate, Anna Patterson, who is advancing the interests of seniors as they engage with the healthcare system and progress towards greater financial health.

Dennis Streets, Chatham County Council on Aging

Dennis is the Executive Director for the Chatham County Council on Aging. He brings almost four decades of experience working as a planner and aging specialist in North Carolina, most recently serving as the Director of the Division of Aging and Adult Services in the NC Department of Health and Human Services. Dennis has received numerous awards for his leadership and service in the aging community. He earned his BA in Political Science, a Masters in Public Health (with a concentration in Health Administration and Policy), and a Masters in the Arts of Teaching from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a licensed nursing home administrator. Dennis serves as a mentor to four Masters of Public Health Capstone students as they assist with the implementation of Chatham County’s Aging Plan.