Board & Staff

Meet Our Pioneers

Meet the team of staff and volunteers behind Pioneer Network. You will find a diverse group of people all working together to help elders live in open, diverse, and caring communities.


Lynda Crandall, Executive Director: Lynda is responsible for overall leadership of the organization’s activities and maximizing its impact in the aging services and policy community.  She has more than 40 years experience working with elders providing direct services through nursing home and gero-psyhchiatric in-patient hospital care, as well as indirect services through formal and informal consultation, community training and education, quality of care and life initiatives, and state policy/program design.  Ms Crandall is active in the Oregon culture change coalition, MOVE (Making Oregon Vital for Elders) which is affiliated with Pioneer Network.  She is a co-founder of the not-for-profit service organization, Alzheimer’s Network of Oregon.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing  from Washington State University and her Nurse Practitioner from University of Washington.

Cathy Lieblich, Director of Network Relations: Cathy’s responsibilities include liaison between Pioneer Network and the now 36 state culture change coalitions; managing special projects; and helping to plan and conduct educational programs. She has over 35 years of experience in the field of aging and long-term care including working on the national level for the National Council on the Aging, on the state level for a long-term care provider association, and on the local level for an area agency on aging, a university center on aging and a private foundation. Cathy was the founding director of the Florida culture change coalition, one of the first in the country, and currently serves on the coalition’s Steering Committee. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Social Service Administration from The University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from The Johns Hopkins University.

Joan Devine, Director of Education: Joan leads the development and implementation of educational programming for the organization. She is also a certified Eden Educator and Mentor and the owner and operator of JPDevine Consulting whose mission is to “support care partners on their journey 2 home”. A registered nurse and former activity professional, Joan has over 30 years of experience in health care having served in leadership positions in long term and acute care settings since 1990. As an advocate for the LTC culture change movement, Joan serves as a frequent speaker at state and national forums and currently serves as Board President of MC5 (Missouri Coalition Celebrating Care Continuum Change). Joan is the author of the book, “Word of the Week: Creating a Culture Change Dictionary, She earned a B.A. in Music Education/Music Therapy, a B.S. in Nursing and a Masters in Management.

Sharon Seitz, Executive Assistant: Sharon has dedicated her life to the older adult population, starting as a Nursing Assistant at a local nursing home and then serving as Customer Service Representative for a home health agency, a case worker for a County Office for the Aging and currently as the Administrative Assistant/Receptionist for Lifespan in Rochester, NY. Sharon is a volunteer long-term care ombudsman, a volunteer for Lifespan’s Caregiver Respite program and provides private duty home and hospice care. Sharon’s dedication and unwavering compassion for older adults is evident in all that she does.


Carter Catlett Williams
Gloucester, VA


KaraLe Causey
COO/CFO Haven Nursing Center
Columbia, LA

Todd Andrews
Vice President
Regional Vice President, Sodexo
Senior Living
Gainesville, VA

Mary Jane Koren
Vice President
Vice President, LTC Quality Improvement, The Commonwealth Fund (Retired)
New York, NY

Mary Fuentes
Vice President of Financial Services, Vivage Quality Health Partners (Retired)
Denver, CO

Maggie Calkins
Executive Director, The Mayer-Rothschild Foundation
Kirtland, OH

Rodney Alderfer
President, Bridgewater Retirement Community
Bridgewater, VA

Denise Boudreau-Scott
President, Drive
Manasquan, NJ

Jonathan Evans
Nursing home physician
Charlottesville, VA

Jeanne Heid-Grubman
Administrator, Franciscan Communities
Park Ridge IL

Chris Perna
President & CEO The Eden Alternative
Rochester, NY

Donald Redfoot
Policy Analyst, AARP (Retired)
Red Lodge, MT

Robert Sherwood
Resident, Westminster-Canterbury
Winchester, VA

Jack York
Founder/President, It’s Never 2 Late
Centennial, CO