Celebrating 40 years of “one person helping another.”
Duet was started in 1981 by The Reverend Dr. Dosia Carlson and Church of the Beatitudes in Phoenix. At that time, our name was Beatitudes Center DOAR (Developing Older Adult Resources), which later changed to Duet: Partners In Health & Aging in 2009. Duet is a non-profit, interfaith organization that promotes health and well-being through its vitally needed, free-of-charge services to homebound adults, family caregivers, faith communities, and grandfamilies.
Duet’s services are based on one person helping another. We partner with individuals, businesses, non-profits, municipalities, government organizations, and faith communities to make that happen. Our trademark is a butterfly created from two equal halves. This represents the many successful partnerships that are needed in order for Duet to provide crucial services to older adults throughout the Valley. The white space around the butterfly contains two faces looking toward each other and a more hopeful future.
We respond to pressing needs that are not being met through other organizations. Duet was the first in the Valley to offer free-of-charge volunteer services for homebound adults, as well as comprehensive services for family caregivers and grandparents raising grandchildren. Duet also introduced the concept to the Phoenix area of congregational health programs led by faith community nurses.
Duet exists because caring partners dedicate time and funding to change lives. Hundreds of compassionate volunteers help fulfill Duet’s mission. Join us as we strive forward in expanding services and providing compassionate help to keep pace with the needs of our growing community.
A beloved tribute to our founder. In loving memory of Rev Dr. Dosia Carlson, who passed away in 2021 due to complications of Covid-19.
“I love my Duet volunteer. He calls Monday at 10 a.m. exactly to go over my grocery list and he’s even baked me homemade cookies and candy. I consider him a dear friend.”
“At Duet’s monthly caregiver support group meetings, my isolation and sense of aloneness disappears.”
“There were times when I just did not think we could raise a granddaughter at our age. Then I would think back on things that I learned in the Duet support group and it gave me hope that we can get through this.”
“Duet is a valuable resource for the community. Becoming a faith community nurse before you retire – or at any point in your nursing career – is the best service in the world.”
Headshots generously provided by Captured Moments Photography.
Ann Wheat has served as the director of family caregiver services since 2014 and is now Duet’s Executive Director.
She holds a bachelor’s degree and has completed graduate studies in recreational management from the University of Arizona.
Ann was a member of the Duet Board of Directors from 1999-2005 and co-chaired Duet’s major fundraising events.
Before her service at Duet, Ann was an acting deputy director for the City of Phoenix.
Nichole Barnes has served as the director of communications of Duet since 2014. She holds a bachelor’s of business administration with a major in marketing from Iowa State University. Prior to her service at Duet, Nichole worked in development and marketing roles at World Vision and UMOM New Day Centers since 1994.
Wendy Cohen, MPH joined the Duet team in 2020 as senior director of services. She brings more than 30 years of experience in strategic planning, revenue and fiscal management, and organizational and programmatic assessment. Wendy holds a bachelor’s degree in health and society and an MPH from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Prior to joining Duet, she served as the Interim Executive Director for Phoenix Girls Chorus and President of Wendy Cohen Consulting.
Julie Blake has served as the director of operations of Duet since 2013. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in mathematics from the University of Arizona. Julie started as a volunteer with Duet in 2001, helping to edit the Duet website. She was hired by Duet as an administrative assistant for Congregational Health and later as financial secretary.
Patricia Dominguez has served as the director of kinship care services of Duet since 1998. She holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from Arizona State University. Patricia started at Duet as an intern in 1997 and has developed many of Duet’s kinship services from the ground up.
Janet Richards has served as the caregiver services coordinator since 2018 and is now Duet’s director of family caregiver services. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and master’s in interdisciplinary studies from George Mason University. Prior to her service at Duet, Janet worked as an instructional designer through her company, JSR Design. She first became associated with Duet in 2017, when she started attending support groups for family caregivers.
Ricardo Samano joined the Duet team in 2005 and is now Duet’s Homebound Services Manager. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a Minor in Spanish from Arizona State University. Prior to Duet, Ricardo worked with Marriott International for 10 years, in addition to youth programs with the City of Phoenix and Boys and Girls Club.
Jennifer Kabrud joined the Duet team as the Director of Development in May 2022. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies with a Minor in Public Relations and Strategic Communications and a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Studies, both from Arizona State University. Prior to joining Duet, Jennifer held development positions with numerous health and human service organizations throughout the Valley.