Duet: Partners In Health & Aging

Celebrating 40 years of “one person helping another.”

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A brief history

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.

  • Our impact in 2021

    See the difference your support makes in a single year during a pandemic.
  • $296,340

    worth of time

    donated by compassionate volunteers.
  • 628

    family caregivers

    gained support and personalized assistance.
  • 317

    grandparents

    were aided with vital resources to be able to raise and support

    534

    grandchildren

  • 368

    homebound adults

    were supported to remain living independently.
  • 25

    faith community nurses

    received monthly education, support and resources, to keep community members connected and safe.

Inspiring stories

“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.”

Lois, Homebound Adult

“At Duet’s monthly caregiver support group meetings, my isolation and sense of aloneness disappears.”

June, family caregiver

“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.”

Frances, grandparent raising a grandchild

“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.”

Carol, faith community nurse
Leadership

Headshots generously provided by Captured Moments Photography.

Ann Wheat
Executive Director
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Nichole Barnes
Senior Director of Communications
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Wendy Cohen
Senior Director of Services
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Julie Blake
Senior Director of Operations
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Patricia Dominguez
Director of Kinship Care Services
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Janet Richards
Director of Caregiver Services
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Anne Varner
Director of Congregational Health
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Ricardo Samano
Homebound Services Manager
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Jennifer K. Kabrud
MNpS, Director of Development
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Board of directors

Ms. Ann Wheat, Executive Director
Duet: Partners In Health & Aging
Ms. Janice Brandt, President
Senior Energy Innovation Analyst, APS
Ms. Ellen Dean, Past President
Certified Financial Planner, Raymond James Financial Services
Ms. Cheryl Plewa, Secretary
Executive Director Business Banking Sales & Strategy Support, JP Morgan Chase
Ms. Nancy Zikias, Treasurer
Sales and Marketing Specialist, Altria Sales and Distribution, Retired
Ms. Lisa Nothum, Assistant Treasurer
Vice President and Senior Trust Advisor, Northern Trust
Ms. Stephanie Bivens
Attorney, Bivens & Associates, PLLC
Mr. Michael Cyrino
Principle, Medicare Mike, LLC
Ms. Jan Dougherty
President, TravALZ
Ms. Shruti Gurudanti
Co-Founder and Entrepreneur, Televeda
Ms. Carol Heimann
Faith Community Nurse
Ms. Brenda Holt
Associate State Director, Community Outreach & Advocacy, AARP Arizona
Ms. Dawn Katek
Vice President, Instructional Design, Development and Facilitation Manager, Global Learning & Development
Ms. Maria Maskell
Community Initiatives Coordinator, Arizona Public Service Company (APS), Retired
Ms. Cherry Perez
Market Manager, JP Morgan Chase
Ms. Donna Rossi
Public Information Officer, Buckeye Police Department
Mr. Stu Turgel
Philanthropy and Nonprofit Consultant, President & CEO, Jewish Community Foundation, Retired

Stories of Compassion, Dignity & Hope

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