Partners in Health and Aging.
Join us for Discover Duet on the first Friday of the month. In our 20-minute Zoom tour, you’ll learn about our mission through facts and inspiring stories of the people impacted by our services. All too often we hear, “if only I had known about Duet sooner!” You can help us spread the word by inviting a family member, friend, or colleague to attend with you.
How it all started
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.
Mission, Vision and, Guiding Principles
To promote health and well-being through vitally needed services to homebound adults, family caregivers, faith communities, and grandfamilies.
A community where every person ages with compassion, dignity, and hope.
- Dignity – Humbly approaching each person we serve with individualized attention and respect.
- Inclusiveness – Embracing all people into our community of care.
- Excellence – Giving our best in everything we do.
- Commitment – Striving to fulfill our mission, even when resources and energies are challenged.
- Stewardship – Ensuring ethical and responsible management of resources to fulfill our mission.
- We welcome and value all people. Everyone in the Duet community – from staff to board to partners in service to the people we serve – is one of a kind. We accept people for the unique individuals they are and respect the gifts they bring.
- We act with integrity. We treat others as they want to be treated. We communicate directly and candidly with each other. We own our mistakes and focus on creating solutions rather than on placing blame.
- We have fun. We don’t take ourselves too seriously. Finding humor in challenging situations allows us to keep perspective, energizes us, and helps us learn.
- We are lifelong learners. Change inspires us. We look for new ideas and experiences because we know we will learn something new. We encourage feedback, and we challenge ourselves in ways that will help us grow personally and professionally.
- We put our best selves forward. We look for opportunities where we can go above and beyond the call of duty for each other. We let our community of staff, board, partners in service, and the people we serve know how much we appreciate each other.
- We act with empathy and compassion. We know that everyone has a story so we don’t judge. Instead, we let our compassion and empathy guide our behavior in our interactions with others.
- We are resourceful. We make decisions thoughtfully and we manage our resources responsibly.
- We keep our commitments. We do what we say we will do. We follow through by meeting our obligations honestly and consistently.
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.
Director of Development
Tina Lopez, CFRE joined the Duet team in 2020 as director of development. She has extensive experience in fundraising, donor relations, planned giving, major gift stewardship, campaign management, corporate giving and special events and has been in various leadership development roles since 2006. Tina holds a degree in business management from the Lincoln School of Commerce in Nebraska and also holds the prestigious CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) certification. She serves on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and will be President of the Greater Arizona Chapter in 2021. Prior to joining Duet, she was the National Director of Development for Animal Outlook.
Senior Director of Communications
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.
Senior Director of Services
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.
Director of Operations
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.
Director of Kinship Care Services
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.
Director of Congregational Health
Anne Varner, RN, MSN has served as the congregational health coordinator since 2019 and is now Duet’s director of congregational health. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing and an MSN from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to her service at Duet, Anne served in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings, including 20 years in the United States Army Nurse Corps. She first became associated with Duet in 2017, when she took the Foundations of Faith Community Nursing course.
Caregiver Services Manager
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.
Ms. Ann Wheat Executive Director, Duet: Partners In Health & Aging
Ms. Ellen Dean President, Certified Financial Planner, Raymond James Financial Services
Ms. Janice Brandt President Elect, Senior Energy Innovation Analyst, APS
Mr. Gerald Wood Secretary, Merchandising, Design & Operations Manager, Hallmark Cards, Inc., Retired
Ms. Nancy Zikias Treasurer, Sales and Marketing Specialist, Altria Sales and Distribution, Retired
Mr. John Farry Governmental relations, Transportation infrastructure Valley Metro, Retired
Ms. Andrea Garcia Real Estate Advisor & Family Transition Specialist, S4 Real Estate Group
Ms. Shruti Gurudanti Co-Founder and Entrepreneur, Televeda
Ms. Carol Heimann Faith Community Nurse
Ms. Brenda Holt Associate State Director of Community Outreach and Advocacy, AARP Arizona
Ms. Lisa Nothum Vice President and Senior Trust Advisor, Northern Trust
Ms. Cheryl Plewa Business Banking Strategy Support Manager, JPM Chase
Mr. Pat Poulson Owner, Pat Poulson Productions
Ms. Donna Rossi Public Information Officer, Buckeye Police Department
Mr. Bob Roth Managing Partner, Cypress HomeCare Solutions
Mr. Bill Tabinsky Regional President, One Beacon Insurance, Retired
Mr. Stu Turgel Philanthropy and Nonprofit Consultant, President & CEO, Jewish Community Foundation, Retired
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