Welcome Our New Meaning & Hope Institute Program Director, Celeste Plumlee

Join us in welcoming Celeste Plumlee as Program Director of the Meaning & Hope Institute. Celeste brings with her a great deal of experience supporting vulnerable populations and managing social impact programs including those at Live & Learn, UMOM, Tempe Neighbors Helping Neighbors, and Arizona Community Action Association. She has also spent time teaching courses on social services, social work, and diversity, at Arizona State University and Mesa Community College. Along with her professional experience, Celeste holds Masters in Social Work and Public Administration and a Bachelors of Sociology, all from ASU.

Born and raised in the Phoenix area, Celeste has shared her passion for social change through her teaching and community advocacy work emphasizing public policy and cultural competence within a nonprofit context. She has consistently highlighted the role of analytical thinking in navigating the complexities of social services delivery and brings these strengths to Duet.

Recognized for a pragmatic, kind, and determined approach, Celeste works to cultivate creative solutions and facilitate positive collaborations. Her strengths in strategic planning, coupled with a keen instinct and thoughtful listening, enable her to find realistic solutions and innovative approaches to address challenges faced in our modern era. She served for a year as an appointed State Legislator for a portion of the east valley and is a graduate of Tempe Leadership and the American Express Leadership Academy, and a Flinn-Brown Fellow. We are excited for the experience and passion for our mission that Celeste will bring to Meaning & Hope Institute and the entire Duet team. 

Are you caring for someone with dementia? You might not know it, but you need support too. We can help. Click the button below to visit our Meaning & Hope Institute website to learn more.

Welcome to Duet, Celeste!



A New National Initiative of Wellbeing for Family Caregivers

| 14 Minute Read
Duet Kicks Off National Partnership with Lifespan Research Foundation and its Founder, Robert Waldinger, M.D., of Harvard University Lessons from the longest study on happiness […]
Read Article


Respite for Arizona Family Caregivers

| 6 Minute Read
As a family caregiver, taking a break is important in staying healthy and resilient. Respite programs offer a compassionate and exciting opportunity for family caregivers […]
Read Article


June is National Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

| 18 Minute Read
Family caregiver, Judy Hunter, shares why Duet family caregiver support groups are so important for caregivers: “There are people hurting the same way [as you] […]
Read Article