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SHERRI FRIEND​

​PRESIDENT AND CEO

Meet Our Team

JACOB GOLICH

Three things I can't live without:

Faith, Family, Friends

One thing I'm most proud of:

The two little girls who call me mommy!!

What I love about working at OCC:

The people (they inspire me), the laughter (brings me joy),

and the challenges

(keep me humble and striving to push the mission of OCC to touch more lives)  

Favorite song:

You Are My Sunshine (from the beginning to the end of life, this song comforts, brings joy, and holds special memories shared through generations)

SHANNON HEINZ

MISSION: Enhance the mind, body, and spirit of adults with cognitive and physical challenges as well as family care partners.


VISION: Eliminate isolation, boredom, and care partner burnout.

Oakwood Creative Care

Vice Chair​​​​

Who We Are

AL HEGGS

GAYE KELLEY

​​​​​Board Member

Three things I can't live without:

Spaghetti, Orange Juice,  Country Music

One thing I am most proud of:

I am a SUN DEVIL!

What I love about working at OCC:

What I love about working at OCC: Every day the

OCC members remind me that “Life is not measured

by the number of breaths we take, but by

the moments that take our breath away.”

Favorite Song:

I Hope You Dance

Bio:

Sherri Friend is the President and CEO of Oakwood Creative Care.  Sherri has dedicated her career to finding creative solutions to enriching the lives of individuals with perceived obstacles, and filling those lives with purpose and meaning. As a passionate advocate, she has become an effective business strategist with the proven skills needed to grow and develop non-profit organizations, enabling them to expand their reach and impact into the community. Sherri has developed an understanding of effective management of nonprofit organizations and how to effect positive change.


Sherri began her career with an internship in the United Kingdom where she had the opportunity to work in a cutting edge program for adults with developmental disabilities. Upon her return to the United States, she gained additional experiences leading home and community based nonprofits throughout Arizona. Sherri has been recognized through her leadership as 2015 Nonprofit of the Year by Mesa Chamber and received the Amazing Women Award in 2016 by the National Bank of AZ and the Phoenix Suns. 


LINDA SOMO

REQUEST GENERAL INFO

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​​​Board Member

My mom is constantly asking when she can go to the club! 

The staff are all very caring, knowledgeable, and always upbeat and helpful. Our experience has been very positive.

Julie

​​​Board Member

Oakwood Creative Care

​​​​JAE CHIN

​​​​​Board Member

​​​​​​​​Chair

DAVID WIER

Bio:

Tara Krantzman is the Director of Programs and Operations for OCC. Tara has tremendous passion and expertise in human services, not for profit organizations, and philanthropy. Tara has been with OCC since May of 2012.

Tara oversees day to day operations, assists in the development of the program, and facilitates and develops caregiver support groups. Tara brings ten years of experience working with nonprofit organizations and has developed a strong sense of devotion to the nonprofit sector. Tara has worked with not for profit organizations centered on human services, advocating for awareness, education, health services, and enriching the lives of others. Tara Krantzman has a Masters Degree in Health Care Innovation from Arizona State University.  She is an active member of Arizona Association of Adult Day Services and the Alzheimer’s Task Force.

“I love working with the OCC members and family caregivers. They inspire me to create change and revolutionize how senior care is delivered."

Secretary/Treasurer

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Board Member

DONALD MILLER

TARA KRANTZMAN

DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS AND OPERATIONS 

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MISSION / VISION/HISTORY

OCC IS A UNIQUE SENIOR CARE OPTION WITH AN AWESOME STAFF TEAM FULL OF TALENT AND PASSION.

Oakwood Creative Care

SCOTT SMITH

GEORGE BLISS

​​​Board Member

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Oakwood Creative Care

HARRY MITCHELL

Oakwood Creative Care is a nonprofit formed over 40 years ago by a group of awesome women as Sirrine Adult Day Care.  


A little committee was formed in a church off of Sirrine Drive.  The founders dreamed of an organization that would provide an alternative to costly in home and institutional care.  They wanted to create something that would allow seniors to remain in their homes but stay connected to the community. 


Sirrine was incorporated and granted nonprofit status by the Internal Revenue Service in 1987 and was licensed by the Arizona Department of Health Services. The corporate name was changed to Oakwood Creative Care in early 2013 in response to a need to develop an identity that is easily remembered and better expresses our mission. The new name representing the deep roots in our community, the wisdom of the people we are honored to serve, and the strength it takes to care for someone.


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