Oakwood’s Most Wanted Fugitives:
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Shannon Heinze - Board Chair:
No less than a year later, Shannon was encouraged by a business coach to select a charity to become a part of, and Oakwood was the first organization that came to her mind. Shannon felt called to this organization and, during an event in 2016, she approached Oakwood’s President and CEO, Sherri Friend, and long time friend and fellow Oakwood supporter, George Bliss, to share her desire to serve Oakwood in some way. Even though she had not had a family member affected by a cognitive disease, Shannon’s husband lost two grandparents to dementia and knew it was only a matter of time before the disease came knocking again.
Shortly after, Shannon and her family noticed her grandfather’s memory wasn’t quite right. Looking to the future, Shannon knows her grandfather will benefit from Oakwood Creative Care and sees the potential for others to as well. Shannon full-heartedly believes in the mission of Oakwood, is proud to serve alongside her fellow board members, and strives to continue to support the staff and members in every way.
David Hrizak - Vice Chair and Treasurer:
When David and his wife moved their family to Arizona in 2012, they couldn’t be happier. After David graduated from ASU in 1994, he moved back home to Chicago to start his career and build his family. After 18 years, David and his wife knew it was time to return to Arizona. As a serial entrepreneur and owner of successful businesses throughout the years, David’s main focus is Streamline Development, LLC., where he acts as a real estate developer, investor, and consultant. Through this company, David has achieved a role within the Phoenix business community that has allowed him to spread the word about Oakwood and bring awareness to its mission and needs.
Scott Roney – Secretary:
Scott now loves being a part of Oakwood’s Board of Directors because of the importance of raising awareness and support for those living with dementia, especially given the rapid increase of dementia in Arizona. He especially appreciates the unique approach Oakwood utilizes beyond being a simple “daycare facility” by tapping into its members’ hidden potential through creating an engaging and dignifying experience. To Scott, the personal relationships held with fellow board members, Oakwood’s staff, and other ministry stakeholders are icing on the cake, making it as enjoyable as it is rewarding.
George Bliss – Emeritus Board Member:
George’s dedication to supporting Oakwood’s mission has helped make a monumental impact in the lives of our community’s seniors and, in 2018, George was honored with the 2018 Dr. Clifford Harris Oakwood Dignifies award for his involvement in creating valuable, creative, and innovative solutions to costly in-home and institutional care. Oakwood’s mission to spark joy and increase the quality of life for seniors with cognitive and physical challenges is what George loves most, and he says he will continue to serve Oakwood as long as he is able.
A passionate champion for helping seniors age gracefully, Joan is OCC’s newest board member who joined the mob in February of 2022 as a transition from The Perfect Place Board of Directors. Joan was an advocate for joining the two organizations through acquisition to elevate the service capability of The Perfect Place.
Tim has been particularly interested in cognitive disease treatments knowing these illnesses are indiscriminate, challenging to treat, and have affected a number of his loved ones. He was immediately drawn to Oakwood Creative Care for two specific reasons. First, Oakwood’s creative care model is unique because it combines art therapy, music, and physical fitness. Oakwood’s teams’ have carefully crafted efficient and engaging curriculums, something he has not seen implemented in any other organizations the way Oakwood has.
Second, Tim believes the model within Oakwood Creative Care is run exceptionally well in every way. During his time serving with the Board of Directors, Tim has been continually impressed with the dedication, creativity, and focus that the entire Oakwood team has shown. In addition, Tim has seen the direct impact that Oakwood’s mission has had on the local community and is very much appreciative of the opportunity to contribute!
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