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Neighbors Who Care: Next-level Volunteerism

Not every organization is starting from scratch when building a robust volunteer program, but almost every organization can benefit from engaging high-level volunteers. Experienced talent can lend their expertise to specialized projects or even free up

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Turning Small-Town Challenges into Opportunities

By Patricia Goubeaux

Fund Development Guru

Anne White belongs to an exclusive club of individuals – those who have a gift for fund development and passionately pursue it as a career. As Anne tells it, she

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Benevilla Extends its Reach Thanks to Encore Talent

Good things happen when community needs and individual expertise are perfectly matched. Take Benevilla, for example. This West Valley nonprofit provides much-needed services to the sizable elder population and families in the region, focusing

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Duet Soars Through Encore Talent

Published in Duet News: Partners in Health & Aging. Winter 2015.

Mary Lou Moore pondered new paths for purpose when considering her upcoming retirement from Intel. She opted to serve as an Encore Fellow through

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Susan Shaver Repurposes More Than Her Career

A passion for reuse opened the door to creativity and purpose.
We all reinvent ourselves throughout our lives, right? Susan Shaver started as a stay-at-home mom, went back to school for her engineering degree and

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Service is a Way of Life for Carrie Whitten-Simmons

It’s great to have a bite to eat; but when it is “Food With a Purpose,” it tastes even better.
Carrie Whitten-Simmons, and the team at UMOM, crafted that tagline and the idea to relate every

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Cindy Gentry Brings Sense of Community to Tempe

The Farmers Market delivers more than fresh food to Tempe.
Experience Matters Encore Fellow, Cindy Gentry, was instrumental in bringing the Tempe Community Market to life. Along the way you could say she got a

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Dianne Aguilar Circles Back to Passion for Social Work

It’s no coincidence that Diane Aguilar is passionate about healthcare and social service.
The road leading Diane Aguilar to Mission of Mercy was paved with clues that this is where she belonged.  A breast cancer survivor

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Bill McAllister Planned Ahead for Rewarding Encore

Planning ahead and being open to what’s next greased the skids for a rewarding second act.
Through a long career spanning work for the military, government and corporate giants like IBM and American Express, Bill

Christopher Heller Finding Balance in Encore Career

At 64, Chris Heller made a choice that quite literally changed his life.
Chris Heller grew up in a suburb of Washington D.C. surrounded by politics. In fact, he completed his graduate work at Georgetown

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The Best Advice for Creating the Future You Want? Just Do It!
From a school administrator in Pittsburgh to a full-time family caregiver in Arizona, Annette Shrager was looking for ways to engage in her new

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An EnHANCEd Phoenix

Submitted by Lillian Habeich 

I feel like I am one of the luckiest people in the world.  Not that I have all the trappings usually attributed to success—money, fame, and the like.  Simply put, at

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Q & A with Chuck Warshaver

Q:  What was your primary career and what did you love about it?

A:  Founded and successfully built a mattress manufacturing company with sales reaching $30 million competing against major brands and sold the business

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Booming With Purpose

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Creating a Recipe for the Future

Submitted by Susan Kolman

At 50, after successfully climbing the corporate ladder in an international consulting firm, I traded in my business suits and briefcase for chef coats, pastry bags and a new career as

Q & A with Bill Howe, Jr.

Q:  What was your primary career and what did you love about it?

A:  Radiation Therapist – providing excellent care and support for my patients and their families.

Q. When you retired, did you feel ‘finished’

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Q & A with Gloria Aksentowitz

Q:  What was your primary career and what did you love about it?

A:  My primary career over the years evolved from instructional graphic design through instructional media and training design eventually into marketing. The

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Joe Brown Pays It Forward

Submitted on behalf of Joe Brown

You could say that Joseph Brown has come full circle in following the call to make a difference for others. Prior to a long and successful career in commercial

Q & A with Ray Spitzer

Submitted by Ray Spitzer

Q: What was your primary career and what did you love about it?

A:  20-years military, Vietnam vet, retired Navy Chief.  30 Years in private sector in computer hardware and software business. 

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Q & A With Kurt Parks

Submitted by Kurt Parks

Q:  What was your primary career and what did you love about it?

A:  My career primarily spanned environments in manufacturing, software development, sales and education. What I loved most was the

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Q & A With Larry Bing

Submitted by Larry Bing

Q:  What was your primary career and what did you love about it?

A:  My primary career was as a package design manager. If you’re not familiar with it, that means that

Q & A With Susan Cotten

Submitted by Susan Cotten

Q:  What was your primary career and what did you love about it?

A:  Business aviation – Allowed me to travel the world as a crew member on a private jet.  I

Q & A With Sue Ruttenberg

Submitted by Sue Ruttenberg

Q:  What was your primary career and what did you love about it?

A:  I had several.  I owned and managed my own restaurant and managed restaurants for others as well.  Then I

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Q & A With Roger Sandeen

Submitted by Roger Sandeen

Q:  What was your primary career and what did you love about it?

A:  I was a CPA and ultimately a CFO for most of my career. I really loved the management

Q & A With Barry Scott

Submitted by Barry Scott

Q:  What was your primary career and what did you love about it?

A:  Leading a company primarily engaged in marketing and selling. I loved enabling people with talent to develop and

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Q & A With William Quigg

Submitted by William Quigg

Q:  What was your primary career and what did you love about it?

A:  Radio broadcasting. I managed stations in small markets (under 100,000) The station in my time (60s to 90s)

Q & A With Mark

Submitted by Mark

Q:  What was your primary career and what did you love about it?

A:  I Entered the insurance business in a family run agency in New Jersey in 1970. Moved to Arizona 1979

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That All May Read

Submitted by Mary Alyce Grube

An audio story spotlighting the power of audio books and why it means so much to Mary Alyce Grube to give her time to Arizona  Talking Book Library.

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Q & A With Russell Rowe

Submitted by Russell Rowe

Q:  What was your primary career and what did you love about it?

A:  My primary career was a business founder and owner of a small, $7MM, company in Ohio doing sales, service

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Q & A With Aaron Sayles

Submitted by Aaron Sayles

Q:  What was your primary career and what did you love about it?

A:  My primary career right out of college was as a supervisor, a manager. I manage people.   I have

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Q & A With Peni Seelye Long

Submitted by Peni Seelye Long

Q:  What was your primary career and what did you love about it?

A:  Manager of Human Resources, Systems and Risk Management functions for a major national bank. I primarily loved

Q & A With Kathy Thomas

Submitted by Kathy Thomas

Q:  What was your primary career and what did you love about it?

A:  As a Certified Public Accountant with a passion for small local businesses, I experienced multiple careers.  I worked

Q & A With Bill Lehman

Submitted by Bill Lehman

Q:  What was your primary career and what did you love about it?

A:  From my early high school days, I wanted to be a teacher.  Inspired by several of my teachers then,

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Q & A With Edna Welsheimer

Submitted by Edna Welsheimer

Q:  What was your primary career and what did you love about it?

A:  Navigational Database Engineer for Honeywell 17.5 years.  Working all the custom data for all the major airlines including

Q & A With Anna

Submitted by Anna

Q:  What was your primary career and what did you love about it?

A:  I was an Insurance Underwriter: it put bread on the table and more…I enjoyed working with people.Q:  When you

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Q & A With Janet G. Cornell

Submitted by Janet G. Cornell

Q:  What was your primary career and what did you love about it?

A:  My primary career was as a court administrator (the executive leader or manager along with the presiding judge

Q & A With Sharon Salomon

Submitted by Sharon Salomon

Q: What was your primary career and what did you love about it?

A:  My first “career” was as a bilingual elementary school teacher in NYC. That lasted six years. I also

Q & A With Janis Normoyle

Submitted by Janis Normoyle

Q:  What was your primary career and what did you love about it?

A:  I have many careers. My first was building and running the first private Athlethic Club in Phoenix then

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Q & A With Dianne Post

Submitted by Dianne Post

Q:  What was your primary career and what did you love about it?

A:  Lawyer – I worked for battered women and children and internationally on gender based violence and knew that

Q & A with Gail DeSpain

Submitted by Gail DeSpain

Q:  What was your primary career and what did you love about it?

A:  I’ve had many careers — music librarian, administrative assistant, concierge, interior designer, architect,  volunteer, para pro (teacher’s assistant),

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Q & A with Dan Peitzmeyer

Submitted by Dan Peitzmeyer

Q:  What was your primary career and what did you love about it?

A:  I feel I’ve had several careers – with national, regional and local firms as well as self-employment serving

Q & A with Dan Gallagher

Submitted by Dan Gallagher

Q:  What was your primary career and what did you love about it?

A:  IT Manager

Q:  When you retired, did you feel ‘finished’ or, for you, was there still something left to

Q & A with Charlene Caron

Submitted by: Charlene Caron

Q:  What was your primary career and what did you love about it?

A:  My primary career was working in administration, working many years in governmental contracts i.e  working with military night

Q & A with Caryn Shoemaker

Submitted by: Caryn Shoemaker

Q:  What was your primary career and what did you love about it?

A:  Toward the end of my career, I supervised the Teacher Certification and Investigations unit of Arizona Department of

Q & A with Roger Sandeen

Submitted by: Roger Sandeen

Q.  What was your primary career and what did you love about it?

A.   I was a CPA and ultimately a CFO for most of my career. I really loved the

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Rose Mapendo’s Story – A passion to be “the last one suffering”

Submitted by:

Donna Kent/ Executive Director,
Gina Kilker/ Marketing and Communications Director
www.rosemapendofoundation.org
Scottsdale, Arizona

Our nominee for the Booming With Purpose contest is Rose Mapendo. She isn’t your typical boomer. No, instead, she and her husband had a

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All-Day Energy!

Submitted by: Syd Hoffman

During the summer of 2006, I turned fifty, retired from my fabulous career as an elementary school principal, and helped my daughter settle into her freshman dorm room. September rolled around

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I’m Glenn Hinton and this is my Encore Story

My daughter is a Development Officer for United Way in the Phoenix area. She had attended a seminar where the Encore program was discussed. When she came home she said there was this program

Testimonial

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