Board Members



Lisa Martinez

Board Member

Hospice of the Valley delivers palliative and hospice care in the familiar surroundings of patients' homes or where they live.  Members of the hospice team make house calls much like the family doctors did years ago.

We are the leading provider of hospice care in Arizona and also offers a full spectrum of services, including pediatric care, dementia care, pulmonary care and palliative care for those suffering chronic illness.

We strive to meet the physical emotional, social and spiritual needs of our patients, families and caregivers.



Elaine Poker Yount


Visitng Angels is a non-medical in-home care for seniors throughout the region.  Visiting Angels is dedicated to improving the lives of seniors in our area. Our services help elderly and disabled members of the community remain where they want to be, safe, and sound at home.



Judy Waltersdorf 


The Perfect Place Adult Day Services is a non-profit, faith-based adult recreational care facility located on the campus of Risen Savior Luthern Church, Chandler AZ.

Our program offers a wide varienty of activities, treating each “Friend” attending with dignity, compassion and respect.

There is a team of entertainers who volunteer, whether in music, art, clowning or other areas of interest to our Friends.

As our program continues to expand, we look forward to teaming with other agencies to better meet the needs of the families in the Greater Sun Lakes Area.   




Sherri Friend

Vice Chairman

Oakwood Creative Care Clubs (licensed adult day health services) offers research-based, cutting edge, person-directed care model focusing on strengths, interests and wellness.  Open Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.  OCC’s day clubs is a nonprofit solution and alternative to costly in home care and facilities.  Oakwood believes that every member deserves the opportunity to engage in meaningful activities and remain apart of the community.

Research indicates even though the brain is deteriorating in certain areas and causing impairments in the thinking, memory and judgment, individuals with dementia can visually communicate through the creative center of the brain even when they are no longer verbal.



Eric Ehst

Board Member

Established by the community for the community.  For over twenty years people have been served, encouraged and enabled to be as mobile and independent as possible.  Our goal is to give back to others and offer them the opportunity to live independently in their own homes with dignity and to create an atmosphere of kindness and caring in our community.  Our services include business services, transportation, shopping/errands, dinner delivery, minor repairs, check-in calls, friendly visits, respite care, welfare visits, van services and recreational therapy activities.  Visit Neighbors Who Care.



Wayne Mangold


Wayne  was a caregiver for his wife for many years prior to her passing in 2017.  In order to provide services and therapies to his wife, it was necessary to travel 300-400 miles each week for the services.  Unfortunately those services are/were severely absent in the south east valley.  Mr. Mangold wrote a memorandum describing his journey to locate and provide those services and therapies.  Afterwards he visited each of the partners requesting help to create programs in the southeast valley for current and future families traveling similar journeys.

Banner Alzhiemer's



Heather Muldner

Board Member

Banner Alzheimer’s Institute is setting a new standard of care for people with Alzheimer’s/dementia and their families. 

Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are progressive, chronic conditions. Living with these conditions creates both challenges and opportunities. At Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, we help people with Alzheimer’s/dementia and their caregivers find success and discover joy as they navigate dementia day-to-day.

Our team includes physicians, registered nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, social workers and outreach staff who specialize in aging and dementia care. We provide innovative education opportunities, support groups and one-of-a-kind life enrichment programs.

Our goal? To address the needs of people with Alzheimer’s/dementia, and their families, as well as to help them find success in daily living. 

Begin by exploring our many learning opportunities.    

Banner Alzheimer’s Institute Family and Community Services.

Sheryl Keeme



Sheryl Keeme

Board Member

 I have had the heart of a nonprofit groupie since I was crowned Cookie Queen as a Girl Scout in fifth grade. I have collected food, raised tens of thousands of dollars, and walked, biked, and jump-roped from Pennsylvania to Arizona to help lead efforts such as these, first with the American Cancer Society and then with many causes.

As a journalist and public relations professional, I collected decades of experience in communicating and messaging to various audiences. I have led local affiliates of national nonprofits, volunteered on many boards and participated in local efforts spanning many causes since arriving from Pittsburgh to Arizona in 2000.

When I am not working as a marketing professional, I am a freelance writer and often help others write and publish their own books. I enjoy time with family and my husband, Al, and I love traveling to visit National Parks whenever I can. 

I have a personal connect to Creative Engagement Partners’ mission. Around 2009, my stepfather, Paul, stopped being able to recognize friends and family. Before long, he had dementia and I watched my Mom care for him for seven years as she slowly watched her beloved spouse fade away. She had very little support as I was in Phoenix and she lived in Pittsburgh. I am an only child and could not be there much to help. I am committed to CEP’s mission and I hope to help multiply the ways its programs may be offered to families in more locations. It is personally satisfying for me to help diminish isolation and promote engagement for people living with dementia for as long as is possible.

Wonjeong Haavisto


Wonjeong Haavisto

Board Member  

Wonjeong Haavisto received her Ph.D. in Gerontology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).  She is currently an adjunct professor in the Department of Gerontology at UNO, teaching courses that include Introduction to Gerontology and Psychological Development and Aging. Her research investigates the differential impact of psychological factors on subjective and objective memory.  She is also interested in long-term care policy in other countries and its implications for the US.  She is an active researcher and has several published peer reviewed journal articles and has presented several studies in academic conferences.  She also serves as a peer manuscript reviewer for scholarly journal articles.  Similar to other researchers in the field of Gerontology, her ultimate research goals are to seek increased wellbeing of older adults and successful aging.  She has learned about programs of Creative Engagement Partners because of her family’s relocation to Chandler, AZ.  Not surprisingly, she has joined Creative Engagement Partners to continue exploring successful aging of the attendees and the volunteers as well as their quality of life in Creative Engagement Partners.