Our Team

RCI’s team is made up of a diverse group of people, located all around the country, who are committed to centering and supporting America’s 53 million family caregivers. 

Our Founder

Rosalynn Carter

Founder, The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers and Former First Lady of the United States

RCI Board of Directors

Paurvi Bhatt, MPH

Global Healthcare Executive

Kathryn Cade, MBA

Vice Chair
The Carter Center

Bruce Chernof, MD, FACP

Nonresident Senior Fellow
USC Schaeffer Center

George L. Fredrick, COL (R), Ed.D

Director, Veteran and Military Services
Georgia Southern University

Advisory Board

Rosalynn Carter, Chair
Alice Argo
Everett Byrd, Ph.D.
Mike Cheokas
Ellen Hartman, APR Fellow PRSA
Nancy P. Kropf, Ph.D.
Raymond P. Lorion, Ph.D.

Wallace D. Mays, MD
Kerri K. Post
Beth Ragan
Abraham Wandersman, Ph.D.
Neal Weaver, Ph.D.


In Memoriam John and Betty Pope

Who generously established the John and Betty Pope Caregivers Fellowship/Scholarship and Eminent Scholar Program


Jennifer Olsen – Chief Executive Officer
Mandy Barr – Caregiver Coach
Deidre Blascyk – Recruitment Manager
Karl Bond – Director, Operations & Administration
Cam Cote – Volunteer Network Manager
Britania Esparza – Caregiver Coach
Carrie Harris – DWD Program Specialist
Greer Johnson – Communications Manager 
Karen Kavanaugh – Chief, Strategic Initiatives

Donna Leggett – Chief, Development 
Kim Leonard – Program Manager 
Barbara Ann Luttrell – Communications Director 
Jessica Maples – Caregiver Coach 
Lezlie Poole – Program Innovation Manager 
Kira Ramseur – Executive Assistant 
Ke (Kelly) Wang – Data Manager 
Imani Brooks-Wheeler – Senior Executive Assistant

We can’t do this work without the support of caregiver champions like you.​

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