NCOA Elects Two New Board Members and Chair-Elect
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NCOA Elects Two New Board Members and Chair-Elect


January 9, 2014

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Jean Van Ryzin

Leaders Bring Experience, Passion, and Innovation to Serving Older Adults

Washington, DC – The National Council on Aging (NCOA) welcomes two new members to the NCOA Board of Directors, effective immediately.

Heather Dupré has 30 years of experience creating and growing the world’s strongest brands. Current President & CEO of Egg Strategy, Inc., Dupré leads a 55-person global marketing consultancy with a focus on world-class Fortune 500 clients, including Nestlé, J&J, Kraft, Shire, McDonald’s, and Vanity Fair Corporation. 

Previously, as Global Director of Women’s Health for Bristol Myers-Squibb, Dupré created and launched the award-winning Viactiv Active Nutrition for women, the first “by women for woman” brand that won best new product of the year from Business Week. She earned her MBA from the Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Sunder Joshi is Chief Administrative Officer/CFO for the American Heart Association, with oversight of Finance, Human Resources, Technology, Facilities and Corporate Services, Internal Audit, and Bequest Administration.

Prior to his current position, Joshi was tasked with merging the business operations of 18 independently incorporated chapters into one entity and later managed similar mergers of the California, Greater Los Angeles, Nevada, and Utah affiliates. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Bombay University and his CPA certification from the Colorado Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

“We are delighted to welcome these impressive leaders to the NCOA Board of Directors,” said James Firman, president and CEO of NCOA. “They bring tremendous expertise and skills that will help NCOA reach its goal of improving the lives of 10 million older adults by 2020.”

In addition, Carol Zernial, Executive Director of the WellMed Charitable Foundation, was named Chair-Elect of the NCOA Board of Directors. Her term as Board Chair will begin in September 2014.

Zernial holds a master’s degree in social gerontology and has been involved in the field of aging for over 20 years. Her background includes work for the 1995 White House Conference on Aging and the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging. Before joining WellMed, she was Director of the Bexar County Area Agency on Aging in San Antonio, TX, and Vice President of the Texas Association of Area Agencies on Aging.

Rotating off the board are Msgr. Charles Fahey, immediate past chair, who has been involved with NCOA since 1960 and Ronald Schoeffler, who also has served as board chair and has been active with NCOA since 1980. NCOA is very grateful for their outstanding service and many contributions to NCOA and the lives of older adults.   

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About NCOA  The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is the nation’s leading nonprofit service and advocacy organization representing older adults and the community organizations that serve them. Our goal is to improve the health, independence, and economic security of 10 million older adults by 2020. For more than 60 years, NCOA has been a trusted voice and innovative problem-solver helping seniors navigate the challenges of aging in America. We work with local and national partners to give older adults tools and information to stay healthy and secure, and we advocate for programs and policies to improve the lives of all seniors, especially the most vulnerable. For more information, please visit