Board of Directors

Board of Directors 2020 – 21

 

Joseph Pores, Chair
Rosie Inguanzo-Martin, Vice Chair
Isabel Parrado, Secretary
Debralyn Belletieri, Treasurer
Connie Siskowski, RN, PhD, President
Mark Balsom, Esq.
Althea Ceasor
Daniel Davidowitz
Gail Eagle
Jeffrey Gordon, Esq.
Joseph Kraus
Barbara McQuinn
Daniel Polen
Dominique Renaud
 
 
Fred Galland, the first AACY Chair, who served from 2000 to 2011 passed away on March 31,2011. We will miss him.

Connie Siskowski President & Founder

Connie Siskowski, RN, PHD – President and Founder

Educated at John Hopkins and New York University, Connie obtained her PhD in 2004 from Lynn University. Connie never expected her doctoral research to uncover the high prevalence of family health situations and concomitant caregiving with detrimental academic effects upon children in Palm Beach County.
 
Her broad background in healthcare and dedication to diminishing caregiver struggles led to the 1998 establishment of a nonprofit organization which has transformed itself to become what is now the American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY), headquartered in Boca Raton, FL.
 
AACY includes the Caregiving Youth Project of Palm Beach County, the first US program to support the hidden Population of child caregivers, and the Caregiving Youth Institute. The needs of these children are beyond the purview of any one system so AACY integrates healthcare, education and the community (body, mind, and spirit) to provide a strong foundation for the youth and their families.
 
Connie’s dream is for all family caregivers to be honored and respected but especially youth for their contribution to family and to society; no child in the US should have to drop out of school because he or she has to care for a family member.
 
During the past five years, Connie was awarded a lifetime Ashoka Fellowship; was a Purpose Prize winner (a national endeavor honoring persons over 60 years of age who initiated social change); was a recipient of the Distinguished Alumna Award from Johns Hopkins University; was named a Woman of Grace by Bethesda Hospital Foundation; became a 2012 Top Ten CNN Hero; received the Office Depot Listen, Learn and Care Award; and, most recently, Connie was awarded a star in Boca Raton’s Walk of Recognition.