— The AARP Alabama state office opened in 2001, and since then the volunteers and staff have been working to improve the lives of Alabamians age 50+ and their families through outreach, advocacy, and legislative activities. Those efforts are led by eight full-time staff members and a 10-member volunteer executive council who work with hundreds of dedicated volunteers throughout the state. Those volunteers, along with Alabama’s more 430,000 AARP members, are the backbone of the organization and a driving force in every …

— Wendy Hogue of Mandan has joined the staff of AARP North Dakota as senior operations associate. Hogue will have primary responsibility for managing the business operations of the AARP state office in Bismarck. Hogue comes to AARP from USDA Rural Development, where she worked as an administrative office associate in Bismarck. Hogue earned a bachelor’s degree from Valley City State University, an American Management Association Certificate in Leadership from Dickinson State University, and a Financial Management Certificate from Cornell University. …

Maria Dent, AARP Nevada

— AARP is pleased to announce the appointment of Maria Dent as AARP Nevada State Director. Dent, who has served as the state’s community outreach director since 2003, brings extensive experience in aging issues, community services, volunteer programs and multicultural engagement to her new position. During her tenure with AARP Nevada, Ms. Dent has developed and implemented programs focused on family caregiving, financial security and retirement issues, access to health care and building age-friendly communities, and spearheaded volunteer-centered community engagements statewide. …

— Doreen Riedman of Bismarck has joined the staff of AARP North Dakota as associate state director for community outreach. Riedman will have primary responsibility for growing AARP’s presence in communities, recruiting and building volunteer capacity and engagement, and serving as AARP’s principal liaison to other organizations in the state. “Doreen brings strong outreach skills and networks to our work. Her demonstrated record of success in working with diverse interests across North Dakota will make her a valuable addition to the …

—     The AARP Maryland team has a new face on staff, ready to help acheive our goals across the state! Christy Page joined the AARP Maryland team in April as Associate State Director focusing on Outreach. Since she completed an AARP fellowship in 2007, Christy has developed an aging-in-community initiative in Baltimore City, and volunteered as a policy advocate on older adult issues.  Christy holds degrees from UMBC and University of Maryland – Baltimore in Health Administration and Policy, Social …

— We are pleased to announce that Blanca Castro has joined the staff of AARP California as the Senior Manager of Advocacy. She is based in our Sacramento office, located across the street from the California State Capitol. In her role, Blanca will work with our state’s leadership staff and volunteers to develop political strategies to address the issues facing Californians age 50 and older. She takes the helm of an experienced advocacy team focusing on critical policy matters in 2013 …

— Tenemos el gusto de anunciar que Blanca Castro se ha unido al personal de AARP California como Gerente Sénior de Abogacía. Ella está basada en nuestra oficina de Sacramento, localizada enfrente del Capitolio. En su papel, Blanca trabajará con el liderazgo de nuestro personal y voluntarios para desarrollar estrategias políticas para abordar los temas que afrontan los californianos de 50 años y más. Ella toma el mando de un experimentado equipo de abogacía enfocado en críticos asuntos en 2013: • …

—   Longtime Advocate for Seniors, Disabled Assumes Top Post for Organization in Bay State  BOSTON, January 17, 2013 – AARP announces the selection of Michael E. Festa, Esq. as the new state director of its Massachusetts State Office, based in Boston.  In this role, he will lead the development and delivery of AARP’s community programs, advocacy and information for its more than 800,000 members age 50 and older in the commonwealth.  Festa will start in this position on January 22. …

— With more than 855,000 members statewide (as of Jan 2013), AARP Indiana’s small, but mighty, staff  relies on an extensive network of volunteers to help us in our goal of ensuring Hoosiers 50+ live their best lives possible.  Our staff is led by AARP Indiana State Director June Lyle, and consists of Associate State Director for Communications Katie Moreau, Associate State Director for Community Outreach Mandla Moyo, Associate State Director for Advocacy Networks Sarah Waddle, Associate State Director for State …