Tallahassee, Fla. – Aging with Dignity, a national non-profit organization that affirms and safeguards human dignity, announces the appointment of Joanne Eason as President of Five Wishes, to take effect immediately. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Eason was Vice President of Partner Relations, a position she has held since 2014.
A holder of a Master’s Degree from Michigan State University and an undergraduate degree from Ferris State University, Ms. Eason has broad business, sales and public relations experience, having served as a PR consultant; as Director of Marketing Services for FAITH Catholic, the largest Catholic publisher in the U.S.; as Vice President and Partner for Stony Brook Communications, Haslett, Michigan; and as Communications Coordinator for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. She has also served as Communications Coordinator for The Hanover Insurance Group, Howell, Michigan, and as an Account Executive at Rossman Martin and Associates in Lansing, Michigan.
“Joanne is uniquely qualified to lead our sales team and to direct the distribution of Five Wishes across the country,” Aging with Dignity founder and Chief Executive Officer Jim Towey said. “She is a strong believer in our mission and motivates others to achieve their best.”
Nan O’Kelley joins Aging with Dignity as Five Wishes Partner Relations Manager. Prior to her appointment, Ms. O’Kelly was a wealth advisor for Capital City Trust Company in Tallahassee, Fla., and at the Community Foundation of North Florida as Director of Donor Relations. She also has served as Chief Marketing Officer for Sonitrol/Redwire Security, also Tallahassee. Ms. O’Kelley began her career as an educator for exceptional students, holding a Master’s degree in Education from the State University of West Georgia and an undergraduate degree from Auburn University.
“Nan has both the professional and people skills our Five Wishes program demands, Five Wishes President Joanne Eason said. “She joins our team at a time of incredible Five Wishes growth across the country.”
Five Wishes is a program of Aging with Dignity that consists of a comprehensive, person-centered advance care planning program offered by healthcare organizations, employers, financial planners and others, as a proven, easy-to-use approach to having effective and compassionate conversations that help families plan ahead of a serious illness. Five Wishes is America’s most used advance directive, with more than 40 million copies in national circulation and distributed through some 40,000 partner organizations of all sizes. It is available in 30 languages and in Braille.