Francesca Caracci, director:
What I do: I'm a Biology major at Carleton college.
Why I joined NAB: I have an immediate family member that has suddenly developed dementia. Navigating the world of memory-care facilities has exposed me to the institutional failures in geriatric care. I joined because I'd like to do everything in my power to alleviate the social and psychological isolation that is brought about by dementia.
Future plans and hobbies: I'm currently working towards a becoming a physician and specializing in geriatric care. My hobbies include running, reading, and cooking.
Toni Piedmonte-Lang, director:
What I do: Toni Piedmonte-Lang is a Junior at Carleton College studying Political Science and French. After returning from a study-abroad program and internship for human rights in Paris last year, she knew she wanted to become engaged in health care issues. Toni works as a Sports Medical Assistant for the school’s athletic teams.
Why I joined NAB: Toni grew up on a farm, right across the field from her grandparents. Family and intergenerational relationships have always been a significant and grounding force in her life. She is looking forward to building relationships with the elderly buddies she meets, as well as connecting with other students and volunteers.
Future plans and hobbies: Toni plans to go to graduate school in either Journalism or International Relations, and is considering a career in academia. She is interested in Middle Eastern politics and U.S foreign policy. She spends her free time sketching, playing piano, and running.