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Dignity For the aged board members

Executive Director - Sam Kukich

Sam Kukich has a BS in Organizational Psychology from Christopher Newport University, a MA in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University, and is a graduate of the prestigious USDA Executive Leadership Program.


She is a US Army Veteran where she was selected as the first female to work for the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence.  Sam and her husband of 44 years raised two daughters while his military career took them to three foreign countries and numerous stateside assignments.  Upon her husband's retirement and settling in Poquoson, VA, Sam resumed her work career as an Instructional Systems Specialist and Project Manager for civilian corporations supporting the Department of Defense which required extensive world-wide travel.  She later accepted a US Government position with the Coast Guard where she provided training and management support to the Coast Guard as well as the Department of Homeland Defense.


In this capacity she was asked to lead a task force for the Joint Forces Command where she conducted an analysis and provided recommendations regarding the US Armed Forces Augmentee Program.  These assignments led to some exciting opportunities which included visiting numerous training facilities, living and traveling at sea aboard a US Coast Guard Cutter, observing and participating in military training to include qualifying with a number of military weapons, and parachuting with members of the 82nd Airborne Division.


in 2015 Sam and her husband moved her mother-in-law to Virginia in order to better care for her.  During the next four years while visiting her daily in several different facilities, Sam observed that the facilities not only failed to provide the level of care promised, but in many cases the elderly were being neglected and abused.  


Although retired and active in her church and community organizations she felt the need to call attention to the poor health care being provided to elders which resulted in her initiating the Dignity For The Aged advocacy organization.


Today Sam is using her skills and abilities to raise awareness through Dignity For The Aged to improve the lives of those in elder care facilities.  It is her belief that God put us on this earth to help others, and that we have a responsibility to act as advocates for those who cannot act for themselves.

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Program Administrator - erin hines

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DEPUTY DIRECTOR - SUSAN HINES

Susan Hines graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. She started her teaching career in the Houston ISD.  


Susan’s family relocated to Hampton Roads in 1993 and became involved in the musical community in the area.  She auditioned for the Virginia Symphony in 2001 and won a per-service position, which she held for 18 years.  


Susan has taught 5th grade orchestra for Williamsburg/James City County Schools since 2002.  Susan is married to Gary Hines and has one daughter, Erin Hines, who is a professional cellist and Certified Nurse Assistant.  


Susan and Erin are the founders of the Tidewater Cello Ensemble, which performs in various venues on the east coast.  


Susan is very concerned about the treatment of our elderly population after helping care for her own parents over the last few years.

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SECRETARY - SANDY SUNSHINE RENNER

I was born in Zanesville Ohio, and graduated from Newark High School in Newark OH.  After high school I joined the USAF, did my basic training at Lackland AFB TX and then was stationed at Otis AFB MA. I worked in Base Operations in the Flight Records Dept. 


 I met and married my first husband there and we had two children.  During his AF career we lived 3 years in Germany and 4 years in England.  We had two children and have 6 grandchildren. I divorced and remarried a short time later a USAF CMSgt.  He retired in 1986 and started working as a contractor for the Bionetics Corporation, which eventually brought us to Yorktown VA.  He retired from that company and we decided to stay in VA as we loved the area, climate, and being close to military facilities. 


 I held various jobs over the years, last one working for the government in Civil Service as the Secretary to the Plans and Programs Head and Admin Center Supervisor at Newark AFB, OH. My second husband passed four years ago. 

 

I stay active in several clubs and organizations, am a member of Bethel Baptist Church where I sing in the choir, bowl on a league, and travel extensively. I am proud to be a member from the onset of Dignity For The Aged and was recently selected to be on the Board as Secretary.


I know our “ Team”, under Sam Kukich’s Leadership, “CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE” in the lives of the “forgotten and neglected” elderly people and CNA’s in our communities.

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TREASURE - BOB KUKICH

Bob Kukich has more than 30 years experience in operations, plans, intelligence, and management in military and business sectors.  Educated in the United States and Europe in the principles of management, he possesses extensive experience managing the development, implementation and evaluation of management programs for military and civilian organizations. He has a BS in International Relations from Pennsylvania Military College and a MS in Human Resource Management from Golden Gate University.


He is a US Army (Retired) Lieutenant Colonel having served 22 years as both a Field Artillery and Foreign Area Officer.  His assignments include 10 years overseas in Italy, Germany and United Kingdom serving in positions of increasing responsibility and authority.  Of note he was the US Army’s Exchange Officer to the British Army’s Royal Army Educational Corps in Beaconsfield, England providing management consulting support services to all forces of the United Kingdom and he is a graduate of the Italian Army’s War College in Civitavecchia, Italy.


He retired from the US Army in 1992 at Fort Monroe Virginia, where he was serving as the Deputy Director for the Training and Analysis Directorate, Deputy Chief of Staff for Training,  US Army Training and Doctrine Command.  He then entered the civilian workforce as a Training and Management Analyst for a Small Disadvantaged Business supporting commercial and Government clients.

 

After one year, he was asked to take on additional responsibilities within the company’s Business Development Organization where he was successful in securing new work for the company with State, Federal and Commercial clients.  When the company merged with CSC, a large, 100,000 employee, world-wide provider of support services, he became the CSC Business Development Manager responsible for the CSC Training Center of Excellence, the position from which he retired in 2010.


From 2010 to present day, he has served in various charitable and social service organizations to include the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce; Hampton Roads Youth For Christ; Gathering of Men; Poquoson Kiwanis Club; Hampton Roads Small Business Initiative; Gideons; Member of Bethel Baptist Church of Yorktown, VA; and most recently Treasurer, Dignity for the Aged.  He is married to his wife of 44 years “Sam Kukich”, and they have two daughters.

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Geriatric Medical Consultant Dr. Theodore Reiff

Theodore Robert Reiff, MD received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry with honors from Michigan State University and went on to receive the degree of Doctor of Medicine from New York University College of Medicine.

Dr. Reiff has served on the faculty at a number of medical schools, including the University of Southern California Medical School, the University of Nebraska School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the North Dakota School of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine, and the Eastern Virginia School of Medicine. His expertise is in gerontology and geriatric medicine, a field of study focusing on the health and needs of the elderly. Throughout his impressive career and after his retirement, Dr. Reiff has involved himself in advocacy activities for the disabled and handicapped. Beyond his interest in medicine, Dr. Reiff was a Deputy Sheriffin Grand Forks County, North Dakota and a Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Dakota. 

Dr. Reiff has devoted many years to the study of war crimes committed by Nazi physicians during the Hitler period. He is the author of “It Can Happen Here,” a scholarly article that describes what he saw as some troubling similarities between a “cost containment” policy proposed by the U.S. Health Care Financing Administration and the “euthanasia” program of National Socialist Germany and “It is Happening Here,” a sequel to the first paper on cost containment policies in health care.

Dr. Reiff is the founding President of The National Genocide Education Project and Physicians Acting as Pro-Bono Patient Advocates (PAPPA). He is also a Scholar in Residence at Christopher Newport University and a friend and sponsor.

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