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AARP Board of Directors

The 21-member volunteer Board of Directors is the governing body of AARP and approves all policies, programs, activities, and services for the Association's 37 million members.

C Raphael (AARP)

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Carol Raphael

Board Chair

Carol Raphael served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY), the largest nonprofit home health organization in the United States from 1989 to 2011. Prior to joining VNSNY, Ms. Raphael held executive positions at Mt. Sinai Medical Center and in New York City government. In 2013, Ms. Raphael was appointed by President Obama to the Bipartisan Commission on Long Term Care. In 2012, Ms. Raphael was an Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University. Ms. Raphael is a nationally recognized leader in health policy. She served on numerous commissions including the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) and several Institute of Medicine Committees. She is chair of the New York eHealth Collaborative and the Long Term Quality Alliance. Ms. Raphael is a member of the National Quality Forum Measurement Applications Partnership Coordinating Committee and chairs its Post-Acute, Long Term Care and Hospice Workgroup. She serves on numerous Boards in health care, education and human services. She is a member of the New York City Age-Friendly Commission and edited the book “Home Based Care for a New Century.”

New board member Ron Daly

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Ronald E. Daly, Sr.

Board Vice Chair

Ronald E. Daly Sr., MBA, of Olympia Fields, Ill., spent 38 years at the RR Donnelley Company, beginning as a factory worker and advancing to the level of president of its largest unit. After retiring from RR Donnelley, he served as president and CEO of Oce' USA Holdings and was a member of the board of directors of the parent company, Oce' N.V. of the Netherlands, until 2004. He serves on the board of U.S. Cellular and formerly served on the boards of Loyola University of Chicago, Executive Service Corps of Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Metropolis Strategies and SuperValu.

New board member Joan Ruff

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Joan R. Ruff


Joan Ruff, J.D., MBA, is an executive, human resources consultant and attorney from Mission Woods, Kan.  After more than 10 years as a tax attorney, she joined William M. Mercer Inc., where she consulted on employee benefits and compensation. She then held executive management positions at Zurich Financial Services and H&R Block. Her leadership on numerous nonprofit boards and committees includes service as chair of the Mid-Continent Girl Scouts’ Human Resources and Capital Campaign committees. She has also contributed expertise to Habitat for Humanity and the Kansas City Red Cross.

Jeannine English

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Jeannine English

President, 2014-2016

Jeannine English, CPA, MBA, of Sacramento, Calif., assumed the office of AARP president in June 2014. She has been a member of the AARP Board of Directors since 2010 and a national officer of AARP since 2012. Previously, she chaired the AARP National Policy Council and served as president of AARP California. She was a founding partner of a government relations and legislative advocacy firm in California, where she represented a broad spectrum of clients, including AARP. Prior, she served as the executive director for the bipartisan Commission on California State Government Organization and Economy, commonly referred to as the Little Hoover Commission. She was the campaign committee president for the successful California Redistricting Commission Initiative and cochair of the California Open Primary Initiative.

New board member Eric Schneidewind

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Eric J. Schneidewind


Eric Schneidewind, from Lansing, Mich., is a retired attorney and of counsel to the Varnum LLP law firm, where he specializes in energy law. As a public servant, he was chair of the Michigan Public Service Commission, deputy director of policy and consumer protection for the Michigan Insurance Bureau and attorney for the Michigan State Housing Authority. His volunteer roles include service as state president of AARP Michigan, secretary for the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association and more than 20 years of volunteering at homeless shelters.

AARP Leader Gretchen Dahlen

Gretchen M. Dahlen

Member, AARP Board of Directors

Gretchen Dahlen is a health care executive and consumer advocate from Verona, Wisc. She is currently the president and senior consultant of the Dahlen Company LLC. Her professional career includes positions as interim president and CEO of the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations, Mayo Clinic Health System chief administrative officer for Winneshiek Medical Center, executive director of North Woods Community Health Center, president and CEO of Meriter Health Enterprises, administrator and chief executive officer  of Sanford Hospital and Nursing Home, and assistant administrator of Metropolitan Hospital and Health Centers. She developed and founded, a free public service guide to online ratings of health care costs and quality for consumers.

AARP Board Member Beth Ellard

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Beth Ellard

Member, AARP Board of Directors

Beth Ellard, MBA, of New York, is executive vice president of media, overseeing the media function for the Ad Council and securing more than $1.5 billion in donated media support annually for the organization’s 50 national public service campaigns. To this end, she is chiefly responsible for the Ad Council’s relationships with over 200 U.S. media companies, across all platforms, as well as the top 20 U.S. media agencies. She also oversees media marketing and distribution, media measurement and analytics, and creative services. She has also held positions at several top media companies, including NBCU/Comcast, Hearst, Disney and Time Inc., with significant experience in brand development, revenue diversification and digital transformation.  

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