Board of Directors & Staff

Todd Nuckols

Stepping Up For Seniors Co-Founder and Board President

Todd Nuckols brings a wealth of experience to the Stepping Up for Seniors board. As one of the Aventa Senior Care Founders, a successful home care agency,  Todd’s vision for the organization has set the tone for the Stepping Up for Seniors by defining the purpose of care to the in-need senior community. Todd’s 17+ years experience as a Scottsdale Firefighter and EMT has provided him with first hand experience of the need for senior care. Shortly after a mission trip to Haiti where he was introduced to a group of seniors that touched his heart, Todd was inspired to launch Stepping Up For Seniors.  His steadfast commitment to the senior community is reflected in the enthusiasm that he has for Stepping Up for Seniors. Todd serves as a City of Scottsdale Firefighter EMT and is a volunteer with Stepping Up Stones of Hope, Chances For Children Mission Project, Bible Studies Leader at Highlands Church, Habitat For Humanity, Feed My Starving Children, Operation Christmas Child, Fishing For A Cure, and Angel Tree Christmas Gifts For Families-Vista del Camino Community Services.

Roberta Ezratty

Stepping Up for Seniors, Social Worker

Roberta Ezratty brings a rich career in serving others to her role on the board of Stepping Up for Seniors. She is currently a State Health Insurance (S.H.I.P.) Assistance Benefits Counselor and Presenter, providing individual Medicare/Medicaid counseling services at the City of Surprise Resource Center, Banner Olive Branch Senior Center and the Peoria Community Center. Ms. Ezratty facilitates group presentations for Medicare/Medicaid to seniors in healthcare environments and acts as a facilitator for Senior Medicare Fraud Patrol for the Area Agency on Aging. She assists with determining eligibility and need for applicants requesting assistance from Stepping Up for Seniors.

Michelle Sayles

Stepping Up For Seniors, Board Member

Michelle Sayles BSN, RN, CHPN Michelle Sayles is the founder of Gentle Hearts Living Solutions, a local senior referral service. She has a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Arizona State University. She has been in the healthcare industry for over a decade specializing in hospice and palliative care, skilled nursing facilities, and hospitals. Michelle has excelled as a Clinical Resource Nurse, specifically for residential care communities. Michelle founded Gentle Hearts Living Solutions because she felt there was a need to help families and their elderly loved ones navigate through the maze of finding the perfect home or community.  Michelle's compassion for assisting the senior community and her extensive network of connections makes her services invaluable to Stepping Up For Seniors.

Kearstin Nuckols

Stepping Up for Seniors, Associate Executive Director

Kearstin Nuckols is the Associate Executive Director for Stepping Up for Seniors.  She pursued both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Arizona State University, ultimately obtaining a Master's Degree in Social Work.  Kearstin worked in adoption for many years prior to her involvement over the last 10 years in the in-home care senior services industry.  She is the mother of three and has been married to her husband Todd for nearly 20 years.

Jeff Giedt

Stepping Up For Seniors Co Founder and Board Vice President

Jeff Giedt is one of the founders of Aventa Senior Care, a successful Scottsdale based home care agency. Jeff is passionate in his pursuit of high standards of home care for seniors. Jeff’s career includes over 15 years of both executive marketing and management experience at IBM and at Pioneer Packaging. His expertise with strategic business planning, IT resources, and business operations are an asset to Stepping Up For Seniors.  As a co-founder of Stepping Up For Seniors, his contributions are plentiful.

C. Dennis Nuckols

Stepping Up for Seniors, Executive Director

C. Dennis Nuckols comes from an extensive corporate executive human resource management background where he effectively worked with all levels of management.  His 40 years of corporate experience included working in a variety of industries including media, software development, conference and convention support, and commercial insurance.  Since retirement, Dennis founded a Human Resource Consulting company which provides human resource services and training for small and midsize companies in a diverse group of industries.   Dennis’ contribution to the Stepping Up For Seniors board is enhanced by his having lived within the Phoenix area for many years as well as being involved with an assortment of faith based and community organizations.   For many years, Dennis was involved with the Society of Human Resources. He currently is involved as a volunteer with several ministries at Scottsdale Bible Church.  

Tiana Zang

Stepping Up for Seniors, Board Member

Tiana Zang is founder and operator of Sage Hospice and Sage Palliative Care. Tiana has been working in hospice for 12 years and launched Sage in March of 2013. Tiana has been a steady and loyal board member, volunteer, and contributor to Stepping Up for Seniors for 4 years. Her dedicated passion for serving seniors is unwavering. Ms. Zang helps Stepping Up For Seniors reach many community resources as well as recipients through her professional contacts. Tiana has a vision to see Stepping Up for Seniors grow in order to serve more of the underserved and underfunded senior population.

Kathy Queen

Stepping Up for Seniors, Board Member

Kathy Queen is a Certified Public Accountant at Katherine M Queen CPA. Kathy is a committed member of the Stepping Up for Senior team and is shares a passion for serving seniors. 

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