Who we are

Appalachian Senior Programs is a volunteer based organization which works diligently in five local surrounding counties (Avery, Alleghany, Ashe, Watauga, and Wilkes) to support our community through two grant programs. The Foster Grandparent program provides assistance to young and school-aged children who need one-on-one assistance to enhance their academic and socio-emotional skills. The Senior Companion program provides support and companionship to older individuals who may need assistance with errands, meal preparation, transportation to appointments, and respite for caregivers.

Dr. Amy Dellinger Page
Executive Director

Dr. Amy Dellinger Page became Executive Director of Appalachian Senior Programs in July 2020. Prior to that, she served as Co-Executive Director (2019-2020) with Dr. W. Edward Folts. Dr. Page is Professor, former chair, and Undergraduate Programs Director in the Department of Sociology at Appalachian State University. Dr. Page has seventeen years of administrative, research, and teaching experience in sociology. Her research has been published in a variety of professional journals including Feminist Criminology, the Journal of Forensic Social Work, the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, the Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, Sociological Spectrum, Feminist Teacher, and the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. Her research and areas of expertise involve attitudes about gender and sexual violence, sexual violence prevention, Title IX and higher education, and the dying process. She is currently involved in research documenting the backgrounds and experiences of end-of-life doulas.

Tammy Taylor
Director, Foster Grandparent Program

Tammy Taylor, Foster Grandparent Program Director, has over twenty years of experience with volunteer programs funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Ms. Taylor holds an Administrative Office Technology degree. She attended the 2016 National Conference on Volunteering and Service in Reston, VA, the 2008 National Conference on Volunteering and Service in Atlanta, GA, the 2010 National Conference on Volunteering and Service in New York City, NY, and the 2001, 2009 and 2011 North Carolina Association of Volunteer Administration Conferences. Ms. Taylor is also a member of the National Association of Foster Grandparent Directors.

Sherry Lambert
Program Assistant, Foster Grandparent Program

Our program assistant, Sherry Lambert, began working for the Foster Grandparent Program in 2003. Ms. Lambert holds Office Technology and Medical Office Technology Associate degrees. She attended the 2003 Foster Grandparent Board Meeting in Washington, DC, the 2016 National Conference on Volunteering and Service in Reston, VA, the 2008 National Conference on Volunteering and Service in Atlanta, GA, and the 2009 and 2011 North Carolina Association of Volunteer Administration Conference. Ms. Lambert is also the secretary to the Foster Grandparent Program Advisory Council and a sustaining member of the National Association of Foster Grandparent Program Directors. The Program Assistant will be responsible for maintaining all volunteer files, processing volunteer timesheets, and assisting with preparation for orientation and in-service training. The Program Assistant is responsible for managing all impact assessment data. The impact assessment questionnaires are mailed to the volunteer stations in September, December, and May of each school year. The data are compiled and reported in the Program Progress Reports.

Debbie Wellborn
Director, Senior Companion Program

Appalachian Senior Companion Program Director, Debbie Wellborn graduated from college in 1980 and in 1999 she received a certificate in excellence in Nonprofit Leadership Management from the University of Wisconsin School of Human Ecology. Certified Administrator of Volunteers in North Carolina and a member of the National Senior Corp Association. She attended the National Conference on Volunteering in Reston, VA. and assisted with the planning and implementation of the North Carolina Senior Corp Training in Durham, NC.

Gloria Roach
Program Assistant, Senior Companion Program

Gloria Roach serves as Appalachian Senior Companion Program Assistant. A graduate of Western Guilford High School in Greensboro, NC in 1972, she began her career with the Senior Companion Program in February 2020. She has previous experience working with senior citizens. She served as Administrative Assistant for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery in Memphis, TN for one year prior to serving as Corporate Marketing and Club Manager in Fripp Island, SC. She also has experience serving as a customer service representative for Wright Medical Tech in Arlington, TN. She received certification in customer service through Rockhurst University.