Who we are

Appalachian Senior Programs is a volunteer-based organization that works diligently to support our local community (Avery, Alleghany, Ashe, Watauga, and Wilkes counties) through two federal and locally funded grant programs. The Foster Grandparent program helps 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 March 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 joined Appalachian State in 2004. 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 OMEGA: Journal of Death and Dying. 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. She is a recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences Jimmy Smith Outstanding Service Award (2013), the W.H. Plemmons Leadership Medallion (2015-2016), and the College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Engagement Award (2021).

Tammy Taylor
Director, Foster Grandparent Program

Ms. Tammy Taylor serves as the Foster Grandparent Program Director, and has over twenty-five years of experience with volunteer programs funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (now known as AmeriCorps). 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

Ms. Sherry Lambert began working for the Foster Grandparent Program in 2003 and has 19 years of experience with volunteer programs. Ms. Lambert has Administrative Office Technology and Medical Office Technology Associate in Applied Science degrees. She attended the 2003 Foster Grandparent Board Meeting in Washington, DC, the 2008 National Conference on Volunteering and Service in Atlanta, GA, and the 2009 and 2011 North Carolina Association of Volunteer Administration Conference. In April 2022, Ms. Lambert received the Ashe County Director of Volunteers Involvement of the Year Award in recognition of her many contributions and dedication to Ashe County. Ms. Lambert is responsible for assisting the program director in operating the Foster Grandparent Program.

Debbie Wellborn
Director, Senior Companion Program

Ms. Debbie Wellborn began working with Senior Programs in 1988 and has served as the Appalachian Senior Companion Program Director since 1990. Ms. 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. She is a Certified Administrator of Volunteers in North Carolina, a member of the National Senior Corp Association, and is Certified in Mental Health First-Aid. She attended the National Conference on Volunteering in Reston, VA and assisted with the planning and implementation of the North Carolina Senior Corps Training in Durham, NC.

Gloria Goodman
Program Assistant, Senior Companion Program

Ms. Gloria Goodman 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. Ms. Goodman 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.