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DARTS Welcomes New President Ann Bailey 

After serving on DARTS Board of Directors for five years, Ann Bailey now will serve DARTS as President effective June 1, 2015. She succeeds Greg Konat, who has led DARTS since 2011. 

Ann is leaving a stellar 18-year career as Technical Leader with the Target Corporation to "switch gears" and bring her talent and perspective to the DARTS organization.  "It is a great career progression", says Ann.  "As a corporation, Target’s focus on community allowed me the time to serve on DARTS’ Board.  Now I can bring my professional and personal experiences to DARTS to lead with a blend of operational excellence and heart."

Ann's first experience with DARTS was in 2003 as a client receiving caregiver support during her father's eight-year battle with Alzheimer's disease.  Ann recalls, "DARTS not only helped me become better educated about caregiving, but helped me focus on my own welfare so I could provide better care for my father."

Ann describes her strengths as someone who builds relationships, recognizes contributions, identifies the right partnerships and drives for results with a "get stuff done" attitude.

She is excited about the future of DARTS and how the organization is positioned to help seniors age in place and stay engaged in the community. "I think there is unlimited potential in how DARTS can shape the future of services for seniors and drive awareness so that other services can emerge."




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DARTS Volunteers on KSTP 5


DARTS' volunteers and DARTS' client, Marjorie Belmonte, met with a reporter from KSTP news for a story about helping seniors remain independent by providing outdoor chore services.  Click here or on the photo to view the broadcast!



DARTS Learning Buddies on KARE 11

The DARTS' Learning Buddies Program was highlighted on KARE 11 during Kim Insley’s, “What’s Cool in School?”.  One of our amazing volunteers, Mary Towey, makes her television debut at Lincoln Center Elementary in South St. Paul.

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KARE 11 Broadcast



Learning Buddies: Helping School Children

Those who volunteer should have a passion and enthusiasm for their assignment, and that passion and enthusiasm is certainly apparent in Jim Paskett and Yvonne Morency, both DARTS Learning Buddies in Dakota County elementary schools.

“My goodness, they’re reading like troopers,” said Jim, 74, speaking of his first-grade charges at Glacier Hills Elementary School of Arts and Sciences in Eagan. A retired federal employee with two children and seven grandchildren, he is known by the students as “Grandpa Jim.” Read more »