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#USAgingHere4You: Virginia Dize

Virginia Dize joined USAging in 2008 and serves as Director, Transportation. In this role she co-leads the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC; co-administered by USAging and Easterseals) and two projects funded by the U.S. Administration for Community Living.
 
Virginia initially began her professional career as a high school teacher but quickly realized it wasn't for her. With her beloved grandfather as her inspiration, she soon found herself immersed in the aging field.
 
“Early in my career, I worked for a public social services organization where about half my clients were older adults. I found that I loved working with them and found their stories inspiring; even my more difficult older clients were interesting. I then pursued a degree in Gerontology.”
 
What Virginia loves most about USAging is the collegial nature of the organization. There is an openness that starts at the top and trickles down to the rest of the organization as well as a sense of encouragement and a high level of enthusiasm for the work. What makes her most proud is to be a part of making a difference in USAging's mission by enabling older adults to live and thrive in their communities.
 
“I know that AAAs and Title VI programs are doing great work in transportation which we point out to our transportation colleagues. At the same time, I'd like to encourage AAAs and Title VI programs to get in touch with the transportation team. We want to help in any way we can!”
 
When not working at USAging and helping the transportation team shine a light on the critical role of transportation in enabling older adults to live independently and with dignity in their communities, Virginia likes to read. Her most recent favorite book is River of the Gods by Candice Millard. In addition, her favorite movie is Casablanca.
 
To learn more about USAging's transportation work and the NADTC, email contact@nadtc.org or consider contacting Virginia and her team. 
 
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