2017 WellCare | TexanPlus Grand Champion

Elena Dinkin - YMCA of Greater Houston

“Her events are the best attended I have ever seen,” says Lharissa Jacobs, a co-worker. “Without a champion like Elena, a lot of these active older adults would be isolated and alone.”

When Elena began working with the YMCA eight years ago, she immediately realized the job was more of a calling and quickly became the YMCA’s Active Older Adult (AOA) Director. She has a real gift for listening to the needs of the AOA members and creating or identifying a solution. The YMCA of Greater Houston serves more than 30,000 active older adults in program s across the Houston Greater Metropolitan Area.

2017 WellCare | TexanPlus Champions

Stephen Coycault - Precinct2gether

Stephen Coycault has been impacting the lives of Precinct2gether seniors for over 20 years. As TRIAD Director for Precinct 2, which is a partnership between senior citizens, law enforcement and the community, Stephen conducts monthly meetings at East Harris County Activity Center teaching classes on How to Avoid Identity Theft, Scams, Fraud and Elder Abuse. He also educates homeowners on how to apply for their over 65 and over exemptions from appraisal districts and how to effectively protest their taxes.

Connie Dickinson - Golden Triangle RSVP

Through Golden Triangle RSVP, Connie has volunteered at Baptist Hospital of Southeast Texas for 25 plus years and has over 12,000 volunteer hours. She volunteers 2- 3 days a week. For visitors to the hospital, Connie is a friendly face ready to greet them at the information desk.

Jarriett Flagg - Target Hunger

Anderson Memorial Church, led by Bishop Prince E. W. Bryant Sr., is one of the community partners with Target Hunger. The Target Hunger pantry at Anderson Memorial Church of God in Christ has a client base that is primarily seniors. Jarriett is the Coordinator and lead Volunteer for the Target Hunger food pantry. He has been a fixture at Target Hunger his entire adult life and will likely continue until he himself is a senior citizen.

Jan Hughes - Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston

A three-year volunteer veteran, Jan is now proactive in identifying ways to better serve homebound seniors through her work with Interfaith Ministries. Since she began volunteering with Meals on Wheels (MOW), Jan has delivered more than 2,000 meals.