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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



Scoring as a Volunteer

Amy Larson believes in “giving back” to the community. Whether it’s organizing 150 youth hockey players for a volunteer activity – or rallying her own family to assist a woman who lives alone, she tackles each task with a strong sense of pride and commitment. “I just think it’s important to be a part of the community and do what you can to improve it,” says Amy, who works as a client representative at Blue Cross-Blue Shield. “We get caught up in our own lives and don’t consider what we can do for someone else. Two hours of my time might mean a great deal to another individual.” Read more »