Jane Bavineau has nearly 30 years of experience in the field of gerontology and is Vice President of the Sheltering Arms Senior Services Division of Neighborhood Centers. A social worker, Bavineau started her professional career in Houston in 1979 as the Intake Worker for Sheltering Arms. She has held more than nine different positions within the organization since that time, and been a vice president for the past 15 years.

During Bavineau’s tenure with Sheltering Arms Senior Services, she founded and served as the executive director of Care for Elders, a local partnership of more than 80 organizations dedicated to improving the care and services provided to older adults and family caregivers in Houston and Harris County. She also served as the project director for two national demonstration projects, and in 2007, was selected as one of 10 Practice Change Fellows in the country because of a project she envisioned for improving the health of older adults with congestive heart failure.

Bavineau has been recognized for her commitment to improving the lives of older adults. In 2004 she was named Social Worker of the Year by the local chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, and in 2006 she received the Advocate of the Year Award from the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Nursing. Bavineau is a member of 15 city, county, and state-level councils dedicated to improving the lives of senior adults.