Vedrana Durakovic
Program Manager

Vedrana has lived and worked abroad for many years in Bosnia and Herzegovina and has worked in the area of social justice, human rights and philanthropy for the last decade. Her academic background is in conflict resolution and she is passionate about creating positive change and impact in her community. Vedrana loves to read and write in her free time, as well as stay active by going hiking, backpacking, and engaging in many other outdoors activities.

Akira Ohiso
Social Worker

Akira has worked with older adults for the past fifteen years.   His past experience includes Holocaust survivors, older adults living with HIV/AIDS, seniors experiencing homelessness and low-income residents of a New York City Housing Authority building.  The common thread is that each of these populations was impacted by systemic inequity at the intersection of racism, ageism, gender-inequality and homophobia.  Trauma-informed work is always an integral component to his work.  In his personal life, he is a working artist.  Creativity is important to him not only in the arts, but in his work life.  He coordinates arts programming at the Lake City Community Center.   He believes that creativity can help foster confidence, improve mental health, decreases isolation and inspires greater change with clients, colleagues and society.

Emily Billow
Program and Volunteer Coordinator

Emily joined the Lake City Senior Days team in March of 2020. She is not a new face and has worked with the program for over a year as the Community Relations Coordinator at Hunger Intervention Program working at the Senior Meal. She has a passion for working with older adults. Her background is in Community Health with a focus on Gerontology. She is excited to help expand and develop meaningful programs here at Lake City Senior Days and to continue working with all the wonderful participants.



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