Diana "Di" L.
had the vision to improve our profession, and by doing
so, has improved us all." -Deb Larson, 2003
Diana "Di" L.
Findley, born September 6, 1948 in Ontario, Oregon, now lives in
Mitchellville. Findley is a champion for
direct care workers. After working as a nursing assistant (CNA)
for 13 years, in 1992 Findley saw a need for a professional organization
to provide educational opportunities for CNAs. For three years
she worked on her own, with no salary to establish the Iowa CareGivers
Association, whose vision is to maintain high quality care by
offering direct care workers what they want and need - education,
support, advocacy, and recognition. While advocating the extraordinary
work of CNAs and other direct care workers, she works to involve
all stakeholders in health care. She believes that by addressing
the needs of care providers, quality care can be improved. Under
Findley's directorship, the Iowa CareGivers Association has become
a national model. Its recruitment and retention project, worker
surveys, and mentor project have also received national attention.
To make sure the needs of frontline direct caregivers are always
at the forefront of the Iowa CareGivers Association, Findley
empowers CNAs to serve on boards and committees
crusader for direct care workers, most of whom are women, and
for quality care. Among her honors are the 1995 Governor's Partners
in Aging Award and the Metro Women's Network's Woman of the Year
Award in 2001. Findley is a graduate of Drake University and
serves on numerous state and national boards, task forces, councils,
and committees related to quality jobs and quality care. Findley
was inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame in 2003.