Duncan Awards 2021

Duncan Awards 2021

The CAC Office on Aging invites you to join the virtual 19th Annual John J. Duncan, Sr. Award for Senior Advocacy honoring Aaron Bradley and Vivian Underwood Shipe.

Livestream begins at 4:30 pm on Thursday, May 6, 2021.

Honoree Biographies

Professional Recipient

Aaron Bradley – Director, East Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability, a Division of the East Tennessee Human Resource Agency – Aaron Bradley started his career in the field of Gerontology over 40 years ago and his first work in the field of aging was with the Knoxville-Knox County CAC Office on Aging.  He has served as the Director of the East Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability for over 25 years.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Federation for the Aging and the Board of Directors for the Southeastern Association of Area Agencies on Aging. He had the great pleasure of serving a delegate to the White House on Aging as a delegate for Congressman John Duncan, Jr. Mr. Bradley is the President of the Tennessee Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Disability and has served two six-year terms on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging.

Community Recipient

Vivian Underwood Shipe – Founder/Executive Director ‘I am the Voice of the Voiceless’ a nonprofit that serves at risk populations of Knoxville. Ms. Underwood Shipe has served as the Union President of the National Alliance of Postal and Federal Employees (NAPFE) for 25 of her 35 years with the United States Postal Service until retiring in 2018. She currently serves on the KUB Advisory committee, Knox Renaissance, Mental Health Association of East Tennessee, The Knoxville Suffragist Coalition, The Knoxville/Knox County Elder Abuse Task Force, The State Pre-Arrest Diversion Committee, the Faith Leaders Initiative, Co-Lead for the Family/Community ALL4Knox substance disease task force and is a charter member of the East Knox Lions Club. Vivian is also a reporter for the state newspaper out of Nashville Tennessee, the Tennessee Tribune. She was the recipient of the 2019 Martin Luther King Advocacy Award, the 2020 Clara Brown Servant Leadership award, and currently a member of the 2021 Leadership Knoxville Class. She is the founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit organization, I am The Voice of The Voiceless whose mission for over 10 years has been to represent the most vulnerable of the population and see them made whole and by bringing resources and being that voice at the table for them.

Proceeds from this event benefit Senior Information & Referral. 

Thank you to our sponsors who made this event possible: