The Inspiration Behind Maude’s Awards
All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome Marilyn Raichle the Executive Director of Maude’s Awards and prior Maude’s Award winner, Marigrace Becker as guests of the show.
The Inspiration Behind Maude’s Awards:
Maude Ferry, matriarch extraordinaire, brought a long and lasting gift of love for all who walk in her path. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend with a big and generous heart. Loyal, thoughtful, encouraging and wise in her words and actions, she inspired joy and purpose.
After the birth of their sixth child, her husband Richard co-founded and led Korn Ferry International to become the world’s premier provider of executive human capital solutions. Yet even with the growing success and demands of her husband’s company, Maude never lost sight of her values and her faith. Maude was a loving and supportive spouse—silent partner, goodwill ambassador, corporate wife, community volunteer and dedicated mother to their children as well as twelve grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Throughout the years, Richard and Maude were passionately engaged in their community and have supported numerous civic and charitable causes, with a focus on the Catholic Church, education and health care.
In 2013, Maude was diagnosed with dementia and Richard continued their shared journey as a loving caregiver and tireless advocate. Together they are built a Legacy of Love. Maude’s Awards for Innovation in Alzheimer’s Care carries their commitment forward—encouraging, celebrating and sharing innovations that will enrich the quality of life for persons living with dementia and their caregivers for generations to follow.
About Marilyn Raichle, MPA:
Marilyn Raichle began her career in Seattle as producer at The Bathhouse and Tacoma Actors Guild and was a Theatre Communications Fellow at the Guthrie in Minneapolis. In 1987 she founded the Seattle International Children’s Festival, introducing children to world culture through the performing arts and growing to become the largest such festival in the US.
In 2010, she received a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Upon returning to Seattle she became a care partner for her parents, both of whom were developing Alzheimer’s Disease. In 2015, inspired by her mother’s newfound artistic ability, she founded The Art of Alzheimer’s, celebrating the creativity of persons living with dementia and the power of the creative arts to enrich and empower their lives.
About Marigrace Becker:
Marigrace Becker is the Program Manager of Community Education and Impact at the UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center (MBWC) and the Director of the Memory Hub, a new community center operated by MBWC that offers supportive, educational and social programs for people with memory loss and their families.
She received her Master in Social Work from University of Washington in 2010, with a focus on aging and community organizing. Having worked in a variety of non-profits with a focus on aging well and living with dementia, she is passionate about building communities in which people with dementia are respected, welcomed, and fully belong.
About Memory Hub:
The Memory Hub is a dynamic community center offering a variety of programs and resources for people with memory loss, their families, and all who support a dementia-friendly community. Operated by the UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center, and bringing collaborating organizations under one roof, the Memory Hub aims to redefine life with memory loss!