About Us

Since 2016 the Institute for Family Caregiving, Inc. (IFC) has provided educational support for family caregivers, those they care for, and professionals in the health care services field. IFC emphasizes the hands-on perspective of day-to-day, home-based care, identifying the complexities, challenges, risks, and rewards of family caregiving. It is functional, peer-to-peer, grassroots support, offering clear, practical solutions, and a can-do mindset.

IFC recognizes that as healthcare shifts to home and community-based settings, family members will play an increasingly important role in the delivery of health care services, especially with a rapidly aging population. Family members have emerged as a vital link in the continuum of care that enables patient-centered, culturally appropriate, high-quality healthcare, reduced health disparities, and improved outcomes.

IFC offers workshops, presentations, and other information forums, plus online instruction designed around its “Ten Point” curriculum of family caregiver education. It also sponsors “The Empowered Caregiver” program, which offers webinars and provides customized coaching to individuals and guidance to caregiver support organizations.

Willetha King Barnette, Co-founder and CEO

Willetha King Barnette spent more than 20 years caring for her elderly mother while raising a child, working full-time, and managing her own chronic illness. Her experiences navigating the healthcare and eldercare systems were captured in The Caregiver’s Secrets, co-authored with Harold Barnette. Insights gained from her personal caregiving experience formed the core of IFC’s hands-on approach to family caregiver education and support. Willetha has been an advocate for cancer and Crohn’s Disease patients, a hospice volunteer and a guardian ad litem. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner, and an annual guest speaker for first year medical students at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine. She is participating in the NIA Impact Collaboratory and Alzheimer’s Association’s Lived Experience Panel, and is a member of the Equal Advanced Care Planning (ACP) Stakeholder Advisory Council of a PCORI-funded study at Duke University. She is also a frequent speaker for events and legislative meetings dealing with family caregiving, paid family and medical leave advocacy, and managing chronic and rare illnesses. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from North Carolina Central University.

Harold Barnette, Co-Founder and Managing Director

A retired technical writer, Harold is the author of numerous articles and essays published both in professional journals and anthologies. He is co-author of The Caregiver’s Secrets, and publisher of “HB’s Fearless Trauma Chasing,” a blog that addresses Black men’s health, disparities, and health equity. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Coalition on Aging, and founder and co-chair of its health equity committee. He was educated at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Equia Snead, Operations Director

With over 20 years experience in the insurance industry, including more than 11 years in long term care insurance operations, Equia oversees multiple company functions, including co-producing The Empowered Caregiver programs, managing content development, and recruiting and coordinating talent. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Niya Randall, Education Director

Niya is an educator, professional meeting planner, and an equity consultant with broad experience facilitating discussions around race and gender equality. She is a former classroom teacher and past board chair of the School Reform Initiative, a national organization focused on educational equity. She is the founding board chair of Peace Builders, a social justice camp for teens, and a member of the Design Team of Atlanta’s Equitable Dinners series. A co-producer of The Empowered Caregiver programs, she is involved in all aspects of IFC’s online instructional and coaching modules. Niya holds a BA in marketing from Clark-Atlanta University.