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Amy Blakely Laine

Austin-based Amy Blakely Laine combined her passion for caring with technical know-how to launch SandwYch, a unique service with an online portal to help caregivers navigate the nuances of the aging journey.

Armed with degrees in psychology, gerontology and technology commercialization, and a licensed nursing home administrator, Laine walks as many others do – caring for neighbors, friends, and family.

Laine’s own life’s experiences served as her inspiration for launching SandwYch. During her early college years, Laine assisted her parents with caregiving duties for her grandparents while her parents managed their careers and helped Laine and her sister navigate their high school and college years.

Laine’s parents were original members of what is now known as the “Sandwich Generation,” an uncharted territory of being “sandwiched” in the middle taking care of parents and raising a family while being in the prime of one’s career.

Laine’s vision for SandwYch is to see that no one walks the aging journey alone, and through this digital-based service, families are proactively able to learn about the resources and key issues to address the best ways to age in place with grace, dignity and a sense of independence.

About SandwYch

SandwYch is a digital resource specifically targeted to those “sandwiched” between caring for multiple generations of family members. SandwYch’s subscriber-based self-paced and group-based video lessons are designed to equip families with the knowledge necessary to make informed choices and have tough conversations with courage.

SandwYch helps families proactively develop roadmaps to support caregivers trying to do it all. Our community of experts guide our members through every step in the caregiving journey.

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SandwYch Advisors

Sharon Wheless

Sharon is an expert in cloud architecture, security and data ethics. Her experience in technology spans across multiple platforms giving her a deep perspective through the technical lens. She has worn many hats: programmer-mainframe, midrange, and web, an analyst, a project manager, and entrepreneur. She even helped code a popular video game at one point.

Nan McRaven

Dr. Nan McRaven is an educator, thought leader, bridge builder, collaborator, and strategic advisor to a range of clients including F500 corporations, governments, small businesses, and foundations. She is a tireless advocate for education and workforce development as essential elements to advancing U.S. global economic competitiveness. 

Dr. McRaven is an Austin Community College Board of Trustees and the Texas advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation since 2010.  

Albert Hawkins

After a distinguished, 30-year public service career, Albert Hawkins currently works as a consultant across an array of state policy, fiscal and operational areas. Mr. Hawkins was appointed “Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner” for the State of Texas by Governor Rick Perry, where he served from January 2003 until September 2009. As Executive Commissioner he had oversight of the operations of the five health and human services agencies, comprised of more than 54,000 employees working with a total annual budget of $25 billion. 

Mr. Hawkins was a Senior White House Staff member under President George W. Bush serving as “Assistant to the President and Secretary to the Cabinet” from January 2001 through December of 2002. From 1995 to 2000, Mr. Hawkins was “State Budget Director” for Texas Governor George W. Bush.