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2014 Advisory Council Members

Our Council comprises 27 members who are appointed by the three sponsors: King County, Seattle Human Services Department, and United Way.

Members serve for up to three two-year terms.

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Executive Committee:

Chair: Tony Provine
Tony Provine

Tony earned his B.A. and M.A. in Government & Politics from the University of Maryland. As Assistant Chief of Investigations & Licensing for the Department of Consumer Protection of Fairfax County, Virginia, he oversaw a broad spectrum of public programs. Moving to California, Tony became an executive and a consultant for nonprofit organizations. While with Aging Services of California (a group representing more than 400 nonprofit elder care and senior services providers), he launched a new educational foundation to provide professional development programs for caregivers and a wide range of information for consumers. He also served on the Commission on Aging for the Woodland City Council (near Sacramento).

Tony moved to the Seattle area to develop and construct a business in Shoreline. Following the sale of that business, he became more involved with nonprofits and community service organizations. Tony was a seminar presenter for the Seattle Nonprofit Leadership Series sponsored by the Center for Nonprofit Success. He serves on the board of his neighborhood community association, co-chairs the Northeast District Council of Neighborhoods, and is their representative to the City Neighborhood Council. Tony recently served on the board of the Friends of the Seattle Public Library and as a delegate for the Youth & Families Initiative for Seattle.

Vice Chair: Dave Rogers
Dave Rogers

Dave Rogers is a member of the Vashon Maury Senior Center, where he volunteers his time as the center’s van driver and as an instructor for the AARP Driving Safety Program. As a resident of Vashon Island, he brings a much needed perspective on living in isolated unincorporated areas of the county.

Prior to retirement, Dave worked as a lobbyist for Special Purpose Districts in Olympia. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and did his graduate work at Evergreen State College and City University.

Secretary: Molly Holmes
Molly Holmes

Molly Holmes grew up in the Yakima Valley and earned a BA from Central Washington State College in 1948. She and her husband founded a weekly newspaper in Quincy, Grant County, in 1949, a newspaper that is still up and running. A few years and four children later, Molly began work as publications editor for the Washington State School Directors Association in Olympia. She earned a teaching certificate in 1969 and taught children with disabilities for the next 23 years.

An outdoors woman, Molly hikes and kayaks throughout the Northwest. As a volunteer, she has built houses with Habitat for Humanity in Tacoma, Yakima, and Central America, and also managed a volunteer thrift store in Key Center.

Member-at-Large: Suzanne Pak
Suzanne Pak

Suzanne Pak is the Chief Operating Officer for Cornerstone Medical Services, a community and free clinic health clinic located in South King County. Suzanne is a LEAN marketing, analytics, training, and operations leader with 13 years of management experience from Microsoft, JP Morgan Chase, Wunderman advertising, and Booz-Allen & Hamilton consulting.

At Microsoft, Suzanne managed a $1.5 million budget and eight employees for U.S. Business Marketing Operations analytics team and Global Central Marketing Group’s training team. On behalf of her clients, Countywide Community Forums and King County, she partnered with 38 nonprofit partners, hosted 70 in-person forums with diverse communities, and generated 6,000 survey responses on public policy topics.

Suzanne provides technology workforce training for homeless job seekers (at YMCA, YWCA, and Mary's Place) and serves on the Issaquah Human Services Commission, Issaquah Library Commission, and Puget Sound MIT Alumni Association (chairing their Education Committee). Her white papers include "Implementing Affordable Care Act: Leveraging LEAN & Customer Relationship Management for Impact."

Council Member Assignments by Sponsoring Organization:

City of Seattle

Claire Brannan
Claire Brannan

Claire Brannan graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelors degree in Honors Psychology. Claire worked as a social worker in a long-term care facility, completing quarterly assessments and providing care coordination.

Following her time as a social worker, Claire owned and operated two Dementia Specialty Adult Family Homes in Seattle that provided 24-hour care to elderly suffering from both mental and physical disabilities. During the over six years running her AFH’s, Claire learned a great deal about geriatric healthcare, long term care issues and community resources in our area.

Claire has remained focused on improving long term care through education and consulting by opening her own business, Mobile Classes and Consulting, over five years ago. She teaches a variety of classes to caregivers to help them improve their caregiving skills, as well as, classes for seniors to help them better understand common issues facing our aging population. Claire also assists long term care facilities with various consulting projects to improve their care and provides consulting services to families caring for aging parents.

Hon. Sally J. Clark
Seattle City Councilmember Sally J. Clark

Seattle City Councilmember Sally J. Clark was appointed to the Council in 2006, elected the following November, and has been reelected in 2007 and 2011. She chairs the Council’s Committee on Housing Affordability, Human Services, and Economic Resiliency. She also serves on the Council’s Energy Committee and Education and Governance Committee. During her time on Council, Sally has served as Council President and has chaired the Committee on the Built Environment.

A graduate of the University of Washington (BAs in Political Science and Spanish, and an MPA from the UW’s Evans School of Public Affairs), Sally started her career as a print journalist. Her career includes work with Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods, the Metropolitan King County Council, Northwest Association for Housing Affordability, and Lifelong AIDS Alliance. Sally also graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s summer program for Senior Executives in State & Local Government, attending as a Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute Bohnett Fellow. She is a 2013–2014 Aspen Rodel Fellow.

Common threads in Sally’s work have been the goals of helping people become their own best advocates and building connections that strengthen community and place. Sally and her partner live in the Brighton neighborhood of Southeast Seattle, near Seward Park.

Molly Holmes, Secretary
Molly Holmes

Molly Holmes grew up in the Yakima Valley and earned a BA from Central Washington State College in 1948. She and her husband founded a weekly newspaper in Quincy, Grant County, in 1949, a newspaper that is still up and running. A few years and four children later, Molly began work as publications editor for the Washington State School Directors Association in Olympia. She earned a teaching certificate in 1969 and taught children with disabilities for the next 23 years.

An outdoors woman, Molly hikes and kayaks throughout the Northwest. As a volunteer, she has built houses with Habitat for Humanity in Tacoma, Yakima, and Central America, and also managed a volunteer thrift store in Key Center.

Kathe Matrone
Kathe Matrone

Dr. Kathe Matrone has worked over 40 years with individuals with disabilities and rehabilitation organizations in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Michigan. She earned her PhD in Rehabilitation Counseling from Michigan State University. She currently serves as the Director for the University of Washington Center on Continuing Education in Rehabilitation, which provides continuing education and technical assistance on issues facing professionals and organizations working in the field of rehabilitation, including the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Recently, Kathe has seen an increase in requests for information from aging workers about accommodation in the workplace. In addition, rehabilitation professionals are seeking strategies and tools in working with older adults with disabilities seeking employment.

Membership in the Advisory Council offers her the opportunity to become involved in a local organization whose primary purpose focuses on individuals who are aging and aging into disability.

Mac McIntosh
Mac McIntosh

Bruce “Mac” McIntosh worked over 20 years for the Swedish/Providence health care system as part of the hospital’s intensive care unit supporting the medical staff. He served on the SEIU executive board and participated in the LGBT community representing their rights through the Lavender Caucus. He took a leave of absence to dedicate a year to John Kerry’s presidential campaign.

Mac is currently on the Executive Board of the Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA) and is a regular contributor to their newsletter. He advocates for seniors and the most vulnerable through active membership in the Washington State Senior Citizen Lobby and Washington State Alliance for Retired Americans. Mac's primary interests are related to seniors, disadvantaged residents, and the LGBT community.

Tony Provine, Chair
Tony Provine

Tony earned his B.A. and M.A. in Government & Politics from the University of Maryland. As Assistant Chief of Investigations & Licensing for the Department of Consumer Protection of Fairfax County, Virginia, he oversaw a broad spectrum of public programs. Moving to California, Tony became an executive and a consultant for nonprofit organizations. While with Aging Services of California (a group representing more than 400 nonprofit elder care and senior services providers), he launched a new educational foundation to provide professional development programs for caregivers and a wide range of information for consumers. He also served on the Commission on Aging for the Woodland City Council (near Sacramento).

Tony moved to the Seattle area to develop and construct a business in Shoreline. Following the sale of that business, he became more involved with nonprofits and community service organizations. Tony was a seminar presenter for the Seattle Nonprofit Leadership Series sponsored by the Center for Nonprofit Success. He serves on the board of his neighborhood community association, co-chairs the Northeast District Council of Neighborhoods, and is their representative to the City Neighborhood Council. Tony recently served on the board of the Friends of the Seattle Public Library and as a delegate for the Youth & Families Initiative for Seattle.

Sue Shaw
Sue Shaw

Sue earned a B.S. in Health Science from San Jose State University in 1980, and has 30 years experience working in nonprofit health care administration. She moved to Seattle in 2008 upon her retirement from Kaiser Permanente Medical Group (KPMG) in northern California. Much of Sue's focus was on developing and evaluating programs for self-management of chronic conditions, and she received recognition designing an educational intervention for South Asians to reduce cardiac risk.

The past two years have been challenging for Sue as her two adult daughters faced catastrophic health issues resulting in disabilities. Advocating for her family has increased her awareness of the difficulties faced by individuals in gaining access to existing services.

As a member of the Wallingford Community Senior Center, Sue has first-hand knowledge of the benefits of social support provided by Seattle’s senior centers. She participates in the Wednesday lunch program and afternoon Scrabble game on a regular basis.

Diane Snell
Diane Snell

Diane Snell, the immediate past chair of the Advisory Council, was recently appointed to the State Council on Aging. She has been involved in aging issues and services for many years. Diane holds a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Washington. She retired from a career as a medical social worker in Group Health's Home Health and Hospice Programs, where she helped identify local resources for homebound patients. Previously she worked at Eddie Bauer in sales and advertising.

Diane's involvement with issues facing older adults extends to her personal life as well. She launched a senior focus group to help meet a need among older members of her church and, as a grandparent who raised a grandchild, was active in Grandparents Re-Parenting. Diane has strong ties to her community. She currently co-chairs the Leschi Community Council, serves as editor of the Leschi News, and is a strong advocate for public transit.

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King County

Natalie Ellington
Natalie Ellington

Dr. Natalie Ellington is an international teacher, speaker, and author who encourages her audiences to examine alternative methods of accomplishing goals. Her recently released book, Right Choices: Choose the Life You Were Destined to Live, leads the reader to utilize the ability to choose those things that promote positive outcomes in life. As a certified Core Communications instructor, she also conducts workshops and seminars emphasizing practical steps to improving communication skills and resolving conflicts.

Dr. Ellington’s background includes corporate experience as the West Coast Director of Professional Activities with Motown Industries; Director of Marketing and then Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management with Oral Roberts University; Vice President and Dean of Dominion College; Principal of Christian Faith School in Seattle, WA; and currently CEO of Ellington Consulting.

Dr. Ellington serves on the boards of the Federal Way/Auburn Boys and Girls Club, the King County Women’s Advisory Board, Communities in Schools of Federal Way Advisory Board, The Hope House Foundation, and as a Go Red Ambassador for the American Heart Association.

Kris Fredrickson
Kris Fredrickson

Kris Fredrickson works at the Seattle Veterans Administration as a social worker in the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center. She facilitates a caregiver support group and participates in a number of community organizations, including the Elder Abuse Council. Prior to her work at the Veterans Administration, Kris was a mental health professional in the public mental health system.

Kris continues to act as a practicum instructor for University of Washington School of Social Work students and gives presentations on a variety of topics to professional organizations. She is well versed in the needs and services available to people with disabilities across the age spectrum.

Ava Frisinger
Ava Frisinger

Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger, first elected in January 1998, is now serving her fourth term in office. As a City Councilmember and Mayor, she has crafted and implemented human services policies in Issaquah for seniors and special populations.

Besides her duties as mayor, Ava participates in numerous community organizations. She chairs the King County and Cities Consortium for Affordable Housing. In addition she serves on many boards and commissions including the King County Board of Health; the executive board of A Regional Coalition for Housing (ARCH), an Eastside affordable housing group; the executive board of Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery; Eastside Transportation Partnership; Suburban Cities Associations; and the King County Regional Policy Committee, which looks at many topics related to human services.

Ava has been involved with human services provision on the Eastside for many years, extending back into the 1980s as a participant with the Eastside Human Services Forum and Council and the countywide Human Services Roundtable. Housing affordability and public health issues have been of particular interest to her, along with an ongoing focus on special needs populations.

Beverly Heyden
Beverly Heyden

Beverly Heyden retired in 2007 after 39 years in the banking industry. Much of her career was spent at Old National Bank (later called US bank), where she focused on banking operations, consumer lending, and mortgage banking.

Once retired, Beverly was determined to stay healthy and active. She exercised regularly at the North Bellevue Community Center, which features senior and wellness activity programs, and eventually became president of the center's Advisory Board. Under Beverly's leadership, the center established an annual fundraising program.

Beverly is passionate about housing and transportation issues. As a member of the Bellevue Network on Aging Housing/Transportation Committee and the Eastside Easy Rider Collaborative, she advocates for subsidized, supported housing and affordable, reliable transportation.

One of Beverly's biggest concerns is that many seniors on Social Security don’t have enough money to pay rising rents or, if they are homeowners, pay increased property taxes or keep up with regular maintenance.

As an active community member, Beverly continues to participate with RSVP and volunteers once a week at the Humane Society at Happypaws Farm. She resides on the Eastside with her family and four special dogs she adopted from Happy Paws.

Suzanne Pak, Member at Large
Suzanne Pak

Suzanne Pak is the Chief Operating Officer for Cornerstone Medical Services, a community and free clinic health clinic located in South King County. Suzanne is a LEAN marketing, analytics, training, and operations leader with 13 years of management experience from Microsoft, JP Morgan Chase, Wunderman advertising, and Booz-Allen & Hamilton consulting.

At Microsoft, Suzanne managed a $1.5 million budget and eight employees for U.S. Business Marketing Operations analytics team and Global Central Marketing Group’s training team. On behalf of her clients, Countywide Community Forums and King County, she partnered with 38 nonprofit partners, hosted 70 in-person forums with diverse communities, and generated 6,000 survey responses on public policy topics.

Suzanne provides technology workforce training for homeless job seekers (at YMCA, YWCA, and Mary's Place) and serves on the Issaquah Human Services Commission, Issaquah Library Commission, and Puget Sound MIT Alumni Association (chairing their Education Committee). Her white papers include "Implementing Affordable Care Act: Leveraging LEAN & Customer Relationship Management for Impact."

Dave Rogers, Vice-chair
Dave Rogers

Dave Rogers is a member of the Vashon Maury Senior Center, where he volunteers his time as the center’s van driver and as an instructor for the AARP Driving Safety Program. As a resident of Vashon Island, he brings a much needed perspective on living in isolated unincorporated areas of the county.

Prior to retirement, Dave worked as a lobbyist for Special Purpose Districts in Olympia. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and did his graduate work at Evergreen State College and City University.

Dave helped care for a daughter and a sister, both of whom have disabilities. He describes himself as having firsthand knowledge about the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities and their families.

Berta Seltzer
Berta Seltzer

Berta Seltzer describes herself as a member of the aging population and a community volunteer. During the past 25 years, she has been an active member of the eastside community, participating in many human service organizations, including the Bellevue Network on Aging, the City of Bellevue Human Services Committee, and the Eastside Easy Rider Collaborative, a serving a nine-year term on the Bellevue Human Services Commission, and as a founding member of the King County Library System Foundation.

For 20 years, Berta served as an intake worker with families at Youth Eastside Services and spent five years as a pre-sentence writer for the City of Bellevue Adult Probation Division. She attended the University of Southern California, and then taught school in Los Angeles before returning to the Northwest. Berta feels the key issues impacting older adults and people with disabilities include assuring there is adequate funding for home and community based programs, transportation, and affordable housing options.

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United Way

Mary Anderson
Mary Anderson

Mary Anderson serves on the board of Puget Sound Alliance for Retired Americans (PSARA), which advocates for laws, policies and programs that enhance the lives of older adults and people with disabilities. Mary received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Washington and trained as a paralegal. She worked as a litigation paralegal for 12 years and gained expertise in elder law and elder care issues.

Mary's experience as a caregiver for her mother gave her important insights into the needs of the elderly as well as gaps in services. As her knowledge and skills increased, she began to help other older adults through her work as a volunteer for Catholic Community Services. This led her to a role as activist and lobbyist, focusing on aging and disability issues with PSARA and the ADS Advisory Council.

Katty Chow
Katty Chow

Mrs. Katty Chow retired in March 2006 from the United Commercial Bank (former Pacifica Bank) as a Senior Vice President and Private Banking Manager. In banking for 37 years, she gained experience in all areas of Management Operation, Consumer Lending, Product Management, Residential Real Estate Lending, International Operation and Private Banking.

Mrs. Chow joined Enterprise Bank in 1989, after 20 years service with the Bank of America (formerly Seafirst Bank), as one of the original Enterprise Bank team and was responsible for establishment of the Bank’s Asian Clients Service. In 1998, after Enterprise Bank became Washington Mutual Bank, she left Washington Mutual and, as one of the founders group, successfully raised $15 million in the formation of Pacifica Bank, headquartered in Bellevue. In addition to her Private Banking responsibility, she was named to lead the Bank’s residential mortgage lending efforts, catering to customers who immigrated to the U.S.

Active in the community, Mrs. Chow is a former member of the CISC (Chinese Information & Services Center) board of directors, past-president of the Hong Kong Club of Washington, and past-president of the Seattle Chinese Women’s Club. She is a current member of the Kin On Community Healthcare board of directors and an Advisor at SHIBA (Washington State Health Insurance Benefit Advisors).

Mrs. Chow came from Hong Kong in 1966. She has resided in Kirkland/Bellevue since 1967 and has worked on the Eastside for 34 years.

George Dicks
George Dicks

George Dicks, BA, GMHS, RCMHP serves as Lead MHP for the Harborview Mental Health and Addiction Services, Geriatric Psychiatry Clinic. The clinic provides a full range of psychiatric services, including diagnosis, medication management and behavioral education for the management of acute and chronic psychiatric illness that effect older adults and their support network. George has worked with the severely and persistently mentally ill for over 30 years. He is a Certified Geriatric Mental Health Specialist and a Minority Mental Health Specialist for African-Americans.

George has served as a UW School of Social Work continuing education trainer and he has served on the faculty of Edmonds Community College for over 20 years, teaching classes in the Social and Health Sciences Department on aging and mental health counseling.

George is past chair of Seattle Mayor’s Council for African American Elders. He stays involved in the clinical research community through membership in the UW Health Promotion Research Center—the folks who did the research that brought you PEARLS and the UW Fall Prevention Clinic.

Timmie Faghin
Timmie Faghin

Timmie received a Masters in Speech Therapy and Masters of Public Administration from the University of Washington. She has over 20 years experience working on behalf of older adults. For 12 years she supervised adult day care sites for Senior Services of Seattle-King County and coordinated the activities of 13 senior centers. In addition, Timmie has served as director of the Adult Day Care Alliance of Seattle/King County and as assistant to the director of King County Office of Aging Programs. She has extensive experience working with volunteer organizations promoting aging services.

Tom Minty
Tom Minty

Tom Minty is passionate about promoting an awareness of the unique housing needs of people with disabilities and our aging population. Having a friend with Multiple Sclerosis helped raise his own awareness of the obstacles people with disabilities face.

As a Realtor, Tom noticed there was a lack of understanding of the housing needs of people with physical limitations and those wishing to “age in place.” He sought specialized training, earning the designation of Seniors Real Estate Specialist through the National Association of Realtors. Tom speaks at professional conferences and other events, including the Master Builders Association, the Seattle Home Show, and local real estate association events.

Tom participates on the Northwest Universal Design Council, most recently serving on the NWUDC Housing Task Force to create a document targeted to builders and remodelers which defines specific residential universal design features. Tom is committed to educating builders as well as consumers about forward thinking, sustainable home design and construction.

Elizabeth A. Phelan
Elizabeth Phelan, MD, MS

Elizabeth Phelan, MD, MS is associate professor in the division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, adjunct associate professor in the department of Health Services, University of Washington (UW), associate director of the UW Health Promotion Research Center, and affiliate investigator with Group Health's Center for Health Studies. She is co-director of the UW Center for Interdisciplinary Geriatric Research and founder and director of the Fall Prevention Clinic at Harborview Medical Center.

In her capacity as board-certified geriatrician employed by an academic medical center, Dr. Phelan has ongoing, direct patient care responsibilities in the outpatient and inpatient environments as well as teaching and mentoring responsibilities for medical students, housestaff, and fellows. Dr. Phelan's research focuses on promoting health and preventing functional decline in older adults and identifying ways by which health care systems and communities can support preservation of function in community dwelling elders.

n 2003, she received the Paul Beeson Physician Faculty Scholars in Aging Research Program Award to study a new model of care for older adults in primary care settings. In 2000, she received the Pfizer/American Geriatrics Society Foundation for Health in Aging Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research on Health Outcomes in Geriatrics to evaluate the impact of physician practice style on functional status in outpatient elders.

Dr. Phelan received her undergraduate degree in French from Wellesley College in 1986, her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1992, and a Master's in Health Services from the University of Washington in 1998. She completed residency training in internal medicine from 1992-1995 and served as chief resident in internal medicine from 1995-1996 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed clinical research fellowship training with the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program in 1998 and thereafter, pursued a fellowship in geriatric medicine, both at the University of Washington. Since 2000, she has been on faculty at the University of Washington.

Dr. Phelan was named the 2007 UW Department of Medicine's Philip and Helen Fialkow Scholar, an award which honors the late UW dean of medicine and his wife and recognizes the outstanding achievements of junior faculty in medicine in research, teaching, clinical work, and academic citizenship.

Lorna Stone
Lorna Stone

Lorna received a Masters degree in social work from the University of Chicago. She has served as the Senior for Grant Making and the Director of Rural Health at the Washington Health Foundation and volunteers as a trainer with the Rainbow Train, a cultural competency training program for health and social service workers on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender elder issues. Her experience includes hospice social work, health promotion training, counseling, and work with chronically ill populations. The interactive relationships of institutional change, cross-cultural partnerships and social justice remain an abiding interest.

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