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Advisory Council Members

Our Council comprises up to 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.

(Click on the name of a member to view their biography and picture.)

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2016 Executive Committee:

Chair: 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.

Appointed by the City of Seattle.

Vice-chair: Hon. David Baker
David Baker photo

David was raised in Los Angeles and educated in Los Angeles Public Schools. He holds an RN degree from Iowa Western Community College, both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Nebraska, and a PhD from Iowa State University. David and his wife Sheri moved to Kenmore in 1995. They have three children.

Currently, David serves as mayor of the City of Kenmore and sits on numerous local and regional committees, including the King County Board of Health, King County Regional Transportation Committee, and Sound Cities Board of Directors.

In addition, David owns a machine vision and video inspection company and an Internet-based cell phone service company that specializes in cell phone repairs and accessories.

Appointed by King County.

Secretary: 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.

Appointed by the City of Seattle.

Member at Large: Marsha Andrews
photo of Advisory Council member Marsha Andrews

Marsha Andrews received her law degree in 1992 and worked several years as a contractor, conducting hearings on Fissile Material for the Department of Energy in Washington, DC. She returned home to the Northwest to assist her mother in the care of her sister, who was battling complications due to diabetes.

Not wanting to take another bar exam, Marsha became self-employed as a commercial Realtor, specializing in the sale of gas stations and other commercial properties. The flexibility of self-employment gave her the opportunity to be a caregiver to her mother, who recently passed at age 95.

Marsha recalls that the last part of her mother’s journey was an eye opener. Marsha noticed that elderly people who did not have anyone to speak on their behalf were treated differently than those who did (e.g., regarding insurance, care decisions, etc.).

“My mom and I talked about it, prior to her death,” Marsha says. “I made a promise to her that I would become an advocate for those who lacked the voice needed to speak for those lacking representation.”

Marsha has since been appointed by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray to the Mayor’s Council for African American Elders. She also sits on the board of Samuel B. McKinney Manor, a housing development for seniors.

Appointed by United Way.

Council Members:

Mary Anderson
Mary Anderson

Mary Anderson previously served on the board and remains active in 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.

Appointed by United Way.

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.

Appointed by the City of Seattle.

Katty Chow
Photo of ADS Advisory Council member Katty Chow

Mrs. Katty Chow has 37 years of experience in the banking industry, including all areas of management operation, consumer lending, product management, residential real estate lending, international operation, and private banking. She retired in March 2006 as a Senior VP at United Commercial Bank (former Pacifica Bank).

Mrs. Chow emigrated from Hong Kong in 1966. She has lived in Kirkland/Bellevue since 1967 and has been active in the community. In addition to several terms on the ADS Advisory Council, she is a former board member of Chinese Information & Service Center, past president of the Hong Kong Club of Washington, and past president of the Seattle Chinese Women's Club. Currently, she serves on the Kin On Community Healthcare board of directors and as a SHIBA Advisor (Statewide Health Insurance Benefit Advisor), under the auspices of the Washington State Insurance Commissioner.

Appointed by United Way.

Carolyn S. Heersema

Carolyn Heersema is a member of the Saanya Kwaan Neix.adi Clan (The People of SE Wind) and Raven Moiety Halibut/Beaver Clan house (Saxman Alaska). As a delegate on the Tlingit and Haida Washington Chapter, vice-president of the Alaska Native Sisterhood, board director of the Cape Fox village corporation, and member of the American Indian Women’s League Washington Chapter, Carolyn has helped provide Native families and elders with food, shelter, medical care, and other needs and worked to address long-term well-being and self-sufficiency.

Carolyn is also a Tlingit dance leader. The Seattle Cape Fox Dancers represent four generations.

Carolyn has experience working for a home care agency, and she managed her parents’ medical, emotional, and financial needs in later life. Carolyn’s grown daughter lives with mental and physical disabilities that resulted from contracting bacterial meningitis as an infant.

Appointed by King County.

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.

Appointed by King County.

Hon. Debora Juarez

Bio pending

Appointed by the City of Seattle.

Eric Martenson
Eric Martenson photo

Eric worked in the hospitality industry until 2007, when an earlier disabling injury forced a conclusion to that part of his career. Eric returned to college in 2012, entering the social and human services field. During his associate years, Eric developed an interest in improving senior’s quality of life through direct interaction, advocacy and lobbying. He continues his studies, now in a public health bachelors program, and his work with the council, senior services, and his community. Eric has outstanding culinary skills, a positive attitude to life every day, and desire to leave each day a better place from his being there.

Appointed by United Way.

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.

Appointed by the City of Seattle.

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.

Appointed by the City of Seattle.

Kate Miller
Kate Miller photo

With over 13 years serving older King County residents, Kate Miller has developed a real understanding of the needs, challenges and joys of aging in our area. Starting as a volunteer at the Sno-Valley Senior Center, Kate hired on as program coordinator in 2000. She prides herself on being integral to Sno-Valley’s reputation as the friendliest senior center around. Facing the challenges of serving elders in a rural environment, she developed and provided unique services that allowed residents to age in place.

In 2012, Kate was offered the opportunity to develop the Older Americans Title VI Grant Program for the Snoqualmie Tribe, from the ground up. She was able to implement a program that filled service gaps she had identified previously. With essential programs such as dental/denture services, hearing aids, minor home repair, access to health care and in-home care, she has been able to improve the wellbeing of tribal elders.

A lifelong resident of King County, Kate was born in Bellevue and is a Western Washington University graduate. She lives with her husband of almost 30 years. Their two grown daughters still live in the area.

Appointed by King County.

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.

Appointed by United Way.

Sue Weston
Sue Weston [photo]

Sue Weston cared for her terminally-ill mother for five years and experienced many of the problems that long-term caregivers experience. Drugs and treatments were expensive, and she struggled to keep her mother’s health care insurance from canceling. “Mom was lucky, she had me to fight for her,” Sue says. “But many seniors, as they become more seriously ill and confused, are dropped through the cracks in America’s health system. As a single parent of two children who had lived for over 10 years in Canada, I saw first hand the difficulties and short comings of American medical care for the elderly.”

Since Sue’s mother passed away in 2005, she has volunteered a lot of time at the Vashon Senior Center, the Vashon Community Care Center, and supporting and helping to care for those in need in the church and the greater Vashon Island community. “Many of the senior support services taken for granted in the larger urban community are not available or accessible in the more rural areas of King County,” Sue says. “A senior myself, I care what happens to other seniors.”

Appointed by United Way.

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