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2015 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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2015 Executive Committee:

Chair: Ava Frisinger
Ava Frisinger

Ava Frisinger is the former four-term mayor of the City of Issaquah. As a City Councilmember and Mayor, she crafted and implemented human services policies in Issaquah for seniors and special populations.

Ava participates in numerous community organizations and 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.

Vice-chair: Vacant

Position to be filled in the near future.

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.

Member at Large: 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.

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.

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.

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.

Hon. John Okamoto
John Okamoto photo

Seattle City Councilmember John Okamoto brings his experience in realms of public policy, finance, administration, human resources management, labor relations, planning, public works, transportation, economic development, tourism, healthcare, and public education to his role as Seattle City Councilmember and chair of the Council’s Housing Affordability, Human Services, and Economic Resilience Committee.

He also has a commitment to lifelong learning. After earning a Master's Degree in public administration from the University of Washington, John furthered his education at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and Northwest University's Kellogg School of Business.
John has run three different cabinet departments for the City of Seattle, most recently as Interim Director of the Human Services Department in 2014–2015.

As a child of Japanese-American parents who were unjustly imprisoned during World War II, John lived with that injustice and has worked throughout his career to root out discrimination. He believes in creating equitable and fair access to opportunities for all people who are victims of unjust systems.

John lives in the Seward Park neighborhood with his wife Sharon. His children and their families live nearby. His joy is his three grandchildren.

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.

Sue Shaw, Secretary
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.

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King County

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.

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, Chair
Ava Frisinger

Ava Frisinger is the former four-term mayor of the City of Issaquah. As a City Councilmember and Mayor, she crafted and implemented human services policies in Issaquah for seniors and special populations.

Ava participates in numerous community organizations and 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tom Minty, Member at Large
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), 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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