Members of Commission
Betsy Butler, Chair
Betsy Butler has been fighting for equality and justice throughout her career. She currently serves as the Executive Director for the California Women’s Law Center where she helps break down barriers and advance the potential of women and girls through transformative litigation, policy advocacy and education.
Prior to joining the Law Center, Ms. Butler served in the California State Assembly, representing the 53rd Assembly District, which covered coastal Los Angeles. During her tenure in the legislature, Ms. Butler prioritized bills addressing the needs of veterans, older Americans, working families, the environment and consumer rights. While in the Legislature, Ms. Butler authored two bills that were signed into law that directly impacted older adults by addressing elder identity theft and changing state law to allow elders and dependent adults to publicly speak out against their abusers even if they receive financial restitution. Committed to those who have served our country, Ms. Butler was honored to be named the 2011 Legislator of the Year by the Vietnam Veterans of America and the 2012 Legislator of the Year by the American Veterans (AMVETS).
A committed advocate for fairness and equal rights, Ms. Butler has worked for the California League of Conservation Voters, the Environmental Defense Fund and the Consumer Attorneys of California. She began her career in public service with Lt. Governor Leo McCarthy and was an appointee of President Bill Clinton in the International Trade Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Butler is an appointed member of the Los Angeles County Probation Commission and she presently serves on the Board of the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project of Los Angeles, Equality California, the Redondo Beach Veterans Memorial Task Force, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles and she is an Advisory Board Member of the Soldier’s Project as well as Peace Over Violence, a domestic violence education and support organization.
Ms. Butler graduated from San Diego State University and from the Executive Program in Management at UCLA.
Jean Schuldberg, Ed.D, LCSW, Vice Chair
Dr. Jean Schuldberg, a Professor at California State University, Chico (CSU, Chico) in the School of Social Work, has practiced social work for more than 25 years with families and older adults in health, mental health, vocational, and disability services. She has served as the Director of the CSU, Chico Master of Social Work (MSW) program since 2006. Dr. Schuldberg is Co-Director for the CSU, Chico Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education that is administered by the New York Academy of Medicine. This program trains MSW students as leaders in service to older adults and their families. Dr. Schuldberg is committed to increasing the number of social workers versed in gerontology to meet the needs of our growing population of older adults. Dr. Schuldberg is also Coordinator of the CSU, Chico Mental Health Stipend Program that trains graduate social students for work in the public behavioral health system. The focus is on a recovery and wellness model that addresses self-determination and collaboration in mental health treatment. Dr. Schuldberg earned a Doctor of Education in International and Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Social Work from Indiana University. Her interests include gerontology, behavioral health, genocide and reconciliation, immigrants and refugees, curriculum development, cultural competency in social work education, distributed education and transitional social work.
Marcy Adelman, Ph.D.
Dr. Marcy Adelman is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist in San Francisco. A pioneer in the field of lesbian and gay aging, she has worked for over 30 years to make visible the lives, concerns and contributions of LGBT elders, and is a leading advocate for quality LGBT elder care and policies that safeguard equal treatment. Marcy and her late partner Jeannette Gurevitch founded Openhouse in 1998 to address the housing and service needs of LGBT elders. Her advocacy and research were pivotal in educating service providers and city and state officials about the unique needs of LGBT elders, leading to collaborative relationships with providers and agencies that resulted in services that are more inclusive and responsive to the needs of the LGBT community
While Marcy’s term on the Openhouse Board expired, 2017 she continues to serve as an advisor to the organization, as well as remaining involved in city, state and national advocacy work on LGBT senior issues. She has served on the LGBT Aging Policy Task Force. Currently, she serves on the Dignity Fund Oversight and Advisory Committee for the City and County of San Francisco; the San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Service Commission; the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California and Nevada’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and serves as a Senior Advisor to SAGE on LGBT Aging and Dementia.
Ms. Schmeding currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for St. Paul’s Senior Services. In this role, she has oversight of the residential facilities including St. Paul’s Manor, John A. McColl Health Center, St. Paul’s Plaza and St. Paul’s Villa as well as the Chaplaincy Program, Dining Services, Facilities, Human Resources and Marketing.
Prior to joining St. Paul’s in 2017, Ms. Schmeding worked with the County of San Diego for 30 years, most recently as the Director of Aging & Independence Services (the Area Agency on Aging for San Diego County) as well as serving as the Public Administrator, Public Guardian and Public Conservator for San Diego County.
Ms. Schmeding is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a certified Residential Facility for the Elderly (RCFE) Administrator.
Rita Saenz, of Sacramento, retired 2016 as director of California governmental affairs at Xerox Corporation, where she served in various positions since 2007. She was chief executive officer at the Academy for Coaching Excellence from 2004 to 2007, director at the California Department of Social Services from 1998 to 2004 and chief executive officer at Maria Nemeth Associates LLC from 1983 to 1998. Ms. Saenz served in the Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in various positions from 1981 to 1983, including appointments secretary. She was director of the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Abuse from 1979 to 1981.
Sedalia Sanders, MBA
Sedalia Sanders is a native of El Centro with a broad range of national, state, regional and local experiences. She is a former Mayor and Council Member for the city of El Centro and the Past State President of the California League of Cities. Sanders is retired from the Imperial County Public Health Department. Sanders is a member of the Area Agency on Aging serving Imperial County. Sanders has testified in a variety of setting on rural development and the issues faced by those living in rural communities. She earned a MBA from the University of Phoenix.
Ed Walsh, MSW
Ed Walsh, of Rancho Mirage, served in various positions at the Riverside County Office of Aging from 2002 to 2012, including director. He retired in 2012. He was acting director of the Senior Care Network, and site director for the Multipurpose Senior Service Program and the Los Angeles County Integrated Care Management Demonstration Project for Huntington Memorial Hospital from 1996 to 2002. Mr. Walsh was a social work consultant and care coordinator for Med Wise Primary Care for Seniors at St. Luke Medical Center in 1995, supervisor of the Multipurpose Senior Services Program at AltaMed Health Services Corporation from 1994 to 1995 and social worker at Huntington Memorial Hospital from 1986 to 1994. Mr. Walsh is a former member of the California Association of Area Agencies on Aging, where he served as vice president. He is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the American Society on Aging, and currently serves on the board of The Joslyn Center. Walsh earned a Master of Social Work degree from California State University, Long Beach.
Joaquin Anguera, Ph.D.
Joaquin Anguera has been involved in the field of aging for over 40 years. He worked for San Diego County in what is now Aging & Independence Services, the local AAA. Through the years, Joaquin has worked in numerous direct service programs and supervised many others. For two years he was the Nursing Home Ombudsman for San Diego County. He later established and managed the first Information and Referral System for the elderly of this county. Active on various boards, Joaquin has worked with the community and with senior advocates in the establishment of several agencies in the local aging network. For the last 15 years, Joaquin has been teaching various gerontology courses at San Diego State University.
Cheryl R. Brown
Cheryl R. Brown of San Bernardino is a former member of the California State Assembly and a family owned small business owner. While in the Legislature she chaired the Assembly Aging and Long-Term Care Committee and authored a concurrent resolution establishing the California Task Force on Family Caregiving. Brown also served on the San Bernardino County and City Planning Commission for 17 years. Brown is a journalist who served as a television talk show host for 12 years.
Joseph A. Cislowski, M.P.P.
Joe Cislowski has devoted his career to providing services to, and advocating for, older adults and other vulnerable populations. His consulting experience includes providing policy and management services to nonprofit associations, higher education institutions, political entities, medical centers, and private funders. His nonprofit management experience includes directing several nonprofit groups serving older adults and people with disabilities. Mr. Cislowski’s legislative experience includes staff positions with both the U.S. Congress and the California Legislature where he specialized in health care, social services, and consumer protection. He also staffed the National Institutes of Health and the National Commission on Children, chaired by John D. Rockefeller IV. Mr. Cislowski has political campaign experience as a consultant, volunteer, and ballot argument signer for various candidates and ballot measures at the national, state and local levels. He served as chair of the County of Los Angeles Public Library Commission and has been a board member or volunteer for numerous nonprofit organizations. Mr. Cislowski received his Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.
Judge Julie Conger retired from the Alameda County Superior Court in 2008 after 26 years of service as a judge; she currently sits as an Assigned Judge in numerous counties in northern California. Judge Conger has been prominent both nationally and in California in the field of Elder Abuse for many years; in 2002, she established the first Elder Protection Court in the United States. Judge Conger is committed to expanding access to the courts for Seniors and vulnerable persons, to strengthening legal protections for Elders, and to eradicating the scourge of Elder Abuse. Judge Conger resides in Sonoma.
Stuart Greenbaum, of Sacramento, has been president and creative director of Greenbaum Public Relations since 1991. He was vice president of public relations and brand management at Eskaton from 2009 - 2013. He was director of public relations for LeadingAge from 2006 to 2008 and co-founder and communications director of the National School Safety Center from 1985 to 1990. Mr. Greenbaum was a publications specialist at the California Attorney General's Office from 1981 to 1984, and the California District Attorneys Association from 1976 to 1980. He received a Master of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University.
Meea Kang, M.Arch
Senior Vice President
Meea Kang is a leader in affordable housing and transit-oriented development. She has successfully developed multiple award-winning, projects that exemplify social responsibility and sustainable design.
Ms. Kang is an expert in navigating California’s complex land use entitlement processes, forging innovative public-private partnerships, and structuring multi-layered financing bringing difficult projects to fruition. Prior to joining Related, Ms. Kang was President and Co-Founder of Domus Development, LLC, where she led the company’s development activities for fifteen years.
In 2016, Governor Brown appointed Ms. Kang to serve on the California Commission on Aging. She is a founding board member for the Council of Infill Builders and a Trustee for the California Museum. She earned a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cornell University.
For well over a decade, Shelley Lyford has been a passionate and unwavering champion for seniors, advocating for aging issues throughout California and across the country. Lyford leads West Health, a family of nonprofit, nonpartisan organizations dedicated to lowering costs to enable successful aging for seniors through a combination of outcomes-based philanthropy, applied medical research, and policy and advocacy.
In 2006, Lyford played a central role in establishing the Gary and Mary West Foundation, one of only six private, non-operating foundations in the country solely dedicated to senior issues. The Foundation has awarded more than 534 grants totaling nearly $212 million to support and develop comprehensive home- and community-based models of care, backed with applied medical research, for seniors and their caregivers, which are designed to be replicated across the nation.
Examples of innovative care models developed under Lyford’s leadership include the Gary and Mary West Senior Emergency Care Unit at UC San Diego Health, California’s first nationally-accredited facility; the first-of-its-kind Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center, to ensure low-income seniors have access to high-quality, affordable dental care integrated with health and wellness services.
To increase awareness of the issues facing California’s seniors, Lyford partnered with The SCAN Foundation to create the “We Stand With Seniors, Will You?” public education campaign, which culminated in Governor Gavin Newsom’s historic commitment to develop a Master Plan for Aging in California. In Washington, D.C., Lyford is an ardent voice for seniors advocating for Medicare’s ability to directly negotiate to lower prescription drug costs, encouraging the acceleration of value-based care models and increasing pricing transparency.
Lyford currently serves as Vice Chair of Civica Rx, a not-for-profit generic drug company that will help patients by addressing shortages and lowering the high prices of lifesaving medications; Board Director of the Gary and Mary West Foundation; Board Chair of the Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center; and Board Member of Generations United and the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation.
Lyford holds a master’s degree in international relations and political economy from the University of San Diego, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.
Debbie J. Meador
Debbie Meador enjoyed a nearly 30-year career in the oversight of state and local government programs and operations. She was the Chief Consultant of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee from 2013 to 2018 when she retired. Before joining the Legislature, Debbie had a successful 24-year career at the California State Auditor’s Office, serving as Chief of Legislative Affairs during her last 13 years.
During her oversight career, Debbie gained valuable experience and developed expert skills in research and analysis of numerous policy areas including health and social services, K-12 and higher education, transportation, local government, energy and utilities, veterans’ affairs, and consumer boards.
Debbie is a Certified Public Accountant (currently inactive) and holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from California State University, Dominquez Hills. She is a California native from Los Angeles and currently lives in Sacramento County. Debbie’s interest and passion continue to include advocacy and good government. As such, she is honored to use her skills, knowledge, and experience to further the mission and goals of the California Commission on Aging.
Robert M. Petty, Ph.D.
With over thirteen years advising individuals about Medicare as well as providing community education, Dr. Petty is known for his knowledge and service helping seniors and their families. He has given over 300 workshops, seminars, and classes at senior centers, public libraries, and senior service organizations throughout California. He informs and advises seniors with decisions regarding Medicare, long-term care, and Social Security individually and in small groups. He is known for creating Boomer Education 101, a mini-class for emerging seniors. Outside of this work Bob has served on the Advisory Council for the Monterey County Area Agency on Aging for over 10 years and represents his district in the Assembly of the California Senior Legislature. He served on the Community Choices/ADRC Advisory Committee for the CA Health and Human Services Agency and managed the local Health Insurance Counseling and Advising Program. In 2005 he was a California delegate to the White House Conference on Aging. Dr. Petty studied Psychology at UCLA and the University of Illinois. He was a university professor specializing in social psychology and counseling.
Jane McAndrew Rozanski, M.A.
Jane Rozanski, of Camarillo retired in 2015 as Chief Executive Officer of the Camarillo Health Care District, after 22 years. Jane’s prior careers included serving as Executive Director of Camarillo Hospice, from 1988-1992; Institutional Advancement Office for Oxnard Community College, from 1992-1993.
Currently, her involvement includes Member of: Somis Union School District’s Measure S Bond Oversight Committee; CA Elder Justice Coalition, Caregiving Subcommittee; St. John’s Hospital Community Board’s Healthy Communities Committee; Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin’s Older Population Advisory Council; Rotary Club of Camarillo (Past President) Co-Chair of Membership; CA Women Lead; and the CCoA’s Executive Committee. For her extensive community service, she was named CA Legislative Woman of the Year.