Members of Commission
Paul Downey, Chair
Paul Downey became President/CEO of Serving Seniors in 1995 and has guided the agency’s innovative efforts to provide supportive services focused on keeping low-income seniors healthy and independent. The agency serves over 580,000 nutritious congregate and home delivered meals (breakfast and lunch) annually, 365 days per year, at 10 sites in San Diego County.
Serving Seniors’ flagship facility, the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center, provides case management, healthcare, mental healthcare, life-long learning and civic engagement for the seniors. Full dental services will be added onsite in spring 2016. It is considered a national model for the comprehensive provision of supportive services for seniors in poverty.
Paul has been a leader in the fight to provide affordable housing for seniors. He opened a 200-unit, low-income, senior housing complex called Potiker Family Senior Residence in downtown San Diego in August of 2003. He opened a second project, a 150-unit affordable housing complex for seniors in City Heights, in August 2007. The agency also operates transitional housing for homeless seniors.
Paul serves as Chair of the California Commission on Aging, the principal advisory board to the Governor, State Legislature, and State, Federal and local departments and agencies on issues affecting older adults. He also serves on the Board of Directors and Public Policy Committee for the American Society on Aging (ASA). Paul is past president of the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP) based in Washington DC, serves as San Diego Supervisor Dianne Jacob’s appointee on the County of San Diego’s Social Services Advisory Board, and is past chair of the Dean’s Advisory Committee for the College of Health and Human Services at San Diego State University.
In 2015, Paul was invited by President Obama to participate in the White House Conference on Aging. In 2005, he was appointed by Congresswoman Susan Davis as a delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging.
Paul is a graduate of San Diego State University with a degree in journalism. In July 2010, he completed a certificate program in Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management from Harvard Business School.
Ed Walsh, MSW, Vice Chair
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.
Betsy Butler is the Executive Director of the California Women?s Law Center (CWLC) where she leads the organization?s mission to pursue justice for women and girls throughout the state. Prior to joining CWLC, Ms. Butler represented the 53rd Assembly District in the California Legislature from 2010-2012 where she prioritized the needs of veterans, seniors, working families, the environment and consumer rights. While in the Legislature, Ms. Butler had fourteen bills signed into law, two of which directly impacted older Americans by addressing elder identity theft and changing state law to allow seniors and dependent adults to publicly speak out against their abusers even if they receive financial restitution. Her commitment to justice and equality spans her career and includes time working at the California League of Conservation Voters, the Environmental Defense Fund and the Consumer Attorneys of California. Ms. Butler 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 US Department of Commerce in Washington, DC. She presently serves on the board of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, Equality California, the Gay Men?s Chorus of Los Angeles and Peace Over Violence. Ms. Butler graduated from San Diego State University and from the Executive Program in Management at UCLA.
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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.
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.
Jean Schuldberg, Ed.D, LCSW
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.
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.
Steven Castle, M.D.
Dr. Steven Castle, of Los Angeles has been clinical director of geriatrics at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Grea ter Los Angeles Health Care System, and professor of genetic medicine at University of California, Los Angeles since 1986. Dr. Castle has been president and chief executive officer of DrBalance Inc. since 2012. He received a Doctor of Medicine degree from Ohio State College of Medicine.
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.
Lucille T. Fisher, Ph.D., R.N.
Lucille Fisher of San Francisco is Clinical Professor and Curriculum Director for the Master’s program in Healthcare Administration at UC San Francisco. Prior to her current work, she was project director of a National Institutes of Health-funded study of adolescents with disabilities, their families and transitions to adulthood. Previously, she worked with other public health professionals in the areas of mental health, long term care and cultural diversity.
Dr. Fisher earned her Master of Arts degree in education from Stanford University and PhD in Nursing at UC San Francisco. She has received numerous awards and scholarships for her contributions to healthcare including creating innovative programs from the American Psychiatric Nursing Association and a Evercare Scholarship from the UCSF/Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence.
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.
Gail Nickerson, of Citrus Heights, has been director of rural health clinic services at Adventist Health since 2004. She held multiple positions at Rosenberg and Associates, including consultant from 2000 to 2004 and office manager and consultant from 1984 to 1991. Mrs. Nickerson was executive director of the North Country Clinic from 1994 to 1999 and administrator at the Southern Humboldt Medical Center from 1991 to 1994. She is a member of the National and California State Rural Health Associations, the National and California Associations of Rural Health Clinics and the California Mental Health Planning Council.
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.
Kathy Randall, MSW, LCSW
Kathy Randall, LCSW, has spent 35 years working as a geriatric social worker, starting her career working with Holocaust survivors living in senior subsidized housing in St Louis, Missouri. Ms. Randall worked for 12 years as a geriatric care manager, focused in keeping her older adult clients out of nursing homes and out of the emergency room. She retired in 2012 in order to channel her passion as a community organizer into building collaborations for age-friendly communities. Her community involvements include founder of Scripps Ranch Elder Care Alliance (SR 50 Plus Club), co-founder of San Diego Dementia Consortium, co-founder of San Diego Geriatric Care Managers Local Unit, and membership on numerous boards and advisory councils, including the Western Geriatric Care Managers, the Parkinson’s Association, Aging and Independence Services, the Triple-A Council of California, and the UC San Diego Center for Health Aging Community Advisory Council. Ms., Randall received her Masters’ of Social Work from Washington University of St. Louis, Missouri.
Carmen E. Reyes
Carmen Eneida Reyes, of Los Angeles, is Center and Community Relations Manager at the Los Angeles Community Academic Partnership in Research in Aging (L.A. CAPRA) housed in the Division of Geriatrics in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA established to test and adapt culturally relevant, practical and effective community-partnered research studies to improve the health status of ethnically diverse older adults in Los Angeles County. Ms. Reyes has over 35 years experience in the field of health and human services with an emphasis in the field of aging and social justice issues impacting ethnically diverse communities. Her previous employment includes community organizer, Assistant Director at Center for Employment in Training in San Diego, Community Technical Assistance Manager for the National Council of La Raza in Washington D.C., and Community Development Manager at the Edward R. Roybal Institute for Applied Gerontology at California State University, Los Angeles.
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.