Members of Commission
Ed Walsh, MSW, 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, Vice 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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Bill Earley, Esq.
Bill Earley is the Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel for West Health, a San Diego-based non-profit dedicated to enabling older adults to successfully age in place. As a member of the organization’s leadership team, he works to advance senior-appropriate acute care, chronic care and long-term services and supports models of care for older adults, caregivers and their families, with a focus on making them more accessible and affordable. Earlier in his career Bill served as Chief Executive Officer for the American Red Cross of San Diego and as a partner at Denton’s law firm.
Bill’s long history of community and public service has been marked by a Congressional Gold Medal for exemplary service to his community. His commitment is exemplified by his service to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, LEAD San Diego and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. Throughout his career, Bill has been eager to engage with public, nonprofit and private-sector institutions in order to address opportunities and take on challenges for his community and his state. Bill holds a Juris Doctorate with honors from Georgetown University Law Center and graduated with high honors from San Diego State University.
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.
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.