Board of Directors

 

Chair, Jim Provenza

“The health and wellbeing of older adults in Yolo County is very important. I am glad to be a part of this effort.”

Supervisor Jim Provenza began his service on the Yolo County Board of Supervisors January 2009.  His priorities at Yolo County include the preservation and protection of open space and farm land in Yolo County, and the promotion of services for children, crime victims, seniors, and the disabled.   He is committed to ensuring that Yolo County is able to provide essential health and law enforcement services and public safety protection. Supervisor Provenza has 29 years of county and state government experience, and a long career in public interest law. For the past 15 years, he has worked as a special assistant district attorney. He earned his law degree from UC Davis and is a member of the California State Bar Association. He has served as Executive Director of the Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County, managing countywide programs providing legal representation to victims of domestic violence and the elderly and as managing attorney for Legal Services of Northern California, representing victims of housing discrimination in federal civil rights actions. In his career, Supervisor Provenza served as counsel to Senate Judiciary Committee Chair and wrote California’s hate crime law and legislation related to the reform of the criminal justice system. He later served as chief counsel to the Assembly Public Safety Committee and soon after, was hired to represent district attorneys at the State Capitol. Supervisor Provenza first entered public office in 2003 as a Member of the Davis Joint Unified Board of Education. He served as President of the Board of Education from 2006-2007. During his time on the Board, he advocated for special needs children, helped the Davis School District revamp budgeting systems to ensure continued quality education, and supported excellence in education for all students.

Vice Chair, Suzanne Reed

“Seniors & organizations serving seniors must engage in mutual support if we are going to create a tapestry of services we can access to remain as healthy, active and independent as possible as we age.”

Suzanne’s career in public policy spans over 40 years.  She began her career in the U.S. Senate as staff to the Interior and Insular Affairs Committee (now Energy and Natural Resources).  After a hiatus to complete her Master’s degree at Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, she returned to the U.S. Senate as Legislative Aide for Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE). Suzanne left the US Senate to serve as Energy Advisor in the California Governor Jerry Brown’s Office of Planning and Research.  In 1977 Governor Brown appointed her to the California Energy Commission where she spearheaded programs in alternative energy and energy conservation.  After serving on the Commission, Suzanne continued her career in the private sector.  She was Vice President of the public opinion research firm, Fairbank, Maslin and Maullin for eight years and then operated her own successful market research and marketing communications company. Suzanne became Chief of Staff to Assembly Member Carol Liu in 2000.  She is now Chief of Staff to Senator Carol Liu who chairs the Senate Education Committee and the Select Committee on Aging and Long Term Care.  Suzanne serves as Principal Consultant to the Select Committee and is a frequent public speaker on aging and long term care reform.

Board Member, Dawn Myers 

“Aging services have been my passion for my entire career. As a social worker I know only too well that system change requires advocacy, coordination and education and this is exactly what YHAA provides. It is an honor to serve on the YHAA Board of Directors on behalf of this community and the many elders who inspire me everyday.”

Dawn Myers, MSW has been the Program Director of Woodland Healthcare’s Yolo Adult Day Health Center for since 1996. In this capacity, Dawn leads her team while overseeing all operations of the Adult Day Health and Alzheimer Day Care Resource Center programs placing high emphasis on quality care, client health and sense of well-being. Before joining YADHC, Dawn was a Program Manager for the Area 4 Agency on Aging for two years, providing oversight to over 15 social service programs serving older adults in a seven-county area. Dawn also serves on the board of the California Association of Adult Day Services having just completed her term as statewide Board President. She is an appointee to the California Department of Health and Human Services Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders Committee, a 2005 graduate of the Sierra Health Foundation Health Leadership Program and a longtime member of the Yolo County Adult and Aging Commission. In recognition of Women’s History Month, Assembly member Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) named Dawn Myers  as the 2011 Woman of the Year from the 8th Assembly District.

Board Member, Nancy Pennebaker

“Yolo Healthy Aging Alliance is a gathering place for ensuring quality programs and services that our elders need and deserve. Serving our aging community is an honor I wholeheartedly.”

As a community volunteer and passionate advocate for both underserved young children and aging adults, Nancy works to increase and enhance social services for aging adults. She is committed to bringing additional, relevant social services to our rural areas. Nancy and her husband were long term residents of Capay Valley in the northwestern portion of Yolo County. She served as Executive Director of Capay Valley Vision and is a tireless advocate to find ways to provide needed services to the residents in rural areas of Yolo County. Nancy has over thirty years of experience in higher education and non-profit administration with positions at Lane Community College; University of California, San Francisco; California State University, Sacramento: in marketing, development, editor, writer, publications. non-profit administration, contracts and grants, alumni affairs, board of director relations, veteran affairs and fundraising. Nancy currently also serves as a Yolo County representative on the Agency on Aging-Area 4 Governing Board and also serves on their Executive Committee. She has also served with Pathways for Veterans, Inc. as an Esparto Unified School District Board Trustee, with RISE, Inc. as a Project Director for SunRISE Children’s Development Center, and the event manager of a Taste of Capay.

Board Member, Denise Peach

“After 30 years of state government aging work, I want to have a more direct
impact at the local level in my community.”

Denise serves as chair of the YHAA Advocacy Committee and the Development/Fundraising Committee and is playing a key role in the planning of the Davis Adult Day Program and expansion of the Yolo Adult Day Health Center. She recently retired from the California Department of Aging after 30 years of state service, 17 of which were in management and leadership positions in Medi-Cal and Aging services. As the former Chief of the Community-Based Adult Services Branch Denise developed and implemented legislation and policy focused on the needs of and services for the elderly and disabled adults. Denise has also served on the board of Village Homes Homeowners Association, including holding officer positions and acting as lead of the VH Horticultural Committee. Denise was the 2016 recipient of the Senator John Heinz Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Adult Day Services (awarded by the National Adult Day Services Association [NADSA]). Denise is an avid organic gardener and love to cook for family and friends using local, seasonal ingredients.

Board Member, Pat Leary 

“I welcome the opportunity to assist as a Board member in meeting community challenges, through building strong relationships, leveraging existing resources in new ways to multiply their impact, and to support our aging residents as vibrant, thriving and integrated members of our community.”

Pat has been a Yolo County resident for nearly two decades. She most recently served as a Chief Deputy Director for the California Department of Social Services. Prior to that role, she was the Assistant County Administrator for Yolo County for 6 years. Pat also had the privilege of working in the Legislature as a staff to the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services where aging issues were heard and supported.

Pat has a long held an interest in aging and senior issues and has worked in this policy area for many years. On a personal level, she served as the caregiver for her own mother for seven years. Pat understand that the services and supports for this population have not grown commensurately with their increase as a share of the population, and although access to services has improved, for many, help remains out of reach. Innovation, collaboration and creativity are critical at the local level to ensure to meet their current and future needs. Pat welcomes the opportunity to assist as a Board member in meeting those challenges, through building strong relationships, leveraging existing resources in new ways to multiply their impact, and to support our Aging residents as vibrant, thriving and integrated members of our community.

Board Member, Ramon Altamirano

My wife and I are over 65 and I am committed to assuring the services and challenges for older adults will be addressed in Yolo County. I am happy to be a part of Yolo Healthy Aging Alliance, an organization that is working to address these challenges.  

Ramon serves as the YHAA treasurer and is a Winters resident who is a family small business owner.  He is a member of the City of Winters Planning Commission and Hispanic Advisory Committee and the treasurer of the Winters Health Foundation Board of Directors.  He also is the former CFO of the Sacramento Latino Center of Arts and Culture and the American Agents Alliance.

Executive Director, Sheila Allen

“I am proud to be a part of an organization that brings together the community to addresses real issues. We are making a difference!”

Sheila Allen, RN, PhD is the Executive Director of the Yolo Healthy Aging Alliance (YHAA).  Dr. Allen received her Master’s and PhD in Nursing from the University of California-San Francisco and a BS in nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Her research and clinical practice is in home care and public health policy.  She is a member of the American Nurses Association/California and served two terms as an elected school board member for the Davis Joint Unified School District. Dr. Allen also serves as staff to the Yolo County Commission on Aging and Adult Services.