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.

Board Member, Cindy Jacob

“I chose to serve on the YHAA Board in
hopes to give a voice to the aging.”

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, 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, Cindi Unger 

“I serve to advocate for people with Alzheimer’s disease as they can no longer advocate for themselves. I serve to advocate for their family caregivers because they have a really important 24/7 job.”

Cindi is recognized as a local pioneer in Alzheimer’s specific care, and brings 28+ years of Alzheimer’s care and training to our board. Cindi is a community and provider trainer for dementia care with Comfort Keepers.  In addition to actively participating in legislative processes to implement industry-wide changes and standards for the care of individuals with Alzheimer’s, Cindi opened one of the first memory care communities in the state.

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.”

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

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.”

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.