Commission on Aging Member Biographies

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COA Betty WebBetty Rhodes  

Betty has served with the Napa County Commission on Aging since July 2001

She is immediate past Commission Chair, having served 2 terms.  She also serves as Chair of Caregiver Permit Education Ad-hoc Committee.

Betty also enjoys membership on the Napa Senior Advisory Commission, and a member of the Elder Abuse prevention Agency, chaired by District Attorney Gary Lieberstein.

Betty served on the board of Leadership Napa Valley for a year after graduating Class 22.

She is a member of California Senior Leaders, Berkeley University and was honored as Outstanding Community Booster of the Year, May 2008, by the Napa Chamber Foundation and Mechanics Bank.

Betty also writes a column in the Napa Valley Register called Senior Corner. 

 

 

 

COA Kristi WebKristi Lesnewich

Kristie Lesnewich is currently the Vice Chair of the Commission and has been a Commissioner since February of 2008. Since 2003, Kristi has been the Staff Attorney for Legal Aid of Napa Valley’s Senior Legal Services Program, specializing in all aspects of elder law. She practiced with Legal Assistance for Seniors in Oakland until late 2005. Kristi was a volunteer attorney and intake volunteer for Legal Aid of the North Bay, and received the 2003 Wiley W. Manuel Award for outstanding pro bono service.

A graduate of the University of San Francisco Law School, Kristi received a Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Laboratory Science from the University of Pittsburgh.

She has extensive experience in the health care profession, including volunteer surgery support work for the international volunteer surgery programs in Outer Mongolia, Guatemala and the Philippines. She is interim chair of the Napa Valley Latino Elder Coalition, is a member of the In Home Support Services advisory committee, of the Healthy Aging Population Initiative and the District Attorney Elder Abuse Prevention Council.

 

  

 

  Lilia NavarroCOA Lilia Web

Lilia was appointed to the Commission on Aging in 2009.

She has been very active in the Mexican community since her arrival to Napa from Michoacan, Mexico

For over 25 years, Lilia’s work with the Napa Valley College’s Folklorico Dance Troupe has kept Mexican dance traditions alive in Napa. She has recently retired   and is presently involved with a new ballet Folklorico as director, coordinator, and occasional instructor.

Lilia is also a volunteer for the Community Health Workers Network (Red de Promotoras y Trabajadores Comunitarios) in Napa.

She is also past president for the Napa County Migrant Education program and is currently an active board member of Latinos Unidos del Valle de Napa Y Solano.

Lilia was also a column writer for the Hispanos Unidos newspaper.

She is an active volunteer for many organizations that seek bilingual and bicultural participants, and in May of 2008, Lilia was awarded the title “Hispanic Citizen of the Year”

 

   

COA Naomi WebNaomi Dreskin-Anderson

Naomi Dreskin-Anderson is an attorney whose practice emphasizes issues of the elderly and their families. Naomi currently serves on the Board of Directors of Legal Aid of Napa Valley (Past President) and also serves as Co-Chair of Healthy Aging Population Initiative (HAPI). She has served four terms as Chair of the Napa County Commission on Aging. She is a graduate of Leadership Napa Valley.  Prior to becoming a lawyer, Naomi was executive director of the California Long Term Care Ombudsman Association. She currently also coordinates StopFalls Napa Valley, a program of the Area Agency on Aging.

  

Shirley BlomquistCOA Shirley Web

Shirley Blomquist was appointed to the Commission in July 2008, and appointed secretary in November 2008 and still holds that position.  She has a 25 year background in Corporate Human Resources in the retail industry. Shirley is currently employed at Silverado Orchards Retirement Home in St. Helena and has been working with seniors at this facility for over 7 years. She also volunteers at the Calistoga Community Pool.
Shirley is on the Board of Directors of the Sharpsteen Museum in Calistoga, the Board of Directors of Chateau Calistoga Homeowners Organization, a member of the Calistoga Community Pool Advisory Committee, also an Ambassador for the Calistoga Chamber of Commerce. In addition to working at getting volunteers for the California Preservation Conferences, and many activities in Calistoga.
Shirley is very familiar with the concerns of Older Adults, and feels by being a Commissioner for Napa County she can better help solve some of their concerns.

  

COA Terri WebTerri Restelli-Deits

Terri Restelli-Deits received her MSW degree with specialization in Gerontology from UC California at Berkeley and her BA in Psychology from Dominican University of San Rafael. As the former Planner for the Area Agency on Aging Serving Napa and Solano, she helped to create the following elder abuse programs in Napa and Solano Counties: two Elder Death Review Teams (EDRT) and two Financial Abuse Specialist Teams (FAST), two Mental Health Service Act programs, and Latino Outreach Program, Financial Abuse Specialist Team (Solano FAST), and Stop Falls Napa Valley Fall Prevention Program.  Since 2005, she has been actively involved in Mental Health Services Act MHSA planning activities. She was the state’s “older adult representative” on the Mental Health Oversight Accountability Commission (MHOAC) Services Committee (2010). She has broad work experience in various sectors: public and private non-profit organizations, and large healthcare hospital settings serving the Napa Community: Multipurpose Senior Service Program, Linkages  Program, Geropsychiatric Case Management  Adult Protective Services, and as a hospital medical social worker and discharge planner for St. Helena Hospital.  Her personal experience includes serving as a caregiver for both parents.

 

  

Heather Stanton

Heather Stanton worked for local government for 30 years working for the City of San Jose and the City of Napa.  Heather also operated a public relations firm for 15 years specializing in political campaign strategy and management. 

Heather was the director of the City of Napa Community Resource Department for 10 years.  During that time Heather oversaw construction of the Las Flores Community Center, rehabilitation of the Napa High School, construction of the Napa Skateboard Parking and a number of other smaller projects.  Heather was responsible for a number of programs including the operation of the Senior Center, recreation activities and park maintenance. 

In 1991 Heather began working with Napa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District as part of the county-wide team overseeing the design and implementation of the construction of the Napa River flood project.  After voter approval of the project in 1998 Heather was employed as the Project Manager of the Napa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District from 1998 to 2008.  Duties include overseeing the implementation of the Napa River/Napa Creek Flood Protection Project and working with various local, State, and federal agencies collectively on the Project.  Heather also served for two years as the Project Manager for the St. Helena Flood Project.  

Heather retired in 2008 and serves as a volunteer on numerous non-profit organizations.  She is currently the Secretary/Treasurer for the Teacher Resource Center of the North Bay.  She is a Advisory Council member of the Napa Solano AAA.   

Mark PerkinsCOA Mark Perkins (2)

Mark has served as a licensed clinical social worker in Napa Valley for over 30 years. His primary area of interest has been meeting the health needs of seniors through his work with Queen of the Valley Medical Center, Napa Valley Hospice & Adult Day Services and currently the Veterans Home of California in Yountville. Despite the challenges of shrinking budgets and resources, he remains optimistic about the potential of teamwork to accomplish our most important goals as a community. Mark has served as a Commissioner since 2007, currently serving as Commission Treasurer.

 

 

 

 

 

Carroll Cotten 

Elizabeth Anne Payne

 Edith Doey-Longmire

JoAnn Busenbark

Comissioner Emeritus Bios

 

Joice M. Beatty COA Joice Web

Joice M. Beatty received hr BS Degree in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University. She was a Registered Occupational Therapist for 37 years, working with geriatric and psychiatric patients in the community and in health care facilities.

Work related activities include her member on the Napa County Commission on Aging (chair twice), the Napa County Alliance on Aging, and the Napa County Elder Abuse Prevention Council. Joice is also Past-Chair of the Napa County In-Home Supportive Services Advisory Board.

Other activities include her chairmanship of the St Helena Beautification Foundation, serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of Rianda House Senior Activity Center, and the St Helena Rotary Club where she served as President from 1994/95.

 

 

 

Rita Umphries COA Rita Web

Rita Umphries began her professional life in education. She joined the Air Force during the Second World War and continued in military life as a wife and mother. She has lived in many regions of the United States. She continued her career in teaching once her four sons had grown. Mrs. Umphries has served in leadership capacities throughout her life. She was commissioned by the U.S. Air Force as a recruiter, then a publication officer and Squadron Commander. After her retirement as a school principal, Mrs. Umphries also chaired the Retired Teachers group.

She was appointed to the Napa County Commission on Aging by Wes Chesboro and has served as chair of that organization. Rita is a resident of the California Veterans Home and is currently a member of the Board of the Lincoln Theater as well as a working member of KVET. She became an advocate for the less fortunate, especially the elderly.