Naomi Dreskin-Anderson is an attorney whose practice is focused on issues of elders and their families. She is appointed by the Board of Supervisors to the Napa Commission on Aging and has served three terms as Chair. She is a member of the District Attorney's Elder Abuse Prevention Council and is currently Co-Chair of the Healthy Aging Population Initiative (HAPI). Prior to becoming a lawyer, Naomi focused her advocacy on the concerns of elders residing in nursing homes and residential care facilities and directed the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program for Humboldt and Del Norte Counties. She served as the first executive director for the California Long Term Care Ombudsman Association. Naomi has been an advocate for elders for more than 30 years.
Born 1938 as a twin in northern Minnesota, BA in SLA, University of Minnesota 1961. U.S Army Security Agency to 1962. Tom was married in 1963 and employed by paper products companies in Minnesota and Illinois in various capacities, First Bank Minneapolis as a Trust Officer, and Waldorf Corporation and Champion International as Credit Manager and Director of Benefits and Compensation. At the sale of Waldorf Corporation in 1998 Tom was retired and served as a consultant providing guidance and assistance to organizations purchasing employee health care and developing retirement plans. Tom's two grown children continue to live and work in Minnesota. Tom was divorced in1998 and moved to California. He lives in Napa and is employed part time for a local winery in Guest Services helping visitors understand the rich history, geography, and viticulture of Napa Valley. He remains interested and concerned about the quality of life and resources available to the senior population and has served two terms as a member of the NCCOA.
Betty was nominated to the Commission on Aging by Supervisor Alfredo Pedroza as District 4 Representative in December 2015. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from California State University Los Angeles and a Master in Health Services and Family Nurse Practice from UC Davis in 1973. During her 46 year career she worked in different health care systems including twenty years with the U.S Department of State Foreign Service. She retired in December 2014 and her last position as a Family Nurse Practitioner was with Ole Health. Betty has actively volunteered with UCCE Master Gardeners of Napa County since 2000, Napa Valley Can Do in the community garden and Waterway Keepers, Napa Solano Audubon Society and Citizenship Legal Services. She is a Board member of Ole Health and on the Patient Advisory Committee.
Oliver 'Rocky' Sheridan
I was born in San Francisco during the depression and my family moved to Napa when I was three months old. I grew up attending local schools prior to entering the army in 1952. Upon my discharge, I completed high school and Napa College. I began an apprenticeship at Mare Island Naval Shipyard in 1958 and retired from Mare Island in 1992 with a total of 34 years of federal service. I am active in my community as I am a firm believer that we should share and give back to our community. My interest is now focused on our senior population as it is fast growing segment of our total population. Many of our seniors are facing hardships today that need to be addressed by our party leaders. I am proud to serve on the Napa Commission on Aging, the Napa County Board on Mental Health and the Mental Health stakeholders group.
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. She is a social worker and consultant actively involved in community and statewide strategic planning efforts. She has served as a member of the Napa County Commission on Aging since 2006 and served two terms as the Commission’s Chairperson July 2014 to June 2016. She is a graduate of Leadership Napa Valley, currently serves on the Napa County Mental Health Board, Executive Board of the California Elder Justice Coalition, among various committees. Terri has a passion for serving seniors and our community and loves sharing that passion with other advocates.
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.
Christy Kling’s education includes, BA degree in Biology / Chemistry and Kinesiology from Point Loma Nazarene University, MA in Biomechanics from Washington State University and doctoral work in Education from the University of San Francisco. She has several certifications from the College of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association and the American Red Cross. She is a professor at Napa Valley College and is actively involved in several community projects. She has served as a member of the Napa County Commission on Aging since 2014 and has served as a representative on the Latino Elder Coalition. Christy has a passion for serving others in our community and advocates for wellness and exercise.
I have lived in Napa over 50 years. After 30+ years developing and administering programs and services at NVC (Napa Valley College) for disabled students, I retired and have added Senior Issues to my advocacy efforts. I served 9 years on the planning commission for the City of Napa and 9 years on the Napa City council advocating for all special populations. I am an active senior concerned for our growing numbers whose basic needs may be in jeopardy. I serve on the City of Napa Senior Center Board, Napa County Commission on Aging, Area Agency on Aging, and the Napa Valley TV Board of Directors I am an avid fan and participant in Mah Jongg, Bridge, and poker. Advocating for the highest quality services for we who are aging is my passion.
Betty has served with the Napa County Commission on Aging since July 2001. She is immediate past Commission Chair, having served two 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.
Born in West Virginia, Harriet made her way to California in the early 80's and eventually to Napa 20 years ago. She worked as a Clinical Psychologist at Napa State Hospital until beginning with Napa County Health and Human Services/Mental Health in 2004, transferring to Comprehensive Services for Older Adults (CSOA) in 2009, and retiring at the end of 2013. At CSOA, Harriet was supervisor of Mental Health Services for Older Adults and Adult Protective Services, led community agencies on issues of hoarding, conducted mental health assessments and Competency Assessments for CSOA and Napa County sheriff’s office. She attended the District Attorney’s Committee on Elder Abuse, the Geriatric Death Review, and state-wide committees regarding geriatric and adult protective issues and strategies. Harriet also has a Certificate in Aging from the Boston University’s Institute for Geriatric Social Work, Certificate of Proficiency in the Treatment of Alcohol and Other Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders by the APA College of Professional Psychology, and certificate from the Hare Psychopathy PCL-r Training Program. Harriet is devoted to Pilates, MahJongg, and staying current on psychological and psychoneurocognitive literature of aging.
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Joice M. Beatty
Joice M. Beatty received her 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 to 1995.
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.