Member Biographies

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Marc Frankenstein




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Mary G. Palmer

Mary Palmer has been on the Commission on Aging for six years.  She graduated from Dunbarton College in Washington, DC in 1968. She taught primary school in New York City until her first child was born.  She taught Adult Education Remedial Reading in Washington, DC, from 1972-74.  She was a kindergarten teacher at Central United Methodist Cooperative Preschool from 1977-85.  Mary was a co-founder of Consultants for Early Childhood from 1986-88.  She obtained a Master of Education, with an emphasis on Special Education, from Arizona State University in 1988.  Mary taught Special Education at Mary Bethune School in Phoenix, Arizona, from 1988-96.  She was Assistant to the Principal from 1994-96.  Mary has been a Board Member of Regis House Community Center in Los Angeles from 2002 to the present.  From 2010-2014 she was President of the Board.  The primary purpose of Regis House is to help families in difficult neighborhoods with an emphasis on youth and the elderly. Mary was lucky enough to help her mother in the last 20 years of her mother’s life.  It was this experience that helped Mary form interest in the issues facing the elderly.   Mary became a member of the Area Agency on Aging Advisory Board serving Napa and Solano Counties in 2017 and has been on the IHSS Advisory Board since 2020.  She is also on the Area Agency on Aging Oversight Board since 2021.

Thomas Kalbrener portraitThomas S. Kalbrener

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 was 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.

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Victoria Lancaster



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Jay Kouba




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Tessa Lorraine




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John Pearson




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Kristi Morrow




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Commissioner Emeritus Bios

Joice M. Beatty portraitJoice 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.

person-iconNaomi Dreskin-Anderson

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.

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Dr. Kenneth P. Lee

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person-iconHeather Stanton