Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is involved in governing the Colorado Gerontological Society to ensure that Society continues to meet the requirements of the Internal Revenue Service and others are met in order to continue as a non-profit organization.

The Board of Directors meets on a quarterly basis at a formal meeting plus the annual meeting. Agendas, minutes of the previous meeting and a treasurer’s report are reviewed in detail at each regularly scheduled meeting. Budgets are approved annually and program reports are presented at each meeting by the Executive Director.

Board Members have frequent contact with program implementation in three specific projects. Board Members serve on planning committees and advisory committees to insure that grant requirements are met for the relevant program areas. They also provide technical assistance in program implementation when necessary. Board Members attend stakeholder meetings that are sponsored by The Society on relevant issues.

The Board of Directors has been involved in strategic planning to determine future directions. The Board has identified three priorities for the next three to five years:

  1. To expand outreach capacity to elders using evidence-based practices to increase awareness and promote educational opportunities that result in increased enrollment in government programs such as Medicare Savings Program, Low Income Subsidy for prescription drug assistance, SNAP (formerly food stamps), Old Age Pension, and tax/rent programs. To goal to increase enrollment is to use evidence based programs and strategies that reach the target populations. The plan is to increase the use of print, radio and television media; the internet and website; social media; educational and informational presentations; face-to-face interactions; and a telephonic call center to increase enrollment. Consumer education and delivery of services to elders meets the mission of The Society.
  2. To increase staffing capacity so that the training and education offerings can be increased to meet the demands of professionals who work with elders and must minimum training standards for licensure. To plan is to use increased revenue from training and education will support other program areas such as counseling and referral services. Core competency training areas which are being expanded include elder abuse, home health, alternative care facility training, person-centered care, and long term care insurance by applying for and securing the necessary approvals from state agencies to meet licensure requirements. As the field of aging expands and licensure requirements are passed by the State of Colorado, The Society continues to respond to those training requirements. Training and education are consistent with the mission of The Society.
  3. To purchase an office building that is accessible, able to accommodate an increase in the number of staff, and able to meet the increased program needs for training and client services. The Society has signed an agreement with a Buyer’s agent to assist in the purchase and has begun developing a business plan to secure third party financing.

The Board of Directors has reviewed and approved the Policies and Procedures. All board members sign a “Conflict of Interest” statement annually. The Board of Directors will be reviewing the strategic plan for cultural competency at their next meeting.

The Society carries Directors and Officers insurance to protect the agency from any malfeasance. In addition, the agency carries insurance to protect the personal information of clients that is collected as part of grants administration and service delivery as well as financial information that is collected as part of payment processing.

The 990 is reviewed by the Board of Directors annually. All other corporate reports are filed by the Executive Director in a timely manner.

Our major weakness is that we have a small staff with an Executive Director who has been with the agency for more than 30 years. The Executive Director has a management contract which includes a triple net lease on the office building, maintenance services, and office equipment.

The Board of Directors has discussed succession planning as new staff are hired and trained. In addition, grants are now being written to include payment of rent, utilities, and other associated costs of owning a building.

In summary, The Society is governed by an involved Board of Directors that receives regular and ongoing communications from the Executive Director about programs and services that are offered to the membership and the public.

Terms Expiring 2016 Terms Expiring 2017 Terms Expiring 2018
Sara Froelich
The Kenney Group
Carl Harris
Marybeth Anderson
Health Care Business Development Consultant, West Coast Dell
Julie Kraft
Owner, Lil’ Patch of Heaven
Arvella Lucas
Director, Silver Elite
U S Bank
 Karen Brown
Robert (Bob) Semro
The Bell Policy
 Karlene Martin
Marketing, Shield HealthCare
 Paula Hutchings
Consultant, Insurance Brokerage
 Juanita Rios Johnston
Director, Adult Protection Services
Denver Human Services
Shannon McNulty
Director, Government Affairs, Intuit
 Carol Riggenbach
Executive Director, Bridge at Alamosa
 Ron Wright
Safe Transitions
Medicare Marketing, Life Care at Home
Lifetime Member
Ruth Oppenheim
Retired, Denver Public Schools

Executive Committee of the Board of Directors
President, Ron Wright
Past President, Arvella Lucas
Secretary/Treasurer, Juanita Rios-Johnston
Executive Director, Eileen Doherty