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DHS news release

October 26, 2005


Contact: Tom Towslee (503) 947-5207

Program contact: Marc Overbeck (503) 945-6406


Governor appoints three to Commission on Senior Services



Governor Ted Kulongoski has appointed Dr. Denise Dion of Hood River, Joan Staley of Milwaukie and Kelly Wessels of Grants Pass to the Governor's Commission on Senior Services.


The Oregon Legislature created the Governor's Commission on Senior Services in 1985 to advise the governor and the director of Human Services on needs of elderly persons and recommend actions to meet those needs.


Dion is medical director for Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc., which works with community mental health programs in 12 counties. She is trained in geriatric psychiatry, and has a special interest in working with individuals with severe mental illness, adults with developmental disabilities, and older adults. She graduated from medical school at the University of Rochester.


Staley has been involved in senior issues for more than 25 years. She is chair of the board of the Milwaukie Senior Center, the largest senior center in the state. She also serves as a vice President of the Genealogical Council of Oregon.


Wessels works for Three Rivers Community Hospital, and is director of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Josephine County and regional manager for Asante Senior Resources in Grants Pass. She has been a National Service Director for almost 10 years.