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DHS news release

August 15, 2006

 

Contact: Tom Towslee 503-947-5207
Program contact: Marc Overbeck 503-945-6406


Two from Pendleton named to Commission on Senior Services




Governor Ted Kulongoski has appointed two Pendleton residents to the Governor's Commission on Senior Services.


John Brenne, director of Pendleton's Foster Grandparent/Senior Companion Program for more 30 years and city council member since 1978, was appointed to a three-year term.


Peggie Beck was also nominated to a full three-year term. She was appointed to the commission in January to fill a vacancy created by a member who resigned. She serves on the Arc of Umatilla County Board of Directors and on the Oregon Department of Human Services' People with Disabilities Advisory Committee.


Both appointments are subject to confirmation by the Oregon State Senate.


"I'm delighted that John and Peggie have both agreed to represent the seniors of northeast Oregon in this manner," the Governor said. "Their experience, passion and knowledge of the community are unmatched. Northeast Oregon is well-served by these appointments."

 

The Governor's Commission on Senior Services is charged in Oregon statute with advising the Governor, legislature and other agencies on the needs of older adults. The commission recently completed a series of community meetings around the state focused on the future of services for seniors and people with disabilities.