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DHS news release

February 2, 2007


General contact: Tom Towslee, 503-947-5207
Program contact: Becky Murphy, 503-373-7611


Governor appoints four to Commission on Senior Services




Governor Ted Kulongoski has appointed Patricia Brost of Portland, Lucy Morgan of Salem and Marjorie Reuling of Salem, and reappointed Remona Simpson of Lebanon to the Governor's Commission on Senior Services.


The Governor's Commission on Senior Services was created by the Oregon Legislature in 1985 to advise the governor and the director of the Oregon Department of Human Services on the needs of older adults, and to recommend actions by the governor, DHS, other governmental entities and the private sector to meet those needs.


Brost, a retired registered nurse, volunteers her services as a facilitator for five support groups. She has worked with Ride Connection, a transportation program for seniors and people with disabilities, since 1994 and currently serves on its board. She also has been a board member of the Gresham Senior Center since 1998 and currently serves as president, and has been an Elders in Action Commission member for six years and served as chairwoman 2005-2006.


Morgan is a returning student working toward her undergraduate degree in Social Sciences at Portland State University. She also works part-time for Home Instead Senior Care as an advocate and caregiver. She has worked part-time as a receptionist and activities assistant at a Salem retirement community, and has volunteered at a local assisted living facility. Morgan earned her Activity Director Certification from Chemeketa Community College in 2003.

 

Reuling, a retired teacher, has participated and served as chairwoman of the Advisory Council Northwest Seniors and People with Disabilities for two years, and participates in the Zenith Women's Club and Historic Landmarks Commission. She was appointed to the Commission in 2004 but resigned because of health reasons. She is actively involved in advocacy for seniors and people with disabilities.


Simpson retired from Cascade West Council of Governments Senior Services as an outreach specialist, and currently serves on its Advisory Council as a volunteer. She was appointed to the Commission in 2003 and currently serves as chairwoman of the Caregiving Committee. She also is a member of the Financial Abuse Coalition, a liaison with the Long Term Care Ombudsman Advisory Committee, and a member of the Senior Nutrition-Senior Home Delivered Meal Advisory for Linn-Benton-Lincoln counties.


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