THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT NAMES DELEGATES TO THE WHITE HOUSE CONFERENCE ON AGING
President Clinton today named the following individuals to serve as Delegates to the White House Conference on Aging. The 1995 White House Conference on Aging will take place May 2-5 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. It will be the culmination of more than 800 grass-roots events held across the country and will bring together nearly 2,200 delegates from all 50 states, three territories and the District of Columbia to help craft a national aging policy for the next decade. The remaining 35 appointees will be announced in the near future. Brief biographies of the delegates follow:
Fidel Aguilar of Colorado is both the Political Education and Retiree Coordinator for the Colorado AFL-CIO. Frank Alexander of Iowa is the President of the Iowa State Council of Senior Citizens. Samuel Amorose of Pennsylvania is the former President of the Pennsylvania State Council of Senior Citizens. Lena Archuleta of Colorado is a retired Denver public school principal and serves on the board of directors of the American Association of Retired Persons. Norma Asnes of the District of Columbia is a well known writer, serves on the Board of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, and is a member of the Madison Council of the Library of Congress. Judy Basham of New Mexico was a public servant for 29 years in the State of New Mexico, serving most recently as the State Personnel Director. Theressa Burns of Minnesota works in the Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center at the Minneapolis Veterans Medical Center. Shirley Cagle of Louisiana is the former Coordinator and Assistant Director of the Ouachita Council on Aging, and is well known in the State of Louisiana for her work with senior citizens. Helen Carlstrom of Washington is a retired teacher who is actively involved in health care reform in Washington. Amelia Castillo of Texas is the Executive Director of El Paso Senior Opportunities and Services, a clinic that provides the elderly with the means for independent living. She has been a clinical practitioner for the last 15 years. George Chassey of South Carolina is the Director of Development for the South Carolina Episcopal Home in Still Hopes, South Carolina. Harvey Cohen of North Carolina is a Director at the VA Medical Center in Durham, President of the American Geriatrics Society, and Director of the Duke University Center for Aging. Victoria Cowell of Maryland is a Minister who serves at the Commission on Mental Health Services for the District of Columbia at St. Elizabeth's Campus. Erica Goode of California is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Pauline Gore, mother of Vice President Al Gore, of Tennessee is active in senior citizens issues. Helene Grossman of New York is a leader in the field of gerontology and has managed a home for the aged and blind. Harry Guenther of Florida is a former assistant to the President of the United Steelworkers of America and sits on the Executive Committee of the National Council on Senior Citizens.
Richard Gunther of California is the President of Americans for Peace Now and a member of the American Association of Retired Persons. Lars Hennum of Washington is a Regional Director for the National Council on Senior Citizens, and President of the Washington State Council of Senior Citizens. Sherrye Henry of New York is an author and broadcast journalist. She is active in the DANA Alliance, a non-profit foundation which supports medical research with an emphasis on aging issues. Peggy Houston of Tennessee is the former President of both the Tennessee Federation on Aging and the Tennessee Senior Center Directors Association. Laura Hyatt of California is the Executive Director of the American Subacute Care Association, whose purpose is to take care of transitional senior citizen patients who are rehabilitative or acutely ill. Theresa McKenna of Virginia is the editor of the "Retirement Newsletter" and is a board member of the National Council of Senior Citizens. Matthew McNulty of Mississippi is the former Chancellor and Vice President for Georgetown University. Dr. McNulty currently serves on the Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on Geriatrics and Gerontology. Herbert McTaggart of Ohio is a retired AFL-CIO Retiree Coordinator and is a member of the Northern Ohio Health Service Agency, which works to control cost and quality care in hospitals and nursing homes. Cecil Malone of Arkansas is the Director of both the Arkansas American Association of Retired Persons and "VOTE" program. Rose Marie Meredith of West Virginia is a licensed social worker, the Executive Director of the Wayne County Community Service Organization, and the former Director of the Southwestern Community Action Council.
Wesley Parrott of New York retired from the Department of Social Services after 38 years as a Direct Services Supervisor within the Crisis Intervention Unit. He graduated from York College in 1990 with a degree in Gerontology to better serve the aging population. Madeline Parsons of Nevada is a member of the American Association of Retired Person's Leadership Council, where she chaired the Health and Long Term Care Action Group. She is also a member of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program's Advisory Council. Nancy Peace of Tennessee is the Director of Human Services Planning where she is working on a system of services to ensure the fullest utilization of all capabilities of the elderly. Charlie Peritore of New York is the Chair of the Retiree Division of the New York Civil Service Employee Association of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Frederick Perkins of California is the President of the National Council of Senior Citizen's Retiree Club. He is also a Legislative Representative to the Congress of California Seniors. Mike Rankin of California is the Chief of Psychiatry and Mental Health at the Oakland VA Medical Center and the former Commissioner for Mental Health for the State of Arkansas. Linda Rhodes of Pennsylvania is the former Director of the Pennsylvania Office on Aging. Kay Ryder of Vermont is the Public Relations Director of the Visiting Nurses Association and a member of the American Association of Retired Persons. Janice Schakowsky of Illinois is a State Legislator who is well known for her active involvement in senior citizens issues. She is also the Executive Director of the Illinois State Council of Senior Citizens. Lynn Williams Shipp of Colorado is the President of Solutions Incorporated, a consulting health care company based in Boulder, Colorado. Eleanor Slater of Rhode Island served as both a Representative and Senator in the Rhode Island State Legislature for 10 years. She was appointed by the Governor to establish the Department of Elderly Affairs, where she served as Director for eight years. Alan Solomont of Massachusetts is the founder and President of ADS, an organization specializing in long-term care and senior living. Viston Taylor of Tennessee is the former Director of the Southeast Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and was appointed by the Governor for a six-year term on the Tennessee Commission on Aging. Norman Vaughan of Alaska at 89 years old led the Mount Vaughan Antarctic Exhibition. Fredda Vladeck of Maryland works with the Director of the Department of Retiree Affairs for the Teamsters. Diana Wiley of California is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in sexuality of older Americans. Norma Wisor of Arkansas is the Executive Director of SHARE Arkansas, a retirement information center. Ken Worley of Missouri is a board member of the National Council of Senior Citizens and the UAW Regional Director of Retirees.