We want to take the time and introduce you to our Colorado Center for Aging (CCA) Executive Committee Officers and Board Members. Aside from attending board meetings, our board members are directly involved with running CCA. If you have any questions about CCA send us an email and we will direct it to the appropriate board member.
President – Phil Cernanec
Member and Past Chairperson of the Advisory Committee on Aging (ACA) for the eight Metro Denver Counties, Co-founder of the Aging Well Resource Center, Littleton, CO, Member of Littleton Rotary Club (Foundation Chair, Cycling Fellowship, Woohoomanity Challenge Captain), President of the Board for the Littleton Village Metro District D2 (LVMD), Board member and President for the Ridgecrest Home Owners Association, Steamboat Springs, Co-founder and Advisory Group Member of the Cycling Without Age Littleton Affiliate (providing seniors with wind-through-their-hair), cwalittleton.com – along with many other affiliations and interests
We are excited to begin the journey of the Colorado Center for Aging. Many of us have been working in the arena of Older Americans and Older Coloradans for years, if not decades. This new chapter under the banner of Colorado Center for Aging provides us with expanded opportunities to provide education, events and expanded advocacy as the voice for older Coloradans. Personally, as a professional actuary I have studied and followed the demographics of generations in the United States and in Colorado. Particularly, as the Baby Boomer generation has aged there are increased opportunities and challenges facing our communities. My own life experiences include sharing a bedroom with my disabled grandfather, having my mother spend years in a senior care facility, having my father travel through hospice with dignity, and working as a financial advisor helping individuals and families navigate through the seeming complexities of life as we age. Thank you for what you do for your families, neighbors and clients. May we work together to bring everyone the dignity and purpose of life.
Vice President – Kelly Roberts
Community Resource Specialist – Area Agency on Aging
I have been working as a Community Resource Specialist for DRCOG’s Area Agency on Aging since 2008. The programs and services we provide to older Coloradans are funded by federal and state dollars. Legislators are critical to keeping the funding for these services flowing. Colorado Center for Aging (formerly Colorado Senior Lobby) makes the case for this by informing legislators about the issues and contributions of older Coloradans.
Secretary – Jodi Waterhouse, MHA
Director, Outreach Programs – The Multidisciplinary Center on Aging
Office of Vice-Chancellor of Health Affairs
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Welcome to CCA! I’m Jodi Waterhouse, Secretary, CCA Executive Board, and Director, Outreach Programs, CU Anschutz Multidisciplinary Center on Aging. In my role both at CCA and CU is ensure Older Coloradans age well! I’m thrilled to have been involved, this year, in the creation of SB21-158, and getting it passed and signed by the Governor, July 2021. I’m looking forward to working with many of you this next year!
Treasurer – Corky Kyle, MPA, CAE
Greater Denver Placement & Referral Alliance, Colorado Society of Association Executives, Colorado Coalition for Podiatric Reform
Corky is the President of The Kyle Group, an advocacy firm that has represented businesses and associations in the senior care area for numerous years. He served as CEO for Colorado Assisted Living Association for many years representing their interests before the legislature and various regulatory agencies. He has an innate knowledge of senior issues and is dedicated to championing their interests.
Director-Chair Operations Committee – Kris Geerken, MHA
Program Manager – Executive Producer
Changing the Narrative
Kris is Program Manager for Changing the Narrative , a strategic communications campaign to increase understanding of ageism and to shift how we think about aging. All of her work centers on increasing intergenerational collaborations, and public health issues involving ageism, equity, and well-being. Kris is a dedicated advocate for improving policies that impact older adults.
Board Member – Matt Isola
Executive Director & Co-founder Generation Exchange
Owner – Matt Isola’s Tech Support and Consulting
“I am a Co-founder of Generation Exchange, an organization providing free tech help to those in Boulder, Denver, and Fort Collins (and everywhere, virtually). I am an advocate of intergenerational programming because I see our aging community as a massive untapped resource providing desperately needed perspective, knowledge and experience especially to younger generations. There is an age-gap and technology contributes it, but I believe that technology can also be used as a tool to bridge that gap and connect us all.”
Board Member – Rich Mauro
Co-Chair of CCA Advocacy Committee and Senior Policy and Legislative Analyst Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG)
Rich Mauro is the Senior Policy and Legislative Analyst for the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG). Rich directs DRCOG policy and legislative program, which includes advocacy for older adults through DRCOG’s Area Agency on Aging. Rich joined the Colorado Senior Lobby Board in 2006. Since 2010, he has co-chaired what is now the Colorado Center for Aging’s Advocacy Committee.
Board Member – Gail Meehan MPH, LNHA, CSA
Principal, AgeWise Advisors, LLC, Founder and Chair, Senior Health Advocates Colorado
Gail has been working in the field of public health specifically geriatric care, her entire career. She has worked nationally and internationally researching, developing and administrating geriatric programs for government agencies, nursing homes, hospitals and community based organizations. She is delighted to be involved with the Colorado Center for Aging so to continue her advocacy work.