Commission on Aging

The Marin County Commission on Aging is a 23-member federally mandated advisory council to the Marin County Board of Supervisors. The Commission works closely with the Aging and Adult Services on behalf of Marin’s older adults. Commissioners are appointed to three-year terms by either the Board of Supervisors or the 11 incorporated Cities and Towns in Marin. In addition, Marin County's Senior Assembly Member and Senior Senator, representatives of the California Senior Legislature (CSL) also serve as ex-officio members for a four-year term. Visit for Commission Meeting Agendas, Minutes and Videos.

  • Allan Bortel CSL Representative

    Allan Bortel retired in 1999 and started teaching computers at the Belvedere-Tiburon Library and The Redwoods Retirement Residence (both teaching and troubleshooting the technology challenges of residents). He joined the Marin County Commission on...

  • Chris Asimos District I

    Having worked as a mental health crisis specialist for many years, I have been witness to the many special needs of our older adult population. I am passionate about being proactive on health and nutrition issues and currenlty chair the Health and...

  • Diana Bradley Belvedere

    When Diana learned of the opening for a Commissioner to represent Belvedere, she felt that it was a good opportunity to learn about what was being done for older adults in Marin County and to help in those efforts. She is interested in working on trans...

  • Diana López District I

    I have lived in Marin County for nearly 50 years and want to keep it a vibrant and diverse community. I will work to represent the needs of older adults in all the communities in Marin and to find workable responsive solutions to the problems they face.

  • District II District II

    District 2 is currently recruiting for this position.

  • Everett Brandon District III

    I currently serve on the “Seniors on the Move” organization in Marin City, an organization funded by the Marin Community Foundation to provide a variety of services to enhance and vitalize the lives of older adults in the community. I have a passion for

  • Fred Silverman District III

    I have long had an interest in services to older adults in Marin. I believe the Commission on Aging can help to implement positive changes in our community.

  • Girija Brilliant Mill Valley

    Girija Brilliant has an MPH and Ph.D. in social epidemiology and extensive experience in global health. She and her husband were co-founders of the Seva Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to prevention of blindness primarily in Asia...

  • Jasmina Etemovic District IV

    I have dedicated my career to meeting the needs of the elderly. I welcome the opportunity to accomplish even more through a systematic approach to developing policy on behalf of West Marin Seniors. I believe my work on the Commission can help improve...

  • Jean Gunn District V

    A resident of Novato, Jean represents District 5 at the Commission on Aging. Working on many older adult issues has given Jean an appreciation of the complexity and breadth of opportunity that baby boomers are facing as they age. She looks forward to co

  • Jody Timms Fairfax

    Jody loves the Town of Fairfax, her home for over 20 years, and as its commissioner she heads up the Age-Friendly Fairfax Task Force. She enjoys hearing the experiences, perspective and wisdom seniors share with her and connecting them to needed...

  • Judith Saffran Larkspur

    As a member of the Commission, I look forward to working with the community to make people aware of programs and services available to assist them and to let them know they are not alone when it comes to navigating this network of resources.

  • Julie Hanan Friedman Tiburon

    As an older adult myself, I feel I have a great deal to offer the community with my background, skills and experience. I look forward to contributing to the work of the Commission on Aging as the representative for the Town of Tiburon.

  • Lauren Vreeland Long Novato

    Today older adults are a larger part of our county’s demographic. My experience and continued study into aging puts me at an advantage in understanding the physical, psychological, emotional and intellectual needs of older adults in our ocmmunities. I l

  • Lisa Brinkmann CSL Representative

    Lisa Brinkmann retired as the executive director of Marin Villages in January 2020. She is a member of the California Senior Legislature (Assembly) and thus sits on the MCCOA. Lisa is passionate about helping adults 'age in place' with technology soluti

  • Ralph Marchese District IV

    I have worked on national policy issues for models of aging in place, extended care facilities and programs and the demands on services due to the changing demographics. I apply this expertise in these areas to my local community. The elderly are a...

  • Salamah Locks San Rafael

    Having served as a registered nurse for many years, I have an extensive background of clinical experience, senior advocacy and volunteerism. As a member of multiple civic organizations including the UCSF School of Nursing Alumni Association...

  • Suellen Lamorte San Anselmo

    I serve on the Commission representing the Town of San Anselmo. I have been a resident of my "hometown" for 46 years! I started my community involvement with children as a teacher in the Ross Valley District for many years. I taught grades 3-8. I also own

  • Sybil Boutilier Sausalito

    Sausalito has been my hometown since the 1980s. Before retiring in 2014, I worked for San Francisco's Department of Aging in public policy and legislative affairs. I've been very happy putting to use the professional skills and wisdom learned in that...

  • Sylvia Barry District V

    I believe it is important for the commission to conduct outreach to older adults so they are aware of the various programs and resources the county provides to improve their quality of life and make their voices known. I enjoy being engaged with the city

  • Teri Dowling Ross

    I am pleased to represent the Town of Ross on the Marin Commission on Aging. I live in the lovely town of Ross with my husband and continue to work part time with the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Many years ago, when I first began working

  • Vacant Corte Madera

    The Town of Corte Madera is currently recruiting for this position.

  • Wendy Nuessle District II

    I understand the responsibility we have to take care of our most vulnerable and believe there are solutions to seeing all are cared for. I am dedicated to equity and excellent service to all people