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 MarinHHS.org 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...

  • Beth Livoti Novato

    I enjoy being an advocate for Novato seniors by being active in the process of identifying and addressing the needs of the elderly in areas that ae not currently provided. My extensive experience serving on various committees including the Commission...

  • Carol Zeller Corte Madera

    As a long time resident of Corte Madera, I am interested in giving back to my community. I taught nursing at the COM from 1980 through 2005. And now, I get to volunteer my efforts to address the growing needs of the older members of the community...

  • 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 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.

  • Ellie Bloch CSL Representative

    Retired coordinator of Mediation Services for the County of Marin, Ellie has represented Marin County for ten years on the CSL. She has had one law chaptered into law concerning a plan to evacuate seniors and those with disabilities in case of any...

  • Francie Bedinger District II

    I received my MA in Gerontology from San Francisco State University, specializing in serving seniors and assisting them to “age in place.” The decision to change careers steemed from the disheartening realization that many of our seniors have become...

  • 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...

  • Jim Mitchell Belvedere

    I am an architect, born and educated in Edinburgh, Scotland. I left the UK for the US in 1963. I was attracted to the Commission through two interests. One, my architectural firm designed many Senior Living Facilities and I became very familiar with...

  • Jim Monson District IV

    Jim Monson has represented District 4 on the Commission since 2010, serving as Chair from 2013-2015. He is an electrical engineer and, after working at Bell Telephone Laboratories and Hewlett Packard Company, taught engineering for many years at...

  • 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.

  • Lenore McDonald District II

    I would like to help identify and help develop and deliver programming that can help seniors find and utilize community services to enable them to continue living well here in Marin and keep them out of nursing homes and emergency rooms.

  • Marianne Gontarz-York District V

    I am a mental health professional who has made a lifetime career of being a Gerontologist. I consider myself a public service worker and have worked hard and done my best in all positions. There are a number of topics in the Area Agency Area Plan...

  • Michael Hagerty District V

    I retired from the Board of Directors of the Marin Valley Mobile Country Club, where I saw up close the problems that the 400 seniors there were having. I would like to contribute to improving the quality of life for Marin’s seniors.

  • 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...

  • Sharon Turner District III

    I have a strong realization of the importance of community representation on boards and commissions. I have a genuine love and concern for both youth and the elders of the Marin City community I represent. I have a working knowledge of not only the...

  • Sue Kwentus Tiburon

    As a Registered Nurse with 40+ years of experience in varying aspects of health care with interest in elder care, I look forward to sharing my expertise in order to help Marin’s older adults to Live Long and Live Well.

  • Suellen Lamorte San Anselmo

    I am a new member of the Commission representing 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...

  • 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...

  • 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