Commission on Aging Member Biographies


Commission on Aging


Commissioner Bios



COA Naomi WebNaomi Dreskin-Anderson

Naomi Dreskin-Anderson is an attorney whose practice emphasizes issues of the elderly and their families. Naomi currently serves on the Board of Directors of Legal Aid of Napa Valley (Past President) and also serves as Co-Chair of Healthy Aging Population Initiative (HAPI). She has served four terms as Chair of the Napa County Commission on Aging. She is a graduate of Leadership Napa Valley.  Prior to becoming a lawyer, Naomi was executive director of the California Long Term Care Ombudsman Association. She currently also coordinates StopFalls Napa Valley, a program of the Area Agency on Aging.



Shirley BlomquistCOA Shirley Web

Shirley Blomquist was appointed to the Commission in July 2008, and appointed secretary in November 2008 and still holds that position.  She has a 25 year background in Corporate Human Resources in the retail industry. Shirley is currently employed at Silverado Orchards Retirement Home in St. Helena and has been working with seniors at this facility for over 7 years. She also volunteers at the Calistoga Community Pool.
Shirley is on the Board of Directors of the Sharpsteen Museum in Calistoga, the Board of Directors of Chateau Calistoga Homeowners Organization, a member of the Calistoga Community Pool Advisory Committee, also an Ambassador for the Calistoga Chamber of Commerce. In addition to working at getting volunteers for the California Preservation Conferences, and many activities in Calistoga.
Shirley is very familiar with the concerns of Older Adults, and feels by being a Commissioner for Napa County she can better help solve some of their concerns.




COA Terri WebTerri Restelli-Deits

Terri Restelli-Deits received her MSW degree with specialization in Gerontology from UC California at Berkeley and her BA in Psychology from Dominican University of San Rafael. As the former Planner for the Area Agency on Aging Serving Napa and Solano, she helped to create the following elder abuse programs in Napa and Solano Counties: two Elder Death Review Teams (EDRT) and two Financial Abuse Specialist Teams (FAST), two Mental Health Service Act programs, and Latino Outreach Program, Financial Abuse Specialist Team (Solano FAST), and Stop Falls Napa Valley Fall Prevention Program.  Since 2005, she has been actively involved in Mental Health Services Act MHSA planning activities. She was the state’s “older adult representative” on the Mental Health Oversight Accountability Commission (MHOAC) Services Committee (2010). She has broad work experience in various sectors: public and private non-profit organizations, and large healthcare hospital settings serving the Napa Community: Multipurpose Senior Service Program, Linkages  Program, Geropsychiatric Case Management  Adult Protective Services, and as a hospital medical social worker and discharge planner for St. Helena Hospital.  Her personal experience includes serving as a caregiver for both parents.




Heather Stanton

Heather Stanton worked for local government for 30 years working for the City of San Jose and the City of Napa.  Heather also operated a public relations firm for 15 years specializing in political campaign strategy and management. 

Heather was the director of the City of Napa Community Resource Department for 10 years.  During that time Heather oversaw construction of the Las Flores Community Center, rehabilitation of the Napa High School, construction of the Napa Skateboard Parking and a number of other smaller projects.  Heather was responsible for a number of programs including the operation of the Senior Center, recreation activities and park maintenance. 

In 1991 Heather began working with Napa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District as part of the county-wide team overseeing the design and implementation of the construction of the Napa River flood project.  After voter approval of the project in 1998 Heather was employed as the Project Manager of the Napa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District from 1998 to 2008.  Duties include overseeing the implementation of the Napa River/Napa Creek Flood Protection Project and working with various local, State, and federal agencies collectively on the Project.  Heather also served for two years as the Project Manager for the St. Helena Flood Project.  

Heather retired in 2008 and serves as a volunteer on numerous non-profit organizations.  She is currently the Secretary/Treasurer for the Teacher Resource Center of the North Bay.  She is a Advisory Council member of the Napa Solano AAA.   

 Carroll Cotten 


JoAnn Busenbark

Comissioner Emeritus Bios


Joice M. Beatty COA Joice Web

Joice M. Beatty received hr BS Degree in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University. She was a Registered Occupational Therapist for 37 years, working with geriatric and psychiatric patients in the community and in health care facilities.

Work related activities include her member on the Napa County Commission on Aging (chair twice), the Napa County Alliance on Aging, and the Napa County Elder Abuse Prevention Council. Joice is also Past-Chair of the Napa County In-Home Supportive Services Advisory Board.

Other activities include her chairmanship of the St Helena Beautification Foundation, serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of Rianda House Senior Activity Center, and the St Helena Rotary Club where she served as President from 1994/95.





Rita Umphries COA Rita Web

Rita Umphries began her professional life in education. She joined the Air Force during the Second World War and continued in military life as a wife and mother. She has lived in many regions of the United States. She continued her career in teaching once her four sons had grown. Mrs. Umphries has served in leadership capacities throughout her life. She was commissioned by the U.S. Air Force as a recruiter, then a publication officer and Squadron Commander. After her retirement as a school principal, Mrs. Umphries also chaired the Retired Teachers group.

She was appointed to the Napa County Commission on Aging by Wes Chesboro and has served as chair of that organization. Rita is a resident of the California Veterans Home and is currently a member of the Board of the Lincoln Theater as well as a working member of KVET. She became an advocate for the less fortunate, especially the elderly.





COA Betty WebBetty Rhodes  

 Betty has served with the Napa County Commission on Aging since July 2001. She is immediate past Commission Chair, having served 2 terms.  She also serves as Chair of Caregiver Permit Education Ad-hoc Committee. Betty also enjoys membership on the Napa Senior Advisory Commission, and a member of the Elder Abuse prevention Agency, chaired by District Attorney Gary Lieberstein.

Betty served on the board of Leadership Napa Valley for a year after graduating Class 22.

She is a member of California Senior Leaders, Berkeley University and was honored as Outstanding Community Booster of the Year, May 2008, by the Napa Chamber Foundation and Mechanics Bank.  Betty also writes a column in the Napa Valley Register called Senior Corner.