Commission on Aging Member Biographies

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 Commissioner Bios

 

COA Naomi Web

Naomi 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.

 COA Shirley Web

 

Shirley Blomquist

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 - Bob Nations

Robert Nations

Robert Nations is a retired Toy Industry Executive. After 30 years in the Toy Industry, Robert now works in the community as a Senior Advocate. He is the CEO for two companies; Senior Helpers and MindzOn Memory. He serves as a commissioner on the Napa County Commission on Aging. He is the Board President for Senior Access. He is on the Board of Directors for Napa Valley Support Services. He also serves on various committees. He appears weekly on KVYN 99.3 FM and has a monthly radio show on KVON 1440 AM.

COA - Mark Gasster

Mark Gasster

Mark was born in Southern California and is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelors degree in Political Science. Fresh from a 25 year career in logistics he became Certified to do in Home Health Care. After almost two years he became Certified as an Administrator for a Six Bed Residential Care Facility for the Elderly in North Napa, Be Home. He applied and was appointed to the Napa County Commission on Aging this past winter and he looks forward to helping make a difference to the Seniors in our community.

COA - Thomas Kalbrener

Thomas Kalbrener

Born 1938 as a twin in northern Minnesota, BA in SLA, University of Minnesota 1961. US Army Security Agency to 1962. Tom was married in 1963 and employed by paper products companies in Minnesota and Illinois in various capacities, First Bank Minneapolis as a Trust Officer, and Waldorf Corporation and Champion International as Credit Manager and Director of Benefits and Compensation. At the sale of Waldorf Corporation in 1998 Tom was retired and served as a consultant providing guidance and assistance to organizations purchasing employee health care and developing retirement plans. Tom's two grown children continue to live and work in Minnesota. Tom was divorced in1998 and moved to California. He lives in Napa and is employed part time for a local winery in Guest Services helping visitors understand the rich history, geography, and viticulture of Napa Valley. He remains interested and concerned about the quality of life and resources available to the senior population and has served two terms as a member of the NCCOA.

COA - Betty Labastida

Betty Labastida

Betty was nominated to the Commission on Aging by Supervisor Alfredo Pedroza as District 4 Representative in December 2015. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from California State University Los Angeles and a Master in Health Services and Family Nurse Practice from UC Davis in 1973. During her 46 year career she worked in different health care systems including twenty years with the US Department of State Foreign Service. She retired in December 2014 and her last position as a Family Nurse Practitioner was with Ole Health. Betty has actively volunteered with UCCE Master Gardeners of Napa County since 2000, Napa Valley Can Do in the community garden and Waterway Keepers, Napa Solano Audubon Society and Citizenship Legal Services. She is a Board member of Ole Health and on the Patient Advisory Committee.

COA Oliver 'Rocky' Sheridan

Oliver 'Rocky' Sheridan

I was born in San Francisco during the depression and my family moved to Napa when I was three months old. I grew up attending local schools prior to entering the army in 1952. Upon my discharge, I completed high school and Napa College. I began an apprenticeship at Mare Island Naval Shipyard in 1958 and retired from Mare Island in 1992 with a total of 34 years of federal service. I am active in my community as I am a firm believer that we should share and give back to our community. My interest is now focused on our senior population as it is fast growing segment of our total population. Many of our seniors are facing hardships today that need to be addressed by our party leaders. I am proud to serve on the Napa Commission on Aging, the Napa County Board on Mental Health and the Mental Health stakeholders group.

COA Charles Morse

Charles 'Chuck' Morse

Charles (Chuck) Morse, is an attorney emphasizing Estate Planning and Administration. Born 1940 in Massachusetts, served in U.S. Navy April 1960 to March 1969 as an Electronics/Crypto Technician. Honorably discharged as a First Class Petty Officer ( E-6) held Top Secret clearance. Studied at Napa Valley College, University of Hawaii, Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts - got his Juris Doctor from Armstrong College in Berkeley in 1981, and was admitted to the California Bar that same year. From 1981 - 1990 worked as Electronics Systems Engineer for companies supporting Mare Island. Chuck was a Senior Advocate for Napa County Legal Aid (1981-82) including clients at Veteran’s Home. Later contracted with Redwood Caregiver Resource Center to assist families of brain-damaged adults. His community service included: Vintage High School Band Boosters; Land Trust of Napa County; Napa County Commission on Aging; Veterans Remains Officer for Napa County. Big Brothers of Napa, and on Boards of Directors of Garden Haven Adult Day Center; Aldea Children and Family Services; Matrix Parent Network; New Technology High School Foundation; Napa County D.A.R.E. Foundation; Solano-Napa Area Agency on Aging; Parents CAN; Community Resources for Children; Napa Valley Hospice & Adult Day Services and SIR Branch 65 - Big SIR 2015 & 16.

COA - Thomas Collette

Thomas Collette

Tom Collette was born in San Rafael. He received an A.A. degree at City College of San Francisco and B.S. in general studies/fifth year credential teaching at Southern Oregon College. He taught school at Edwards Air Force Base, Woodland Unified and finished 26 years in Cabrillo Unified in San Mateo County. While teaching at Cabrillo Unified, Tom received his Masters of Arts from the University of Santa Clara in teaching reading to those with dyslexia. He was granted a Fulbright teaching exchange in England. Since his retirement he has worked part-time in the area of work experience at Foothill College and the DMV. While living in San Mateo he served on the Housing and Appeals Board, San Mateo Library Board and the San Trans Citizens Advisory Committee. He was a member of his Homeowners Board, a Deacon at his church and an Inspector for Elections. He is a member of SIRS, the 100F and the Masons. For the past 7 years Tom has volunteered every Sunday at SFO to work the Travelers Information Booth and for the past 25 years he has volunteered at Fort Point assisting with tours and greeting the public. Tom moved from San Mateo to Napa in December of 2015 and he is continuing his public service work as a newly appointment member of the Commission on Aging.

COA - Terri Restelli-Deits

Terri 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. She is a social worker and consultant actively involved in community and statewide strategic planning efforts. She has served as a member of the Napa County Commission on Aging since 2006 and served two terms as the Commission’s Chairperson July 2014-June 2016. She is a graduate of Leadership Napa Valley, currently serves on the Napa County Mental Health Board, Executive Board of the California Elder Justice Coalition, among various committees. Terri has a passion for serving seniors and our community and loves sharing that passion with other advocates.

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.

COA Carroll Cotten

Carroll Cotten

I was elected to the Commission on Aging in July, 2012. I represent Napa County District 3, Diane Dillon’s District. My wife, Ellen, and I reside in Vineyard Valley, Saint Helena, a manufactured homes senior community. Ellen and I moved there from Fresno, CA, in March 2006, to be closer to two daughters and their husbands. I have served on the Board of Directors for the Rianda Senior Activity Center in Saint Helena; I am currently a member of the Advisory Council for the Area Agency on Aging, and volunteer for Molly’s Angels and the Saint Helena Food Bank.

COA Christy Kling

Christy Kling

Christy Kling’s education includes, BA degree in Biology/Chemistry and Kinesiology from Point Loma Nazarene University, MA in Biomechanics from Washington State University and doctoral work in Education from the University of San Francisco. She has several certifications from the College of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association and the American Red Cross. She is a professor at Napa Valley College and is actively involved in several community projects. She has served as a member of the Napa County Commission on Aging since 2014 and has served as a representative on the Latino Elder Coalition. Christy has a passion for serving others in our community and advocates for wellness and exercise.

 
COA JoAnn Busenbark

JoAnn Busenbark

I have lived in Napa over 50 years. After 30+ years developing and administering programs and services at NVC (Napa Valley College) for disabled students, I retired and have added Senior Issues to my advocacy efforts. I served 9 years on the planning commission for the City of Napa and 9 years on the Napa City council advocating for all special populations. I am an active senior concerned for our growing numbers whose basic needs may be in jeopardy. I serve on the City of Napa Senior Center Board, Napa County Commission on Aging, Area Agency on Aging, and the Napa Valley TV Board of Directors I am an avid fan and participant in Mah Jongg, Bridge, and poker. Advocating for the highest quality services for we who are aging is my passion.

 Commissioner Emeritus Bios

COA Joice M. Beatty

Joice M. Beatty

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.

COA Rita Umphries

Rita Umphries

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 Rhodes

Betty 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.