|President:||Bill Whitworth||UAA Bylaws|
|Past President:||Janet Frick|
|Member at Large:||Toni Polich|
|Member at Large:||Wayne Oberg|
|SL County Representative:||Andrea Garry|
|Wasatch Front Representative:|
|Northern Representative:||Laura Owen-Keirstead|
Simone Black is the Community Outreach Director for Jenkins-Soffe Funeral Homes. She was born and raised in Murray, Utah and graduated from Brigham Young University in public relations. She had the opportunity of growing up around the family funeral home business and learned that it is an honor and a privilege to help families when they have lost a loved one.
She is currently the social media chair for the Utah Coalition for Caregiver Support, she is on the executive board of the South Jordan Chamber of Commerce, the membership committee of the Utah Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, a volunteer with Community Nursing Services and also a spiritual care volunteer at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray. She values every opportunity to help others and improve the way of life for those in need within our community.
Janet Frick has been described as a renaissance women due to her multiple interests, culminated in her career as an Environmental Gerontologist.
During Janet’s ten year career with Salt Lake County Aging & Adult Services, she assisted thousands of older adults to sustainably live independently. In 2007, Janet received a Master Gardner Certificate, thus providing Salt Lake County’s, SLCO, MealsPlus clients with nutritious produce. Additionally in 2008, she received SLCO Volunteer Coordinator of the Year Award.
Ms. Frick’s passion to examine spatial relationships with respect to the interdependency among residents and their social settings was a result of her graduate work at the University of Utah’s College of Nursing. In 2010, she developed an interdisciplinary program of study with the College of Nursing’s Gerontology Program and the College of City & Metropolitan Planning for a Master of Science degree.
Janet presented and published her age friendly cities research locally, nationally and internationally notably at the World Health Organization Conference in Quebec City and Vancouver’s University of British Columbia for the International Aging & Society Conference. Publishing credits include The University of Illinois’s Common Ground Journal, “Towards Age Friendly Sustainable Communities: Aging in Place with Cohousing,” focusing on the importance of building social capital communities.
Prior to her commitment to aging services, Ms. Frick’s professional career includes twenty years in broadcasting as a videographer and editor. She was awarded an Emmy from the National Academy of Television for her editing skills. In 1999, Janet returned to academia to study orthotics & prosthetics. She received the Washington State WAVE Scholarship and worked as an Ortho Technician at Shriners Hospital for Children in Salt Lake City. Her medical experience was a pivotal introduction to intergenerational relationships.
Janet Frick combines professional and educational interests as well as skills to continuously develop dialogue and programming that enriches the Salt Lake County Aging & Adult Services’ Independent Aging Program.
Elizabeth Lisonbee is a partner attorney at Preston, Pence & Lisonbee, PLLC, a law firm she founded with two other attorneys eight years ago. Her main practice areas include family law, guardianships, and estate planning. She earned her Law Degree from Brigham Young University. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Utah with a Bachelor’s Degree in History.
At Preston, Pence, and Lisonbee, PLLC, Elizabeth’s work is motivated by her desire to help clients work through stressful circumstances to achieve their goals. She is actively involved in serving in the community and she has served as a board member for the Young Lawyers Division of the Utah State bar and on the Wills for Heroes committee. She has taught paralegal courses at Broadview University.
Elizabeth is a mom to three wonderful, exhausting young children. She recalls reading books, traveling, taking naps and having hobbies before having children and hopes one day to enjoy those things again.
Ron Tolman has been a member of the Utah Aging Alliance since 2013. He has served as treasurer during the time since.
Ron is an accountant for Stagg Fiduciary Services LLC, a CPA firm focusing on serving in fiduciary capacities within the elder community. He has been with Stagg Fiduciary Services for 8 years. Ron is a Certified Fraud Examiner and specializes in forensic accountings and court accountings for conservatorships, trusts, and estates. He also manages the accounting records of protected persons and other entities under the control of Stagg Fiduciary Services as appointed by probate courts. Much of his experience involves resolving accusations of elder abuse fraud.
Prior to his service with Stagg Fiduciary Services, Ron has worked since 2000 in various capacities in the accounting field including tax preparation, assurance and advisory services, consulting, and as controller.
Ron is active in serving the non-profit community. He serves on the boards of director of the Utah 4-Wheel Drive Association and the Utah State Parks OHV Advisory Council. He provides accounting service to those boards in additional to other board duties.
Member at Large
Toni Polich is both the Chief Operating Officer Book and the local Utah Publisher for the Seniors Blue Book. She graduated from the University of Utah with degrees in Behavioral Science & Health as well as Business. In addition to serving on the Utah Aging Alliance Board, Toni also serves on the Board for the Utah Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care (USSWLHC) and is the President of the Board for Professionals for Seniors. She has also earned the elite designation of Certified Franchise Executive with the International Franchise Association and works with multiple emerging brands and innovative technologies. For the past 11 years she has been with the Seniors Blue Book, a widely popular resource guide that covers 12 counties in Northern & Southern Utah, she has worked to unite professionals in serving local aging community members in accessing the available resources to help seniors age well. She is also the proud parent of a young daughter. Toni enjoys volunteer work, yoga, traveling, running slowly, attempting triathlons, water sports, sailing, reading, and numerous other outdoor activities.
Member at Large
Wayne Oberg graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Recreation and Leisure. He has worked as a Recreation Coordinator for Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County and Murray City in the Parks and Recreation Departments for over 30 years. For the past 9 years he has split his job between Parks and Recreation and the Murray Senior Recreation Center. Currently he is full time at the Murray Senior Recreation Center providing recreation programs and activities for senior citizens. He is also a Past President of Utah Recreation and Parks Assn.
Salt Lake County Representative
Andrea Garry has been a member of the Utah Aging Alliance since 2013 as the Salt Lake County Representative. She came to the board through her work at Salt Lake County Aging and Adult Services where she was in charge of the Salt Lake County Senior Expo. This is where she found her passion and desire to serve the aging community.
Andrea’s vast background in healthcare started very young when she worked for her physician father in his very busy California practice and local hospital to pay for college. She has come full circle, returning to healthcare with Humana Inc. in the last two years. In this role, Andrea manages all aspects of Humana’s Affordable Care Act Insurance Product (Obamacare) and Risk Contracting in Utah and Idaho.
Andrea earned her advance degree from California State University, Sacramento with degrees in Communications and Journalism. Graduating in just 3.5 years, Andrea went on to pursue a career in Radio in San Francisco. Her radio career was short lived as she married, moved to Utah and raised three children. She returned to her career in 2011 after many hours volunteering with local nonprofits. A big believer in giving back, Andrea supports and still volunteers with numerous nonprofits such as Utah Food Bank, 4th Street Clinic and The Maliheh Clinic.
Laura Owen-Keirstead earned a BS degree in Child and Family Studies and a BSW degree in Social Work from Weber State University and a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Phoenix. Laura has over 30-years of experience working in the social service field. She is licensed as a Social Service Worker and a Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the State of Utah.
Laura worked at Weber Human Services in Adult Mental Health and Senior Services as well as the State of Utah Departments of Workforce Services and Office of Public Guardian and the Alzheimer’s Association. She also worked with people with disabilities as a behavioral specialist and as a domestic violence, substance abuse and sex-offender therapist. Currently, Laura works as a Social Worker for Applegate Home Care and Hospice.
Laura is a volunteer Area Coordination for AARP, is a member of the Davis Area Agency on Aging Coalition for Abuse Protection for the Elderly (CAPE), Board member for the Utah Social Work Society of Social Work Leadership in Health Care. County/Senior Services, and the Northern Utah Representative for the Utah Aging Alliance Board.