Advisory Council Meeting

July 14, 2011


Held at 2573 Midpoint Drive, Ste. 108

Fort Collins, Colorado  80525


Members Present:

Jay Adams

Nancy Arthur

David Born


Peggy Bowers

Melissa Buckskin

Nila Croll


Helen Davis

Carolyn Funk

Marcy Greenslit


Howard Hay

Judy Jones

Ellen Lawson


Randy Mergler

Ellen Pihlstrom

Mary Shultz


Bob Tholl

Stan Ulrich

Sharon Zamora





Members Absent :

Bill Prather

Earl Stevens

Debbie Tellez





Staff Present:

Monica Becker

Tina Corrigan-Hugo

Steve Johnson


Ruth Long

Lynette McGowan

Linda Rumney


Ed Rutherford

Laura Walker






Guests Present:

Elaine Boni

Dan Daly

Stephanie Hales


Cherrie Thornton




Bob Tholl called the meeting to order at 1:30 p.m.


Marcy Greenslit asked that the names of the new officers be added to the minutes.  The minutes were approved as corrected.


Helen Davis gave a report of the Executive Committee meeting.  The Committee discussed future council meetings, new Affordable Care Act, RFPs, service providers and funding.  Duties of the Executive Committee and Grants Management and Evaluation Committee duties were also discussed. 


Ruth Long distributed a chart of 2011/2012 grantees and their funding levels.  Funding for services started July 1, 2011. 


Ruth also distributed a copy of the Office on Aging’s one-year goals and strategies.  The staff met to pull out some of the goals and strategies of the four year plan to work on this year.  Action items were developed for each of the selected strategies and assigned to staff with timelines.  The council committees will be helping the Office on Aging complete these goals. 


Ruth presented an appreciation plaque to Marcy Greenslit for her two years of service as chair of the Council.


Staff Reports

Linda Rumney stated that she is working on a new marketing and outreach plan and distributed pens with the Office on Aging logo and telephone number on them.  She is also having a notepad printed with the ARCH logo.  Linda distributed a flyer on the Medicare Birthday celebration event.  We are currently working on updating the Answers on Aging Resource Guide.  Linda thanked all those council members who participated in the photo shoot. 


Lynette McGowan reported that she is advertising Powerful Tools for Caregivers classes.  Three classes will start at the end of August and finish in September.  She stated that there is also a two-day workshop for class leader training in September. 


Monica Becker stated that she has been certified as an ombudsman and is continuing training.


Lynette McGowan gave a brief biography.

OFFICE ON AGING PARTNER Presentation:  Dan Daly, Director Aging and Adult Services

Dan Daly stated that he has been on the job for only ten months.  This is the first Advisory Council meeting that he has attended.  Dan has been employed with the state for 16 years in the TANIF program.  He is interested in learning about what the Office on Aging services so that he can better support the Older Americans Act programs. 


Dan discussed the structure of the Colorado Department of Human Services and distributed an organizational chart.  His division, Aging and Adult Services, is under the Office on Long Term Care.  Dan stated that there is a renewed interest in having a better relationship between his department and Healthcare Policy and Finance (HCPF).  There is hope of working together more collaboratively. 


In answer to a question about the state four year plan and the impact on our local area, Dan stated that the plan describes how they will implement Older Americans Act programs.  There are seven goals with strategies and timelines that were developed after meeting with providers and advocates.  The state submitted the plan to the federal government and is waiting for approval.  The plan goes into effective October 1, and it is a blueprint on what we will focus in over the next four years.  Once approved, the plan will be online at  



Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board Report (SAB)

Cherrie Thornton reported that the SAB met with the new director of Fort Collins Meals on Wheels.  The SAB appointed a subcommittee to decide its role in transportation.  A community meeting at the CSU Center for Public Deliberation is scheduled for July 28 to discuss what role the city should take to promote quality of life for seniors.  Cherrie announced a few upcoming events:  September 14, Bridging the Gap; August 13, Senior Law Day; and October 9, a free concert, “3 Dudes Sing Berlin.”


Loveland Senior Advisory Board (SAB)

Judy Jones reported that the Loveland City Council is looking at revamping the goals and objectives for each board.  On October 15 a senior conference on skills for seniors will be held at the Chilson Senior Center.    


Foundation on Aging (FOA)

Mary Shultz reported that the FOA Board voted to meet quarterly instead of monthly.  Mary stated that the emergency grants’ requests are increasing.


Larimer County Commissioner

Steve Johnson reported that the four transportation services in Larimer County have been working together.  The commissioners have decided to phase out the Larimer Lift services because of budget reductions and cost per trip. 


Human Relations Commission 

Elaine Boni reported that the Commission was approached by the Youth Commission to co-sponsor a forum on bullying. 


Community Outreach & Education Committee

Carolyn Funk reported that the Committee discussed their 2011/2012 goals and elected their chair, Carolyn Funk.


Media & Public Relations Committee

Ruth Long reported that committee goals were discussed.  Melissa Buckskin was elected chair of the committee.


Grantee Management & Evaluation Committee

Ellen Pihlstrom reported that the Committee is refining their new tasks and discussing old business.  Ellen was re-elected as the chair of the committee.  


Public Policy & Advocacy Committee

Stan Ulrich reported that Helen has completed the information sheet on how to handle complaints received from senior housing residents.  Helen Davis was elected to chair the committee.



Bob Tholl adjourned the meeting at 3:19 p.m.