Commissioners for Older Adults

LACCOA Executive Board Members

2023-2024

Commissioners for Older Adults

 

Helen Romero Shaw, President

Ted Smith, Vice President

Kim Bowman, Past President & Committee Chair

Jerry Gaines, Secretary/Treasurer

Barbara Meltzer, Committee Chair

Fran Sereseres, Committee Chair

Karen J. Reside, Committee Chair

 

LACCOA Commissioners Bios

John A. Kotick

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Commissioner John A. Kotick is a Los Angeleno by birth. He has over 50 years in the nonprofit sector including significant work in the Aging, Social Justice and Health Care sectors. Commissioner Kotick is currently working for the YWCA Greater Los Angeles whose mission is “To End Racism and Empower Women”. Commissioner Kotick joined LACCOA in October 2018.

Helen Romero Shaw

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Commissioner Helen Romero Shaw currently works as a Public Affairs Manager.  She is a member of United Latino, Rosemead Chamber Board of Directors, Alhambra Chamber of Directors, and East Los Angeles College Foundation Board of Directors.  She was awarded the Breaking Glass of Ceiling Award by the Latina Golfers Association and the Women of Distinction Award given by Business Life Magazine.  Commissioner Romero Shaw was appointed to LACCOA in June 2015.

Elvia Torres

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Commissioner Elvia Torres is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  Her organizational memberships include California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Oversight Board Member for the City of La Puente, and Board Member of the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Programs Executives. In 2015, she was recognized as Woman of the Year by Assemblyman Roger Hernandez. Commissioner Torres joined LACCOA in March 2015.

Sandra Tung

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Commissioner Sandra Tung is a social activist and has served the community for 40 years and has made unremitting efforts to improve the social status of minority people. She loves political activities and works for former Secretary of State of California, March Fong Eu. She is also a promoter of culture, art, journalism, film, television, and media. She is the CEO of the American Chinese Exchange Association. Commissioner Tung joined LACCOA in June 2018.

Rachel Kirk Valenzuela

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Commissioner Rachel Kirk Valenzuela was a teacher with a LAUSD from 1971- 2008. She was also the LAUSD Title VII Spanish/English District Advisor from 1978-1979. She was also a Student Teacher Supervisor and Methods Instructor at California State University Dominguez Hills from 1977-1978. Commissioner Kirk retired from LAUSD in 2008. She returned to LAUSD as a consultant for the Peer Assistance and Review from 2009-2011. Commissioner Kirk was also a consultant for LAUSD’s Teaching American History Grant Program from 2011-2018. Commissioner Kirk was appointed to LACCOA in 2023.

Carlene Davis

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Commissioner Carlene A. Davis is Co-Founder of Sistahs Aging with Grace & Elegance, VP of Strategy and Evaluation for California Black Women’s Health Project, and Principal of Strategy Muse Coaching and Consulting. She is also a Board Member of Village Movement California. Carlene earned a B.A. in Political Science from UC Berkeley (Go Bears!), a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin, and she is an alumna of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leader Fellowship Program. A Cali girl with Southern roots, she is a native Angeleno and life-long South Los Angeles resident and a Golden Life Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Commissioner Davis was appointed to LACCOA in 2022.

Maria F. Fernandez

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Commissioner Maria F. Fernandez has developed her professional career experience over the past thirty-eight years through various positions in Operations/Administration and Event Planning. Since 2003 she has been with the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, a non-profit organization that facilitates full Latino participation in the American political process, from citizenship to public service. Commissioner Fernandez was appointed to LACCOA in 2023.

Scott Houston

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Commissioner Scott Houston is an elected member of the Board of Directors of West Basin Municipal Water District, a public water agency that serves 17 cities and nearly 1 million residents. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Southern California Water Coalition. Commissioner Houston frequently speaks about the challenges facing our global water supplies and has authored articles on topics including leadership in California water governance; water safety in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic; and the increased public acceptance of recycled water to meet our supply needs. A resident of El Segundo for more than two decades, Commissioner Houston has served in numerous organization leadership roles, and on multiple boards and commissions. His professional background includes management experience in communications and manufacturing. Commissioner Houston was appointed to LACCCOA in 2022.

Robert Boller

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Commissioner Robert Boller is the Director of Programs at Project Angel Food, a non-profit organization that delivers food to critically ill residents of Los Angeles County that are unable to shop or cook for themselves.  He is also a member of Hunger Action Los Angeles (HALA) and current chair of the Los Angeles County Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP).  Commissioner Boller joined LACCOA in February 2016.  

Barbara Meltzer

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Commissioner Barbara Meltzer is a native New Yorker. Commissioner Barbara Meltzer worked on the Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson prior to becoming NBC-TV’s Director of Network Creative Services.  Following that, she founded Barbara Meltzer & Associates Public Relations and Marketing Agency.  In addition to her service on LACCOA, Commissioner Meltzer serves on the West Hollywood Human Services Commission and the Friends of the West Hollywood Library Board. Commissioner Meltzer is a member of the American Society on Aging’s Ageism and Culture Advisory Council whose most recent accomplishment was the creation of Ageism Awareness Day, which is held each year on October 7th.   Commissioner Meltzer was recently honored by Congressman Adam Schiff as a 30th Congressional District 2023 Woman of the Year.  She currently chairs LACCOA’s Issues and Education Committee and serves as District 3’s Lead Commissioner. Commissioner Meltzer was appointed to LACCOA in 2007.

Sheila Moore

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Commissioner Sheila Moore, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, is the Senior Director of Comprehensive Older Adult Services for the Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles. She worked with older adults and their families facilitating support groups for caregivers for 30 years. She is an active public speaker, educator, and clinician. Commissioner Moore joined LACCOA in July 2016.

Kiera L. Pollock

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Commissioner Kiera Pollock is the Director of Senior Services at the Los Angeles LGBT Center.  She oversees residential and non-residential social services and activities for more than 5,000 older adults as well as Triangle Square, the nation’s first affordable housing complex for LGBT older adults.  She holds a master’s degree in clinical social work from Fordham University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in New York and an Associate Social Worker (ASW) in California.  Commissioner Pollock joined LACCOA in October 2018.

Michele Johnson

Commissioner Michele Johnson joined LACCOA in September 2023.

 

 

 Salvador Diaz

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Commissioner Salvador Diaz was appointed to LACCOA in 2023. Commissioner Diaz is originally from Michoacan, Mexico. He came to the United States in 1968, started a family, and became very involved with his community. He works with many community organizations across the Southeast area of Los Angeles to bring much needed resources to his community.

Louis Dominguez

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Commissioner Louis Dominguez attended Gonzaga University and CSUDH, BA and MSA; Army Infantry, Bronze Star and Purple Heart; Aide to Assemblyman Vincent Thomas and Mayors Tom Bradley and Richard Riordan. President & CEO of the Harbor Free Clinic; Retired computer instructor at the Harbor Community Adult School, served on Board of Directors of the San Pedro CofC; Elected Member of SP Neighborhood Council; Serving on the Mayor’s Sustained Supply Committee with the Port of LA; Raised funds to successfully light the Vincent Thomas Bridge. Commissioner Dominguez was appointed to LACCOA September 2019.

Jerry Gaines

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Commissioner Jerry Gaines is a U.S. Navy Veteran who retired from the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District – Secondary Education. He was recognized as the Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year and awarded the U.S. Congress Award for serving as Chair of the Military Reuse Committee. Commissioner Gaines joined LACCOA in October 2015.

Cathy McClure

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Commissioner Cathy McClure is a professional fundraising Consultant.  She serves as Secretary on the LACCOA Executive Board. She worked for Woodcraft Rangers and the Discovery Cube Los Angeles as a Development Director, and for over 20 years, she raised needed funds for the United Way of Greater Los Angeles. She served on the board of the Rio Hondo Chapter of the American Red Cross and was the first woman chairperson and served as Commissioner in Social Services for the City of Whittier for 10 years. She is the proud mother of a son, daughter and four beautiful granddaughters.  Commissioner McClure joined LACCOA in January 2018.

Karen Reside

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Commissioner Karen Reside is a native Californian, who has been an activist from the age of 12 when she negotiated with neighborhood bullies to leave other children alone.  Working in youth development for 25 years, she retired and switched to older adult issues as she aged.  She is currently the President of the Long Beach Gray Panthers, where they are preparing to celebrate 50 years of service in 2024.
 

Hon. Kim M. Bowman Jr.

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Commissioner Kim Bowman is a La Cañada Flintridge City Council Member, nonprofit attorney, father, and advocate for older adults who is working to improve the community to make sure it remains inclusive for people at every stage of life. He is also a major in the United States Air Force Reserve and a member of the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps Reserve. Mr. Bowman is a past president of LACCOA, a former La Cañada Flintridge Parks and Recreation commissioner, and has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations. He was appointed to LACCOA in June 2018.

Kyo R. Paul Jhin

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Commissioner Kyo R. Paul Jhin retired from the U.S. Peace Corps in 2009, where he served as Director for the Office of Planning, Policy, and Analysis. He spends time volunteering with the California Postsecondary Education Commission and the Los Angeles County Citizen’s Economic and Efficiency Commission. In 2015 he was the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.  Commissioner Jhin joined LACCOA in July 2020.

Fran Sereseres

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Commissioner Fran Sereseres is a retired business owner and is now an advocate for older adults and the disabled. She frequently attends and speaks at the City Council and other public meetings. She also serves as a commissioner for the homeless and has been acknowledged as the Antelope Valley Senior of the year and Woman of Antelope Valley. She served on other various advocacy groups in the Antelope Valley. Commissioner Sereseres was appointed to LACCOA in June 2020.

Theodore (Ted) Smith

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Commissioner Ted Smith is a retired Los Angeles City Fire Officer with over two decades of service. He served as a Integrated Medical Imaging Applicator in Radiology for four decades. Ted was a major part of the COVID-19 Process from its initial stage to Representative of the Pandemic Task Force of LACCOA. He serves as a commissioner in two Commissions (EEOC and LACCOA). Ted is a Assemblymember of CSL(California Senior Legislature. Commissioner Smith was Foreperson of the 2017-2018 Civil Grand Jury. Ted served in the US Navy. He has a B.A Degree in Radiation Health/Safety and Fire Prevention/Public Safety. He also has an Associate’s Degree in Radiology/Radiation Physics. He is a Local Community leader and activist. Commissioner Smith is a full-service volunteer of senior outreach programs for several communities. Commissioner Smith was appointed to LACCOA in 2020.

Mary Winners

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Mary Winners is a recognized speaker, and expert witness regarding elder services.  She has over 25 years of experience in health care and created a private geriatric care management company in 2007.  The company provides care plans, advocacy, quality of life programming, and resources for seniors.  Ms. Winners has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, a Master’s degree in Gerontology and is a Certified Professional Gerontologist. Commissioner Mary Winners was appointed to LACCOA in 2022.

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