As Northwest Adult Day Health & Wellness Center continues to strengthen and grow, we’re excited to announce a new advisory council composed of some of the most influential experts in the local senior healthcare community.
This new advisory council will guide the continued growth of our company and advise us on business strategy, innovation and program development.
The members of this new advice team bring varied and relevant experience to NWADH from such local organizations as Whatcom Transportation Authority, Family Care Nurses, Northwest Regional Council, Alzheimer Society of Washington, Christ the King Church and Christian Health Care Center. The council also includes former and current NWADH family caregivers.
We held our first meeting in December 2016, and we’re thrilled about where these great minds can help take our adult day health program in 2017 and beyond.
As we continue to grow Northwest Adult Day Health’s program, and as we continue to develop our strategy to partner with the community, these experts will provide invaluable insight on trends and challenges that impact our clients. They also will help guide us to creative program development in the coming year.
Welcome aboard, everyone, and thank you for your contributions to adult health in Whatcom County.
The complete list of advisory council members:
- Ryan Blackwell, Northwest Regional Council. The Northwest Regional Council, an association of the governments of Whatcom, Skagit, Island and San Juan counties, helps seniors and adults with disabilities live in their homes and communities for as long as possible, postponing or removing the need to transition to residential or institutional care, such as in nursing homes.
- Janet Malley, Whatcom Transportation Authority. WTA, which provides public transportation services to all of Whatcom County, offers reduced fares for seniors and for those with disabilities.
- Kevin Brearley, Christ the King Community Church Senior Ministries. CTK, which has churches throughout Whatcom and Skagit counties, holds twice-monthly lunches for seniors looking for friends and fellowship.
- Leslie Jackson, Alzheimer Society of Washington. The Alzheimer Society of Washington, located in Bellingham, has served Whatcom County since 1983. Every year, the society provides hundreds of hours of education and support for adults caring for those affected by dementia, for adults newly diagnosed or experiencing minimal memory loss, for adults who care for a parent affected by dementia.
- LeAna Osterman, CHCC Faith Community Nurses. Faith Community Nurses work with rehabilitation and care transition patients at Christian Health Care Center in Lynden. CHCC supports short-term rehabilitation patients by offering complimentary visits from these nurses, who work to educate patients and their loved ones so the transition process from a skilled nursing facility back to home is as safe and successful as possible.
- David Kreps, CHCC/NWADH board member. As a nonprofit corporation, Christian Health Care Center is facilitated by a board of directors whose members are highly experienced professionals who volunteer their time, share their experiences and offer direction to CHCC and NWADH.
- A number of other representatives of NWADH and CHCC are on our advisory council, including our CEO, our manager and activity coordinator, our community advocate, one of our social workers and current and former caregivers:
- Betsy Gross, Former NWADH family caregiver.
- Arkame Curry, Current NWADH family caregiver.
- Maureen Monroe, NWADH community advocate.
- Kevyn Avery, NWADH/CHCC social worker.
- Patrick O’Neill, NWADH/CHCC CEO.
- Mary Faber Wynstra, NWADH/CHCC manager and activity coordinator.