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MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT: JABA and Charlottesville Area Alliance partners to discuss mission of becoming an age-friendly community

Senior Statesmen of Virginia meeting

When: Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Senior Center, Inc., 491 Hillsdale Drive, Charlottesville, VA.
Free and open to the public
Representatives of the Charlottesville Area Alliance will discuss the mission and vision of the Alliance: to lead the advancement of an age-friendly community for the greater Charlottesville area to be the most age-friendly community in the country. Representing the Alliance will be: Marta Keane, Jefferson Area Board for Aging - moderator; Brad Sheffield, JAUNT - transportation to combat isolation; Sunshine Mathon, Piedmont Housing Alliance - affordable housing for seniors; Rebecca Schmidt, Thomas Jefferson Health District - community health goals for seniors; Peter Thompson, Senior Center Inc. - civic engagement and the role of SSV. The Charlottesville Area Alliance has requested that the SSV join its other 17 partners (including the UVa Osher Lifelong Learning Institute - OLLI) in advocating for an age friendly community.
Marta Keane has been the CEO of JABA since April 2013. JABA works to help people age in community, by providing a Continuum of Caring for the Continuum of Living. Her entire career has been on helping seniors achieve the highest quality of life, in the place of their choice. She believes in creating a community that honors and respects the gifts that seniors have to offer.
Brad Sheffield serves as the executive at JAUNT Inc. He has been working in the transit industry for 16 years, in both public and private transit planning roles. From January 2014 to December 2017, Brad served on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors representing the Rio Magisterial District. He is passionate about helping communities foster the traditional characteristics that make places great to work, raise a family, and retire.
Sunshine Mathon is the executive director of Piedmont Housing Alliance. Sunshine has lead the development of over 1,200 healthy, efficient homes in Texas and Virginia, including some of the highest ever LEED for Homes communities. He is a nationally-recognized leader in the deep green affordable housing sector. Sunshine holds a Masters in Architecture from the University of Texas .
Rebecca Schmidt is the population health manager for the Thomas Jefferson Health District serving the City of Charlottesville and the five surrounding counties. Over the past 15 years, she has worked in health policy, program development, implementation and evaluation for nongovernmental agencies and for local, state, federal and international government. She holds a B.A. from Boston University and an M.P.A. in Public Administration from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Peter Thompson has served as executive director of the Senior Center Inc. since 1999. The Senior Center positively impacts the community by creating opportunities for healthy aging through over 100 programs and scores of partnerships. Peter received his B.A. from UVa and his MPA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Recent community service includes serving on the Board of Directors of the OLLI at UVa, Chamber of Commerce, and the Center for Nonprofit Excellence.

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