THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – February 8, 2012 – Senior Concerns, serving the Ventura and Western L.A. County senior communities, today announced that the Board of Directors has appointed Andrea Gallagher president, effective February 25.
Gallagher, a Certified Senior Advisor, is a former Senior Concerns Board member and strategic planning chair, and is founder of the firm, Rethinking Your Future™.
The search process for the new president began more than a year ago, when Carol Freeman, who served in the position for five years, announced her plans to retire. Gallagher, one of the selection committee’s finalists, stepped in to run the organization with Freeman’s help while the search process was ongoing.
“It became very clear to us that we had the perfect mix of leadership skills, vision, passion and a track record of success, everything needed to build and expand on Senior Concern’s success,” said Board Chairman Robert Shaw. “We need a leader who can continue to grow Senior Concern’s high-quality programs and services and expand the organization’s fund development capacity as we address the dramatic growth of seniors and caregivers in our community.”
“Andrea clearly recognizes the importance of connecting seniors in Ventura and Western L.A. County with the critical support services Senior Concerns offers,” Shaw said. “We’re also grateful she was willing to assist us over the last few months.”
As president, Gallagher will provide leadership for Senior Concerns’ programs, personnel, finances and fundraising efforts.
“I’m very honored to have the opportunity to serve Senior Concerns as its new president,” Gallagher said. “Under Carol Freeman’s leadership, and the dedicated work of the staff and volunteers, Senior Concerns has provided vital support for thousands of seniors and their families in the communities we serve.”
About Senior Concerns
Thousand Oaks-based Senior Concerns is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to serving all seniors, especially those who are frail and have special needs, as well as their caregivers and families. It offers a range of services, programs and resources, including a professionally managed adult day program for cognitively impaired seniors, Alzheimer’s Daycare Resource Center, Senior Advocates information and referral service, Brain Fitness programs, evening informational seminars, and case management. Senior Concerns administers the Meals on Wheels program in Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park, runs support groups for caregivers, participates on the County’s Financial Abuse Specialist Team, and manages the Bargain Boutique & Thrift Shop. The organization also hosts two annual fundraisers—the Love Run and the Ultimate Dining Experience—and receives invaluable community support from more than 500 volunteers.