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Community Resource Specialists are available between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. M-F at (408) 350-3200, option 1.

Advisory Council

Purpose

The purpose of the Council is to advise Sourcewise and its Board of Directors about the needs of older adults and disabled persons in the county, to advocate on behalf of the most vulnerable and those of greatest need within the community, and to inform the community of resources and services available through Sourcewise.

The Advisory Council operates under the authority of the federal Older Americans Act and the state Older Californians Act. “The council shall carry out advisory functions which further the area agency’s mission of developing and coordinating community-based systems of services for all older persons in the planning and service area.” (CFR Sec. 1321.57(a))

Functions

Council members are actively involved in the development, implementation, and monitoring of the Area Plan, which assesses unmet needs and identifies service goals and objectives. Members are also included in the evaluation of applications for grants for services such as nutrition, legal aid, and adult day care.

Members are encouraged to actively engage with senior coordinating councils in their communities, as well as advocacy organizations, elected officials, and the general public for the purpose of increasing awareness of issues of concern to older adults and disabled persons.

Council members represent the diverse cultural and ethnic communities, areas of need, senior organizations, and cities and supervisor districts within the county.  For each of the communities they represent, Council members report on events and needs within their communities and take back to their communities what they’ve learned through their Council participation. Members also serve on committees of the Council that advocate for specific needs, such as transportation, legislation, or health.

Attend an Upcoming Meeting

Advisory Council meetings are open to the public. At meetings, members discuss activities of the Council, exchange information about upcoming events, and learn about the latest programs and services of Sourcewise. Guest speakers inform members of current needs and issues facing older adults and disabled persons within the county.

Meetings occur 10 times a year, on the first Monday of the month, from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Meetings are currently being held virtually, via Zoom, until further notice.

For more information or to attend an upcoming meeting, contact Elizabeth Brown, Area Planner, at ebrown@mysourcewise.com.

Members of the Advisory Council, 2021 – 2022

Council members serve for a term of three years, beginning July 1st, and may renew for one additional term.

Represented Community or Appointing Body Advisory Council Member
African American Community Chris Elias
American Indian Community Position Open
Asian American Community Position Open
At-Large Janet Motha
At-Large Tom Picraux
At-Large Lydia Norcia
California Senior Legislature Maureen Heath, Vice Chair
Cities Association of Santa Clara County Gail Anne Osmer
City of Campbell Shirley Loffer
City of Cupertino Richard Adler
City of Gilroy Ramona Gutierrez
City of Los Altos Position Open
City of Los Gatos Position Open
City of Milpitas William “Bill” Devereux
City of Morgan Hill Martha Artiles
City of Mountain View Position Open
City of Palo Alto S. Bruce Heister, Secretary
City of San Jose May Miller
City of Santa Clara Nancy Biagini
City of Saratoga Marilyn Basham
City of Sunnyvale Position Open
Disabled Community Judy Pipkin
District 1 Supervisor Position Open
District 2 Supervisor Sam M. Saiu, Chair
District 3 Supervisor Evangeline Sangalang
District 4 Supervisor Ellen Rollins
District 5 Supervisor Position Open
Family Caregiver Representative Skip Frenzel
Federation of Retired Union Members Claudia Shope
Hispanic/Latino(a) Louis Rocha
Hispanic/Latino(a) Liz Ayala
LGBTQ+ Community Gabrielle Antolovich
Santa Clara County Health Department Veena Raghavan
Santa Clara County Nutrition Program Trisha Lam