OGA 2019 Board of Directors

Board Officers:

President - Margaret B. Neal, PhD

Margaret Beth Neal is Professor Emerita of Urban Studies and the former director of the Institute on Aging at Portland State University. She taught graduate courses in gerontology, survey design, data collection and global aging. She led Portland's participation in the 2006-07 World Health Organization's Global Age-Friendly Cities project and has co-coordinated the Age-Friendly Portland and Multnomah County initiatives since then, speaking and publishing locally, nationally and internationally on the topic of age-friendly communities as well as that of combining paid work with unpaid care for elders. She and her husband, David Leckey, live between Wilsonville and Newberg at their nursery, Oregon Small Trees.

Past President - Walter Dawson, PhD

Walter Dawson, DPhil, is a health and aging policy researcher and a lifelong advocate for people living with Alzheimer’s disease. Dawson currently serves an Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health with the Global Brain Health Institute at the University of California, San Francisco, and is an Adjunct Professor in the Portland State University Institute on Aging. His research focuses on long-term services and supports financing and public policies that support people living with dementia. Previously, Dawson served as the Director of Research and Analytics at the Oregon Health Care Association in Portland, Oregon, and as a Fulbright Scholar to Canada, where he held the Visiting Research Chair in Governance and Public Policy at McMaster University. Dawson has worked extensively in public policy including at the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging and at the National Academy of Social Insurance. Dawson holds a master’s from the London School of Economics and a doctorate in social policy from the University of Oxford.

President-Elect - Siobhan Maty, PhD, MPH

Siobhan Maty is Associate Professor and Chair of the Master of Science in Global Health program at the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She is an epidemiologist with expertise in the conceptualization and measurement of social factors and their influence on health outcomes using a life course approach. She uses traditional epidemiology and community-based participatory research approaches to explore the social determinants of health and health inequities, the epidemiology of type 2 diabetes and related conditions, and the impact of aging on population health.

Treasurer - Alan DeLaTorre, PhD

Alan is a self-described "urban gerontologist" who is passionate about translating research into policy and practice.  He is a Research Associate at Portland State University's Institute on Aging and is the co-coordinator of the Age-Friendly Portland and Multnomah County initiative. In addition to serving on the Board of the Oregon Gerontological Association, Dr. DeLaTorre is an appointed volunteer for AARP Oregon focused on livability and age-friendly communities and he serves as the co-chair for the Age-friendly Design Committee for the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. Outside of work he enjoys time with his family, playing and watching soccer and baseball, and travel.

Secretary - Joyce DeMonnin, MPH, MBA

Joyce, an Oregon native, is Director of Communications and Media Relations, AARP Oregon. She has more than 25 years of experience in program development, strategic and operational planning, public speaking, communications/media relations and event management. With AARP, her key impact areas are health care reform, healthy aging, and access to affordable prescriptions, economic security, 50-plus work issues and retirement security/social Security. She leads on these issues through convening, connecting, and leveraging the talents and energy of AARP Oregon's 500,000 members and volunteers.

Board Directors:

Amy Henderson, MA

Amy Henderson is the Lead Gerontologist for AgeWise Institute at the University of Natural Medicine in Portland, she is also the Founder/Executive Director for the Geezer Gallery, a non-profit organization empowering elders through the arts and utilizing the arts as a modality of health for elders in the Portland community.

Angela Allbee

Angie Allbee works as a Legislative Liaison for the Oregon Department of Human Services. An advocate for social justice, she spent over a decade in the non-profit sector engaging with a diverse range of clients -- including older adults, individuals experiencing disabilities, refugees, and vulnerable women. While working in refugee resettlement, she supported victims of sexual assault, human trafficking, and other forms of violence while working with local providers on the creation of trauma-informed, culturally appropriate practices. At that time, she served on the State of Iowa Minority Health Coalition and the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) Immigrant Rights Network. In Oregon, she served as a member of the Coos County Sexual Assault Response Team, the Oregon Women’s Health and Wellness Alliance, and the Task Force on the Future of Shelter in Portland. Prior to joining DHS, Angie served as Chief of Staff to Representative David Gomberg in the 2013 Legislative Session and Policy Analyst for the House Majority Office in the 2014 Legislative Session. Angie received her Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) from Portland State University’s Mark O. Hatfield School of Government in the College of Urban and Public Affairs.

Carlos D. Romo, PhD

After living in Reno, Nevada for 43 years, Carlos and his spouse, Nancy, moved to Oregon in 2015 to be with family and friends. He is a native of New Mexico and earned a B.A. from the University of New Mexico and a Ph.D. in Foreign Languages and Literature (Spanish and Portuguese) from Tulane University. He was a Fulbright-Hayes Scholar in Lisbon, Portugal. After teaching at the University of Nevada, Reno, and working for the State of Nevada, Carlos retired in 2008. Before moving to Oregon, he was engaged in doing volunteer work for AARP-Nevada and today he continues to volunteer for AARP-Oregon. He has been a mediator and has expertise in employment, housing and public accommodation discrimination investigations and enforcement. Also, he has conducted training in workplace diversity and inclusion and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. He hosted and moderated a public affairs television program, El Mundo Hispano, while living in Nevada. Being engaged as a volunteer; keeping in shape; traveling and being with family, are what keep Carlos busy during retirement.

Cory Bolkan, PhD

Cory Bolkan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development at Washington State University in Vancouver, Washington, just across the river from Portland, Oregon. She is a gerontologist and the goals of her applied research and outreach are to encourage healthy behaviors across the lifespan, implement and evaluate evidence-based health and social service programs for older adults, and explore how family/social relationships are risk or protective factors for well-being in later life. She also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses related to gerontology, death and dying, and research methods, and is a faculty member in the interdisciplinary Prevention Science doctoral program at WSU.

Iris Wernher, Dipl.-Psych.

Iris is pursuing her PhD in Urban Studies, with an emphasis in gerontology and community health planning. She works as Graduate Assistant at Portland State University's Institute on Aging where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in gerontology and assists with the Age-Friendly Portland and Multnomah County initiatives. In addition to serving as student representative on the OGA Board, Iris volunteers with the local aging-in-place Village movement. Before moving to Portland, Iris worked as a psychologist at a memory clinic in Germany. In the context of her dissertation, she is interested in holistic approaches to making cities and communities more "dementia friendly." 

Karen Kinzey

Karen Kinzey is the Program Manager, Holy Names Heritage Center. She has been a member of the OGA Board since 2013 and currently serves on the Executive, Education and Finance Committees. Her areas of expertise include developing educational programs for older adults and managing senior volunteers. Karen has conducted over 200 oral history interviews with seniors, including Pearl Harbor survivors, Catholic Sisters and WWII combatants and civilians. She volunteers with the Oregon Alzheimer's Association and two local memory Cafes. She hold a MA and BA from Virginia Tech. She is committed to improving the lives of people with dementia and their caregivers.

Kathleen M. Sullivan, Ph.D.

Kathleen M. Sullivan, Ph.D. is an accomplished speaker, trainer and writer on issues related to aging, built and social environments and veterans. She ran the successful No on 9 Campaign in Oregon in 2000 and was a member of the national training team for The Task force helping communities defeat anti-LGBTQ ballot measures. After receiving her Ph.D., she created the nation’s most comprehensive suite of services for LGBT older adults while working in California including the first and still only program that links LGBT veterans to their earned VA benefits. Currently she serves as a member of AARPs Diversity Action Committee and is a Commissioner on the Governor’s Senior Services Commission. Dr. Sullivan holds a Ph.D. from the Nohad Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University where she coauthored Oregon’s first study on transportation issues for older adults. She is an authority on the aging of the LGBT population having researched and published on the aging of that community for close to a decade and is currently working to develop intergenerational affinity housing for the LGBTQ community. She is the author of a book on meditation, is an avid skier; runner and tennis player. She lives in NE Portland with her wife Rebecca.

Patty Glines

Patty Glines is an Executive Director and Senior Care Advisor in Portland, Oregon, with experience advocating and caring for seniors in a variety of care settings. She was drawn to the senior services industry after advocating and caring for her own parents. Patty works for Assisted Living Locators helping seniors and their families find and transition into senior housing. She is a strong believer in quality housing and care for seniors. Patty volunteers as a board member for both the Metropolitan Senior Network and the Oregon Gerontological Association where she can keep a finger on the pulse of the housing, care and academic trends of the senior services industry. She has her undergraduate degree in Public Health with a minor in Business and her Graduate Certificate in Gerontology. In her free time, Patty enjoys spending time outdoors or a good binge on Netflix.