Meet the Team

Meet the dedicated volunteers of YHAA's Board of Directors, and its hard-working team of staff.

“The health and wellbeing of older adults in Yolo County is very important. I am glad to be a part of this effort.”

JIM PROVENZA

Chair

Supervisor Jim Provenza began his service on the Yolo County Board of Supervisors January 2009.  His priorities at Yolo County include the preservation and protection of open space and farm land in Yolo County, and the promotion of services for children, crime victims, seniors, and the disabled. Supervisor Provenza has 29 years of county and state government experience, and a long career in public interest law. For the past 15 years, he has worked as a special assistant district attorney. He earned his law degree from UC Davis and is a member of the California State Bar Association. He has served as Executive Director of the Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County, managing countywide programs providing legal representation to victims of domestic violence and the elderly and as managing attorney for Legal Services of Northern California, representing victims of housing discrimination in federal civil rights actions. In his career, Supervisor Provenza served as counsel to Senate Judiciary Committee Chair and wrote California’s hate crime law and legislation related to the reform of the criminal justice system. He later served as chief counsel to the Assembly Public Safety Committee and soon after, was hired to represent district attorneys at the State Capitol. Supervisor Provenza first entered public office in 2003 as a Member of the Davis Joint Unified Board of Education. He served as President of the Board of Education from 2006-2007. During his time on the Board, he advocated for special needs children, helped the Davis School District revamp budgeting systems to ensure continued quality education, and supported excellence in education for all students.

DAWN MYERS

Board Member

“Aging services have been my passion for my entire career. As a social worker I know only too well that system change requires advocacy, coordination and education and this is exactly what YHAA provides. It is an honor to serve on the YHAA Board of Directors on behalf of this community and the many elders who inspire me everyday.”

Dawn Myers, MSW has been the Program Director of Woodland Healthcare’s Yolo Adult Day Health Center since 1996. In this capacity, Dawn leads her team while overseeing all operations of the Adult Day Health and Alzheimer Day Care Resource Center programs, placing high emphasis on quality care, client health, and sense of well-being. Before joining YADHC, Dawn was a Program Manager for the Area 4 Agency on Aging for two years, providing oversight to over 15 social service programs serving older adults in a seven-county area. Dawn also serves on the board of the California Association of Adult Day Services after completing her term as statewide Board President. She is an appointee to the California Department of Health and Human Services Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders Committee, a 2005 graduate of the Sierra Health Foundation Health Leadership Program, and a longtime member of the Yolo County Adult and Aging Commission. In recognition of Women’s History Month, Assembly member Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) named Dawn Myers  as the 2011 Woman of the Year from the 8th Assembly District.

NANCY PENNEBAKER

Board Member

“Yolo Healthy Aging Alliance is a gathering place for ensuring quality programs and services that our elders need and deserve. Serving our aging community is an honor I wholeheartedly.”

As a community volunteer and passionate advocate for both underserved young children and aging adults, Nancy works to increase and enhance social services for aging adults. She is committed to bringing additional, relevant social services to our rural areas. Nancy and her husband were long term residents of Capay Valley in the northwestern portion of Yolo County. She served as Executive Director of Capay Valley Vision and is a tireless advocate to find ways to provide needed services to the residents in rural areas of Yolo County. Nancy has over thirty years of experience in higher education and non-profit administration with positions at Lane Community College; University of California, San Francisco; California State University, Sacramento: in marketing, development, editor, writer, publications. non-profit administration, contracts and grants, alumni affairs, board of director relations, veteran affairs and fundraising. Nancy currently also serves as a Yolo County representative on the Agency on Aging-Area 4 Governing Board and also serves on their Executive Committee. She has also served with Pathways for Veterans, Inc. as an Esparto Unified School District Board Trustee, with RISE, Inc. as a Project Director for SunRISE Children’s Development Center, and the event manager of a Taste of Capay.

DENISE PEACH

Board Member

"YHAA does critical work for seniors in Yolo County that no other organization does. After 30 years of aging and MediCal services at the state level, I’m happy to join the efforts of YHAA and more directly impact my own community."

Denise serves as chair of the YHAA Advocacy Committee and the Development/Fundraising Committee and is playing a key role in the planning of the Davis Adult Day Program and expansion of the Yolo Adult Day Health Center. As the former Chief of the Community-Based Adult Services at the California Department of Aging, Denise developed and implemented legislation and policy focused on the needs of and services for the elderly and disabled adults.  Denise was the 2016 recipient of the Senator John Heinz Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Adult Day Services (awarded by the National Adult Day Services Association [NADSA]). Denise is an avid organic gardener and loves to cook for family and friends using local, seasonal ingredients.

PAT LEARY

Board Member

“I welcome the opportunity to assist as a Board member in meeting community challenges, through building strong relationships, leveraging existing resources in new ways to multiply their impact, and to support our aging residents as vibrant, thriving and integrated members of our community.”

Pat has been a Yolo County resident for nearly two decades. She most recently served as a Chief Deputy Director for the California Department of Social Services. Prior to that role, she was the Assistant County Administrator for Yolo County for 6 years. Pat also had the privilege of working in the Legislature as a staff to the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services where aging issues were heard and supported.

On a personal level, Pat served as the caregiver for her own mother for seven years. Pat understand that the services and supports for this population have not grown commensurately with their increase as a share of the population, and although access to services has improved, for many, help remains out of reach. Innovation, collaboration and creativity are critical at the local level to ensure to meet their current and future needs. Pat welcomes the opportunity to assist as a Board member in meeting those challenges, through building strong relationships, leveraging existing resources in new ways to multiply their impact, and to support our aging residents as vibrant, thriving and integrated members of our community.

JON SUGARMAN

Board Member

"My objective as a Board member of YHAA is to ensure that older community-dwelling patients have easy access to medical, behavioral and psychosocial care, as well as appropriate follow-on services to improve and protect the quality of their lives."

Jon and his wife, Jean, both recently retired, moved from Westfield, NJ to Davis in March, 2019. After a varied business career of 35 years, Jon entered the nursing profession, earning Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees in nursing at Rutgers University. He worked as an advanced practice nurse, board certified in adult medicine, gerontology, psychiatry/behavioral health and dementia care.

Jon focused his medical practice on older adults in both acute, hospital-based and long-term care settings in an effort to improve and protect their health, maximize the quality of their lives and provide end-of-life care that reflects their values and wishes.

RAMON ALTAMIRANO

Treasurer

"My wife and I are over 65 and I am committed to assuring the services and challenges for older adults will be addressed in Yolo County. I am happy to be a part of Yolo Healthy Aging Alliance, an organization that is working to address these challenges."

Ramon serves as the YHAA treasurer and is a Winters resident who is a family small business owner.  He is a member of the City of Winters Planning Commission and Hispanic Advisory Committee and the treasurer of the Winters Health Foundation Board of Directors.  He also is the former CFO of the Sacramento Latino Center of Arts and Culture and the American Agents Alliance.

PATTI HUSTON

Board Member

"My wife and I are over 65 and I am committed to assuring the services and challenges for older adults will be addressed in Yolo County. I am happy to be a part of Yolo Healthy Aging Alliance, an organization that is working to address these challenges."

Patti has lived in Yolo County for 20 years and served the State of California for 40 years in policy and legislative roles for both the Department of Social Services and Department of Health Care Services. She served as the Deputy Director for legislation at Social Services for 11 years, where she monitored and oversaw the policy and fiscal analysis of hundreds of bills annually affecting programs and policies for aging and disabled populations, families, and children. Since retiring in 2015, Patti has been an active aging participant within our community, immersing herself in educational, creative, health and mental health activities to promote healthy aging. As a board member, Patti seeks to use her energy and experience as a public servant and as a member of our aging community to engage and enhance the well-being of our growing aging population by identifying and expanding services and resources available, increasing information about them, and connecting our community members to them.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

STAFF

SHEILA ALLEN

Executive Director

“I am proud to be a part of an organization that brings together the community to addresses real issues. We are making a difference!”

Sheila Allen, RN, PhD is the Executive Director of the Yolo Healthy Aging Alliance (YHAA).  Dr. Allen received her Master’s and PhD in Nursing from the University of California-San Francisco and a BS in nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Her research and clinical practice is in home care and public health policy.  She is a member of the American Nurses Association/California and served two terms as an elected school board member for the Davis Joint Unified School District. Dr. Allen also serves as staff to the Yolo County Commission on Aging and Adult Services.

SARAH ALLEN-SUTTER

Webmaster/Editor

"I am proud to be part of a team working to better the livelihoods of our aging population."

Sarah graduated from UCSB in 2019 with a B.A. in Psychology. She designed and developed YHAA's website and continues to keep it updated. She also creates videos and works on miscellaneous projects for the Alliance. 

MARIA SANDHU

Program Coordinator

"I look forward to assisting seniors and caregivers to be connected to services through the Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC)."

Maria Sandhu received her BS in Public Health with a minor in Healthcare Administration from California State University-Sacramento.  She has served as a volunteer intern at Yolo Healthy Aging Alliance since 2018. Ms. Sandhu served as editor for the CSUS Honors Journal, President of the Minority Association for Pre-Med Students and served as a volunteer at Dignity Woodland Memorial Hospital for 3 years.

CONTACT

(530) 757-5583

600 A St. Suite C

Davis, CA, 95616

©2019 by Yolo Healthy Aging Alliance.