Board of Directors
Joan Bell, MSW
Joan has BA in Sociology and a MSW from the University of Denver. She worked at the Colorado Department of Health Care Financing Medicaid Department and with the Department of Human Services. Her main areas of expertise were in the development and evaluation of social programs for individuals needing long term care--the elderly and disabled. While employed at the State, she developed a deinstitutionalization program to encourage appropriate placements in nursing homes and a single entry point system for long term care. Both of these programs received national and state recognition. Joan also worked at the University of Denver for 12 years where she conducted national research regarding social programs. She later served as the Planner of Aging Services at DRCOG, the Area Agency on Aging. Since retirement, Joan has been involved in the evaluation of programs for Traumatic Brain Injured persons and assisted in the evaluations of programs for homeless persons and for hospital based indigent care programs.
Marilyn Miller, RN
Marilyn attended Loretto Heights College and is a graduate of St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing. She has spent most of her career at Rose Medical Center as a bedside nurse. She was involved in many committees streamlining yet enhancing quality of patient care. She served on a National Committee to resolve issues of retention of Hospital Staff. She has served on the Peer Review Committee and has been an important liaison between staff and Management of the hospital. In addition she was committee chair to review charting techniques to enhance productivity and quality to meet corporate standards.
Marilyn's spouse of 47 years was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2006 and he passed away in 2013. She was his caregiver for 4 very intense years and is aware of the anguish, both mentally and physically in providing care of a loved one. He attended day care facilities and was placed in Respite Care which provided a break from the daunting challenges required in providing 24/7 care. She realizes first hand, the importance of respite care to alleviate some of the stress involved in caregiving.
Marcia Reish, RN BSN / Executive Director
Marcia graduated from Iowa Lutheran School of Nursing and has a Bachelors Degree in Nursing from Metropolitan State College (now Metropolitan State University of Denver. In July 2008, she retired from the Colorado Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. For 16 years she was the Early Stage Services Coordinator for the Alzheimer's Association conducting classes about early Alzheimer's, facilitating support groups and providing individual and family counseling. Marcia's career also included working in adult day care settings, long-term care communities, home health, and hospital settings. She served on the Board of InterCommunity Caregivers and volunteered with the Alzheimer's Association Colorado Chapter.
Ellen Selig, M.B.A., M.Ed.
Ellen has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Smith College, a masterís degree in counseling psychology from Boston College, and an MBA from University of Denver She combined her psychology and business backgrounds by working as a market researcher, program evaluator, and grant writer for several non-profit organizations in the healthcare and social service areas. Ellen acted as a long-distance Caregiver for her parents, both of whom had Alzheimer's Disease. Motivated to use her experience to help others, she volunteered for 11 years at the Alzheimer's Association as a helpline counselor. Through her professional experience, her involvement as a helpline counselor, and personally with her parents and her husband's parents, whom she also helped care for, she gained a sensitivity, understanding, and appreciation for the extreme challenges and stresses that Caregivers often face.
Jo Shannon / Secretary
Jo Shannon joined the Board in 2010 after having been a Helpline Counselor for the Alzheimer's Association for 9 years. Her mother's Alzheimer's disease made her aware of how difficult and stressful it is to care for a person with a serious condition such as Alzheimer's. The Woodward Board provided a way for Jo to continue to use her knowledge and experience to help caregivers. Jo has a B.A. degree from the University of Colorado and had a 33-year career with the Federal Department of Health and Human Services where she was a manager of several programs.
Susan Stern / Treasurer
Susan Stern has Social Work degree from Metropolitan State College. She has worked in the field of aging for the past forty years. She was a Medicaid and Medicare counselor for 14 years with Centura Health Insurance Counseling for Seniors, primarily helping seniors and/or their families understand and access Medicaid long term care services. During that time she wrote a book to help families understand the Medicaid system, Colorado Medicaid for Long Term Care, Surviving the Process. She has conducted workshops on Medicaid for care providers working in the field of aging. She currently serves on the Community Advisory Board of Seniorsí Resource Center. She has been a member of the Woodward Respite Care Board for 26 years, serving as Executive Director and currently as Treasurer.