Compassionate. Collaborative. Reliable. Respectful. Principled. Meet some of the people who make the Council on Aging of Central Oregon a place for connection and community. Here’s who they are and why they value the work they do.

SUSAN ROTELLA

Executive Directorsrotella@councilonaging.org

What I do: I lead a committed team of staff members and volunteers, who work tirelessly, and with great heart, to improve the lives of our older adult neighbors in Central Oregon.

Why I do it: I’ve always gravitated toward older persons, to their experiences, perspective, and hard-earned wisdom. Over the decades, my life has been enriched by elders… parents, teachers, friends, mentors, and clients. This role provides an opportunity to give back, while continuing to be enriched by the lives of those we serve every day.

Les Marstella

Chief Financial Officerlmarstella@councilonaging.org

What I do: I support the Council on Aging of Central Oregon team members and Board of Directors as they execute their mission to improve the wellbeing of seniors in Central Oregon by directing Accounting, Finance and HR functions and management of related staff and by providing valuable financial information that will help them be more effective and efficient in this quest.

Why I do it: I want to make a difference in the lives of people in our community. The Council is working today to create the best possible programs and tools to improve the environment and wellbeing of our seniors and to provide opportunities for our community members to assist in this support process and to teach the community the intrinsic value of associating with and supporting our seniors so that the future generations of tomorrow will continue to improve their support of this ever growing segment of the population.

STEVEN REMINGTON

Director of Developmentsremington@councilonaging.org

What I do: I help individuals, corporations and foundations understand the services we provide and the urgent and growing need for resources to address the issues of our aging population. I build community by connecting those with abundance and those in need.

Why I do it: I believe our culture does not integrate and honor our elders in a way that guarantees basic needs such as food, shelter, safety, and security. I see people facing isolation and loneliness and fear that their stories will go unheard and their lives unnoticed. 

CASSIE REGIMBAL, LMSW

Director of Client Services Operationscmcguire@councilonaging.org

What I do: I oversee the client services team, and manage many of the direct services that are offered through the Council on Aging.

Why I do it: I have always had a passion for working with older adults, advocating for and respecting individual stories and situations. I love being part of something that is making a difference in someone else’s world.

DENISE LABUDA

Director of Communicationsdlabuda@councilonaging.org

What I do: I listen to the needs of older adults and their families so we can develop innovative tools, services and communications that enhance a person’s ability to maintain a life of independence and choice as they age.

Why I do it: I believe that every person should have the opportunity to live a long and healthy life. How wonderful it is to help create the environments and opportunities that enable people to be and do what they value throughout their lives.

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BERNADETTE HANDLEY

Director of Nutrition Servicesbhandley@councilonaging.org

What I do: I manage nutrition operations staff members and volunteers, who work hard with amazing grit and tenacity to improve the lives of our older adult neighbors in Central Oregon.

Why I do it: We have a growing population of underserved seniors in Central Oregon who need nutrition guidance and education along with more food in order for them to age with dignity and grace. I am committed to reducing food insecurity and nutrition risk in as many seniors as we can reach through our food programs in Central Oregon.

BOB DEBOARD

Facilities Managerbdeboard@councilonaging.org

What I do:  I maintain our three agency buildings, connectivity, construction management and anything else needed to keep our business offices running smoothly.

Why I do it: The chance to help an older adult through even a few of their challenges as they age is very rewarding. The friendships and partnerships gained over my time here have been amazing.

Marianne McClure

Volunteer Managermcclure@councilonaging.org

What I do:  I manage the fantastic volunteers who give of their time to support much needed services for seniors in our community. Without volunteers, we couldn’t begin to meet the needs of our senior neighbors.

Why I do it: I do it because I’ve realized our aging population, especially those living alone, deserves a support system that helps them manage the challenges of daily life, from meals to social activities. They appreciate us, we are enriched by them, and the community benefits. .