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Gerontologist Named to Post by Board

County Executive Office - Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 15, 2000

Contact: Diane Thomas
(714) 834-6203

Gerontologist Named to Post by Board

(SANTA ANA) – An expert in aging was recently appointed executive director of the Orange County Area Agency on Aging by the Board of Supervisors.

Pamela M. Mokler, a gerontologist, joins the County with leadership experience from both the private and public sector following a nationwide search.

Mokler is the founder and previous executive director of Quality Living Solutions, Inc., a team of specialists serving the housing, long-term care, healthcare and managed care industries. Under her direction, they developed and implemented service-enriched housing plans and training programs for housing staff and management.

"Her expertise in contracts, program development and implementation, and building collaboration made her the stand-out in the selection process," said Assistant CEO of Human Resources Jan Walden. "She also brings the agency and the senior community extensive knowledge in marketing and finance."

Mokler has more than nine years of experience working with the senior community on a variety of issues including housing and healthcare. In 1997, she received a master's degree in gerontology from California State University, Long Beach. A gerontologist is a specialist in the study of the biological, psychological, and sociological phenomena associated with old age and aging.

Before founding Quality Living Solutions, Mokler served as an ombudsman/residents' advocate to the Council on Aging of Orange County, and as the Marketing Vice President of SDS Investment Advisors.

Under her direction, the Area Agency on Aging will coordinate and advocate support services for the senior population of Orange County. The agency has a staff of 15 specialists and an annual budget of approximately $8 million. Mokler's annual salary will be $85,010.

According to demographic projections, seniors are the fastest-growing segment of the Orange County population. The agency provides assistance with contracts for meals, transportation and other services to seniors. In addition, the agency specialists staff the County's Senior Citizen's Advisory Council appointed by the Board.