We have a great board of directors here at American Association of Senior Peer Counseling.
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Cathy Lonergan, MA, has been an AASPC board member since 2007, and currently serves as Board President. Cathy is a Social Worker with Adult Protective Services and a professional Geriatric Care Manager. She has worked in Adult and Older Adult Mental Health for 35 years. She has trained Senior Peer Counseling groups locally on the Mendocino Coast, and at AASPC statewide conventions and regional meetings. Cathy and her partner volunteer at the community theatre and host many weekend guests. She has ridden in the annual San Francisco Pride Parade for over 20 years on her bright red motorcycle.
Donna Combs, Mental Health Specialist II, is a Senior Peer Counseling coordinator at San Joaquin County Behavioral Health Services in Stockton. She has experience working with seniors and training peer counselors. Donna also has experience working with domestic violence victims. She enjoys traveling and nature and lives in Stockton with her husband, two cats and a small dog.( None of which are spoiled).
Lis Cox, LMFT, has served in the counseling field for more than 35 years with multiple populations; youth, families, those with severe mental health challenges and for the last 10 years has coordinated the Tri-City Senior Peer Counseling Program. She believes that the need for peer emotional support for seniors will only grow in the next decades along with the number of seniors from diverse backgrounds who want to give back. When not working in counseling, she makes videos of seniors telling their stories for future generations and spends quality time with her family in Alameda, California.
Susan Bridge-Mount, LMFT, is the Senior Peer Counseling Coordinator at the Redwood Coast Senior Center in Fort Bragg. She has extensive experience working with seniors and training peer counselors. Susan also provides community agencies and providers with trainings relating to aging, mental health and geriatric care management. She is an artist and lives in Boonville with her husband and her cat.
Dr. Brock Kolby, Ed.D., LPCC has worked in the public mental health arena for over 20 years serving people who are typically underserved—people with Schizophrenia, chronic mental illnesses, and rural seniors. He ran a senior peer counseling program for seven years and has also served for two years as a county behavioral health director. With a doctorate in Education, he completed a dissertation on “Wisdom from the Perspective of the Elderly,” and enjoyed the chance to interview seniors on their perspectives of the knowledge gained from a lifetime of experiences. He strongly believes that senior peer counseling is an invaluable means by which to help seniors help themselves and overcome difficulties such as grief, depression, anxiety, loss, and all the many stressors that sometimes occur as we grow older. He hopes to be able to promote senior peer counseling as an important resource to the field of behavioral health care.
Virginia Ginger Ikuno, BS, Advertising has been an AASPC board member since 2014, and currently serves as Board member. Ginger is a Realtor with HomeSmart Platinum Living and a volunteer as a Senior Peer Counselor and a VIPS with the Fremont Police Department. She was trained by Lis Cox, Coordinator, Tri-City Senior Peer Counseling Programs, in Fremont, CA.
Ginger and her very significant partner, Jerry Halligan, have lived in Fremont since 2001. They are partners in Real Estate, teach ballroom dancing on cruise ships, and maintaining JG Gardens, their large organic backyard garden. She has an adult son, John and a 94 year mom.
The purpose of volunteering as a Senior Peer Counselor was to give back to the community the same listening ear that was given to her mother over 5 years ago. Her mother was a client in the Peer Counseling system and the visits quickly became a significant event in her day.