Alison Driessen, RNC, Chair
A retired Registered Nurse with a diverse background in hospital administration, home health care, marketing and non profit agency administration. Her extended family lives and has an agricultural business in San Marcos and her grand children attend school there. She has successfully written and managed large grants for both non profit agencies and hospitals.
Audrey Kelly, Vice-Chair
A retired Director of Customer Service in the healthcare industry for 45 years with a Business degree in Healthcare. She has been involved in writing military contracts for the Department of Defense for Blue Cross of Washington, Alaska and South Carolina. She lives in San Marcos and has four daughters, twelve grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren living in Washington.
Luci brings her accounting and financial expertise to the board of the Foundation. She has obtained her BS in Accounting from George Mason University and is currently a CPA with the firm of Hackett, Metsker and Oswald. She has experienced three decades of accounting for industries such as real estate development, Department of Defense contracting, healthcare, manufacturing, higher education and more. When she is not parenting, or accounting, her time is spent in volunteering for the betterment of our community. She is a former member of the Kiwanis Club of San Marcos where she was honored as Distinguished Secretary. She is currently serving as Treasurer and Member of the Board for Los Caballeros de Adventura, Inc. Other interests include reading, hiking, and spending time with friends.
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Rachel is a financial advisor with Edward Jones. She became involved with the Foundation for Senior Wellbeing after attending an event at the request of a friend, and because she believes in the importance of community support for seniors. Born in the UK, Rachel moved to the US in 2001 with her husband Mike, and spent several years at home raising her daughters Evie and Charlotte. During this time she served as a library volunteer, and as a board member of the Friends of the Carlsbad Library. Later she became heavily involved in PTA - planning events and fundraisers, and becoming a board member at both the school and district level. Today she is Executive Vice President of Vista Unified Council of PTAs, and Parliamentarian at Mission Vista PTSA. When not volunteering, you'll often find Rachel at a local Trivia night with her husband and friends, or traveling around the world with her family.
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Fritzi Gros-Daillon is a successful entrepreneur and savvy veteran in Senior Move Management, Environmental Consulting and Aging in Place Home Safety and Modification. Her Master’s in Business from Columbia University, combined with Certified Senior Advisor designation and Certified Aging in Place Specialist, gives her the experience, perspective and expertise to work with older adults and families when facing decisions about home modification or moving.
Ken is a retired social worker having worked with people with developmental disabilities for more than 40 years at the San Diego Regional Center. He is enjoying his retirement by traveling and volunteering with the Foundation since 2016 where he staffs the Information Resource Center and assists with community outreach. He is also an active volunteer with the San Dieguito River Parks Sikes Adobe. He is married and has two married adult daughters with two young grandsons and another on the way. Ken has lived in the same house for more than 30 years in Hidden Meadows in Northern Escondido and have been in North County since 1980. He enjoys activities with his family and playing in his extensive garden.
Tom Reiter is the new Executive Director of Gary and Mary West PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) opening in San Marcos and serving North County San Diego. Tom has been working in health care for the last 29 years in a variety of settings, including mental health, geriatrics, and integrated health care models. Most recently, Tom served as the President and CEO of Rocky Mountain Health Care Services (RMHCS) in Colorado Springs, CO. Tom was elected to the National PACE Association Board of Directors in 2016 and has served on multiple boards in the communities where he has lived. He is incredibly passionate about ensuring high quality, accessible healthcare to the frail elderly in a cost-effective manner and allowing older adults to age with dignity and as independently as possible.
Sarah Benson, The Foundation for Senior Wellbeing Executive Director
Sarah Benson has more than 20 years of experience in non-profit management, strategic communications and public outreach. She is the past Administrative Director for STAY COOL for Grandkids, a San Diego non-profit focused on environmental work that harnessed the power seniors to create change. Sarah also served as the Communications Director for a sustainability think-tank based in Encinitas. Her career includes work at a chamber of commerce, as a marketing manager at North County Transit District and in communications with the University of California, San Diego. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a minor in Studio Art from the University of California, San Diego. Sarah and husband Bob live in Carlsbad raising two active boys.
Rebecca Steiner, MS Gerontology, IRC Director
In her earlier education Rebecca earned a degree as a paralegal; working in the legal arena for both state and federal governments. Seeing first hand the complex issues of aging when dealing with her own aging parents led to the decision for a career change; getting her Bachelor’s and then her Master of Science in Gerontology. She has prior experience working in the non-profit field and was instrumental in creating a senior services program for a large local non-profit. Her education and work experience give her an extremely broad ability and perspective in working with older adults of all socioeconomic groups, genders and races. She is a past board member of the Foundation for Senior Wellbeing holding the position of secretary for several years. Rebecca has been a member of the San Marcos Lions club since 2010 where she has held the positions of secretary and president. She loves to read, travel, camp, and do a little gardening.