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Locke appoints members to Home Care Quality Authority

OLYMPIA – Gov. Gary Locke today appointed Charley Reed, John Donoghue, Arlene Olney, Luther Smith, Kathy Hull, Stephanie Landaas, Brenda Carlstrom, Katrinka Gentile, and Patrick Farrell to the state’s Home Care Quality Authority. They will begin their 36-month terms with the authority effective immediately.

The HCQA was established by the voters last fall with the passage of Initiative 775. The home care quality authority will serve as a resource for consumers and will regulate and improve the quality of long-term in-home care services by recruiting, training, and stabilizing the work force of individual providers.

Reed, of Olympia, will serve as chair of the HCQA. He is a retired deputy secretary of the state’s Department of Social and Health Services. Prior to becoming deputy secretary, Reed directed the department’s Aging and Adult Services Administration. Reed has served in leadership positions with a number of national organizations, including the National Academy of State Health Policy and the National Association of State Units on Aging. He now consults and volunteers with several state and national organizations, including the AARP. Reed graduated from Brigham Young University in 1966.

Donoghue, an Oroville farmer, is the State Council on Aging representative to the HCQA. Prior to farming, he owned Sun Cove Resort and was president of Lynnwood Industrial Supply Company. A 1957 graduate of Gonzaga University, Donoghue is a former member of the Lynnwood City Council and is past president of the Washington State Resort Association.

Olney, of Toppenish, is the director of the Yakama Nation Association of Area Agencies on Aging (AAoA). She is the Washington AAoA representative to the authority. Olney is also president of the Creative Alternatives to Alcohol and Drugs Committee. She graduated from Central Washington University in 1983.

Smith, a Lacey resident, is the executive director of the Washington Rehabilitation Council and will serve as both the Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment representative and as a consumer representative to the HCQA. He graduated from Louisiana State University in 1968.

Hull is Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council representative to the HCQA. A foster mother from Mill Creek, she has been a member of the council since 1997. Hull is a graduate of Mountlake Terrace High School.

Landaas, of Seattle, is a member of the Civil and Legal Rights Subcommittee of the Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment and will serve as a consumer representative to the HCQA. A 1971 graduate of Shoreline High School, she has spent the past twenty years as an advocate for the civil and legal rights for disabled Washingtonians.

Carlstrom, of Aberdeen, is a part-time employee at the Washington State University Learning Center for Grays Harbor and Pacific counties and will serve as a consumer representative to the HCQA. She is also a member of Columbia Legal Services and Coastal Community Action. She graduated from Washington State University in 2001.

Gentile, of Shoreline, is a self-employed consultant who works on a contractual basis as an independent living specialist and will serve as a consumer representative to the HCQA. As a consultant, she assists people with disabilities to live independently in their own home. In addition, she is co-chair of Washingtonians for Quality Homecare and a member of the State Independent Living Council.

Farrell, a Gig Harbor resident, is a self-employed counselor and will serve as a consumer representative to the HCQA. He is a member of the National Rehabilitation Association and the Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment. Farrell graduated from St. Martin’s College in 1996 and received a master’s degree from Evergreen State University in 1996.

Members of the authority will not receive a salary, but will be reimbursed for their travel expenses.

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