DHS Commissioner Crittenden reappoints four to Georgia Council on Aging

July 1, 2016

ATLANTA – Department of Human Services Commissioner Robyn A. Crittenden announced the reappointment of four members to the Georgia Council on Aging today.

Kay Hind, Sharise Thurman Reasonover, Joan T. Keenan and Lorene Lindsey will serve a two-year term on the Council that will end June 30, 2018.

“The four individuals reappointed today have shown their commitment to making Georgia a better place for its senior citizens,” Crittenden said. “I am confident they will continue to serve Georgia through advocacy for aging Georgians, and I look forward to working with them to promote programs that improve the quality of life of older residents in our state.”

The Georgia Council on Aging was created by the Georgia General Assembly in 1977 to represent all older Georgians and to serve in an advisory capacity on aging issues to the governor, General Assembly and all state agencies.

Kay Hind

Kay Hind has served as the Executive Director of the Southwest Georgia Council on Aging in Albany for more than 40 years. Hind, a native of Albany, is a past president of the Southeastern Association of Area Agencies on Aging, a regional representative on the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging and was a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging in 1971, 1981, 1995 and 2005. Hind was also a charter member and past president of the Southern Gerontology Society and an inaugural member of the Georgia Council on Aging in 1977. In 2014, Hind was responsible for raising $10 million to make a new senior center possible for Southwest Georgia residents.

Sharise Thurman Reasonover

Sharise Thurman Reasonover is the Executive Director of Arbor Terrace at Cascade, an assisted living facility in Atlanta. Previously, she served as the Quality Advisor and Strategic Planner for the Georgia Department of Human Services Division of Aging Services. Reasonover is a native of Pensacola, Fla., and has served on the Council on Aging since 2015. She holds a Master of Science degree with a concentration in Gerontology from Brenau University and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Management from Florida A & M University.

Joan T. Keenan

Joan T. Keenan is a licensed clinical social worker and a retired employee of the former Georgia Department of Human Resources Division of Mental Health. She has been a strong advocate for Georgia’s older adult population and for holding accountable those who neglect, exploit or victimize defenseless populations. Keenan received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Valdosta State University in 1971 and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Georgia School of Social Work in 1986. She was first appointed to the Council on Aging in 2009. Keenan and her husband, Vernon, have been married for 44 years and have two adult sons, Mack and Jackson.

Lorene Lindsey

Lorene Lindsey served as mayor of the city of Locust Grove from 1999 to 2012. She has served on several boards and committees that focused on aging issues, including the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Aging Task Force. Lindsey was raised in Atlanta and has served on the Council on Aging since 2011.

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