Aging Advisory Council

The requirement for an Advisory Council is in both the Federal Older Americans Act of 1965 as amended, and in the Pennsylvania Code which created the Department of Aging in 1978. The Advisory Council is responsible for reviewing documents pertaining to the substance and scope of the area plan and area plan contract and to review summaries detailing progress achieved by the agency. The Advisory Council is responsible to act as an advocate for older people by ensuring that the public is informed of needs of the County’s elderly population. The council assists in advocating on various legislative initiatives. The council also assists in monitoring of senior center and transportation programs.

Meeting Schedule:

First Wednesday of every month at 9:30 am at the Willowbank Office Building in Room 146. Meetings are not held in January or July. Visit the County’s Calendar for more events.


The Advisory Council shall consist of a minimum of 15 voting members. The members are appointed by the Board of Commissioners. At least 50% of members must be senior citizens, one should represent older persons, one or more must be an elected official and the rest are made up of the general public.

Term Length:

3 Years

Current Members:

Member Name
Term Expires
Connie CousinsNovember 13,2026
Carol Hine
December 31, 2025
Christine KingDecember 31, 2025
Charles Mensch Jr.February 29, 2025
Raymond ForziatDecember 31, 2026
Nathan VarnerDecember 31, 2026
Susan Babcock HooverDecember 31, 2024
Joyce WhiteDecember 31, 2025
Matthew FentonDecember 31, 2024
Constance MartinDecember 31, 2024
Liza BehrensDecember 31, 2024
Jill LilliDecember 31, 2024
Steven Dershem, CommissionerDecember 31, 2024
Mary HartDecember 31, 2026