COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Northeast Ohio resident Semanthie Brooks, ACSW, LISW, has recently been appointed to the AARP Ohio Executive Council. Executive Council members are appointed volunteers, who work with the Ohio office and other volunteers to provide ongoing strategic direction for state activities in support of AARP priority issues framed by the AARP National Board of Directors.
Brooks, is a community volunteer and retiree of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging in Cleveland where she held a variety of leadership positions focused on enhancing services for older adults and their care providers throughout the State of Ohio.
"We welcome Semanthie. Her lifetime of experience advocating for the 50-plus community in Ohio is a wonderful addition to our Executive Council team and our 1.5 million Ohio members," said Dr. Michael Barnhart, State President for AARP Ohio. "Adding a voice from NE Ohio is a bonus. Our volunteer teams in Akron, Cleveland and the surrounding areas have some of our highest community engagement."
"AARP's purpose is to empower everyone with the best choices and options as they age. As a life-long community volunteer and advocate she has educated legislators and other stakeholders about the impact of public policy on the daily lives of older adults and those that care for them," said State Director for AARP Ohio, Barbara A. Sykes. "In March, the Ohio Caregiving Act will go into effect. This is an important piece of legislation that we worked hard to see enacted, and as we work with our partners to educate the public about what the new law means to them, having Semanthie on our team is such an asset."
Brooks' earned her undergraduate degree from Elmhurst College and a Masters in Social Work from Washington University. She has a postgraduate certificate in Life Span Development and Gerontology from Akron University and is licensed by the State of Ohio as an Independent Social Worker and Supervisor (LISW-S). She will serve a two-year term.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services.A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity of AARP that is working to win back opportunity for struggling Americans 50+ by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today: housing, hunger, income and isolation. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.
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SOURCE AARP Ohio