National Council on Aging Announces Two New Board Members

Oct 07, 2010, 11:00 ET from National Council on Aging

Both Bring Leadership and Proven Success to NCOA

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Council on Aging (NCOA) announces that two new leaders in the field of aging will join the NCOA Board of Directors effective today.



Cass Wheeler was CEO of the American Heart Association from 1997 to 2008, where he launched the award-winning Go Red for Women Campaign to raise awareness about heart disease in women. He also worked with the William J. Clinton Foundation to create the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to fight childhood obesity.

Wheeler is a past board chair of the National Health Council and currently serves on the boards of the American Legacy Foundation, Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance, the Advisory Councils of the Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health Research, and the University of California at San Francisco Center for Tobacco Control Research. Wheeler runs a consulting practice in Austin, TX.

Carol Zernial currently serves as executive director of the WellMed Charitable Foundation and is vice president of community relations for WellMed Medical Management. Prior to that, she was director of the Bexar County Area Agency on Aging in San Antonio, TX, and vice president of the Texas Association of Area Agencies on Aging (T4A).

In 2008, Ms. Zernial received the Outstanding Professional in Aging Award in Texas for her contributions to the field.

"Cass Wheeler and Carol Zernial will bring tremendous wisdom, experience and energy to the NCOA Board of Directors," said Jim Firman, president and CEO of NCOA. "We look forward to their creative contributions and perspectives as NCOA continues to develop innovative approaches to improving the lives of older Americans, especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged."

Wheeler and Zernial replace Forest Harper, former vice president of Pfizer Share Card Program and currently CEO of Inroads, Inc, and Warren Kantor, president and chief executive officer of Olde City Services Corporation and Society Hill Capital Management., NCOA is very grateful for their outstanding service and many contributions to NCOA and the lives of older adults.    

This release and photos can be found in the NCOA Press Room at

About NCOA

The National Council on Aging is a non-profit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. NCOA is a national voice for older Americans - especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged - and the community organizations that serve them. It brings together non-profit organizations, businesses and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults. NCOA works with thousands of organizations across the country to help seniors find jobs and benefits, improve their health, live independently, and remain active in their communities. For more information, please visit

SOURCE National Council on Aging