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Jing received her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering. After working nine years as a research scientist in the Infant Motor Development Laboratory at Indiana University, she moved to Portland in 2006 to work at Shriners Hospitals for Children, where she serves as the director of the Motion Analysis Center. Her passion is in applying her engineering and clinical skills in helping children with disability. Growing up in a culture of great respect for seniors, she thinks the society should take good care of the seniors, and she is enthusiastic about improving the quality of life of the seniors. She was honored to serve on BCOA. In her spare time, she enjoys tennis, gardening, and travel.
Sunita Garg (Recorder)
Sunita has been a resident of Beaverton for over 25 years. She is a CPA, and has been working for over 10 years in a company in Portland, currently in the position of Finance Controller. She feels that volunteering in this committee is a great opportunity to serve and learn about the issues of seniors in our community. She is excited and looking forward to working with others on the issues of aging population.
As an aging specialist and former psychotherapist, Jamie Levin has been helping older adults navigate periods of transition, loss, and loneliness for over 10 years. She is deeply committed to working with the elderly – which stems from the close relationship she had with her maternal grandmother.
In 2019, Jamie founded an organization that provides one-on-one social visits and meaningful connections with older adults in their homes and communities. These visits are centered around conversation and social connection to decrease loneliness and isolation.
Prior to moving to Portland, Jamie lived throughout France, where she immersed herself in French culture and learned how best to serve international clients in a virtual setting – skills that she continues to draw upon during COVID-19. Jamie currently serves on the board of the Portland Elder Care Council (PECC), an alliance of volunteers dedicated to helping the Portland metropolitan community navigate elder care planning issues.
Sophie McDuffey (vice-chair)
Sophie’s heart and passion to serve began as a young woman volunteering at the Milwaukie Providence Child Center for medically fragile children and eventually turned into an obvious direction for her career. Her healthcare career began in Emergency Medical and she loved every minute, but her heart desired a more lasting patient care experience. Her journey into the Senior Care Industry began as a Home Care Coordinator for an In Home Care Agency where she was able to experience a lasting impression on the people she served and supported the Nurse Case Managers on a clinical level. Sophie’s role as a Home Care Coordinator grew into a Case Manager position where she managed her own case load and clients in the Portland Metropolitan area. Sophie also serves on the Cedar Mill Business Association as their treasurer and holds her commitment to integrity in high regard. Sophie is honored to be part of the Committee on Aging as a voice and advocate for our aging population, as it is Sophie’s heart to serve and support those close in her community. Sophie puts her whole heart into her work and desires to leave a lasting impression of integrity and compassion.
Martha McJacobs (chair)
Martha moved to Portland, Oregon in 1980 from Vermont. She has lived in the Pacific Northwest for more than half her life so she considers herself a true denizen of this beautiful countryside. As a person who is trying to make a low impact on our environment, you can find her cycling (in good weather), walking or taking MAX to transport herself around town. While finishing her graduate work at University of Portland, she met her wonderful husband. She has been married for 33 years, raised two wonderful children, and are now carving out their lives in retirement. After a rich life teaching, leading meetings for Weight Watchers, and avid volunteer work, Martha is now building her own business, Life By Design, coaching families with teens how to navigate what happens after graduation from high school. Martha love hiking, exploring new places, traveling, reading, eating a variety of foods and wines and getting together with friends for coffee/tea to spend time together.
John is a retired industrial hygienist and safety professional who has served on the Bicycle Advisory Committee for Beaverton and the Nature and Trails Committee for THPRD. His hobbies include photography, scuba diving, hiking and walking, canoeing and bicycling. John continues to be a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals and the American Industrial Hygiene Association. With his wife, Chris, he has hiked national parks and local areas, canoed the Tualatin River, dived in the Clackamas River at High Rocks, and is enjoying his retirement. John earned his Master of Science in Public Health—Industrial Hygiene Emphasis at just past the age of 60. He comes to the Committee on Aging with the idea of applying some of the health concepts he has learned over the years involving movement and healthy eating to the Committee on Aging, and serve as a liaison between the other committees.
Beaverton has been Bev’s home for 30 years. Bev attended the University of Oregon and retired in the late 90’s from Special Education Administration. Her three (3) sons live in Oregon, two (2) daughters live in California and is “Grami” to seven grandchildren. Bev’s oldest son Craig has been disabled since birth and continues to be the best teacher in her life. He lives with Bev in their family home; and she is his caretaker.
Advocacy for people with disabilities has been and is a big part of Bev’s life. The interest in learning about the needs of the aging population and involvement with BCOA has been natural for her. She enjoys learning and the need to be knowledgeable about the needs and services for both herself and her special needs son is important.
Bev enjoys participating in the numerous activities in the metro area and membership to support the wonderful arts, learning and entertainment programs is important to her. Travel with family and friends and participation in the lives and activities of her grandchildren bring her great joy. She is a very proud grandmother.
Alexis (she/her) was born in, and has spent most of her life, in the Portland-Metro area. She’s an alumni of Pioneer Pacific College, where she received her degree in Legal Studies in 2016. She is currently in instructor in the Semi-conductor industry, where she spends her days teaching engineers how to make more environmentally friendly microchip
Alexis was inspired to get involved in her community when she became a first-time homeowner in 2020. She began her first term on the Beaverton Committee on Aging in 2021 and is excited to put her considerable energy and passion into developing the relationship between the aging community and younger generations.
Suzan is retired from the Oregon Department of Justice Financial Fraud Department. Her professional background includes non profit oversight, board of directors training on fraud and fiduciary responsibilities as well as senior management positions in higher education and banking.
She was a member of the La Grande OR city council for 12 plus years serving 6 as Mayor. After her move to Western OR she was elected to the King City council for 5 years and was Council President for 3 years.
Suzan is a certified trainer for Disrupt Aging where she works with higher ed equipping and training younger generations on how to work with an aging population. She is a strong advocate of intergenerational partnerships.
Suzan is a member of the Volunteer Facilitation and Training Team (VFTT) for the AARP national office. She travels the country as a trainer and facilitator assisting with building and maintaining volunteer teams, fraud watch workshops,agenda and meeting planning and facilitating community and nonprofit strategic planning sessions.
She is an avid reader and traveler and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Suzanne was motivated to become a member of the Beaverton Committee on Aging several years ago, when she began to realize the need for good information about healthy aging, and what to do if something unforeseen and unplanned-for occurs, as it so frequently does. She was a registered nurse care manager doing home visits, both medical and hospice, for a number of years. BCOA is a group of diverse and engaged individuals working together on issues of benefit to seniors and working with community resources to provide useful information to seniors, their families and caregivers, and those aging in place. Suzanne finds being able to bring possibly new concerns and issues to the Beaverton City Council for their consideration to be a very serious responsibility of the committee, and is proud to be a part of this communication system, which can result in a problem unknown previously being identified and worked on timely, improving daily life for Beaverton residents.
- Allison Tivnon - City Council Liaison
- Baasil Pasha (Youth liaison)
- Neel Jain (Youth liaison)