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Meet AARP Washington’s New Executive Council

AARP Washington is proud to announce our 2010 State Executive Council. The all-volunteer Executive Council helps guide the Association’s activities on behalf of more than 935,000 members in the state, and provides leadership in long-range planning to help meet the needs of Washington state’s older adults and their families.

Members of AARP Washington’s Executive Council include:

John Barnett – State President

Kirkland resident John Barnett is an advocate of healthy aging. He was a delegate to the latest White House Conference on Aging and authored the book, How To Feel Good As You Age: a Voice of Experience. In retirement John has served on advisory councils for the Washington state Department of Health, the Department of Social and Health Services, the Seattle/King County Aging & Disability Services, and the King County Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program. He administered an educational exchange program between the U.S. and Japan and retired from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a Paris-based group of 30 countries. His graduate studies were at the University of Washington and Sophia University inTokyo.

Peggy Quan – Executive Council Member

Olympia resident Peggy Quan has been an advocacy volunteer for AARP Washington for the past year. This has involved testifying before the State Legislature and serving as an alternative AARP representative to the Washington State Senior Lobby. Quan retired from Thurston County,Washington where she served as Director of Human Resources for several years. She began her working career as a registered nurse where she worked in various capacities. This was followed by a long career in human resources, the majority of which was in health care. She completed a Master of Science in Management degree from MarylhurstCollege. She has recently been appointed to serve on the Salary Commission for Thurston County and on the Thurston County Civil Service Commission, which she chairs.

George Rice, M.D. – Executive Council Member

Rice is a retired physician from Spokane,WA. He is a past president of the Washington State Medical Association, and past president of his local AARP chapter. George is a former board member of a Washington State Health Care Authority workgroup that developed and is currently piloting electronic personal health care record banks for the state. He also played a significant role in developing and advocating for two significant pieces of state legislation, including "First Steps," providing prenatal care for all pregnant mothers in Washington, and a "Retired Medical Workers License" which allows retired medical workers a license to help in emergencies like the recent flu epidemic. In addition, Rice also volunteers with the State Insurance Commissioner’s Office and the SHIBA program (State Health Insurance Benefits Advisors).

Gary Shinkoskey - Executive Council Member

Seattle resident Gary Shinkoskey retired from a financial services career spanning more than 40 years. He was Senior Vice President with the Frank Russell Company for more than 25 years, contributing in a multitude of investment management disciplines. As Director of International Markets for Massachusetts Financial Services,Garydeveloped and launched a global business development campaign resulting in worldwide expansion. He also recruited and trained professional sales executives in a number of global financial centers.Garywas also a senior investment manger with the State ofWashington Retirement System.

Joan Singler - Executive Council Member

Singler is a retired travel consultant from Seattle. She served six years as a board member and fund raiser for a local program to aid victims of domestic violence, and is also a long time volunteer with AARP Washington. Joan co-authored a soon to be released book covering the Civil Rights' History inSeattlefrom 1961-1968. She’s currently a community activist with the Leschi Community Council and serves on the Board of Friends of the Pike Place Market, a preservationist group concerned with maintaining the Market as an historic site.

Mike Tucker - Executive Council Member

Woodinville resident Mick Tucker retired from a career in the financial services industry that covered nearly four decades. He is a former Vice President of Safeco Life Insurance Companies where he led the organization’s efforts in specialty markets. Under his management, Safeco became a national leader in the structured settlement market which utilizes annuity and life insurance products to provide financial security for personal injury victims. He served on the board of directors of the National Structured Settlements Trade Association. Following retirement from Safeco, Tucker put his skills and experience to use working directly with personal injury victims and their legal advisors.

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