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Betty-Coe de Broekert, NYU Steinhardt Alumna, Appointed to AARP Executive Council

AARP Oregon has appointed two new members - both residents of Salem - to its volunteer Executive Council, which helps set the association's direction in the state on issues most pertinent to Oregonians. Long-time volunteers Betty-Coe de Broekert and Al Youse join the ranks of a select group of AARP members with outstanding leadership, records of service and commitment to enhancing quality of life for all as we age.

Youse and de Broekert will serve two-year terms on the Executive Council, which comprises four other AARP members from around Oregon. Executive Council members not only influence strategic direction for AARP in Oregon, but also sit on many influential local or state boards, such as Ray Miao, AARP Oregon's volunteer state president and one of the seven members of the Oregon Health Fund Board.

"AARP is lucky to have a wealth of passionate, active leaders in our state who contribute to the association's community service and advocacy goals and values," said Jerry Cohen, AARP Oregon state director. "AARP is literally built on the commitment of our volunteers like Betty-Coe and Al, who bring tremendous talent and diverse backgrounds to the Executive Council."

Youse has been an AARP member for 16 years and AARP advocacy volunteer for the last 10 years. A resident of Salem, Youse has advocated for many issues, including sustainable and livable communities through participation on committees and a special Oregon Attorney General's task force. Youse comes from a 22-year career with the Oregon Department of Agriculture. As a state employee, Youse served three two-year terms within SEIU Local 603, notably as president and as a bargaining delegate advocating for health care reform.

De Broekert, an AARP member for 10 years, has been heavily involved volunteering with the Oregon AARP Driver Safety Program since 2004. De Broekert progressed from a student to an instructor to the state coordinator, managing the program from her Salem home. During her extensive career, de Broekert has worked with profit, nonprofit and governmental organizations. De Broekert was a founding partner of the women-owned consulting firm, ExecuSTAF, providing management-related services. Currently, de Broekert serves as a member of the Oregon DHS Food Service Advisory Committee, the Department of Education Private Schools Advisory Committee and the Trustees of the YWCA of Salem.

"Betty-Coe's and Al's fresh perspectives are a tremendous addition to the Executive Council. Their vast combined experience comprises an enhanced voice for critical health and long-term care as well as financial security issues," Miao said.

For more information about AARP and the Executive Council, visit www.aarp.org/or.