Maureen Linehan Appointed ADS Director

Aging and Disability Services' new director Maureen Linehan combines 25 years of service to older adults and individuals with disabilities with passion for healthy aging. (Photo by Lorraine Sanford.)

On August 11, 2014, Maureen was appointed and began serving as the permanent director of Aging and Disability Services (ADS), the Area Agency on Aging for Seattle-King County.

Maureen brings 25 years of service to older adults and individuals with disabilities, having worked for three Area Agencies on Aging in Washington state. She arrived at ADS in June 1999 and served as deputy director of its Case Management Program for nearly a dozen years, overseeing the rapidly-growing Renton case management office.

Appointed ADS operations manager in 2011, Maureen has managed the agency's budget and oversaw both contracting and the case management program for three years, and served admirably as interim division director for seven months preceding her recent appointment.

Previously, she was a planner and program manager with Snohomish County Human Services, based in Everett, and a planner and program manager for the Olympic Area Agency on Aging, based in Port Townsend.

Maureen Linehan

"My commitment to older adults goes back to college, when I wrote a paper on the Older Americans Act," said Maureen. "Both of my parents were diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. This brings a special passion for people with Alzheimer's and other dementias, and their caregivers. My mother is still alive and 91."

"ADS is at a significant crossroad in its 41 year history," she continued. "Federal and state funding is diminishing while the older adult population is growing exponentially. The coming years will challenge everyone in the aging field to be creative, and to use data and evidenced-based programs to make the most effective use possible of our limited dollars."

Maureen has administered a continuum of ADS services—from healthy aging to chronic care management—and partnered with other strategic leadership organizations such as DSHS, United Way, King County, Public Health, and the University of Washington to pilot and develop innovative and evidenced-based services for older adults. These include elder abuse case management, caregiver support services, PEARLS (minor depression intervention), a chronic disease self-management program, and specialized dementia behavioral interventions.

Maureen grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, the proud daughter of Irish immigrant parents. She holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters in Public Administration, Health Administration and Policy from San Francisco State University.

Maureen and her spouse live in Seattle's Columbia City neighborhood, and enjoy long-distance cycling, hiking, and other outdoor activities.

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