Executive Director & Board of Directors
The Senior Assistance Center has an exceptional Board of Directors who volunteer their time, talent and resources. SAC is grateful for their guidance in planning and implementing our programs and services.
Carol Johnson - SAC Executive Director
5 1/2 years ago I decided I wanted to give back to the community in the area of feeding people. I truly believe that no one should go hungry in a world where there is plenty. Little did I know at that time the wonderful work that was being done in this organization. I was led to The Senior Assistance Center and met with Elizabeth Cohil, founder and executive director.
After our 2 hour meeting I was hooked and excited at the possibility of being part of this organization as a member of the board of directors. My love and affection for this organization grew quickly as I able to see firsthand the kind of work that is being done. We truly are a small charity doing great work and treating our clients with the dignity and respect they deserve. The employees of this organization are amazing and it is truly a pleasure to work with them on a day to day basis. Our clients come to us for services and are greeted by their peers. This contributes greatly to their comfort level when they are in the position of having to ask for help.
As the executive director I am honored to be of service to this organization. The skills and contacts I have acquired over the years will help grow and expand our organization and in so doing we can increase the number of seniors we serve.
Board of Directors
Paul Scheidig - SAC President of the Board
Paul Scheidig has served on the SAC Board since 2009 and on July 1, 2010, became SAC’s Chairman of the Board. Paul has over 40+ years of service as a senior executive for a Fortune 500 company, government service, environmental consulting, packaging, and non-profit organizations. He currently is working with Rocky Mountain SER (RMSER), a Denver-based non-profit, directing senior, management information services, and fund -raising programs. He holds undergrad and graduate degrees from Humboldt State University in Forest Engineering/Management and Arizona State University in Business and graduate studies in Hazardous Materials Management. Paul’s experience as CEO for a major international non-profit and recent directorship of the Senior Community Service and Employment Program (SCSEP) for RMSER affords SAC a wealth of expertise that will guide SAC well into the future. Paul is an avid golfer and also volunteers his time to teaching children the game and life skills under The First Tee program at Green Valley Ranch Golf Course.
Chuck Calvin - SAC Vice-President of the Board
John Ross - SAC Past President & Advisory BOD
John is a Colorado native. He graduated from Western Culinary Institute in Portland and became Executive Chef at The Denver Buffalo Company. In 2001, John left the restaurant business to become a licensed real estate agent at Adams Company Metro Brokers. In 2005, John formed The Bradley Group Metro Brokers and continues to sell real estate on the Front Range. John has been a volunteer for the Senior Assistance Center for the past 2 years and became a member of the board in March of 2011. John is married with 2 children and lives in his hometown of Littleton, Colorado.
Jan joined the SAC Board September 2012.
Jan has a BS in Business Administration from Kansas State University. She worked for Raychem Corporation for 25 years in sales and marketing in the
San Francisco area.Jan is currently an independent representative for United Health Care helping seniors select a Medicare plan that best suits their needs.
In her free time she volunteers at the Denver Dumb Friends League on the adoption van. Having a passion for helping seniors and animals being a Board member seemed like the perfect fit.
“Being able to help others who have less than you is the greatest gratitude of all”
Barry Rosenberg - SAC Advisory Board
Presently, Barry Rosenberg is the Director and Co-Owner of Personal Assistance Services of Colorado (PASCO). PASCO is a Medicaid/Medicare certified home health agency serving children and adults with severe disabilities. In 2009 PASCO provided over one million hours of service to approximately 900 clients. Barry founded the Center for Independent Living Development (CILD) in 1982 and is serving presently as the unpaid Director. CILD provides limited housing as well as Information & Referral to persons with disabilities. Barry was the Co-founder of the Atlantis Community in 1974 and helped establish (in 1975) the first program nationally to transition adults with disabilities from nursing homes to their own apartments. One accomplishment that he is very proud of was to organize the first demonstration ever directed toward a local transportation district (RTD) in an effort to make that system accessible to persons with disabilities (1974 ). In 1978 he founded Holistic Approaches to Independent Living (HAIL) and served as Acting Director for the first two years. Before Leaving HAIL, he successfully set up fee for service programs and wrote grants enabling this organization to have a budget of over $1.6 million in 1983. Barry is the current Chairman of the Family Voices Advisory Board. Family Voices is a non-profit organization that advocates for children with unique health care needs. He is also on the Board of the Chanda Plan Foundation a non-profit agency providing funding for alternative treatments (acupuncture, chiropractor service, etc) to persons with severe disabilities. He is on the Colorado Medicaid Long-Term Care Committee and served for over 17 years on the Colorado Cross Disability Coalition. Last, but certainly not least, he is also on the Board of Directors of the Senior Assistance Center.
Daniel Pabon - SAC Advisory Board
Daniel Pabon joined the SAC board of directors in 2009. Daniel grew up in northwest Denver and has a degree in Engineering and a Law degree from the University of Colorado where he also served as student body president his senior year. Daniel has worked at a Denver bio-imaging company as an engineer and at Holland and Hart as an attorney. He served for two months in Washington DC for the Obama-Biden presidential transition team where he helped to draft the President’s first Executive Order on transparency and ethics in government. Daniel also serves on the Board of Directors of the Auraria Higher Education Center.
Melinda is a real estate attorney at the law firm of Faegre & Benson LLP. Melinda's practice focuses on all aspects of real estate, including commercial property acquisition and development, leasing, investment, finance, and affordable housing. Her industry experience includes working with local and national developers, retailers, distributors, restaurants, agribusiness, and oil and gas clients. Prior to joining Faegre & Benson in 2007, Melinda owned and operated multiple restaurants in the Denver metro area.
Gary Schirmacher, CMP, Senior Vice-President, Strategic Account Services
Gary has 23 years of experience in the hotel and meeting planning industry. He worked for Hyatt Hotels Corporation in Dearborn, Michigan and Chicago, Illinois from 1986-1996. Gary joined Experient in January 1996, as the Director for the Western Region. He is based out of our Denver office. Gary was awarded the company’s highest award, the Pinnacle Award, in 2005. Gary is a member of PCMA, MPI and CSAE. He is a Past-President of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of PCMA and is currently serving a three-year term on the PCMA Educational Foundation Board of Directors. He was the Chairman for the Meetings Industry Council of Colorado from 2002-2007. Gary serves on the Metropolitan State College of Denver’s Hospitality School Advisory Board and the Salt Lake City and San Antonio Customer Advisory Boards. He served on the PCMA Board of Directors from 2006-2008. Gary has also served on the Visit Denver Customer Advisory Board from 2005-2007. He is a frequent speaker at major industry meetings including: PCMA, Meetings Industry Council, CESSE, IAAM and MPI.
Paul Shaddock became a member of the SAC board of directors in 2005. Mr. Shaddock is currently the VP of Human Resources for Western Sugar Cooperative. Mr. Shaddock has responsible for managing the Human Resource function, which includes employee benefits, compensation, payroll, employee relation, and recruiting and risk management, safety and quality. Prior to joining Western Sugar Mr. Shaddock was VP of Human Resources at Laramar LLC a Real Estate Investment Trust. Mr. Shaddock was also the Sr. Vice President of Human Resources and facilities at CSG Systems Inc a leading provider of Customer Care and Billing services to the telephone, cable and direct broadcast industry. Mr. Shaddock has held Director of Human Resources positions at United Technologies, Rockwell Corp, Marquest Medical Products Company and NBI, Inc. Mr. Shaddock earned a BS in Industrial Technologies from SUCNY at Buffalo and an MBA at SUNY at Binghamton.
Robert T. Spencer joined the SAC Board of Directors in November of 2013. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas with a major in Political Science and a minor in Spanish. He continued his studies at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law and earned a Juris Doctorate with an emphasis on Land Use Law, conservation and LGBT issues. He is currently a Senior Landman at Anadarko Petroleum Corporation with a focus on upstream oil and gas development and negotiations in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin. Although native to Louisiana, Robert has been a member of the Denver Metropolitan community for more than 14 years and calls the Park Hill neighborhood home. He believes the SAC is a unique, local organization that is providing a valuable service, not only to seniors currently in need, but will serve the needs of future seniors with the demand for SAC services ever increasing.