Ohio Gov. John Kasich has appointed E. Douglas Beach, Ph.D., chief executive officer of the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging, to serve an 8-year term as a member of Northeast Ohio Medical University’s Board of Trustees beginning Nov. 22 and ending Sept. 21, 2024.
Beach has extensive work experience and expertise at the federal, state and local levels with a proven record of outstanding leadership. Before joining WRAAA in October 2014, Dr. Beach had established a career in which he was known for his excellence and advocacy for the aging. He spent several years at the Ohio Department of Aging as the deputy director of programs, and upon joining congressman David L. Hobson (R-OH) as a staff economist, he drafted major legislation promoting insurance coverage of long-term care.
In September of 1999, Beach was named the CEO of the Senior Resource Alliance, one of Florida's busiest area agencies on aging, which soon became Florida's first Aging and Disability Resource Center. In February of 2007, Gov. Charlie Crist tapped Beach as secretary of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and in June of 2010, Beach became the executive director of the Volusia County Council on Aging, one of the premier aging providers in the state.
“Dr. Beach is an excellent addition to our board,” noted Jay. A. Gershen, president of the university. “In our efforts to advance the knowledge and practice of geriatrics, as well as our research focus on diseases of aging, his insight and experience will be a tremendous complement to the great work of our board members, faculty, researchers, students and staff.”
The university also announced the re-appointment of Sharlene Ramos Chesnes, chief executive officer for the InterChez family of companies, to a new 9-year term on the board.