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Center on Health, Aging, And Disability

Supporting Interdisciplinary Research in the College of Applied Health Sciences

Age-Friendly Champaign-Urbana

Age Friendly 2022


We work with community members and local leaders to make Champaign-Urbana more livable for older residents. By developing an awareness of issues faced by older adults in our community, we strive to create a community that is livable and safe for all.

Amy Brown, Executive Director Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club
Dennis Cockrum, Retired Counselor, Parkland College
Chris Diana, Realtor, Twin City Realty, representing the City of Urbana
Joan Dixon, Retired CEO & President, Community Foundation of East Central Illinois
Nicole Dowling, CEO at CRIS Rural Mass Transit District
Marianne Downey, Retired from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Laura Gallagher-Watkin, Director of Strategic Program Development, CRIS Healthy Aging
Jasmine Godia, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator, Clark-Lindsey Village
Allison Haines, Customer Support Specialist, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD)
Sharon Harkness, Realtor, The Real Estate Center of Illinois
Kathryn Johnson, Community Liaison, East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging
Klentoria Lee-Clements, Special Services Manager, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD)
Lisa Miller, CEO, CRIS Healthy Aging
Nicole Mitchell, Senior Services Specialist Champaign County Healthcare Consumers
Janet Soesbe, Community Program Manager, Urbana Park District
Linda Tauber-Olson, Manager Volunteer Services, OSF Healthcare Heart of Mary Medical Center
Carol Timms, Community Liaison, Health Alliance
Carrie Wennerdahl, Research Coordinator, Center on Health, Aging, and Disability, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
Emma Woods, Human Services Transportation Coordinator, Champaign County Regional Planning Commission
Jeff Woods, Director, Center on Health, Aging, and Disability, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign


We will:

  • Work WITH older adults, not FOR older adults
  • Prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Be transparent
  • Collaborate
  • Celebrate aging
  • Focus on community
  • Promote quality of life

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