2019 Annual Meeting Speakers

Amber Christ

California’s Master Plan on Aging: Momentum for Change

Amber Christ

Directing Attorney, Justice in Aging

Amber is Directing Attorney of the Justice in Aging Health Team, and is based in the Los Angeles office. She develops and implements projects and initiatives that improve access to health care and long-term services and supports for low-income older adults across the country. Amber is a lecturer at UCLA School of Law, teaching Public Interest for the externship program. Prior to joining Justice in Aging in 2013, Amber worked for Legal Aid of Western Missouri as Director of the Medical Legal Partnership at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri.

Helen Dennis

Game Changers in Aging

Helen Dennis

Specialist, Aging & the New Retirement

Helen Dennis is a nationally-recognized leader and sought-after speaker on issues of aging and the new retirement.  As one of the nation’s foremost experts on preparing for the non-financial aspects of retirement, she has worked with more than 15,000 employees at corporations and universities to do just that. Helen is the co-founder of Project Renewment, a movement of career women defining their next chapters in life, and co-author of The Los Angeles Times Bestseller, Project Renewment: The First Retirement Model for Career Women.  With an emphasis on employment,  action age discrimination suits in the U.S.

Caroline Aaron

Bigger & Better at 60: Breaking the Stereotypes of Aging in Hollywood

Caroline Aaron

Actress/Author

Caroline Aaron is an actress and producer, a Broadway stage and character actress, and she has starred in several Woody Allen movies during the 1980s and 1990s. She is best known for her roles in “Edward Scissorhands” (1990),  and “Sleepless in Seattle” (1993),  Caroline has also starred in several television series including “Malcolm in the Middle,” “Girlfriends,” “Brothers & Sisters,” “Entourage” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” She also played JoJo in the soap opera “The Young and the Restless.” She currently stars in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel as Shirley Maisel.

Michael Osur

Planning for an Aging California

Michael Osur

Assistant Director

County of Riverside, Department of Public Health

Michael Osur, MBA is the Assistant Director/Chief Health Strategist for the County of Riverside Dept of Public Health, and has been in leadership roles for over 30 years. He is responsible for leading the Community Health Division, which includes the Healthy Riverside County Initiative, HIV/AIDS, WIC/Nutrition, Tobacco Control, Nutrition Services, Injury Prevention Services, Epidemiology, and the Community Action Partnership. He oversees more than 350 staff with a combined budget of over $50 million. Mr. Osur’s leadership, Riverside County has received numerous awards including an award for planning livable communities.