Jess Maurer, Esq.
Jess Maurer began work as the Executive Director of the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging in 2011. She advocates for healthy aging at the national, state and local levels on behalf of Maine’s five Area Agencies on Aging. She also assists the area agencies in strategic planning, program development & implementation. She provides leadership within Maine’s aging network, including on the Maine Council on Aging and Maine Council for Elder Abuse Prevention, to advance public policy initiatives that support Maine’s aging population. She is one of the lead authors of the 2012-16 Maine State Plan on Aging and of Building a Collaborative Community Response to Aging in Place. She was the primary organizer for the Speaker’s Round Table Discussions on Aging and the Maine Summit in Aging and is helping to lead the Maine Aging Initiative.
A licensed Maine attorney, Jess worked for nearly 17 years in the Maine Office of the Attorney General. In her last 7 years in the Office, she served as a Special Assistant Attorney General, implementing public policy and legislative initiatives for the Attorney General. Aging related policy initiatives include elder abuse prevention, prescription drug pricing and end of life care. She is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Patricia Huffman Oh, Ph.D., LMSW
Patricia Huffman Oh, Ph.D., LMSW, is passionate about helping communities develop local environments that make it easier for older people to be fully engaged in community life and enjoy the best possible health and well-being.
Patricia earned her Ph.D. in the Department of Gerontology at U-Mass, Boston. In 2015, her review of the age-friendly community movement in Maine was published in Maine Policy Review. Recently, she contributed a book chapter, Designing Age-Friendly Environments as a Strategy for Enhancing Social Connectedness, in Social Isolation of Older Adults: Strategies to Bolster Health and Well-Being.
By day, you can find her working with volunteers, elected officials, municipal leaders, and organizations to plan, develop, and implement age-friendly strategies. By night, she is typically re-living a nightmare episode of This Old House while renovating a circa 1800 home. While her research about designing, implementing, and maintaining age-friendly communities has taken her around the world, Patricia is proud to call Bowdoinham, Maine home.
Krista George joined Maine Council on Aging as Operations Director in 2019. In her half time role at MCOA, Krista supports community outreach and education through the regional shared learning platform, Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging. Her work includes assisting with management of technical aspects, and aiding advocacy and state-wide initiative efforts that support health and economic security of all Mainers. Krista’s passion for caring and advocating for others has driven her career into non-profit management where she has been working the past decade within both health care and early education organizations.