Board of Directors

 Executive Director:  Susan Harris

Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging Board of Directors consists of 9 representatives from our planning and service area of Jefferson, Shawnee, and Douglas counties.

The role of the JAAA Board of Directors is to:

  • Evaluate the Executive Director annually and make decisions regarding hiring/firing Executive Director
  • Adopt a mission statement for JAAA, and revise it as deemed necessary or as circumstances warrant
  • Establish by-laws for the Board of Directors and revise as deemed necessary
  • Establish policies to guide the agency, the Board of Directors, and the Executive Director, and alter these as necessary
  • Ensure adequate funding for the operation of the agency
  • Exercise prudence in the control of funds
  • Engage in long-term or strategic planning for JAAA
  • Evaluate the functioning of the Board as a Board, and as needed, take steps to improve it.

The JAAA Board member is expected to:

  • Know and support JAAA’s mission, purpose, goals, policies, programs, and services
  • Attend board and committee meetings
  • Prepare for and actively participate in board and committee meetings
  • Faithfully read and endeavor to understand JAAA’s financial statements
  • Serve on at least one committee and accept leadership positions when asked
  • Maintain confidentiality of Board executive decisions
  • Acknowledge hat all power rests with the full board, not individual board members
  • Support the Executive Director
  • Maintain proper relationship with staff
  • Represent JAAA in your community and bring concerns of the elderly back to JAAA
  • Expand knowledge about JAAA and the field of aging in order o be an advocate for the needs of the elderly
  • Assist with Agency with fund-raising through personal influence with others and participating in fund-raising events and activities
  • Suggest possible nominees to the Board

JAAA Board of Directors