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2000 Media Release


May 3, 2000
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831

Dunning Chosen To Head Lincoln Area Agency on Aging

Appointment subject to City Council approval

In concurrence with the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners, Mayor Don Wesely has appointed Gina Dunning to the position of Director of the Lincoln Area Agency on Aging. Dunning has been Wesely's Chief of Staff since he took office in May 1999. She would replace Reba Schafer, who is leaving for a job in the private sector after seven years as Aging Director.
Schafer's last day is May 19, and Dunning is scheduled to begin her new position May 22.

"After Reba announced she was leaving, Gina approached me about her interest in the Aging position, and I felt it was a perfect fit," Mayor Wesely said. "No one in Nebraska has the breadth and depth of Gina Dunning's experience in health and human services. Gina has the experience, ability and commitment to aging and human services to do an excellent job leading this important agency."

Dunning was Director of Social Services for Governor Bob Kerrey and Director of Regulation and Licensure in the Department of Health and Human Services for Governor Ben Nelson. She was legal counsel to the State Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee for 14 years and also served as legal counsel to the Legislature's Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. She has a bachelor's degree from Kearney State College (now the University of Nebraska - Kearney) and a law degree from the University of Nebraska. Dunning will receive an annual salary of $64,500 in her new position as Aging Director.

"As I was working in child abuse prevention, I worked with Gina in her role with welfare, and I was struck by her ability to look at the very large picture in helping children," said Kathy Campbell, Chair of the Lancaster County Board. "I expect she will bring that same kind of perspective to her new job, looking at the big picture to ensure services for older individuals."

The County Board is scheduled to take formal action on the appointment at its regular meeting Tuesday, May 9. The appointment has also been forwarded to the City Council, which is scheduled to take a final vote at its regular meeting on Monday, May 15.

The Lincoln Area Agency on Aging is administered by the City of Lincoln and serves eight counties: Butler, Fillmore, Lancaster, Polk, Saline, Saunders, Seward and York.

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