Executive Committee

The Executive Committee consists of elected officers and the appointed chairs of the standing committees.

The Officers are: President, Secretary, Treasurer, and five Vice Presidents, one for each of the five ORANJ regions: Northeast, Northwest, Central, Southeast, and Southwest. Each Regional Vice President serves as the link between the Executive Committee of ORANJ and the Residents Associations of the CCRCs in his/her area.

Much valuable work of ORANJ is done through Standing Committees central to its purpose and goals.


Officers

President
Ron Whalin
Fellowship Village
2whalins@gmail.com

Secretary
Wendy Gansberg
Meadow Lakes

Treasurer
Maggie Heineman
Medford Leas

Regional Vice Presidents

Vice President, Northeast Region
Ron Whalin
Fellowship Village

Vice President, Northwest Region
Vacant

Vice President, Central Region
Bob Geberth
Applewood

Acting Vice President, Southeast Region
Gary A. Baldwin, 2005-2009
Seabrook

Vice President, Southwest Region
Barbara Trought
Medford Leas


Standing Committees

Chair, Legislative Committee
Gene Wachspress
Meadow Lakes

Communications Committee
Chair Maggie Heineman
Medford Leas
Webmaster Ann Campbell
Medford Leas

Chair, By-laws Committee
Past President

Gary A. Baldwin, 2005-2009
Seabrook

Chair, Health Care Committee
Alice Crozier


Process

Delegates from member Associations meet each spring and fall in plenary session to hear reports, determine policy matters and set program priorities. The meetings are held in the different CCRCs across the state, giving opportunity for members to get to know one another in their own home settings.

The Executive Committee meets as necessary between the plenary sessions to conduct the on-going work of the organization. This Committee also carries out Long Range Planning for report to and action by the plenary sessions.

The Standing Committees meet as often as necessary to carry out assigned responsibilites.

Standing Committees

The Communications Committee collects, distributes, and stores information for and about ORANJ. The website, with its private and public sections, has become the focal point of our work. The private, password-protected, area is used routinely by the Executive Committee.

Public documents, which are delivered electronically, by postal mail, or distributed at meetings, include the ORANJ Tree, ORANJ Leaf, the plenary packets for our semi-annual meetings, and various surveys — such as the annual residency reports on occupancy and fees. Months and years after they are distributed, these documents remain available on this website. The communications process continues through the help of resident association presidents and ORANJ liaisons who use a variety of methods to redistribute information for and about ORANJ.

The Finance Committee‘s mission is to provide a forum for resident discussion and to coordinate research on matters such as CCRC financing, annual budgeting and resident contracts as CCRCs face increasing annual costs and fees at a time of eroding pension funds and the need to stay competitive with alternative retirement options for senior citizens. Strategic advocacy and action regarding these matters will be planned in cooperation with other ORANJ standing committees.

The Bylaws Committee has the responsibility of developing and presenting amendments to the bylaws of the organization, as needed.

The Health Care Committee serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas and concerns on health care issues. The committee utilizes information from health care surveys to expand and benefit member association Health Care Committees. It encourages the formation of Health Care Committees in all member communities. It identifies guidelines for cooperation and advocacy between health care staff and residents. It develops suggested ways residents may support and enhance health care staff through recruiting, training, and supervision of health care volunteers. It explores and shares ways to provide information to the community in the face of the privacy strictures of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and it identifies ethical issues related to emerging health care technologies.

Health Care Committee Objectives and Purpose (click to open)

The Legislative Action and Advocacy Committee is responsible for monitoring the various bills that are presented to the Senate and Assembly of the State of New Jersey, which dramatically affect the rights of seniors residing in Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) throughout the state. To meet these objectives, committee members actively develop associations and often long-term relationships with members of the legislative branches of the state. Specific attention is directed towards any bills and/or amendments that affect the rights of seniors, veterans, veterans’ dependents, and the health and welfare of those individuals.

The Ad-hoc Nominating Committee is appointed prior to June 30, if candidates are needed for election at the Fall Plenary.