The Utah Commission on Aging Welcomes Rob Ence as the new Executive Director. Rob's effective start date was May 16th, 2016.
Rob Ence served as the West Regional Vice President for AARP from 2011 to 2015. He was responsible for seven western states, staffing development, and mission-driven outcomes on key aging issues through public policy, community education and service. Ence led several national initiatives for AARP on leadership development and business intelligence. Previously he served as the AARP Utah State Director after joining the organization in 2002. Prior to AARP, Ence served as the CFO for Planned Parenthood of Utah and the Midtown Community Health Center (2001). He was COO/CFO for Sage Creek Apparel Company (1988 -2000) and continues to be an Executive Consultant for Sage Creek Management, a private business management firm that has provided services for small businesses, non-profits, medical practices, professional athletes and entertainers since 1983. Ence has extensive experience in the financial services industry and previously served as the principle for small securities broker dealer. He began his career with Marriott Corporation in Santa Clara, CA and earned an MBA with an International Certification for Management from the University of Utah in 1991. Ence has lectured extensively on financial security and health care issues and has served on several boards of directors including HealthInsight Management Corporation, Envision Utah, and was a founding member of the Utah Commission on Aging. Ence resides with his spouse, Liz, in Salt Lake City, Utah. They have four children and sixteen grandchildren.
Utah Aging and Disability Resource Connection, in collaboration with the VA Office of Rural Health and VA GRECC, created a successful model impacting Utah veterans: COVER to COVER "Connecting Older Veterans (Especially Rural) to Community Or Veteran Eligible Resources". COVER to COVER has created a New Access Point for rural veterans at local ADRCs, Area Agencies on Aging and Centers for Independent Living providing screening, information, and navigation assistance to connect to VA Benefits. Contact information is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mission: To Promote the Dignity, Independence, and Quality of Life of Older Persons through Advocacy, Information, and the Coordination of Public and Private Programs and Services Benefiting Them.
In 2005, the Utah legislature created The Commission on Aging within the Governor's Office and began to address how state government and the private sector can prepare for the wave of aging individuals that began in 2006 when the oldest baby boomers turned 60.The Commission is housed at the University of Utah Center on Aging, and works with State departments and local agencies to assure that all aspects of aging individuals' lives are considered.
Commission members have the statutory authority to direct the Commission. Special Committees and Work Groups comprised of policymakers, private sector experts, and Commission members are working to address aging topics of importance to our community.