The 2018 Ambassador of the Year:
Beth Anderson was born and raised in Rochester, New York. Schooling included the State University of New York (SUNY) at Cobleskill where she earned an Associates Degree in Ornamental Horticulture and eventually received her Bachelor's Degree in History from SUNY at Albany. She has had many various professions in her life, including counter work at a fast food company, floral designer, docent at a historical mansion, archaeological dig assistant, marketer for Kelly Services, and then eventually working at the Rensselaer County Department of Aging where she found her passions in assisting the elderly with home delivered meals, help with home heating bills, and other available services in the county. Her favorite "job" however, was raising and homeschooling her children.
Moving to Vancouver five years ago, she found herself involved with various Senior industries and was appointed to be on the Area Agency for Aging and Disabilities of SW Washington. Beth also became involved with The Friends of Hospice of SW Washington and began participating as a board member in 2016. She volunteers with other various non-profits such as The Caring Closet, The Alzheimer's Association, Meals on Wheels People, Luepke Senior Center's various events and sings in the Portland Singing Christmas Tree (as an alto). Beth was also recently appointed to the State Council on Aging, representing the entire SW portion of our state.
"Being named the Ambassador of the Year was my personal "Under the Tuscan Sun" moment for which I will always be grateful. The opportunity of being an Ambassador helped me feel as if I have found my home. I love Vancouver!"
Barb Holbrook, Ambassador Coordinator, and Beth Anderson pose at the Holiday Heroes Luncheon in December 2018. Photo Credits: Kate Singh Photography.
The 2018 Rookie of the Year:
Joey joined the Elfin Services team in August 2016. He attended Portland State University in his first year of college, then completed his Associates of Arts degree with the University of Phoenix in July 2012. Next, he attended the University of Washington Certification in Guardianship and completed the course in July 2013. He was approved by the Certified Professional Guardians Board and Washington Superior Court as a Certified Professional Guardian in October 2013, followed by Certification as a National Guardian, by the Center for Guardianship Certification in January 2014.
His background was in Guardianship and Trust Administration, as he worked as a Fiduciary for almost 12 years. Joey specialized in dealing with complex financial situations, administering estate plans, and utilization of resources to benefit client’s needs. After 12 years of managing Guardianship’s and a variety of Trusts; including Living Trusts, Testamentary Trusts, Special Needs Trusts, and both 1st and 3rd Party Pooled Special Needs Trusts, he decided his passion is working directly with individuals and creating care plans that ensure the best quality of life. To expand his knowledge regarding care, Joey went to school at the Clark County CNA Training School and became a Certified Nursing Assistant in the State of Washington.
Joey is an active volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association, a Board Member of Southwest Washington Elder Abuse Prevention Coalition and a Chamber Ambassador (“Red Coat”) for the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. He has a passion for what he does and actively pursues opportunities to expand not only his own known knowledge, but also assist with and encourage others toward this same goal. Joey loves being outdoors, especially when hanging out with friends and family in his pool and hot tub in his backyard. He lives in SE Portland with his partner of 16 years and his beloved pets, Toby, Miss and Lyon.
Barb Holbrook, Ambassador Coordinator, and Joey Yourchek pose at the Holiday Heroes Luncheon in December 2018. Photo Credits: Kate Singh Photography.