The Board is comprised of seven members appointed by the Governor and serves as an advocate for consumers of long term care in Wisconsin. To carry out this statutory mandate the Board operates the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, the Medigap Helpline and the Volunteer Ombudsman Program.
Eva Arnold attended Beloit College where she earned her bachelors and her master's degrees. She taught English at Beloit Memorial High School for seventeen years.
Her life has been spent volunteering. She has been a 4-H leader and chairman, a present volunteer and past president of the Beloit Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, a hospital board member, a school board member, past district director of the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups, Rock County Council on Aging, the Bureau of Aging and Long Term Care Resources, and much more.
Ms. Arnold successfully ran for election to the Rock County Board. She now serves on the Agricultural/Land Conservation, Highway, Parks and Airport Committees. She is also President of the Beloit Intermediate Women's Club and President of the Rock County Senior Volunteers Program.
Eva is a farmer by birth and by choice, and has lived in the Beloit area all her life. Her family consists of two children, two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Terry Lynch, our current board chair, has been advancing the independent living cause since 1976, first in federal human services positions, then as a consultant and speaker based in Racine, Wisconsin. He also helped his mother remain at home for 10 years, with the assistance of Wisconsinís long-term support system.
Terry is active in state and community efforts to re-shape long term care in Wisconsin, principally self-directed in-home support. He draws on his experience as his mother's caregiver to help other elders and their caregiving family members maintain as much control over their lives as they can.
Terry also serves on the board of In Control Wisconsin, the public policy advocacy committee of the Alzheimer's Association of Southeastern Wisconsin, and the legislative advocacy committee of the Kenosha County Long-term Care Workforce Alliance. He is also a member of the Board of the National Direct Care Alliance. His book "But I Don't Want Eldercare!" - helping your parents stay as strong as they can for as long as they can was published in October, 2008.
Tanya Meyer has a Bachelor of Sciences from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point with majors in Psychology and Organizational Communications.
Tanya has been working at the Social Security Administration since 2005. Prior to that, she had 20 years in long term and aging case management and program administration. She has worked in various settings including nursing homes, CBRFs, county and Tribal agencies. She has also served a diverse group including elders and persons with developmental disabilities.
Other interests include volunteer procurement of funds for the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry, which as up to 40% of its total distribution any given month to Elders, and volunteering time and talents to her children's church youth group.
Tanya resides in the town of Parrish with her husband, two children and numerous pets.
Dale B. Taylor
Dr. Taylor is an emeritus professor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where he founded the Bachelor of Music Therapy degree program and prepared students for careers in long term care settings and other clinical facilities. He served as Chair of the Department of Allied Health Professions which also included programs in Environmental & Public Health and Health Care Administration, the latter of which prepares administrators for long term care facilities.
He also was Co-Chair of the Turning Point Transformation Team, a statewide task force that wrote Healthiest Wisconsin 2010, the state public health plan, and served on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Institute for Public Health. He received his bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees at the University of Kansas and worked or trained in numerous treatment facilities. Dr. Taylor is a Board Certified Music Therapist and author of Biomedical Foundations of Music as Therapy, a book that is used in college and university undergraduate and graduate programs throughout the U.S. and in many other countries. He is a part time Music Therapy Professor of Music Therapy at Augsburg College and Alverno College.
Dale and his wife, Jennifer, live in Eau Claire.
Mr. Surprise retired May 2008 as a Social Worker after 32 years with the Waushara County Department of Human Services. He provided services for physically disabled adults and elderly participants in the following Long Term Support Programs; Community Options Program/Waiver, CIP II, Nursing Home Relocations and Diversions, Guardianships, Protective Placements, and Elder Abuse. He also has past experience with child care certifications, custody studies and child welfare.
Mr. Surprise was a family member of two past participants of the Home and Community Based Waiver Programs.
From 1972 to 1976 he was the Assistant Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Milwaukee.
Mr. Surprise is a lifetime member of the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Group. He is also a participant on the Family Partnership Care Management Coalition for Long Term Care Reform.
He is a current member of the Kiwanis in Wautoma.
Mr. Surprise resides in Wautoma with his lovely wife Kate and son Nick.
Barbara M. Bechtel
Ms. Bechtel has been active in public health and advocacy for over 60 years. She is past president of Wisconsin School Health Association and past vice president of Wisconsin Public Health Association.
She serves on the Commission on Aging advocacy Committee and Wellness Council and is actively involved with the Wisconsin Aging Network group. Barbara has been on the Advisory Council of Horizon Home Care and Hospice and has served on the board of North Shore Board on Health and the Facilities Study Committee for the Brown Deer School District.
She is a graduate of Mount Sinai School of Nursing, Marquette University School of Nursing, Brown Deer Police Academy and the Wisconsin Senior Statesman Program.
In 1973 she founded the Brown Deer Senior Citizens Club and has served as a volunteer for Milwaukee County Department on Aging Senior Meal Program, Brown Deer Historical Society, Brown Deer Recreation Department and North Shore Board of Health.
Her honors include Brown Deer Citizen of the Year, Milwaukee County Public Health Nurse of the Year, the Wisconsin Public Health Basic Prevention Award and recognition in the Milwaukee County Senior Citizens Hall of Fame.