Commission on Aging Members

The Commission on Aging strives to represent the diversity of Clark County. Commission appointments are based on experience and expertise in addressing the needs of seniors.

For additional information about the Commission on Aging, please contact commission staff at 564.397.4913 or email at

Sue Cameron

Sue Cameron has over 35 years of local government experience, primarily as a Public Health Administrator, a Health center director, and an elected official (County Commissioner, City Council). She had a 6 year commitment working to improve access for the older adult population to services through her work on the Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities in Southwest Washington, and the Washington State Council on Aging. Her advocacy helped allocate federal funding for older adults in Clark and other Southwest Washington Counties. She looks forward to advocating for seniors in Clark County in the areas of social isolation, transportation, food assistance and other challenges facing older adults. She has been recognized nationally for her work on Teen Pregnancy Prevention and looks forward to applying her energy to address the needs of the rising aging population. First term expires 5/31/25.

Cass Freedland, Chair

Cass brings three decades of diverse academic, administrative and grant management expertise to the Commission on Aging. She was responsible for the expansion of mutually beneficial community collaborations and educational programs that connected people, ideas and resources together. Dr. Freedland places great emphasis on developing strong bonds between organizations, volunteers and communities. And she champions respectful civic engagement experiences, empowering individuals to more fully participate in informed advocacy. First term expires 5/31/24.

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Chuck Green

Chuck has over 40 years of transportation experience, including serving as C-TRAN’s project manager for the Fourth Plain "Vine" Bus Rapid Transit project, transportation consulting experience in most of the western United States; International Bus Rapid Transit Advisor for Laos' first-ever BRT project; part of the program management team working to deliver a new Hood River Bridge between Oregon and Washington; and transportation manager for Clark County in the 1990s.  He also is a Charter member of Rotary Club of Three Creeks and active with several other community organizations. Chuck served as Co-Chair of the Clark County Charter Review Commission throughout 2021. Second term expires 5/31/24.

Chuck Green, Commission on Aging member

Amy Gross

Amy’s professional background includes her work as a clinical psychologist, fundraising professional, and physical therapist. She is a former board member of the Los Angeles Alzheimer Association and the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Older Adult Task Force. She has also served as an American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Responder after Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy, southern California wildfires, the Oso mudslide, and the Orland California bus crash. Second term expires 5/31/23.

Franklin Johnson, Vice Chair

Franklin has volunteered and served on a variety of community boards working to make his community a better place to live. He serves on the Board of his neighborhood association and has been vice chair and co-chair. He also has provided his time and service to the City of Vancouver’s Neighborhood Transportation Safety Alliance, the CDBG selection committee, and assisted with the selection of the city’s fire and police chief positions. Franklin’s professional career was largely within the US Department of Agriculture and he and his wife currently run an educational consulting services company. Second term expires 5/31/25.

Meghan Blueberry McCarthy

Meghan is Systems Director of Community Health at PeaceHealth where she develops and oversees implementation of system wide external strategy, initiatives and policies to further PeaceHealth’s community health priorities. Her job involves developing community health care programs linking to ambulatory and inpatient programs and public health. Meghan holds a doctorate in health care administration. Second term expires 5/31/23.

Meghan Blueberry McCarthy

Mel Sanchez

As a high school teacher for 35 years, Mel has developed a strong and life long dedication to community. Even though retired for over a decade, Mel continues to contribute to making Clark County a better place, volunteering at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and Naturescaping of Southwest Washington's Wildlife Botanical Gardens in Brush Prairie.  He will strive to ensure the Aging Community is well represented. First term expires 5/31/25.

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Larry Smith

Larry developed an insight and perspective on government policy development and implementation as a former 12-year member of the Vancouver City Council. He also serviced as parks and recreation director for seven years; as an assistant to the city manager for five years; and was a C-TRAN advisory board chair and member.  His volunteer activities include participating as a board member for Partners in Careers, community military appreciation Committee, The Historic Trust, Downtown FISH Pantry, Meals on Wheels, and Veteran’s Court Advisory Board.  Commissioned as a second lieutenant is the Army, he retired in 1991 as a colonel of infantry. Second term expires 5/31/24.

Larry Smith, Commission on Aging

Tanya Stewart

Tanya has over twenty years of experience in healthcare as an internal medicine physician subspecialized in hospice and palliative care. The last decade was spent focused on the business side of healthcare during which time she received an MBA at OHSU/PSU. She has long been fascinated by the opportunity of building relationships within the non-profit, private and public sectors to solve our health system’s greatest challenges. Dr. Stewart is particularly interested social determinants that affect health and employability for vulnerable populations and helping older populations maintain meaning, purpose and dignity as they age. First term expires 5/31/23.