West Valley Educator and Advocate Renee Paquier Appointed to County Senior Care Commission


SAN JOSE – Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian has appointed Renee Paquier to the County’s Senior Care Commission, effective immediately. Paquier currently serves as Dean of the Che School of Professional Studies at West Valley College.

“Our Boards and Commission work best when we have dedicated people in those positions,” said Simitian. “Ms. Paquier has a long history of community service and of supporting our older adults.”

Photo of Renee Paquier
Photo of Renee Paquier

A first generation Iranian American, Paquier has shown a passion for serving her community locally and on a global scale. She has previously served on the Board of the Saratoga Area Senior Coordinating Council (SASCC) and is a member of the Saratoga Rotary. Through her partnerships with Rotaplast International and Mothers Against Poverty, Paquier is able to help children worldwide with cleft lip and palate anomalies, and empower underprivileged children rise out of poverty, respectively.

“Since my time with the Santa Clara County Adult Protective Services program, I have been very passionate about issues concerning seniors,” said Paquier. “With support from the Saratoga Area Senior Center and Chancellor Brad Davis, West Valley College was designated as the first age-friendly community college campus in the nation. I am planning on partnering with the college administration to continue to provide high quality services and access to our seniors, and increase the presence of older adults on campus.”

The County’s Senior Care Commission, established in 1987, is made up of 15 older adults and older adult advocates who serve as an advisory body to the Board of Supervisors. Members research, assess, and evaluate issues, legislation, services and programs that promote independence, good health and quality of life for persons 60 years old and older to help improve the lives of older adults in Santa Clara County.

“The work of the Senior Care Commission is consequential,” said Simitian. “Our older adult population in Santa Clara County is increasing, and the recommendations of the Commission will help shape public policy to address the needs and challenges of this population in the years to come.”

Members of the public interested in serving on a County Board or Commission can find a complete list of vacancies online.


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