Older Americans Advisory Board

The Older Americans Advisory Board (OAAB) was established in 1979. It was originally created to aid in obtaining grants from the State; the board requested they remain active as an advisory board to the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) to aid the elderly citizens of Monroe County. The responsibilities of the board are to investigate, review and recommend to the BOCC such services or programs that would benefit the older citizens of Monroe County as well as provide such assistance to the commissioners as requested by the board. Monthly meetings provide a means of communication between the commissioners, administrator, senior management, and others throughout the county.

The OAAB is comprised of twenty members (four from each of the Upper, Middle, Lower Keys, and Key West Chapters of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), the four Presidents of the AARP chapters or designate and one ex-officio member (a County Commissioner appointed by the BOCC). All shall be residents of Monroe County and at least 55 years of age or older except the Commissioner ex-officio. Membership is appointed each January by the BOCC.


Advisory Board Officers Pam Martin, Chair
Dixie Humelsine, Vice-Chair
Jim Wagner, Secretary    
Lower Keys Chapter #1351 Darlene Bennett, Chapter President
Terri Gedmin
Paul Gedmin
Big Pine Chapter #2466 Jim Olsen, Chapter President
Pat Olsen
Jim Fogle
Shirley Wagner
Jim Wagner
Middle Keys Chapter #2324 Pam Martin, Chapter President
Michael Cunningham
Raisel Mendez
Julia Vidulich
Hunter Rogers
Upper Keys Chapter #2519 Pam Martin, Chapter President 
Jeanne Deuel
Dixie Humelsine
Wayne Smith
Dailey Grainger

ADA Assistance 

If you are a person with a disability who needs special accommodations in order to participate in meeting proceedings, please contact the County Administrator’s Office, by phoning 305-292-4441, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., no later than five (5) calendar days prior to the scheduled meeting; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call "711."