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AARP is pleased to welcome Maryalice Larson of Marshalltown, one of six new members of the AARP Iowa Executive Council, a team of volunteers that provides leadership in many areas that support the accomplishment of AARP’s national priorities within the state.
Larson has a strong background in health services management. After earning a nursing diploma, she spent eight years at the Iowa Veterans Home while earning a Master of Arts in Mental Health Nursing at the University of Iowa. She built her experience in health services management at Riveredge Hospital, Witt Associate, Inc., Southside Counseling Center, Inc., Nutter Consulting Services, and Porker-Starke Services, Inc. Larson then moved to Wasilla, Alaska, in 2003 to become CEO of Mat-Su Health Services. She retired in 2009 to return to Iowa to be nearer to family.
Martha Willits of Des Moines was recently named AARP Iowa State President, succeeding Tony Vola of Des Moines. John and Bev McCartney of Fort Dodge remain on the Executive Council.
Also named to the Executive Council are:
• Charles (Chuck) Betts, Keokuk. Business consultant.
• Brena Schwartz-Corona, West Des Moines. Elementary school teacher (retired).
• Joseph Marquart, Cedar Falls. Healthcare Human Resources executive (retired).
• Mary Muehl, Cedar Rapids. Education (retired).
• Dean Pedersen, Cedar Falls. High school teacher (retired).
The Executive Council meets monthly to help develop the framework for state strategic planning and implementation, share ideas and build consensus for building leadership for AARP volunteers, adapt to changing circumstances and learn to communicate effectively using current and evolving technology.