AARP Kansas is pleased to announce the appointment of a new state president. Judy Bellome, Lawrence, will serve as the volunteer leader for the state’s 310,000 members and hundreds of volunteers across Kansas.
“We’re thrilled to have someone with Judy’s experience and talent serve as our state president,” said AARP Kansas Director Maren Turner. “She will be a great advocate for Kansans as well as a great asset to AARP as we help make our state a better place to live for all ages.”
Bellome has more than 30 years of experience in clinical and administrative roles in home health, hospice and adult day health services. She also has six years of teaching experience in nursing schools and collegiate programs in the areas of public health, geriatrics and community health. From 2005 to 2013, Judy served as Chief Executive Officer of the Douglas County Visiting Nurses and Hospice, Inc. Prior to that, she served in a variety of positions in home health settings in South Carolina, Georgia, Missouri and Kansas and as a nursing instructor in New York and Missouri.
Bellome is a member of the AARP Kansas Executive Council and the former leader of the AARP Capital City Task Force. In 2017, she received the AARP Kansas Andrus Award for Community Service, AARP’s most prestigious volunteer award. In addition, she is a 2014 graduate of the AARP Volunteer Leadership Institute, an intensive leadership program for selected volunteer leaders.
Bellome has a Master of Science in Education from Iona College in New Rochelle, New York; a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Education from the University of St. Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas; and a Diploma in Nursing from St. Anthony Hospital School of Nursing in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
She is a published author and has served on the boards of numerous organizations, including the National Adult Day Services, the National Association for Home Care and the Kansas Home Care Association. She also served on the board of directors of the Douglas County Senior Resource Center in Lawrence and has been a broadcaster on KLWN radio in Lawrence. In 2013, she was inducted into the Home Care and Hospice Hall of Fame.
“I’m excited to serve our state as AARP Volunteer State President,” said Bellome. “I look forward to exploring new opportunities to make our communities in Kansas more vibrant and livable and to working with city and state leaders, AARP staff, volunteers and partners to make that happen.”