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Meet Our Board of Directors

Adina Angle, M.S.W

Board Chair

Adina Angle, M.S.W. has worked in the field of Developmental Disabilities for over 30 years. Dedicated to ensuring that people with IDD find placement in a home where they are loved and supported, she worked as a Quality Assurance Specialist in the Adult Family Home world for over 15 years. Forming close relationships with her providers, she appreciated witnessing clients transform as a result of being placed in the “right home”. Her work spanned five counties in Region 2 where she collaborated with over 120 homes.

Educated at UC Berkeley for her B.A., and UCLA for her M.S.W., she graduated with honors from both universities. Adina’s career has spanned both corporate and public service work. In the corporate world, she ran a management training program for a large Northwest retail corporation. Subsequently, she managed her own training and development consultation company for five years.

Moving into public service work, Adina’s state career spanned Case Management, Program Management, Quality Assurance, and Evaluation of Programs. As a Program Manager, she was involved with The Discovery Trust Program, and The Community Guide Program. The Community Guide Program was recognized by the University of Washington as one of the most cost effective and successful State programs supporting families. Thereafter she worked as an Evaluator of State Supported Living Agencies, where she provided consultation to improve residential services for individuals with intellectual disabilities.


Contributing to the community has been an important part of her life. She has served on the Edmonds Public Education Board, University of Washington School of Drama Board, and currently also sits on the ARC of Washington Board. She is delighted to participate with the Foundation whom she believes makes a critical difference for both providers and clients who reside in adult family homes.

Laura Vaillancourt, MA, LMHC, GMHS

Vice Chair

Laura Vaillancourt is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Geriatric Mental Health Specialist. She owns Eldercare Counseling and Guidance Services in Olympia, WA, where she and her team offer care management, consulting and counseling services.

Laura is a passionate speaker and educator about many aging related topics. She has been a contracted provider with the South Sound Alzheimer’s Council, Washington State Home and Community Services, Area Agency on Aging’s Family Caregiver Support Program, and WA State Dept of Labor and Industries. She has participated as a clinician in NYU’s Family Caregiver Study, and educates physicians in residency at Providence St Peter's Hospital for their geriatric rotation. Laura is co-founder of the annual online summit: "Get in the Lifeboat", an educational summit featuring dementia experts across the country for families caring for someone with dementia.


Laura was the 2019 recipient of the Thurston County Senior Action Network's Dennis Mahar Memorial Community Caregiver Award, an award that exemplifies community service and outstanding leadership in the South Sound community.  Laura continues to participate in creative endeavors that better the lives of older adults and their families.

Anderson Jolly, B.S. Pharmacy


Anderson Jolly has over 20 years of experience as a specialty geriatric care pharmacist, DSHS Community Instructor and preceptor for pharmacy students. He owns and manages Ready Meds Pharmacy located in Renton, Lacey, Spokane, Everett and Vancouver. Ready Meds Pharmacy currently services over 2200 Adult Family Homes, Assisted Living Facilities and Enhanced Services Facilities all throughout Washington State. Anderson’s philosophy continues to remain the same, which is to provide quality health care without compromise, exceptional customer service and educational opportunities to support LTC facilities and their staff. He joined the Long-Term Care Foundation’s Board of Directors because it aligned with many of his core values: integrity, collaboration, advocacy and quality assurance.

Sangeeta Saigal


As principal attorney and a nurse, Sangeeta offers a unique combination of legal expertise, healthcare clinical, and operations experience.

Sangeeta was an assistant attorney general for the State of Washington from 2006 to 2009.  Since 2009, she has been in private practice. Sangeeta has extensive administrative hearing experience related to findings of abuse, neglect, financial exploitation and other compliance and regulatory practices in long-term care settings against health care providers. She also advises adult family homes in day to day operations and business matters and represent them in Department of Social and Health Services administrative hearings. Sangeeta also represents individuals in matters related to their licenses with the Department of Health.


In addition, she also provides estate planning services such as Wills, Durable Powers of Attorney and Healthcare Directives.

John Ficker

Immediate Past Chair

John Ficker is the Executive Director of the Adult Family Home Council. In his role he supports Washington’s more than 3200 adult family home through programs of advocacy, education, marketing and support.  John has more than 20 years of experience in long-term care including working as the deputy director for Senior Services for South Sound and as the community residential program manager for DSHS’s Aging and Long-Term Services & Supports Administration. Currently John also serves as a member of Washington’s Dementia Action Collaborative, on the executive board of Senior Services for South, as board chair for the Long-Term Care Foundation and as a commissioner to Washington’s Long-Term Services and Supports Trust Commission. In his free time, he wishes he had more free time.

Gene Nassen

Geno and his wife Kim are Providers of Dolphin Cove AFH in Tokeland, WA.  Even though they have begun the retirement process, Geno continues to be involved at the State level.  He is currently on the board for the Adult Family Home Council and the Long-Term Care Foundation. He continues to be actively involved with the DD/ID population and their unique supports in the adult family home community.

Dorothy Schlimme

Dorothy Schlimme is a multiple Adult Family Home Provider in Auburn. She was elected Vice Chair of the Board of AFH Council she also served five years as President of the South King County Chapter of AFH Council. AFH Council and its Chapters advocate for the needs and care for vulnerable adults through the support of Adult Family Homes. Dorothy is a popular and effective spokesperson, representing the AFH Council in various settings and with the Washington State Legislature.

Dorothy chairs the LTCOP Advisory Council due to her expertise in the care of seniors, the LTCOP and DSHS Licensing Department recommended Dorothy to co-present and author a curricula, training others how to run a successful adult family home business. This Adult Family Home Administrative Training is a 5-credit course at Highline Community College. Dorothy has been the Washington State Master Trainer for the Administrator Course.

Dorothy and her husband operate two adult family homes in Auburn and has received numerous awards in Residential care on professional excellence. They both have three wonderful girls.

Elizabeth Page

Bio to come soon!

Evelyn Galasso

Bio to come soon!

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