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Wider Horizons is led by an 8-member Board of Directors and an Executive Director. An active and involved membership serves on task forces and committees and generates and carries out specific program activities.
Executive Director
Email Denise

A resident of Seattle for the past 40 years, Denise Klein is known for her blend of visionary leadership and ability to generate practical solutions to complex human and organizational problems. Denise's professional experience includes:

  • Executive Director of Wider Horizons: Central Seattle’s Village for Life
  • CEO of Senior Services [now Sound Generations] for 10 years
  • Member and officer of national, state, and local Boards of Directors of numerous non-profit organizations
  • Consulting nationally for 13 years
  • Led the King County Area Agency on Aging for 12 years
  • Recipient of the American Society on Aging’s Leadership Award in 1994
  • Selected as the first Distinguished Area Agency Director by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging in 1985 
Board of Directors
David Okimoto, MSW
Retired VP of United Way
Years on Board: 2
Director &Secretary
Sharon Sobers-Outlaw, MSW

Social worker and community activist
ears on Board: 2

Charles Heaney, Ph.D.

Active member and retired health care administrator

Years on Board: 1


Paul Beck, MD

Semi-retired geriatrician
Years on Board: 2



Active member; social worker and adoptions specialist

Years on Board: 1

Sue Lerner, M.Ed.  

Active member and retired educator
Years on Board: 2

Elizabeth Ohlson

Active member and retired educator

Years on Board: 1

Sandra Wheeler

Active member and retired community advocate

Years on Board: 1