Board of Directors

Wider Horizons is led by a 12-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 – Denise Klein

A resident of Seattle for the past 44 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 Members

Ann Lawrence, M.Div., MA PresidentRetired clinical psychologist & adoption specialistElected to Board in 2016, 2019
Charles Heaney, Ph.D.Vice President
Retired health care administratorElected to Board in 2016, 2019
Denise Lishner, MSWDirectorRetired health researcher, UW School of MedicineElected to Board in 2020
Elizabeth Ohlson, Ed.D.
DirectorRetired educatorElected to Board in 2016, 2019
Donna Sunkel, MADirectorRetired from career in finance at UWElected to Board 2017



Gigi Meinig, MPATreasurerRetired Grants and Contracts Manager, City of SeattleElected to Board in 2020
Michael KischnerSecretary
Retired educatorElected to Board in 2017
Sharon Sobers Outlaw, MSW
DirectorCommunity activist, social work with African American familiesElected to Board 2014, 2017
Paul Beck, MDDirectorSemi-retired geriatricianElected to Board in 2015, 2018
Nancy Robb. MPADirectorRetired electrical utility manager, City of Seattle
Elected to Board in 2020
Sue Lerner, MEdDirectorRetired K-12 teacher & administratorElected to Board in 2014, 2017
Susan AdlerDirectorElected to Board in 2020

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