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Thomas Gutner Appointed to Connecticut Commission on Aging

November 12, 2013

tom gutnerWallingford, CT, November 12, 2013…….Masonicare is pleased to announce that Thomas Gutner has been appointed to serve a 2-year term on the Connecticut Commission on Aging.   A longtime member of Masonicare’s management team, Mr. Gutner served as Administrator for Masonicare’s Newtown campus for 28 years, Administrator at Masonicare Health Center, and since 2012, has been Assistant to the President & CEO.

The Commission on Aging, a non-partisan state agency of the Connecticut General Assembly, was established in 1993 to advocate on behalf of Connecticut’s senior population.  The Commission fills a unique role within state government by providing objective information and counsel on issues affecting older adults and persons with disabilities to the Legislative and Executive branches of state government, local government, the business community, organizations serving older citizens and numerous statewide public/private sector coalitions.  Connecticut is home to one million “Baby Boomers” – people born between1946-1964 – or roughly one third of its population. By 2030, Connecticut’s older adult population is expected to increase by 64%.

Mr. Gutner began his career in the field of aging services in Washington, D.C. as a legislative assistant with the American Association of Homes for the Aging, now LeadingAge.  Mr. Gutner currently serves on the boards of the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Meriden-Wallingford, and the Institute for Senior Living Education, an affiliate of New England Lifespan. He is active on the legislative and education committees of LeadingAge CT.  He previously served as board chair and member of the Connecticut Assisted Living Association and on the Connecticut Task Force to Study Aging in Place.

Mr. Gutner earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanistic Studies from Johns Hopkins University and his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from George Washington University.  He and his wife, Brenda, are residents of West Hartford.

Stephen B. McPherson, President and CEO of Masonicare, praised Mr. Gutner’s appointment.  “Tom brings many years of valuable experience and a wealth of knowledge to the Commission on Aging.  His service to Masonicare has been exemplary for more than 30 years, and I know he’ll be an excellent contributor to the work of the Commission.”

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