Commission Members


  • Muriel Arvay
  • Tom Case
  • Barbara Evans-Small
  • Cec Ortiz
  • Paul Ramsey
  • Melba Jean Richards
  • Juanita Rios-Johnston
  • Mayra Rosa
  • Maureen Spiegleman
  • Vivian Stoval
  • Beverly Sunshine
  • Janine Vanderburg
  • Diane Young


Barbra Evans-Small received a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Denver and is currently performing case management and service coordinator service for seniors and disabled residents at Denver Housing Authority. For nine years, she has professionally and personally encouraged and assisted countless DHA families to improve their quality of life by providing community resources and referrals, educational events, money management workshops and health programs that will enable individuals to maintain independent living while aging in place.

She is a dedicated and committed leader who will not hesitate to advocate for the elderly or disabled. She is also devoted to providing supportive services and always looking to create opportunities for low-income seniors and families.

In addition, she volunteers her time to seniors at Aspen Place, assists with the Solomon Temple Intermediate Women Mission, attends monthly Local Resident Council meetings, Breast Cancer Awareness and annual community events throughout metro Denver.


Paul Ramsey was raised in Denver. Dr. Paul Ramsey has over 20 years experience building organizations and promoting positive social change. As its first full-time Executive Director, Paul is passionate about "A Little Help's" mission of connecting neighbors across ages to enhance lives and strengthen our communities. He currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Commission on Aging and on its Advocacy Committee, on the Village to Village Network's subcommittee on Promising Practices, and as a member of the Colorado Senior Lobby and Generations United. 

Paul delivered the Rocky Mountain News to several of "A Little Help's" older adults as a boy and is a proud graduate of Denver South High School. He holds a Doctorate from the Iliff School of Theology, earned his Masters of Divinity from Texas Christian University, and Bachelor's degree from Abilene Christian University. He is a member of the Lincoln Elementary PTA and the Denver South High School Community Board and has previously served as the President of the Baker Historic Neighborhood Association and of the former Broadway Merchants' Association. 

Jean Richards has over 40 years experience in executive management and advisory services specializing in health insurance as well as Long Term Care Certification, Disability Certification, Life Insurance and Securities Series 6 with Mass Mutual.

In 2009, Jean became a District Attorney Certified Volunteer Community Advocate on Aging.

She is active in engaging residents to participate in strategies to address public safety and quality of life issues affecting their communities to improve coordinated services for victims of crime by presenting their rights and to live in safe and secure communities.

She has received community awrds such as: Volunteer of the Year, Glendale Chamber of Commerce, Glendale YMCA Rookie of the Year Strong Kids Campaign 2004, Glendale YMCA Campaign Chair, Strong Kids Campaign 2008, Glendale YMCA Volunteer of the Year 2009. Jean served on the Board of Directors for the Glendale YMCA for 8 years.

 Juanita Rios-Johnston is the Division Director for the Family and Adult Division at Denver Human Services.  Juanita’s background is long term care nursing and was a nursing director prior to coming to Denver Human Services 20 years ago.  The Family and Adult Division provides families and adults with protective, medical, financial and nutritional supportive services.

Diane Young has been an Aide to Councilwoman Peggy Lehmann for the past 9 years. Prior to this job, she served as the Executive Director for the League of Women Voters of Colorado for 17 years.

In her current position she has helped organize senior resource fairs with the Commission on Aging and worked with seniors in her district to help them find resources in the community. This has made her aware of the needs and concerns of seniors and a desire to connect them with right agency for assistance and services.

Other community service has included serving on the Collaborative School Committee for Bradley International School and six years as a board member of Rocky Mountain Stroke Association.

She is an active senior who enjoys tennis, bicycling and spending time with her grandchildren. They make her ever aware of the importance of healthy and active aging.