John Clark has held the position of President/CEO since 1974. Under his leadership, Council on Aging has experienced significant growth in home and community-based services to the older population of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Today the agency administers programs such as case management, senior companions, foster grandparents, Meals on Wheels, The Retreat (a licensed adult day care center), 17 senior dining sites, two rural senior centers and much more. Council on Aging serves more than 2,200 elders and their caregivers each year.
John holds numerous positions in local and state organizations including: past president of the Florida Association of Aging Services Providers; board member of the Consumer Credit Counseling Service; vice president of the Escambia/Santa Rosa Partnership for a Healthy Community; board member and secretary of the City of Pensacola Veteran’s Memorial Park Foundation; member of the Escambia County Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board; member of the Escambia County United Way Directors’ Association (UWADA); and Paul Harris Fellow in the Pensacola Rotary Club. He is a former president of the Florida Council on Aging and, in 1997 and again in 2013, he received the Outstanding Florida Council on Aging member of the year award. He is a 1987 graduate of Leadership Pensacola. John was also appointed by former Governor Lawton Chiles in 1991 to serve on the original work group responsible for providing recommendations on the administrative structure for the State of Florida Department of Elder Affairs.
John has an undergraduate degree from St. Michael’s College in Vermont and a master’s degree in counseling from Troy State University. He served five years on active duty as an officer in the Air Force.
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