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Keynote Speaker, Paula Basta, Director of the Illinois Department on Aging

Monday 08/09/2021 08:45 AM - 09:00 AM

Paula Basta, M.Div., Director of the Illinois Department on Aging will open up the Expo regarding aging in Illinois.

Paula Basta was appointed Director of the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) in March of 2019, becoming the 13th director, and seventh woman to lead the agency. As a lifelong advocate for the care and treatment of senior citizens, Paula brings her institutional knowledge of senior services, policy, and social justice to lead the Illinois Department on Aging.

Paula has over 40 years of experience working with Older Adults. The first 20 years of Paula’s career was spent in the field of Aging for not-for-profit organizations such as Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly (H.O.M.E.). While at H.O.M.E, Paula was named Executive Director following the retirement of its founders and remained in that role for five years before embarking on a 20-year career in Government.

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