The Mayor's Commission on Aging

NOTE: "The 2021 Senior Showcase has been cancelled related to COVID-19 precautions for safety.  We look forward to seeing everyone in 2022!"

The Virginia Beach Mayor's Commission on Aging assists the mayor in planning actions and programs to meet the needs and concerns of seniors in Virginia Beach.

The goals of the MCOA are: 
  • ​Review the nature and priorities of needed services necessary for seniors
  • Work with other agencies, committees and commissions throughout the region who address these same issues
  • Provide public information, legislative and education efforts for a greater understanding to the public
  • Represent the Mayor's Office throughout the community, as directed by the mayor assist in identifying and defining the needs of seniors;  
Members of the Mayor's Commission on Aging for 2021:

Drew Lankford, Chair
Allen Perry, Vice Chair
Susan Paddock, Secretary 
Margie Barnes, Emeritus​​
Rhonda Branyan
Brenda Cobb
Joe Everitt
Michelle Phillips
Carey Raleigh, Advisory Member
Judy Swystun
Amanda Webber

​City Liaisons 

Barbara Henley, Virginia Beach City Council
Christi Budy,  Emergency Medical Services
Gary Zalas, Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office ​
Carolyn Cox
Sharon Shoff
Kristina Hamilton

​Memberships

Members must be Virginia Beach residents and are appointed by the Mayor to serve for a three-year term without compensation. Membership application forms are available through the Mayor's Office or are listed on the right navigation.

Mee​​tings

The MCOA meets the last Wednesday of every month, on the second floor of Building #1, room 234, from 2-4 p.m.  The meetings are open to the public. If you are interested in attending a meeting as a guest and wish to request the ZOOM meeting information, please email your request to mcoa@vbgov.com.  We thank you for your interest and support.

Com​mittees

The members of the Mayor's Commission on Aging work in committees as they explore issues concerning seniors. Committees include:
  • Community Concerns
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Health and Safety
  • Housing
  • Legal and Legislative
  • Public Relations
  • Transportation
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Each year, the Commission presents awards for exceptional accomplishments in service to senior citizens. Nominations may be made for individuals or organizations who have made significant contributions to promote change or provide new services for senior citizens of Virginia Beach. Contributions must have been made within the past year and must benefit a large segment of the senior community.

Nominations can be submitted electronically by choosing the form located under "Related Forms" or available through the Office of the Mayor. The awards are presented at our annual Senior Showcase in the fall.    

The Dr. Lanny Hampel Award for Exemplary Service to Senior Citizens 

To officially recognize individuals whose service to seniors has been exceptional. The service or initiative must have extended significantly beyond the requirements of employment duties and responsibilities.

Meyera E. Oberndorf Award for Exemplary Service to Senior Citizens

To officially recognize organizations, businesses, community groups or government entities whose service to seniors has been exceptional. The service or initiative must have extended significantly beyond the requirements of employment duties and responsibilities.

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