C.L. "BUTCH" OTTER
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 3, 2017
CONTACT: Jon Hanian
STATE BOARD OF NURSING OFFICAL NAMED TO LEAD IDAHO COMMISSION ON AGING
(BOISE) – Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced the appointment today of Judy Bicknell Taylor, who served until recently as associate executive director of the State Board of Nursing, to become the new administrator of the Idaho Commission on Aging.
Taylor stepped down from the Board of Nursing position she had held since 2014 to accept the Commission on Aging job left vacant by the yearend retirement of Severina “Sam” Haws. Taylor previously was interim director of patient care services for St. Luke’s McCall Hospital, and director of clinical services and director of nursing services at the Elks Rehabilitation Hospital in Boise.
She received her initial nursing education at the University of Southern California Medical Center, her bachelor’s degree in nursing at California State University, and her master’s degree in nursing at California State University-Dominguez Hills. Taylor began her health-care career in 1982 as an emergency medical technician. After completing her university education, she worked as a nurse, taught in university nursing programs and, at the State Board of Nursing, oversaw practice, education and internal operations.
“I thank Governor Otter for the opportunity to lead the Idaho Commission on Aging,” Taylor said. “I have spent my professional life dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of the individuals, families and groups entrusted to my care. I am excited to bring my talents and experience to this role. I pledge my best efforts to improve the lives of the elderly and disabled in Idaho.”
The Idaho Commission on Aging serves Idaho seniors, people with disabilities and their caregivers by safeguarding their rights, fostering self-sufficiency, providing counseling and advocating on their behalf. Its mission is to provide services that improve the quality of life for seniors and people with disabilities so they can live independent, meaningful and dignified lives within the community of their choice. With State and federal funding, the Commission also contracts with six Area Agencies on Aging throughout Idaho to provide local services as defined in the federal Older Americans Act and the Idaho Senior Services Act.