Leza Coleman, Executive Director of the California Long-Term Care Ombudsman Association “CLTCOA”, was introduced into the world of senior advocacy as a volunteer field Ombudsman in 2006. As her passion and knowledge grew she took on the task as Volunteer Coordinator for Ombudsman Services of Northern California. In this role she was responsible for the recruiting, training and supporting for the field Ombudsmans for 13 northern California counties. In 2009, despite a struggling economy, she successfully opened and filled a 95 bed Residential Care Facility for the Elderly, in Elk Grove California, as the Marketing Director. In 2012 Leza returned to her Ombudsmans roots by becoming the Executive Director for CLTCOA, a membership association made up of the local Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs, staff, volunteers and Ombudsman supporters.
Leza is excited to be afforded the opportunity to work on statewide systemic advocacy focused on changing the way we view “aging” in California.