President & CEO, Joanne Thomson
Joanne Thomson developed a deep commitment and passion for charitable work in the nonprofit field early in her career and grew committed to helping people who have: intellectual and cognitive disabilities, dementia, survived a stroke, mental illness, and Parkinson’s Disease. Thoughtful in her leadership style, she strives to enrich the lives of community members and makes positive changes in how we care for our loved ones. Through her guidance, Benevilla’s programs and services have thrived. The number of persons served throughout the years has been on the rise. The Adult Day Services were transformed into Life Enrichment Programs to better serve the needs of the future customers.
She is an Aging Services CARF Surveyor (since 2014) and travels around the U.S.A. and Canada to assess other aging service providers’ best practices. She has overseen the operations of Benevilla since 2012 and prior to that, she supervised one of the Life Enrichment Programs (since 2007). Joanne Thomson was born and grew up in Reno, Nevada and attended California State University, Chico where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation Administration with the option of Therapeutic Recreation in 1999. She was awarded top recreation therapy student of the graduating class.
Joanne, the Benevilla Board of Directors, and the Executive Leadership team have a deep appreciation for how nonprofits seek to improve the quality of life in our community and plan to lead the organization to meet the needs of the Baby Boomer generation and help them age in place gracefully.