Senior Support Services Board
Sheila MacDonald, President
Sheila MacDonald is the founder and CEO of The MIDG Group, a campaign consulting firm primarily focused on issue campaigns. MacDonald, a native of Denver, graduated from Denver East High School in 1983. She then spent a year working, volunteering and backpacking through Europe before attending the University of Connecticut to study Political Science and play soccer.
Since becoming a political consultant in 2002, MacDonald has been instrumental in many high profile political campaigns. Over the past several years she has worked on No on 101, 60 and 61, Yes on Amendment 50, Fastracks YES!, and Ritter for Governor. She has also developed an expertise in running local campaigns throughout the state dealing with water, land use, and school mill and bond issues.
In 2007, The Colorado Statesman named MacDonald to its class of “Fifty for the Future.” Selection for this honor was based on career accomplishments and ability to serve as a role model. In 2008, MacDonald was recognized as an inaugural inductee into the Denver East High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
She also serves on the boards of HOPE Online, the Washington Park Tennis Club and the Dale Tooley Cancer Steering Committee. MacDonald is a past participant in the Denver Community Leadership Forum. She is married to Mark Luna, a teaching tennis pro at the Denver Tennis Club.
David C. Benson, Vice President
David C. Benson is an Executive Vice President of Willis of Colorado who has served as Head of Office, Managing Partner and Head of Commercial Insurance. He has over 30 years of insurance experience in client management, underwriting, marketing, sales, claims, loss control and risk management. His degrees include a BS in Business Administration (1982) from the University of Montana, a MS in Sports Management (1994) from the University of Massachusetts, and an AS in Photography (2013) from the Art Institute of Colorado. David also serves as a board member of the Littleton Adventist Hospital Foundation, member of the Denver Rotary Club, and member of the University of Montana Business Advisory Council. A former Denver Barbarian, he has served as the Assistant Head Coach of the University of Colorado men’s rugby team since 1994. David has proudly served on the Board of Senior Support Services since 2012.
Bob Nelson, Treasurer
Julia Weichselbaum, Secretary
Julia Weichselbaum got her bachelor's degree in political science from Colorado State University and her master's degree in Gerontology from the University of Northern Colorado. She has always had a special place in her heart for older adults, making the especially vulnerable nature of the clients at Senior Support a priority for her. After volunteering, interning, and working at Senior Support Services, she is aware of the particular needs of the clients, as well as the importance of successfully implementing programs.
As a gerontologist, she understands the challenges the older population faces as the Baby Boomers age. She believes strongly in the unique mission of Senior Support and wants to help ensure that the organization is around for years to come.
Kathryn received her B.A. in English from Swarthmore College and a master's in Clinical Social Work and a master's in Public Health with a concentration on Health Law from Boston University. She is currently a Program Performance Specialist at the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Finance. As a former summer intern, Kathryn is excited to be once more involved with Senior Support Services.
Graduated from University of Notre Dame with B.A. degree in 1963, and from Fordham Law School in 1966. Spent 4 years as a lawyer in the U.S. Air Force, serving in Utah and Ohio. Moved to Denver in 1971 and joined the law firm of Sherman & Howard L.L.C. He has been a trial lawyer with that firm to the present time, representing a wide range of business clients. Over the years, has worked with a number of organizations that serve the less fortunate members of our community. Joined the Board of SSS in 2011 because of its commitment to help the low income and homeless community of Denver in these very difficult times.
Becky received an M.S. in Civil Engineering from UC Berkeley and an undergraduate engineering degree from Cornell University. She is a Senior Engineer with the City & County of Denver Department of Public Works and she works on the redevelopment of the Stapleton site. Becky also volunteers with Metro Volunteers as a Project Leader.
In addition, she represents PSI on task forces and advisory committees--most recently as chairperson for the State Pharmaceutical Assistance Transition Commission--and serves as liaison to national membership and research organizations.