of Ashland has been named to the AARP's national Board of Directors.

Douma, a communications and business professional, will serve until 2014.

"Allen brings an innovative yet practical approach to problem solving with a great combination of health care, business and communications backgrounds," said Jerry Cohen, state director for AARP Oregon. "He's a great addition to the Board."

The Board of Directors is the governing body of AARP and approves all policies, programs, activities and services for the Association's more than 39 million members, 525,000 in Oregon. Major responsibilities of AARP Board Members include approving the budget and monitoring the finances of the Association, determining the Association's state and national legislative policy agenda and setting policy that guides the Association's strategic plans and activities.

"AARP is one of the most important thought leaders and change agents today," Douma said. "The central theme of my work has been empowering people to make better decisions &

in the words of Ethel Percy Andrus, 'to serve, not to be served.' I feel a strong connection with AARP's goals and am committed to helping AARP flourish."

AARP received a large number of submissions from AARP members across the country in response to the call for applications.

An independent nomination review committee evaluated the submissions and sent recommendations to the then-current Board for approval.

Douma currently serves as the CEO of Empower LLC.

He previously has been the assistant director of the Oregon Department of Human Services, CEO of Health Responsibility Systems and the medical director of Hartford Insurance Company and Travelers Insurance Company.

He received his undergraduate degree in engineering from Johns Hopkins University and his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia, and he did a fellowship in communications and economics at the George Washington University.

Douma has been a long-time AARP Oregon volunteer in addition to serving as a board member for the Southern Oregon University Advisory Board and the Oregon Healthcare Quality Corporation.