AARP Appoints Holdorf as State President
AARP Alaska has appointed Madeline Holdorf, a lifetime community activist, to the top volunteer position in Alaska. As the new State President for Alaska, Holdorf chairs the AARP Alaska Executive Council, a volunteer leadership committee that helps set AARP’s state agenda and programs for its 77,000 members and volunteers.
Holdorf, who holds a master’s degree in education, is an urban sociologist from Anchorage, Alaska, where she has resided for over 40 years. After public school teaching and non-profit administrative work, her later professional life was with municipal public health focusing on issues of cultural disparities, interpersonal violence prevention, homelessness, public inebriation, and non-profit contract administration.
Currently, Holdorf’s work focuses on age-friendly communities, healthy aging, and enhancing the quality of life for older Alaskans who desire to live at home and stay active. She continues her lifelong community activism pursuits with volunteer commitments to organizations including AARP, the Anchorage Senior Activity Center, SAGE Alaska, the Village to Village Network, and St. Mark Lutheran Church.
Holdorf is an avid bicyclist, golfer, cross-country skier, outdoor enthusiast, birder and loves catching salmon. She affirms gratefully that being a baby boomer allows one to lay the cornerstone of a strong, safe, and secure future for older Americans. She has been an AARP member since 1996.
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