About Us

Center for Healthy Aging is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to  integrate public, private, and philanthropic resources to help educate and train caregivers, enhance wellness, and provide models of care that demonstrate efficiencies and cost savings while improving the quality of life for elders.  Our non-profit will provide easy access to quality of life programs.

If you are in need of any services and do not know where to go, click on the following links to our Elder Services Guides and Resources:

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Our mission is to develop and provide innovative, effective, and efficient programs that are easily accessible and designed to improve the quality of life for elders by helping them maintain independence within their community.   “Adding Life To Years”

Contact us at:  11 Fillmore Way, Reno, NV 89519  /  larry@addinglifetoyears.com  /  775-376-3210

Meet our Board of Directors

Dr. Lawrence Weiss, Ph.D.  –  Founder, CEO, and President

Dr. Weiss has been committed to improving the quality of life for elders for more than 45 years.  In 1989 Dr. Weiss moved to Reno to take the position of Director for the Sanford Center for Aging at the University of Nevada, Reno.  He held that position for 15 years prior to founding his own non-profit organization, the Center for Healthy Aging.  He has developed many programs for elders in our community over the past 28+ years.  He is renown in the field of aging throughout the country and notably in our local community. Dr. Weiss’ philosophy is not to promote anti-aging – but, to focus on maintaining a good quality of life until end of life.  The Center for Healthy Aging’s mission:  Adding Life to Years . . .

Leslie Daane, CPA
Center for Healthy Aging Secretary/Treasurer
Leslie Daane is a shareholder of Barnard, Vogler & Co. and is the firm’s Director of Taxation and became the firm’s Managing Director in January of 2001.  With over twenty years experience in public accounting, Leslie has provided a full range of audit, tax and consulting services to a wide variety of clients.
Leslie graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.  She is a certified public accountant licensed to practice in Nevada, and is a member of the Nevada Society of Public Accountants (NSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
Leslie’s community involvement has included a term on the State Board of Equalization, President of a private school board, and a board member of various charitable organizations.  She currently serves as Immediate Past-President of the Estate Planning Council of Northern Nevada and Vice-President of SAFE (Special Advocates for Elders).
Diane Ross, MS
Center for Healthy Aging, Director
Diane is the founder and CEO of The Continuum which she started in 1993.  The Continuum is an intergenerational community rehabilitation agency providing Speech, Occupational and Physical Therapy.  A child care center and adult day program are also part of the services.  The Continuum also contracts with Regional Transportation Commission to provide eligibility information for Washoe County citizens seeking to use the paratransit system.
Diane has worked in most health care settings as a speech-language pathologist and director for over 30 years.  She has a BA in Education and MS in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Nevada-Reno.  Diane created and currently manages the statewide website which provides resources and information for people with disabilities, caregivers and seniors with a grant from the Nevada Aging and Disability Services Department (ADSD).  She created a home safety and modification program for low income seniors that is funded by the Independent Living Grant funds from the ADSD.
Caroline Ford, MPH
Director, Center for Education and Health Services Outreach
University of Nevada School of Medicine
Center for Healthy Aging, Director
Caroline Ford has over 20 years experience in rural health issues. She was instrumental in crafting the legislation that created the Nevada Health Service Program where rural health professional receive education loan debt repayment in return for service to their rural program. This program is responsible for many physicians and nurse Practitioners to stay in Rural Nevada and this program led to the creation of the physician assistant training program for rural residents. Thus the majority of the geriatric rural care in Nevada is an outgrowth of programs created and/or maintained through the Office of Rural Health within the School of Medicine under the Direction of Caroline Ford.
Mary HeadshotMary Liveratti
Center for Healthy Aging, Director
 Mary has 39 years of professional experience in the field of health and human services and over 25 years as a licensed social worker in Nevada. Mary came to Nevada in 1974 as a VISTA volunteer for the senior center at the Economic Opportunity Board of Clark County and later worked at the Southern Nevada Catholic Charities Senior Nutrition/Meals on Wheels Program. She then worked for 33 years with the State of Nevada Department of Health and Human Services. During that time, she worked 24 years for the Division for Aging and Disability Services, including 4 years as Administrator,  and nine years as the Deputy Director for the Department of HHS. She was responsible for a number of programs for older persons and persons with disabilities, including home and community based services, elder protection, grants  management, suicide prevention, prescription programs, consumer health assistance, and minority health. Since her retirement, Mary volunteers with the Alzheimer’s Association and AARP. She serves on the Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders, Advisory Council for Oral Health, and Governor’s Council on Food Security.

Meet our Staff


Marta Malone, Program Officer/Educational Director
Marta Malone received her Bachelors Degree in Accounting and Computer Information Systems from the University of Nevada, Reno.  She spent 20+ years in the Manufacturing/Distribution industries developing quality processes and creating efficient processes through globally recognized methods and techniques.  Marta brings her skills to CHA to help achieve the Mission of developing innovative, effective, and efficient programs through research, education, and services designed to improve the quality of life for elders and to promote easy access to these programs.  She is a native ‘Renoite’ and is happy to be working for the Center for Healthy Aging  helping the seniors in our area to ‘add life to years’.