Yolo County Supervisor Jim Provenza has named Sheila A. Allen as his deputy supervisor, effective Feb. 1.
Allen will replace current deputy Richard Reed who will be retiring following a transition period.
Allen has served as executive director of the Yolo Healthy Aging Alliance for 11 years and staff for the Yolo County Commission on Aging & Adult Services for eight years.
A former home care nurse, she was a program director for the Yolo County Health Department for eight years, from 2005 to 2013, and served as nursing faculty at Rush University and Sacramento State University from 1985 to 2000.
Allen also previously served two terms as an elected trustee for the Davis Joint Unified School District (2005-2014).
She has a doctorate in nursing with a focus on public health policy from UC San Francisco and a bachelor’s degree in nursing with a focus on community health from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
“I am delighted to welcome Sheila to her new role and appreciate that Rich will be helping in the transition and on a part-time basis,” said Supervisor Jim Provenza.
“Sheila’s background in public health, as an advocate for seniors, and experience as an elected official will help drive our progress in providing appropriate support for children, seniors, unhoused and others in need, ensuring the highest level of service to our constituents,” Provenza said.
Allen currently serves as chair of the City of Davis Human Relations Commission, president of Explorit Science Center, and a member of the city of Davis Unitrans Advisory Committee.
She previously served on the Yolo County Health Council and was an original commissioner for the Yolo First 5 Commission, serving for 10 years.