Shaffer named Silver Key CEO

       Silver Key Senior Service's new chief executive officer (CEO) is really not that new. David Shaffer
       Originally hired by longtime Silver Key leader Mikki Kraushaar in 2003, David Shaffer has helped guide the Westside-based nonprofit agency over the 3˝ years since Kraushaar's departure, during which time he has seen the coming and going of two interim and two hired CEOs.
       The most recent was Michael Decker. Hired in May, he tendered his resignation this month. Shaffer said Decker's reasons could not be made public out of respect for his privacy. Decker himself could not be reached for comment.
       “It was a surprise to us and to the community, but we've got a great, great team in place,” Shaffer said, noting specifically chief financial officer Kelly Finnegan, who has been with Silver Key for 2 ˝ years. Shaffer himself, who'd become chief operations officer under Decker, has “handled the operational control for perhaps 18 months,” he said.
       He assured the public that, with Finnegan's work, “the financial position is good” for the agency, which provides transportation, visitation, medical assistance, meals and other services to an estimated 12,000 people aged 60 or older in El Paso County.
       No major changes are foreseen, although a consulting firm has been hired to help Silver Key organize future plans and enhance staff development, he said.
       The main issue at present is volunteers. The current total of 400 is well below the desired 1,000 to 1,200 (there's a particular shortage of drivers) as Silver Key tries to keep up with the needs of its clientele. “Almost all departments have a waiting list,” Shaffer said.
       However, he pointed out that when seniors who are waiting have been advised of other avenues for getting more immediate assistance, “most say they will wait.”
       The main target population consists of seniors below poverty level who are trying to live independently, he said.
       Shaffer also has served as Silver Key's program director and director of residential services. Prior to joining Silver Key, he was director of Kelly Home Care, which provides aid to home-bound individuals of all ages, for about a year.
       His first career was with the US Air Force, where he had a focus in personnel management. Shaffer retired in 2002 after nearly 23 years, During his Air Force service, he also helped start FACES, Inc. (a private-sector anti-bullying program that helps build character in youths).
       “I'm honored to lead an organization with such an important legacy,” said Shaffer of his hiring by the Silver Key board of directors. “And I'm dedicated to advancing Silver Key's mission of helping older adults live safely, with dignity and independence. With steady growth in our community's population of older adults, Silver Key's mission is of paramount importance.”
       Silver Key Senior Services is located at 2250 Bott Ave.

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