It’s very possible you’ve never heard her name but she is a mover and a shaker when it comes to caring for older folks. She’s made herself an expert at finding those who are also willing to help. Andrea Wheeler Johnson is a blessing to the community and especially to elders.

For the past four years, Johnson served on the Commission on Aging. She will begin her second term on Jan. 6. Commissioner Robert Balliet had nothing but praise for the “youngster” of their group.

“She absolutely deserves a public ‘kudos’ for all the work she does, not just on the commission, but especially her taking the initiative, time and again, to seek out the elderly in need of help during trying times, donating not only her skills and time, but making considerable personal financial contributions to accomplish her goal of serving the seniors of our city,” Balliet said.

Maria D. Rosales, executive director for South County Services, also sings her praises. She said Johnson not only spreads the word to elders on what is available, she’s always ready to pitch in.

“She’s just excellent,” Rosales said. “She’s always putting herself out there. She came to me to find out more ways we can help the seniors.”

Johnson worked with David Morikawa, the past director of Meals on Wheels.

“She’s an amazing person,” Moriawa said, now working for the State of California’s Department of Aging. “Just her personal and outgoing character has been a strong asset for the community.”

Balliet said she was proactive on finding those in need.

“She would gather donations from the grocery stores and take them to those in need,” Balliet said. “She went to the schools for their donations. She will check on care homes to see if they have any in need, especially during these troubled times.”

The pandemic has hit the elderly hardest and many have come to depend on Johnson for help.