Meet the AHWGO Team, Board, and Advisory Board
Susanne Stadler EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Susanne Stadler, Architect, has more than 15 years of experience in architecture and 5 years in the financial industry. He firm Stadler & Architecture specializes in the design of age-friendly and intergenerational environments and lifelong homes. She co-founded AWHGO together with Natasha Boissier, a social worker in 2009 with the intent to promote imaginative responses for the challenges of this phase of life across disciplines.
She frequently speaks at conferences and academic institutions and currently is a member of the Housing Committee and the AgeFriendly and Disability Friendly San Francisco Work Group of the Long Term Care Coordinating Council. At AHWGO she is currently working on the Freedom House Project and is developing solutions for home environments that promote self determination and opportunity for maximum engagement for people who need help with daily living.
Donna Schempp DEPUTY DIRECTOR
Donna Schempp, LCSW, recently retired from her position as program director at Family Caregiver Alliance, a nonprofit organization that helps caregivers to get support in their caregiving roles. She frequently talks on care giving and aging issues, currently works with the Veteran’s Administration on a new caregiver program for Iraqi and Afghani vets and regularly leads workshops for the American Society on Aging, Northern California Case Managers, Alabama TBI Association, Alzheimer’s Association of Arizona, AARP, as well as many other local organizations. She has a private therapy practice, specializing in working with clients over 50 and a consulting practice with agencies in the Bay Area. Together with Tasneem Babul Rayani she leads the No-Barriers Project at AHWGO designing a comprehensive assessment tool that provides a pathway for customized, low-intervention, human centered solutions for aging at home.
Tasneem Babul Rayani INDUSTRIAL DESIGN/GRAPHICS
Tasneem Babul Rayani is currently a Business Development Representative for Braintree. Previously, she worked as an Industrial Designer in Canada, Australia and the United States with a focus on the design of housewares, furniture, medical and electronic consumer goods. She believes that all products should function for people of all ages and abilities and delight those who use them. She uses an interdisciplinary design approach to enhance peoples’ abilities and is determined to help the aging population increase their health, independence and dignity. She co-led the No-Barriers Project that focused on designing low cost, person-specific devices that maintain a person’s independence and ability to choose.
Rachael Friedman PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
Rachael Friedman is a Clinical Psychologist with a Psy.D. from The Wright Institute, and a background in development, patient support and event planning in the non-profit arena. She completed her postdoctoral work at Agesong, an eldercare facility, where she provided therapy and consultation to individuals, groups and families on issues such as transitioning to long-term care, coping with illness, and memory impairment. She has a strong interest in creating vibrant, functional, community-supported homes to promote healthy aging and emotional wellbeing. She currently works with the AHWGO team on the No Barriers Project, re-envisioning optimal aging in place.
Nicole Quinty BERKELEY BOARD FELLOW
Nicole Quinty, CPA is an MBA candidate at the UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business and is working with At Home with Growing Older through the Berkeley Board Fellows program. Prior to Haas, Nicole worked as a management consultant in the Mergers and Acquisitions Advisory practice at PwC in Boston. Nicole holds a Masters in Accounting and Bachelor of Science degrees in Management and Accounting from Arizona State University. Through her own life experiences with aging relatives, she has become passionate about exploring innovative ways to facilitate physical and mental well-being for Seniors.
Caroline Gezon BERKELEY BOARD FELLOW
Caroline Gezon is an MBA-MPH candidate at UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business and School of Public Health, and is working with At Home with Growing Older through the Berkeley Board Fellows Program. Prior to Haas, Caroline worked in strategy consulting in Monitor Deloitte’s public sector practice located in Washington DC, where her work focused on global health and international development. Caroline holds a Bachelor of Science in International Finance, with minors in Art History and Political Science from Wake Forest University in North Carolina. Caroline is particularly interested in the design space and how At Home with Growing Older is helping to re-imagine the aging experience for seniors, particularly those with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Sara M. Ingram STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER
With several years of program coordination and policy and procedure writing experience, Sara brings her cross-sector and interdisciplinary collaboration experience to AHWGO. She holds a Masters of Public Administration with expertise in Inclusive and Universal Design and Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act with primary interests in accessible built environments and increasingly how appropriate housing contributes to positive health outcomes. Recently relocating to the East Bay from New York City, Sara is excited and honored to participate in the organizing of AHWGO’s AGE-IN.
Andrea Moss RESOURCE SPECIALIST
Andrea worked as a reference librarian at a public library and appreciated most aspects of the job, especially Information and Referral service. She was happy to be a generalist, personally and professionally. She studied art & design and has kept busy with various household projects and artistic pursuits ever since. Andrea is happy to develop her interest in aging in the interdisciplinary milieu of AHWGO.
Gretchen Addi is a trail blazer for human centered design in the Aging Space. She is passionate about the power of empathy and design, and the people who make it happen. She currently works as an Independent Consultant and works side by side with companies to design and build high impact offerings. Among her clients are Aging 2.0 and the Scan Foundation. As the former Associate Partner and Portfolio Lead for the international design firm IDEO in San Francisco Gretchen co-led ‘The Powerful Now’, a new partnership between IDEO, SYPartners, and KYU to build a collaborative platform to unlock the creativity required to reimagine how we conceive of, design for, and experience aging around the world. At AHWGO is leading the effort to expand our offerings into a School of Aging.
Gloria Feldman, MS, MFT, has been in private practice as family and marriage counselor for many years. She reflects both through her own and professional experience on how older age influences people’s relationships to themselves and to the wider world. She has a strong interest in mentoring and believes that old age has an important place in society as a way to contribute to future generation growth. She contributes to a variety of community organizations in San Francisco with an emphasis on mental health.
Marie Jobling TREASURER
Marie Jobling is Director of the Community Living Campaign and is an advisor and mentor to AHWGO. She recently completed the study and report, Transitional Care Blueprint for Change: Recommendations to Improve Transitional Care Services from Hospitals in San Francisco.Marie serves as co-chair of San Francisco’s Long Term Care Coordinating Council, and has many years of experience in long-term care public policy and planning. Most recently, she was Executive Director of Planning for Elders in the Central City (PECC) where she planned, implemented and evaluated programs to serve seniors and adults with disabilities, including the Healthcare Action Team, a community-based planning and action project still working to expand homecare and provide improved hospital discharge services. She is a premier community activist and advocate for solutions rooted in community.
Erin McInrue Savage BOARD VICE PRESIDENT
Erin McInrue Savage previously the Vice President of Research at Age Wave and now the Director of Strategic Initiatives at True Link Financial, serves on the PACE Technical Expert Panel. She’s also a faculty member at the American Society on Aging’s Leadership Institute. Erin holds a Masters of Public Health from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Science from Queen’s University in Canada. She is passionate about advancing our understanding of the trends and implications of population aging, and committed to supporting organizations in better serving the needs of people in their second half of life.
Helen Mikiko Huang, M.D. is a pediatrician and affiliated with California Pacific Medical Center. She is on the Board of the S.H. Cowell Foundation and Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. She is also an active member of San Francisco AgeFriendly and Disability Friendly Work Group. She received her M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and has been in practice in the Bay Area for 30 years. Mikiko has been living in an intergenerational household for over 25 years that includes her 96 y.o. mother and she and her husband supported her 91 y.o. mother-in-law with dementia living in her home for over 5 years before she died. She is very interested in exploring different models of aging in community.
Candiece Miliford BOARD PRESIDENT
Candiece Milford is the Managing Director of Marketing for Rhoda Goldman Plaza, home to 145 older adults with varying degrees of aging issues. Her expertise in branding, relationship marketing and revenue generation led to a complete re-branding of this community in a record ten-month period, resulting in a 25% increase in occupancy in that same period. Previously, Candiece was the Lead Director of Marketing at The Sequoias San Francisco, a Continuing Care Retirement Community. Candiece transferred the innovative knowledge gleaned from her previous graphic design and marketing consulting business to develop a series of informational seminars to seekers of retirement living options. Candiece has co-authored a leading university level textbook chapter on CCRC marketing and has spoken at multiple venues including the Commonwealth Club where she is currently an active member in the “Grown Ups Forum.”
Catherine Spensley, LCSW, MSW, is the Senior Division Director of Felton/Family Service Agency of San Francisco, overseeing programs that serve over 2000 seniors a year in aging services and mental health. She is an active member on a number of advisory boards and coalitions, promoting partnerships among services providers, researchers, and policymakers. She is co-chair of Aging and Disability Friendly SF, and has a strong interest in reducing ageism. She has a BA in Communications from American University in Washington, DC and a MSW from UC Berkeley, specializing in gerontology.
Dmitri Belser is the Executive Director of the Center for Accessible Technology (CforAT) and the President of the universally designed Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley. The Center for Accessible Technology works directly with people with disabilities, providing assistive technology so children with disabilities can succeed in school, adults with disabilities can find (and keep) jobs, and all people can stay connected and have access to information. CforAT has been a sponsor of AWHGO events at the Ed Roberts Campus for many years.
Beth MacLeod is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) who specializes in the field of aging and services to older adults and their families. Beth earned her master’s in social work from University of California, Berkeley. She has taught at SFSU in the Gerontology Program, and at UCB, School of Social Welfare, and is a clinical supervisor at Family Service Agency and Family Caregiver Alliance. Beth is in private practice in San Francisco, offering psychotherapy and consultations on care-giving and care-receiving. Her work in community-based social service organizations and hospitals, and with individuals and families in my private practice led her to develop a specialty, which she calls Care Consultations. This combines vital elements of care assessment, care planning, identification of resources, and supportive therapy.
Susan Poor is the Principal of Susan Poor Consulting, which focuses on local collaboration and innovation to advance Aging in Community. Areas of exploration and expertise include long term services and supports for older adults across income levels, the Village movement, Age Friendly Communities, the role of technology in Aging in Community, digital inclusion, and vital intersections between older adults and the communities and medical systems of which they are a part. Susan’s background includes a wide range of policy, planning and senior management roles in managed care, Medicaid, end-of-life care and reproductive health. She is a co-founder and board member of San Francisco Village and serves on the board of the 30th Street Senior Center in San Francisco.
Cristy Johnston Limon
Cristy Johnston Limon is currently the Executive Director Youth Speaks, an organization that produces local and national youth poetry slams, festivals, and reading series among so much more. Cristy was previously the Executive Director of Destiny Arts Center, a creative youth development organization with a mission to inspire and ignite social change through the movement arts.
Formerly the founder and Executive Director of Excelsior Action Group (EAG), a community development organization to revitalize and create vibrant public spaces with local leadership, Cristy piloted what would become a citywide program. As a former Senate fellow and legislative aide for California State Senator Martha Escutia, Mrs. Johnston Limón has a strong background in public policy, the state budget and the legislative process. Cristy holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business and a BA from the University of California, Berkeley. She draws from her own experiences as a SF public school student immersed in dance, theater, music and sports to now advocate for youth arts education and social change.
Jill Stoner is Professor of Architecture and Director of the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism at Carleton University. She came to this position in July 2015, after 28 years as Professor of Architecture at University of California Berkeley. Professor Stoner brings to the school remarkable experience as a well-established professional architect, a distinguished teacher, and an academic administrator. Her professional practice earned her architectural firm ten national and international design awards. Professor Stoner is recognized internationally for her contributions to architectural theory. Currently, she is a member of the board of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Jill brings to AHWGO a deep commitment to global ecology, social equity, healthy cities and political agency.
Heather Dobbins has 20 years of consulting experience and more than 10 years facilitating planning and strategy sessions for senior level corporate groups. She enjoys collaborating with groups to define and solve problems. While she has worked across a number of industries, both as an external and internal consultant, Heather is currently working as an independent consultant within banking and finance. She is also a member of the Full Circle Fund, supporting pro bono education projects.
Janice Schwartz, MD, UCSF is a board-certified internist and cardiologist with significant experience in clinical pharmacology and geriatric medicine. She is currently a Professor in Residence at the UCSF School of Medicine where her research centers on improving the use of medications in older people. Her work incorporates evaluation of new medications, better use of existing medications, and education of health care professionals and patients in preventing and treating cardiovascular problems and changes with aging.