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Our Team

Board of Directors

Meg Cooch

Meg Cooch has worked to expand access to home and community-based services for seniors and adults with disabilities for many years. She is currently Director of Policy and Advocacy for the Lutheran Services in America Disability Network, a coalition of organizations in 33 states supporting people with developmental disabilities in the community. Prior to this, she worked as Director of Programs and Operations at National Alliance for Caregiving and Deputy Director of Field Mobilization for the Alliance for Retired Americans. She also served as Executive Director of Planning for Elders in the Central City (PECC) in San Francisco, following key roles as community organizer and program director at Planning for Elders, and lead staff to the Healthcare Action Team and Consumers in Action for Personal Assistance. Meg has a Master's degree in public policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia.

Vera Haile

Vera Haile is a native of Knoxville Tennessee who moved to San Francisco after graduating from Antioch College. She earned her Masters of Social Welfare degree at UC Berkeley and has made invaluable contributions to Planning for Elders, with whom she worked since its inception in 1990. Vera was Executive Director of North of Market Senior Services (currently called Curry Senior Services) from 1983 to 1996, where she helped develop a number of innovative neighborhood-based programs. Retirement only brought more opportunities for leadership. Vera served on the Aging and Adult Services Commission from 1999 - 2005, presiding as its President for three years; the San Francisco Immigrant Rights Commission, the Advisory Council to the Aging and Adult Services Department, the Mayor's Long Term Care Coordinating Council, co-chair of the San Francisco In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Task Force, and has been active with the Coalition of Agencies Serving the Elders (CASE) among others.

Elinore Lurie, Ph.D.

Elinore Lurie, Ph.D., Member, Board of Director, received her Ph.D. In Sociology from Columbia University in 1970. She specialized in gerontology and in research on services to the elderly throughout her career, conducting research in applied and community-based settings, such as On Lok Senior Health Services and in designing the initial needs assessment for Planning for Elders. Dr. Lurie also taught and conducted research at the University of California, San Francisco, including courses in gerontology and organizational research. Dr. Lurie has published in these areas, in evaluation research, health services research, and in mental health and aging. Additionally, she has held office in, organized sessions for, and made presentations at scholarly and professional societies, including the Gerontological Society of America and the American Society on Aging. Dr. Lurie has been the Executive Director of the Society for the Study of Social Problems and the Mental Health Association of San Francisco, and a Board Member of San Francisco Suicide Prevention and Planning for Elders in the Central City.

Constance Smith

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Karen Sherr

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Libby Denebeim

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Elena Portacolone

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David Knego

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Margaret Miller

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Judy Goddess

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Abhilash Ravishankar

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Tina Liang

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Staff

Marie Jobling

Marie Jobling is Director of the Community Living Campaign. As principle with GLUE Consulting, she has provided analysis, consulting and technical support services to a range of community-based senior, disability, care and housing provider organizations. She recently completed the study and report, Transitional Care Blueprint for Change: Recommendations to Improve Transitional Care Services from Hospitals in San Francisco and along with colleague Judy Auda, was organizing and production staff to the recent SF Alzheimer's Dementia Summit at City Hall for Family Caregiver Alliance. 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. Earlier, Marie served as Director of Parish and Community Services for Catholic Charities of San Francisco, and was a founding board member for the California Public Interest Center on Long Term Care. She also served as Community Organizer for the Senior Action Network, Human Services Planner for the City of Stockton, and Staff Analyst for the Governor's Office of Planning and Research. Marie received a B.S. in Applied Behavioral Sciences from the University of California, Davis.

Judy Auda

Judy Auda is a teacher, artist and producer who has been responsible for the coordination of many major productions in the Bay Area over the past twenty-five years. As a teacher, she has worked in the schools expanding on the concept that art can create bonds, affect social change, empower participants, develop community and perform public service by taking it out of the classroom and into the public sphere. Her commitment to creating art that speaks to social issues has included large scale events using ideas that are conceptually universal and combine creative acts with issues important to the participants. Her work has been shown from California to New York and places in between. She has played major roles as a producer of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Golden Gate Bridge, the 125th Anniversary of the University of California, San Francisco and many projects for in the nonprofit and political communities – to which she is committed. One recent event was LET'S ROCK AND ROLL, a fundraising and public awareness event in Union Square which raised funds for participating nonprofit organizations while increasing the public's knowledge of the issues facing seniors and persons with disabilities in San Francisco and other Bay Area Counties. "Rockers" and "rollers," each rocking in a rocking chair designed by their organization or rolling in a decorated wheelchair, collected pledges for the non-profit they were representing. In addition, over twenty artists from the Bay Area, including the props department from the local production of The Lion King, created unique chairs which were placed on display in Union Square and later shown in San Francisco City Hall. Judy has a B.A. in Sociology and Masters in Fine Arts and Teaching Credential.

Community Connectors

CLC Community Connectors, Training and Support Team

  • Lenny Reiter
  • April Coleman
  • Margaret Gray
  • Debra Howell
  • Janis Kaempfe
  • Peter Sampson
  • Jennifer Walsh
  • Karen Holt
  • Deloris McGee
  • Cheryl Price
  • Marcia Peterzell
  • Joan Teter

Advisors

  • Sharon Johnson
  • Eileen Lemus
  • Elinore Lurie*
  • Amihan Makayan
  • Carmen Mendieta
  • Mike Miller
  • Sandy Mori
  • Jodi Reid
  • Tessa Rouverol-Callejo
  • Mya Shone
  • Mary K. Stegner
  • Patsy Vincent
  • Christabel Cheung*
  • Anita Aaron
  • Val Agostino
  • Dan Ashbrook
  • Margy Baran
  • Elizabeth Boardman
  • Bill Bruckner
  • Meg Cooch*
  • Alicia Crawford*
  • Tony Fazio
  • David Grant
  • Vera Haile*
  • Hadley Hall
  • Debra Howell
  • Jim Illig