Board of Directors and Management Team
Avenidas Board of Directors (2016-2017)
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Jim Phillips is an active community volunteer. He retired as a line executive with Lockheed in the company's Space Systems Division, having spent 37 years in systems development with General Electric, LTV, and Lockheed. Jim has served as chair of the Palo Alto Family YMCA and Peninsula Habitat for Humanity, and on the boards of the YMCA of the Mid-Peninsula, Palo Alto Community Child Care, Foundation for a College Education, YWCA of the Mid-Peninsula Donor Advised Fund, One Dollar for Life, and the Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto where he's a past president. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas-Austin.
Barbara Krimsky Binder is a Certified Financial Planner practitioner and the founder of BKB Financial Advisors, a fee-only investment advisory firm. Barbara's firm provides customized and objective financial planning services, and her clientele includes many older adults. Barbara has presented at both Avenidas' Financial and Housing Conferences and has been a preferred provider of the Avenidas Village since its inception in 2007. An active and thoughtful long distance provider of support and frequent visitor to both her mother and her father-in-law, Barbara is very engaged with the mission of Avenidas.
Bruce Heister retired in 1997 from Alcan, Inc. in Montreal after a 35 year career that spanned technology, marketing, strategic planning and general management. He and family lived all over the world as he served as the senior manager and director of various Alcan companies. Since retiring in Palo Alto, Bruce has been involved in fundraising for the Colorado School of Mines, the Opportunity Center of the Midpeninsula and the 801 Alma Family Housing organization. He served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Community Working Group.
Rick Stern Rick is recently retired from Stern Mortgage Company, a Palo Alto-based company that he founded about 35 years ago. His educational background includes a B.S. in Marketing from Bradley University and a degree in Hotel, Motel, and Restaurant Management from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. In 2010, Rick and Stern Mortgage received the “Outstanding Business” Tall Tree Award by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce in honor of the company’s commitment to a “community-minded business ethic that serves to enhance the richness of Palo Alto.” Over the years, Rick has contributed many hours of volunteer work to local organizations including the Kiwanis, YMCA and Chamber of Commerce. He has vast experience in the areas of business management and fund development.
Loren Brown Loren Brown is a 37-year construction industry veteran and President of Vance Brown, Inc. Loren is serving his fourth term on the Avenidas Board and is on the Facilities Task Force and Investment Committees. He has served on the board of several non-profit organizations including the East Palo Alto Senior Center, Palo Alto Community Fund, Castilleja School and Addison Elementary School PTA. Loren currently serves on the boards of Community Skating, Inc., Reaching and Inspiring Success through Education (RISE) and as well as the Stanford Construction Institute's Advisory Committee.
Jeremy Burns Jeremy is the co-founder of Burns Loew, a professional law corporation in Mountain View. Prior to the launch of the firm in 2011, he worked for several well-known local law firms including Carr, McClellan, Quinn Emanuel, and KPMG. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley School of Law. Since starting his firm, Jeremy has successfully handled many diverse legal cases, including estate and trust litigation, personal injury, contract disputes involving technology companies, and employment law matters. Outside of work, he is the primary family caregiver for his 85-year-old father, who resides at PA Commons and is an active member of Avenidas. Jeremy also assists his aunt (a Palo Alto resident) in caring for his 93-year-old maternal grandmother in Los Altos. All of this on top of being a devoted husband to his wife and the father to two young active children at home.
Mike Couch is active in the Channing House Board of Trustees, Community School of Music and Arts, and Advisory Council for the University of Oregon's College of Arts and Science. He was honored as Los Altos Hill Volunteer or the Year 1995.
Chris Douvos, Venture Investment Associates (VIA) Managing Director, joined VIA in 2011 as head of the Firm’s Palo Alto office. As a General Partner and investment committee member, his activities span all of VIA’s investing and client outreach efforts. He represents VIA on nine advisory boards. Prior to joining VIA, he spent seven years co-heading the private equity program at The Investment Fund For Foundations (TIFF). In this role, he was responsible for over $1 billion in capital commitments and represented TIFF on over a dozen VC and LBO partnership advisory boards. Prior to joining TIFF, Chris worked on Princeton University's endowment team, where his duties included selection and evaluation of external managers, risk analysis, and asset allocation modeling. Previously, he was a strategy consultant at Monitor Company working with clients in various industries and as an analyst for Monitor’s principal investing activities. Chris authors a blog, www.SuperLP.com, which explores various investment topics and is a regular contributor to industry discourse as a conference speaker and graduate school lecturer. Chris earned his B.A. with Distinction from Yale College in 1994 and an M.B.A. from Yale School of Management in 2001. He was awarded the CFA Charter in 2004. He currently sits on the investment committee of Castilleja School.
Bill Friedman was trained as a lawyer, spent some time with the SEC, then as General Counsel to ROLM Corporation before going into management running Western U.S. operations for five years. Bill has served on the Board of Castilleja School for 15 years, chairing the Development Committee for 12 years and the Trustee and Governance Committee for two years. He is also on the Board of the International School of the Peninsula and on the Board of Stanbridge Academy.
Nancy Goldcamp has an education and background in marketing, advertising and planning. She has been a Realtor with Coldwell Banker on the peninsula since 1985. A credentialed Seniors Real Estate specialist for over 15 years, involved with Avenidas as a major sponsor and speaker for over a decade. Has been a Board member at Sequoia hospital and active in the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors for decades.
Cindy Hofen is the owner/manager of Managing Moves and More which is a service catering to seniors wanting to age in place and to moving seniors from their homes to more appropriate living quarters. She volunteered to be on the Village Vendor Team and is always available to assist and support. Cindy is an excellent speaker, participating most recently in the Avenidas Boomer University. She has participated in several of the Avenidas’ Capital Campaigns. She recently became a Certified Aging in Place Specialist.
Gloria Hom Gloria was the Chairman of and Professor in the Economics Department at Mission College and Division Chairman for the Social Science Department. She was named “Outstanding Educator of America” and Trustee Emeritus for the California State University System. In addition to her many coveted professional awards and recognitions, she has authored several journal articles and is currently writing a novel of three generations of Chinese American Women in a California-based family. Gloria is a former Avenidas board member and is currently active in numerous other community and service organizations, including the Palo Alto Rotary Club, Channing House, and Chi Am Circle. She is also a long-time member of the Association for Senior Day Health, which has supported the Avenidas Rose Kleiner Center since 1976.
Larry Klein Larry is currently an attorney with Thoits Law. He joined the firm in 2010 as Senior Counsel after practicing as a named shareholder with the Palo Alto firm of Ritchey Fisher Whitman & Klein from 1967 to 2005 when his firm merged with the national law firm of Dorsey & Whitney LLP. He was of counsel to Dorsey from 2005 to 2009. A graduate of Cornell University (B.A. Economics) and Harvard Law School (J.D., Magna Cum Laude), Larry’s early legal career focused on taxation and then expanded to handling corporate, estate planning, and trust administration matters. He is actively involved in the local community on many levels, having served as a Palo Alto City Council Member from 1981-1989 and then again from 2005 to 2015, including a stint as Mayor of Palo Alto from 1984 to 1989. He is also a former board member and board chair of Avenidas.
Hank Massey practiced corporate law in San Francisco from 1968 until 1982, before joining Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in August 1982, where he practiced for 27 years before retiring in 2010 at age 70. Hank represented private and public companies in all aspects of their corporate and securities legal issues, including venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, public offering and governance and compliance.
During the course of his career he has attended numerous board meetings as counsel and has served on the board of two public companies. He served as a director with the San Jose Symphony for several years. He is currently a director and a one year stint as President of the Fremont Hills Country Club in Los Altos Hills. He is an active benefactor of the Eastside College Preparatory School in East Palo Alto, currently supporting two of its students.
Nancy McGaraghan worked as a CPA before raising a family. Later she became certified in medical ethics and then pursuing a degree in Theology at Berkeley. She has worked at St. Patrick's Seminary as business manager and at the Jesuit Retreat in Los Altos as a spiritual director.
Eliane Neukermans is retired from teaching at Castilleja for 25 years (math, French and economics) and is an active community volunteer. Her volunteer activities have focused on education, social entrepreneurship, environmental sustainability and women's development. She has been an active fundraiser for the Saint Elisabeth Seton School, is on the Board of the business school at Santa Clara University and is a member of the board of the Palo Alto Community Fund
Deborah Radin is a partner in the law firm of Kramer Radin LLP. Her areas of expertise include estate planning and administration, Medi-Cal issues, elder law and strategic wealth preservation. She is a member of the State Bar of California, the Silicon Valley Bar Association, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the California Association of Nursing Home Reform. She has given workshops at Avenidas conferences and was on the Avenidas Advisory Council
Linda Dairiki Shortliffe Linda is a highly esteemed and accomplished physician within the Department of Urology at Stanford University Medical Center. She completed her undergraduate degree at Harvard College (Radcliffe) and her medical training at Stanford University. Linda has led and participated in numerous research endeavors at both Stanford University Medical Center and other premier medical institutions, and she has engaged in multiple teaching activities at Stanford University School of Medicine, sharing her vast knowledge and expertise with new generations of emerging medical professionals. On a personal level, she is a Baby Boomer currently caring for her two aging parents who reside at Channing House. Linda herself is also a long-time resident of Palo Alto. In her free time, she volunteers with MedShare, a nonprofit organization based in San Leandro, CA.
Jerome B. Spector is a CPA practicing with Burr Pilger and Mayer with a focus on individual tax and estates, gifts and trusts. He has been a presenter at Avenidas' Financial Conferences.
Sylvie Way is a retired CPA who specialized in taxation and estate planning. She has a long history as a community volunteer with a strong focus on education having served as President and board member of Addison and Jordan Middle School PTA's and Palo Alto High School PTA's. She has been actively involved in organizations that work with low-income students and at-risk adolescents.
- Liz Kniss, City of Palo Alto Council Liaison
- Lisa Matichak, City of Mtn. View Council Liaison
- Amy Andonian, President & CEO
- John Sink, Vice President of Programs
- Maureen Breen, Vice President of Finance & Administration
- Mary Hohensee, Vice President of Development
- Kari Martell, Vice President of Marketing & Communications