Community Advisory Board
Rachel Beal is the Director of Development for the College of Health and Human Development at Cal State Fullerton. Ms. Beal has over twelve years of fundraising experience. She previously worked at Whittier College in Whittier, California as the director of annual giving where she was responsible for the Colleges’ overall unrestricted annual gifts program. Beyond her annual giving duties she also assisted several departments with their fundraising efforts, including athletics, the performing arts center, and various other academic disciplines. Prior to Whittier College she served as a development officer for the American Red Cross-Rio Hondo Chapter in Whittier, California. There she lead an annual campaign managing over 30 volunteers as well as serving as the sole grant writer for the Chapter.
Lora Bronson is the Special Projects Manager for the Older Adults Program in the School of Continuing Education at North Orange County Community College District. Before starting this position three years ago, Lora worked for the Senior Studies Program at Long Beach City College and taught classes for seniors through SCE’s Older Adults Program on specialized topics for seniors such as grandparents raising grandchildren.
Lora holds a M.S. degree in Gerontology from California State University, Long Beach. Her thesis project was titled “A Lifelong Learning Curriculum Designed for Baby Boomers,” and the focus of her coursework was on understanding the educational needs of older adults. Lora also served on the Advisory Board for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CSULB for several years.
Kari Buist-Baker is the Founder of Senior Life Management, Inc., RN for 40 years, and Nationally Certified Case Manager (CCMC) for 20 years with a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from BIOLA and a Master’s Certification in Gerontology from Chapman. Her memberships include: Certified Resource for the Orange County Alzheimer’s Association, the National Aging In Place Council (NAIPC), and the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM).
Kari is an expert clinician who takes a team approach to coordinating multiple services to offer the best standard of professional advice for senior care planning. This includes harmonizing multidisciplinary services with available community resources and the multi-faceted relationships involved in implementing services between physicians and other professionals. This is accomplished while ensuring the best outcome in an efficient time frame for the senior and their significant support persons. Kari provides a rich background of professional and experienced assistance and advice. Tailored care plans are developed to assure safety and well-being in the home environment, and include a hands-on approach with tours and appropriate choices of alternative community settings. Kari’s nurse liaison component alleviates the stressors and the fragmentation that occurs in family situations.
Eloisa Espinoza serves as the Director of the Fullerton Senior Multi-Service Center. The Center is part of the Fullerton Parks and Recreation Department. Ms. Espinoza manages the operations of the Center and has 27 years experience developing, planning, and supervising programs, services and facilities for older adults and families. She also oversees the operations of the Garnet and Gilbert Community Centers. Ms. Espinoza is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton and holds a degree in Human Services and Certificate in Public Administration.
Rita Pierce is the North Orange County Community College District – School of Continuing Education Interim Manager for the Lifeskills Educational Advancement Program (LEAP), which encompasses the Older Adults Program, Kids’ College and Teen Program, Physical Fitness, Mature Driver, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Fine/Applied Arts. Rita has been with the School of Continuing Education (SCE) since 2001, when she was hired as a Special Projects Coordinator in the Older Adults Program. Before coming to SCE, Rita was the Director of Post Graduate and Continuing Education at the Southern California University of Health Sciences. She holds a B.S. Degree in Allied Health Teacher Education from Ferris State University in Michigan and an M.A. degree in Vocational/Technical/Adult Education from The Ohio State University.
Debbie Secord, Ph.D
Debbie Secord, Ph.D. chairs the Department of Gerontology, Health, Food and Nutrition and Physical Education at Coastline Community College. In addition to the Center for Successful Aging, she has served on a variety of community Boards including, the Executive Board of the California Council of Gerontology and Geriatrics, the Orange County Older Adult Services Mental Health Task Force, and the Community College Educators of Older Adults (CCEOA). Debbie is also an advisor to the Systems Approach to Gerontology Education (SAGE) Project to Implement Education in Evidence-Based Health Promotion for Older Adults.
Debbie’s specialty is designing online courses. She has received the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development’s (NISOD) Teaching Excellence Award; has been Coastline’s Teacher of the Year and has been a three-time nominee for the Hayward Award (the State Academic Senate Award for teaching excellence). The online Gerontology Certificate Program at Coastline, which she helped design, received the Instructional Technology Council’s Program Excellence Award for online instruction and design.
Dixie Shaw, B.A.
Dixie Shaw – B.A. - U.C. Berkeley, Teaching Credential – CSU Long Beach, Speech Credential – CSU Fullerton, M.A. – CSU Fullerton. Mrs. Shaw served as a teacher and resource specialist in the Anaheim City School District for 25 years. She participates in multiple charitable and community organizations, and serves the CSUF community through her participation with the Reading Educators Guild (Founder), Art Alliance, President’s Associates, Women & Philanthropy, OLLI, and the Center for Successful Aging Community Advisory Board. Dixie has also been an active participant in the CSA programs.
Kirt Spradlin, M.S.
Kirt Spradlin - B.S. EE Purdue, M.S. Engineering Management UCLA. Mr. Spradlin retired from Hughes Aircraft after 25 years. He was a Program Manager for installing missile defense equipment in Germany in support of the US Army and NATO and for the development of the US Airforce sponsored BADGE (air defense system) in Japan. He is a Past President and member of the Board of Trustees of CLE (Continuing Learning Experience)/OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute). For the past 15 years, he has served on various committees, including being a computer instructor, treasurer, and a member of the Long Range Planning Committee.
Patricia Trotter retired in July of 2005 after twenty-five years with the City of Fullerton. In her capacity as Manager of the Human Services Division she directed the operations of two focal point senior centers and two community centers. Pat is a member of the California Senior Legislature (CSL). Pat is a believer in Civic Engagement and has demonstrated that by her two-year enlistment in the AmeriCorps WECARE “Working to Enhance Care and Resources for the Elderly” program sponsored by California State University Fullerton and the Center for Internships and Service Learning.
Erin Ulibarri, MPH, CHES, is the Health Educator with the County of Orange Office on Aging, the lead system planner and monitor for the mandated older adult programs in Orange County. Since beginning this position in 2006, Erin has been the lead for the Down with Falls Coalition, a fall prevention collaboration focused on community education, and has written numerous articles and coordinated a Senior Summit, and conducts community health outreach and presentations.
Prior to working at the Office on Aging, Erin worked for Social Services Agency at Orangewood Children’s Home from 1999-2006. In this position, she worked with a diverse group of children; all backgrounds, ethnicities, and behaviors. On a daily basis, Erin would work to instill healthy living habits into the lives of the children at the shelter. Erin’s primary interests relating to public health are nutrition and physical activity, which she makes a point to include when educating the older adult population. Erin graduated from UC Davis in 1998 with a BS in Physiology, Neurology, and Behavior and a minor in Psychology, and CSU Long Beach in 2005 with a Master of Public Health.
Peggy Weatherspoon, Ph.D
Peggy Weatherspoon was Director of the Orange County Area Agency on Aging for 20 years. She now coordinates the Gerontology Internship Program, teaches Social Services for Aging, Dementia and Aging, and Professional Issues, and WE CARE Volunteer Corps training. Passionate about safety net services for elders, she is Immediate Past President of the Board of Directors for one of largest senior nutrition programs nationwide. In 2008 she was awarded Bank of America Local Hero Award, recently appointed to Orange County Mental Health Service Act Steering Committee, and a CSUF Gerontology Center Fellow.