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Staff, Board and Advisors
Andy Gaines (MA), Executive Director - Andy has pursued a goal of changing the culture of aging in this country throughout his career and brings skills including nonprofit leadership, real estate management and counseling, as well as training in mediation and facilitation. He led the development and management of several multifamily residential communities in North Carolina and has worked at numerous assisted living and nursing homes. He has been certified by the California Department of Social Services as an administrator for Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly. At Wesleyan University, he studied the shifts in self-perception that accompany aging. In the 1990s, he co-founded and directed Earthdance, an internationally recognized nonprofit workshop and retreat center in western Massachusetts and is a dance/movement therapy practitioner.

Andrea Mok, Program Manager - Andrea has served Bay Area nonprofits for more than 20 years as a professional staff person, board member and volunteer. Her work with Ashby Village is a continuation of her commitment to grassroots organizations that promote community building and positive social change.
Pat Carvalho, Operations & Volunteer Manager - Pat joined Ashby Village after more than 25 years in the fast-paced retail industry. After seeking a career path that would provide a greater opportunity for service, she volunteered at various nonprofits and discovered that her greatest joy was working with seniors. Her skills and experience include staff recruitment, training and management; operations and process development; and creation of outreach marketing communications.
Andy Gaines
The energy, vitality and conviction of Ashby Village is clear. I feel honored to have the privilege of helping people age in community with joy and peace of mind.
- Andy Gaines
Board of Directors

Robert L. Davis  –  A retired environmental scientist and teacher, Bob has volunteered his time, energy and leadership to multiple community organizations, including Reach for Learning, Rebuilding Together, the Lawrence Hall of Science, the Elders Network, the downtown Berkeley YMCA, the Berkeley Breakfast Club and the Northbrae Community Church Council. Bob has been the Board's voice in helping develop and maintain community connections.
Marcia Freedman  – One of the founders of the Israeli women’s movement, Marcia was elected to the Knesset and served four years. She helped found the Women’s Computer Literacy Project and was Director of Marketing for the American Society on Aging, where she established the Lesbian and Gay Aging Issues Network. The author of “Exile in the Promised Land,” Marcia is at work on a second memoir. Marcia coordinates the Speakers Bureau.

Rochelle G. Lefkowitz – For 25 years, Rochelle ran Pro-Media Communications, with offices in New York and California, that designed and ran local, state, national and global public education campaigns and represented nonfiction authors, foundations and organizations committed to progressive social change. Clients included the American Library Association, author Barbara Ehrenreich and The Kaiser Family Foundation. Rochelle co-chairs Ashby Village’s Communications Team.

Andra Lichtenstein, President – Founder and principal of Capital Incubator, Andra consults with nonprofit community health centers and aging services organizations to develop their capital projects.  She has 40 years of experience in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors as an Executive Director, Planning and Development Director, small business owner, banker, financial advisor and board member.  She serves on the Ashby Village Development and Planning Committees.
Steve Lustig – Steve, an Executive Coach and Organization Consultant, retired from the University of California, Berkeley, as Associate Vice Chancellor Emeritus, Health and Human Services, where he was in charge of the campus’ health and counseling programs for students, faculty and staff. Building community has been one of his passions, beginning with work as an activist in the ‘60s. He has led strategic and business planning efforts for Ashby Village. 
Laura Peck, Vice President - The Founder and Principal of Claros Group, Laura serves as a master facilitator, strategist and coach to nonprofits and corporations nationwide. She brings more than 25 years of experience working with mission-driven organizations and leaders, including the arts, sports and health-care organizations. She’s also a certified yoga instructor. Laura currently leads the Board Transition Team, and provides expertise in facilitation and organizational development.
Roberta Pressman - A clinical psychologist who has practiced Boston and Berkeley, Roberta worked in Community Mental Health before moving to Berkeley. As an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School, she supervised Psychiatric Residents and Clinical Psychology Interns and also served as Director of Internship Training at Massachusetts General Hospital as well as on the faculty of the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Roberta currently co-chairs the Member Support Team.
Pat Sakai – Pat, a Learning and Organization Development consultant, worked for more than 25 years in corporate leadership positions. She has consulted with a variety of for-profit and nonprofit organizations and in addition has a background in public and private education. Pat has served on the boards of The Management Center of Northern California and the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. She co-chairs the Village’s Development Committee.
Patricia Carson Sussman - As a co-founder of Ashby Village, Patricia has brought years of experience as a health-care executive and board member of community organizations to the role of Board Chair.  A former hospice director, she also was Chief Operating Officer for Lifelong, gaining practical experience as well as an understanding of the public policy issues around aging.  She has also maintained an independent consulting practice that specializes in aging and health-care delivery. 
Betty Webster, Secretary - After many years in administrative positions Betty has devoted her skills and time as a dedicated community volunteer, including the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley and the Kensington Improvement Club.  When she discovered the village movement she realized that here was a "place" where she could blend all her interests.  Betty has had various roles and responsibilities with Ashby Village since the early planning days.
Board of Directors
We are so proud of and grateful to all those who have helped make our dream of a Village become a reality.
- Shirley Haberfeld & Pat Sussman
Founding Members
Ashby Village Holiday PartyDecember 2010
Board of Advisors
  • Ruth Atkin - Council Member, City of Emeryville

  • Tom Bates -  Mayor, City of Berkeley
  • Ada Burko - LCSW, Counseling & Consultation, Older Adults & Families
  • Priscilla Camp -  Attorney at Law, specializing in Elder Law,  Camp Rousseau Montgomery LLP
  • Marty Lynch - CEO/Executive Director, LifeLong Medical Care
  • Wendy Peterson - Director, Senior Services Coalition of Alameda County
  • Bob Sessler - Consultant in Aging and Long Term Care;  former Director of Aging & Adult Services for Contra Costa County

It’s an honor to be of service to the members and Board of Ashby Village. This is such a practical way to help people age well with the assistance of neighbors and friends. Thank you for strengthening our community!
- Ruth AtkinAdvisory Board Member
- Shifrah Tobacman,Rabbinic Officiant