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Kate Hoepke, Executive Director

Kate’s background in community building spans 25 years and a developmental continuum from early childhood to retirement. Since 2003, she has worked with older adults. Immediately prior to joining the Village, Kate was the Director of Sales & Marketing at San Francisco Towers. She has also worked in Assisted Living and Dementia Care communities. Prior to working in the retirement field, she organized social support networks for families with young children, called Mothers Clubs. She founded 40 clubs in the San Francisco Bay Area, which have served approximately 500,000 families to date. Kate has a BA in Sociology and an MBA from San Francisco State University. 

Keyatta Shade, Volunteer and Member Operations Manager

Key has over nine years’ experience in nonprofit management and working with seniors. Five of those years were spent managing over 300 volunteers annually at Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. On his free time, Key enjoys hiking, nature, watching sports, and spending time with friends. He is also an avid animal lover. Key has a BA from the University of Florida and a Masters of Nonprofit Administration (MNA) from the University of San Francisco.   

Rachel Lanzerotti, Aging Well Coordinator

A San Francisco native, Rachel's has a professional background of direct service, community organizing, and organizational consulting with Bay Area groups. In addition to her work at SF Village, Rachel teaches therapeutic yoga, mindfulness meditation, and stress reduction in her yoga therapy practice, Five Rivers Yoga. She has a BA in Human Biology/Feminist Studies from Stanford University and a Master of Social Work (MSW) from San Francisco State University.



Sarah Brigid Newsham Kent, Program Coordinator

 Sarah has spent the past decade working in creative and non-profit settings in Chicago, Baltimore, Juneau, and San Francisco. She is passionate about community building, art making, accessibility, and social  justice. Sarah studied social work, art, and psychology at  Loyola University Chicago and spent two years post- graduation volunteering with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. She enjoys exploring and adventuring in San Francisco on foot and bike, making feasts from farmer's market finds and scheming her next creative project.



Maya Kamath, Communications and Fund Development

Maya is a public relations and communications professional with nearly a decade of experience; her expertise includes consumer products and technology PR, as well as event management and content development. She is active in her local community as a pro-bono consultant with the Taproot Foundation and an after-school volunteer with Reading Partners. Maya attended the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and graduated with a degree in mass communications and a minor in political science. In her free time, Maya enjoys traveling, exploring the Bay Area and honing her pastry skills.


Board Biographies

Claudia Lewis, JD Board President Attorney/
Community Organizer

Claudia practiced litigation for over 15 years as a partner at Farella Braun & Martel LLP, specializing in securities litigation and white collar criminal defense. She is a Founder of San Francisco Village. She previously served as the President of the San Francisco Women Lawyers Alliance and the Community Learning Center at St. James. She founded and led Richmond Presidio Neighbors, which successfully resolved a dispute over the redevelopment of the Public Health Services Hospital in the Presidio. She has been very involved in addressing quality of life issues for Richmond District residents, particularly its children and older adults. She also has been a passionate fundraiser for two independent schools and Yale Law School.


Ellen Sandler Board Vice President - Community Volunteer

Ellen has a broad range of volunteer experience in the Bay Area, most recently as Chair of the Caring Community of Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco. She is a member of the San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary and served on its Board in various capacities. A retired meeting professional, she taught classes on meeting management and contract negotiations at local and national conferences and still plans events on a volunteer basis. She enjoys volunteering for St. Mary's College's LEAP program (Liberal Education for Arts Professionals) for dancers.


Bill Haskell - Board Secretary - Long Term Care Strategist

Bill has worked for 14 years as a long term care strategist for San Francisco’s Department of Aging and Adult Services, developing numerous strategic initiatives benefitting older adults and adults with disabilities for the City of San Francisco. For 10 years he was the facilitator of the Mayor’s Long Term Care Coordinating Council. Prior to his work in long term care, he was the Assistant Chief of Health Services for the AIDS Office of the Department of Public Health. Currently, he is working part-time as a consultant, assisting in the implementation of San Francisco’s Strategy for Excellence in Dementia Care, and mentoring three California counties in Long Term Care Integration for the dual eligible population (those eligible for both Medicare and Medi-Cal). 

Lauren Chaitkin Board Treasurer - Finance/Accounting

Lauren brings 40 years’ experience in finance and accounting, serving in various capacities including private industry, public accounting, nonprofit organizations and private foundations. Prior to retirement, she served as the Finance Director for the Zellerbach Family Foundation and since retiring, she continues to consult for the San Francisco Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund. Lauren is a competitive Masters swimmer and a member of San Francisco Village.

Peter Archer - Senior International Investment Advisor

Peter had a distinguished 30 year career with BankBoston as an international investment advisor in private banking, with particular expertise in Latin America. He has been involved with fundraising for his schools and church over the years, and brings expertise in finance and fund development to SFV.


Barbara Howald - International Development/Nonprofit Management/Training Consultant 

Barbara has over 30 years of experience in assisting organizations to achieve performance goals and manage themselves professionally and in line with their core beliefs. After service in the Peace Corps, she lived and worked for many years in the developing world providing training and technical assistance to small businesses and nonprofits. Before moving to San Francisco from Washington, DC in 2006, she worked with the United States Agency for International Development as the head of training in the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance.


Susan Poor, MPH - Principal Susan Poor Consulting

Susan is an experienced and passionate nonprofit leader with skills in business development, revenue diversification, innovation, strategic planning, program management, start-up cultures, organizational development, new model development and scaling, and community collaborations. In recent years, Susan has become an aging-in-community and long term care specialist. She is a Founder of San Francisco Village and has operated Susan Poor Consulting since 2000. In other roles, Susan has served as Director of Innovation & Business Development at On Lok in San Francisco, Senior Policy Advisor for the national Village-to-Village Network, Director of Planning and Evaluation at the Health Plan of San Mateo, Vice-President and Volunteer Coordinator of Hospice by the Bay, and Executive Director and Clinic Coordinator at Planned Parenthood of Marin. Susan has also held numerous policy positions in Washington, D.C.


Tia Sherringham - Attorney at Law

Tia is an associate for the San Francisco-based litigation firm Keker & Van Nest.  She represents Electronic Arts, Twitter and other clients in a broad range of complex commercial matters.  Prior to joining the firm, she clerked for Honorable Barbara S. Jones at the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York. Tia holds a J.D. from UC Berkeley and a B.A. in History from Columbia University.

Mary Moore Gaines - Emeritus - Rector Emeritus,
St. James Church
Mary Moore Gaines is the Rector Emeritus of St. James Church. She served on the Boards of the Community Learning Center and the St. James Preschool. She has been a visionary leader of San Francisco Village from the beginning. Throughout her long ministry, Mary Moore has championed older adults who want to stay in their homes as they age. She has expanded her vision beyond the church to serve older adults and their families in all of San Francisco.

Advisory Council

Glady Thacher, Liaison

Marcy Adelman, PhD

Walter M. Bortz, MD

Lewis Butler, JD

Tom Briody, MHSc

Katie Cardinal

Carol Crawford

Belva Davis

Catherine Dodd, PhD, RN

Robert Edmondson, JD

Carroll L.Estes, PhD

Anne Hinton, MS

Cassie Hughes

Elinore Lurie, PhD

Amy McCombs

Maureen Sampson, LCSW

Donna Schempp, LCSW

Rabbi Eric Weiss  


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