Marsha Nye Adler, PhD
Policy and Research
Marsha Adler is a member of the Core Group coordinating Age-Friendly Santa Clara County and the City of San Jose. She also serves on the Leadership Council of the Aging Services Collaborative (ASC), the Policy and Advocacy Committee of the Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits/ ASC, and the Santa Clara County Seniors’ Agenda Policy and Funding Work Group.
Marsha holds a Ph.D. in political science and has served in the U. S. House of Representatives, the U. S. Senate, and on the staff of California’s Lieutenant Governor, and as staff aide to Santa Clara County Supervisor Liz Kniss. She also has held posts in national and regional associations, nonprofits, and higher education institutions.
Margriet DeLange MS
Margriet DeLange is a Certified Professional Gerontologist and insightful educator and presenter. She holds a Masters degree in Gerontology from San Francisco State University and a Bachelors degree in Psychology from J.F. Kennedy University, and was selected at both Universities as Alumni of the Year (2007 and 2014).
Since Margriet founded StoriesUnfolding in 2006, she has been facilitating Guided Autobiography (GAB) Groups for hundreds of participants throughout the Bay Area.
Since 2006, Margriet has taught Gerontology courses at Foothill College in Los Altos, San Francisco State University and J.F.K. University.
Margriet’s experience also includes working with the Santa Clara Country Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) as the Community Organizer for the project Protecting Our Elders: an Interfaith Response to Elder Abuse and Neglect.
This project was funded by the Santa Clara County Mental Health Department and the Archstone Foundation and designed to educate clergy and lay leaders of all faith traditions about the problem of elder abuse and how to successfully intervene.
Pauline Martinez has been involved with the Age Friendly Initiative since 2011, and most recently has been spearheading Santa Clara County’s nomination as one of eight pilot sites for the ‘Dementia Friendly America’ initiative. In addition to her work with CAFE, she serves as the Education Services Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association, Northern California, Northern Nevada Chapter. In this role, she oversees education for various audiences including the general public, corporations, family caregivers, and professionals in assisted living, home care, police, fire, government, healthcare settings and more, as well as plans two large annual conferences which draw 300-550 attendees.
Pauline was recognized with the ‘2012 Archstone Foundation Award for Excellence in Program Innovation’ for her work on ‘Healthy Steps in Silicon Valley,’ a grant-funded program that included engaging senior leadership at 260 organizations, leading 180 train the trainers, and engaging 90 volunteers in reaching out to 28,000 adults 50 and older to provide health education and connect seniors with home and community based services.
Mrs. Martinez’ experience also includes teaching, launching an intergenerational TimeBank, initiating and securing grant-funding for a program providing emergency volunteer services to seniors, and helping to organize two annual summit meetings to raise awareness about elder abuse and neglect in faith communities.
Mrs. Martinez holds a BS in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a Masters in Gerontology from SFSU. She completed her thesis on the ‘Physiological Effects of Stress in Caregivers’ within UCSF’s Health Psychology department.
Jenny Jin-Young Lee, MA
Jenny Lee has a passion for helping enhance the quality of life for minority elders by promoting improved health and access to social services. Jenny grew up in South Korea and moved to the U.S. nine years ago, when her beliefs and perspectives were already deeply ingrained based on the ethnic cultural values and norms of Korean society. As a first-generation, minority immigrant, who moved to a new country where the culture, language, and context are completely different, she experienced many of the challenges that all immigrants face and saw how these challenges could impact both their physical and mental health. This experience motivated her to go back to school to gain a deeper understanding of how to help immigrants live a better quality of life through improved social support structures.
Jenny has a Masters of Arts in Gerontology and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, both from San Francisco State University (SFSU). She is bilingual in English and Korean, serves as a Research Associate with SFSU, volunteers with On Lok’s 30th Street Senior Center, and is a Certified Shelter Volunteer helping survivors of human trafficking.
Susan Lewis loves helping older adults achieve optimum health and wellness within the bounds of both their desires and personal abilities. She believes older adults have a unique and important place in the community where their vast experiences can help the whole community be creative, positive and successful with intergenerational goals for health and wellness.
Currently Susan is engaged in many volunteer experiences, including being a volunteer Ombudsman for Santa Clara County, a committee member for the Cancer CAREpoint Garden Party fundraiser, a facilitator for a small church-based caregiver support group, and the Sustainer chair for National Charity League, Heritage Oaks chapter.
As a proud UC Davis Aggie, Susan earned her undergraduate Sociology degree from UC Davis . Additionally, she has an AA in Adaptive Fitness Therapy, has career certificates in both Adaptive Aquatics and Gerontology, and has completed a health and wellness coach training program.
Shong-Na Yang was born in Stockton, CA. His family is of Hmong descent and were refugees that fled from Thailand to America in the wake of the Vietnam War in the late 1970s.
Yang's family later moved to the state of Georgia where he attended Jackson County Comprehensive High School. His parents divorced while he was in the tenth grade. After graduating in 2010, he eventually matriculated at Lansing Community College in Lansing, MI as a Violin Performance major before finally transferring to Boston University on a scholarship.
While at BU, Yang majored in Sociology and minored in Chinese studies. The majority of his two years studying in Boston was spent studying particularly the topic of Mind, Modernity and Madness with renowned BU professor Liah Greenfeld, Ph.D. He interned in Shanghai, China for his last semester of college at a migrant school while also enrolled at the prestigious Fudan University. Yang graduated from BU in December 2014.
Yang picked up the violin at the age of 11 and is also a pianist, singer, and erhuist. He enjoys traveling and shooting landscape and street photography. He is fluent in English, Mandarin, and Hmong.