Marjorie Bridges of Stanford. Margie retired from careers in journalism,editing, and counseling; was educated at University of Missouri and San Jose State, worked in the BA-FCA office 1995-2002, served previously for six years on the Board, and currently is mortuary chair and in the Speakers Bureau. Her hobby is genealogy.
Roberta "Bobbie" Bailey of Sunnyvale has been a member of BA-FCA since 1987. With five children and nine grandchildren, she actively continues her education and has a special interest in hospice and end-of-life issues.
Allan Behr of Half Moon Bay, has worked in high tech since the 1960's in positions ranging from program and product management to CEO. He has also been the Managing Director of another non-profit.
Dr. Richard L. Davis, of Hillsborough is a retired physician, and UCSF faculty member (Professor emeritus in Pathology). He is a former board member at Samaritan House and the American Association of Neuropathologists.
Peter Lee of East Palo Alto is semi-retired, still works in real estate (Keller Williams Realty) and life insurance sales. He worked in high tech industries for over 40 years as a financial manager. Born in Menlo Park, he graduated from
Menlo-Atherton HS and obtained his B.S.from CSU-Hayward. His hobby is ballroom dancing.
Dr. Edward (Ned) Lyke of Castro Valley is an Emeritus Professor of Biological Sciences from CSU East Bay with broad interests in non-profit organizations in the Bay Area. Among his interests he was Chair of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee to the Hayward Shoreline Planning Agency for a decade, a founding member of the Board of the Aquatic Outreach Institute (serving as Chair for eight years), and recently served as President of the Friends of the Castro Valley Library for four years leading a group of dedicated volunteers in re-establishing and enhancing a organization that provides much funding for library programs. As a long-term member of the Bay Area Funeral Society, the incorporation of that membership in the new Bay Area Consumers Funeral Association provided an opportunity to use his interests and board skills in a organization serving an important educational role in our communities of the Bay Area.
Suzette Sherman of Albany, CA. Suzette is the CEO of SevenPonds.com, an online resource that empowers you with your contemporary end-of-life options. Her ultimate goal is to change the way we think about death. A frequent guest speaker on the topic, Suzette has given presentations to a variety of organizations, including notably the Commonwealth Club of California. She's an adviser to Let’s Have Dinner and Talk About Death, a national movement to open the conversation on end of life. Previously an Environmental designer, she was awarded a National Endowment for The Arts grant along with the Environmental Defense Fund, NYC for researching ecologically designed product standards. She was subsequently published in Marqui’s Who’s Who in America for her foundational research in Eco-Design, one of the driving forces behind this cultural shift. She writes her own column, “Sharing Suzette,” on the SevenPonds' blog—the leading blog on end-of-life.
Liz Gardner, Office Manager. We are happy to have Liz managing our part-time administrative duties - keeping the office running smoothly. Aside from assisting with the BA-FCA, she is involved with Santa Clara County affordable housing, and Palo Alto school site council. She also divides her time between her two very active Little Leaguers, volunteers in the classroom and helps her siblings care for aging parent’s during their twilight years. She often refers to herself as “The Sandwich Generation.”
Jennifer Harris of Portola Valley,Outreach Coordinator, taught junior high school and high school science in Los Angeles and Ukiah for 23 years, including one year in Zambia. After retirement she worked for Dominican University in their teacher credentialing program and also worked for the Mendocino County Schools as a science specialist doing workshops on second language acquisition and methods for teaching limited English speaking students. She also served as director of the Redwood Valley Outdoor Education Project.
She has served in leadership positions for California Science Teachers Association, Association of Presidential Awardees for Science Teaching, Ukiah Toastmasters, Electric Toasters Toastmasters Club, Mendocino County 4-H, Mendocino Public Health Advisory Board, Mendocino Ballet. Jennifer continues to be active with Toastmasters and is chairing the Speakers Bureau that provides free educational talks to the public.
Bob Marinelli has lived in Palo Alto for over 20 years
and has held management and engineering positions in high tech firms, and did Stanford post-doc research in biology. As a volunteer for another non-profit, he developed
assistive software relating to talking books for the blind.
Bob has brought his technical and IT expertise to BA-FCA, where he assists in all things technical and computer-related, as well as general office support.
Deborah Meckler of South San Francisco. Deborah formerly served on the Board of Directors as President for six years. She continues to volunteer with BA-FCA where she serves as webmaster, manages the database and produces the semi-annual newsletter.