Leadership & Staff

Staff

Photo of Charlotte Dickson

Charlotte Dickson

Executive Director

Charlotte has devoted her career to building organizations and movements to create equitable, healthy communities for people of all ages and backgrounds. Prior to joining Village Movement California, she served as the founding director of the HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living) Cities Campaign, a nationally recognized movement of 400 cities in 5 states that promotes policies, programs and practices to support residents’ and employees’ health.

She has led endeavors in the fields of affordable housing, public health policy and racial equity. She welcomes the opportunity to help reframe aging and advocate for culture change around this important life stage. Charlotte has a B.A. from Duke University and an M.S.W. from Boston University.

To reach Charlotte, call 510-900-6380 or 866-986-1332 (toll free), email her at charlotte@villagemovementcalifornia.org.

Charlotte’s mailing address is 3220 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA, 94118.

Board of Directors

Patrick Brown

Patrick Brown

Patrick played a lead role in establishing Sequoia Village and the Villages of San Mateo County. He sits on the board of advisors for BlueCart, a startup in the food services area. He joined the board of Village Enterprise (a non-profit that works to alleviate poverty in East Africa) in 2013, after serving as Chief Operating Officer for five years. Prior to this, Pat worked for twenty years in the computer software industry. In his last position, he was the Senior Director of Technical Publications for Siebel Systems. Pat has a BA from UC Santa Barbara and an MA from California State University, Fresno, and completed doctoral work at UC Berkeley. Pat serves as the Treasurer for the Village Movement California Leadership Team.

Leza Coleman

Leza is the Executive Director of the California Long-Term Care Ombudsman Association, a membership association made up of the local Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs, staff, volunteers and Ombudsman supporters. She was introduced into the world of senior advocacy as a volunteer field Ombudsman, and later became the Volunteer Coordinator for Ombudsman Services of Northern California. She opened and filled a 95 bed Residential Care Facility for the Elderly, in Elk Grove California. Leza is excited to be afforded the opportunity to work on statewide systemic advocacy focused on changing the way we view “aging” in California.

Kate Hoepke

Kate Hoepke

Kate serves as the Chair of Village Movement CA and is the Executive Director of San Francisco Village. She has been in the field of aging since 2001 and with San Francisco Village since 2012. Under her leadership, SFV has grown exponentially. Her career in community building started in the 1990’s when she founded more than 40 social support networks for young families in the San Francisco Bay Area, called Mothers Clubs. To date these clubs have served more than a million families. She has a BA in sociology and an MBA from San Francisco State University.

Sheila James

Sheila is the Federal Liaison to Village Movement California. She currently serves as the Regional Minority Health Analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  In this role she implements and supports initiatives to improve the health of all populations at risk for health disparities; promotes evidence-based health and disease prevention practices, and supports Region IX stakeholders in creating well-networked communities throughout the Region, with particular focus in the Central Valley of California.  She previously served as the Office’s HIV/AIDS Regional Resource Coordinator. A native New Yorker, Sheila attended City University of New York and earned her Bachelor of Science from Humphreys College. She is a member of the Women’s Health Leadership community of practice.

Beatrice Kirkman

Bea serves as the Director for Aging Next Village- an intentional group of vital, active older adults who are committed to helping one another as they age. Bea came to AgingNext in 2015 after caregiving for her father with Alzheimer’s and her mother with macular degeneration. After retiring from the field of education where she worked as a school Administrator, she began her encore career serving seniors.  Bea serves on the Board of Village Movement California, is a member of the Woman’s Club of Claremont, served as co-chair of the Inland Empire Walk to End Alzheimer’s, has volunteered with Aging Next Memory Care Center and facilitated support groups for caregivers. Ms. Kirkman has a Masters in Education/School Administration.

Carol Kitbayashi

Carol has been Executive Director at Westside Pacific Villages (WPV) since April 2012.  She has over 25 years of corporate business experience as a Human Resources leader from a variety of industries, including the last 20 years of her “for-profit” career at a Global Fortune 100 Company.  Carol has a genuine passion for the village model having cared for her own parents, in-laws and other older relatives.  Her skills and abilities have been instrumental in revitalizing and growing WPV by creating and managing a strong village team, while developing and strengthening important relationships.  In her short tenure, WPV’s member and volunteer base as grown significantly, and she has been asked to speak to local, state, and national audiences about villages and the Village Movement.  Carol is a graduate of UCLA.

Sue Kujawa

Sue Kujawa

Sue was the founding Executive Director of Pasadena Village. She began as a volunteer and worked closely with the founding Board of Directors to establish the non-profit organization that helps more than 140 members lead lives of purpose and meaning as they age. Prior to her work with the Pasadena Village, Sue served 27 years as the Executive Director of Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center (now known as Families Forward Learning Center) in Pasadena. She led the organization to become a model two generation learning program that helps to break the cycle of poverty and low achievement. In 2007, under her leadership, Mothers’ Club purchased a facility in the heart of Northwest Pasadena and renovated it to become a Gold Level LEED certified building that is home to a vibrant, inclusive family learning center preparing 120 low income children and their parents to succeed in school and in life. Sue serves as the Vice Chair of Village Movement California.

Dave Kuykendall

Prior to retirement from Hewlett Packard, Dave served as a hardware designer, program manager and business planner. Locally, Dave has served as an Elder for First Presbyterian Church, as Moderator of United Church of Christ (Congregational) and as an active volunteer. For the last 3 years, he has been working to establish SLO Village in San Luis Obispo). Dave is the past President of the Board of Directors.

Andra Lichtenstein

Andra has over forty years of experience in both the nonprofit sector and the business community as a development director, executive director, board member, business owner, banker and financial advisor. As the founder and Principal of Capital Incubator, Andra assists nonprofit organizations – particularly community health centers and senior services organizations – in obtaining debt financing through new markets tax credits, tax-exempt bonds, alternative loan funds and commercial banks. Prior to founding Capital Incubator, Andra was Assistant Vice President at Cain Brothers, a national investment banking firm where she specialized in senior health and housing.  She previously served as Planning and Development Director of LifeLong Medical Care in Berkeley where she oversaw the capital development of the Over 60 Health Center with a PACE program (Center for Elders Independence) and HUD 202 housing. Andra capitalized, built, opened and operated Saul’s Restaurant and Delicatessen in Berkeley. She is currently the President of the Board of Directors of Ashby Village.

Jan Montague

During her career, Jan was President of Whole-Person Wellness International, in Irvine, CA and President of Whole-Person Wellness Solutions, a division of Life Enriching Communities, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Prior to those positions, she served as Vice President of Community Life, Wellness, and Applied Research for Lakeview Village in Lenexa, Kansas. Earlier in Jan’s career, she founded and operated a consulting group that worked with hundreds of senior living and senior service organizations to advance whole-person wellness cultures. Jan’s calling is to empower older adults, and those who work with older adults, to expect and build positive health in all dimensions of their lives. Her passion and focus is on the development and advancement of strategies that will reframe cultural expectations about the aging experience through a wellness lens. Jan is the Executive Director of San Clemente Village and a Board Member of the International Council on Active Aging. Jan received her master’s degree in Gerontological Studies from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

 

Community Care Connections members provide support through transportation assistance

Member Spotlight

Care Connections Network, Huntington Beach

Care Connections Network is a vibrant, active village located in suburban Huntington Beach, California. It is a faith-based village and its membership is comprised of both congregation and community members.  Members are focused on educational and social opportunities and the most popular of these is the monthly educational seminars with a free lunch. Seminar presenters are sourced from local community partners and vetted vendors or other organizations serving older adults often sponsor the lunch.