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About Bay Area Older Adults™

Bay Area Older Adults is a charitable 501(c)3 organization that helps older adults improve the quality of their lives.

How the idea came about
Mission
Vision
Benefits of becoming a member
Our Team
Donors and Sponsors
Our Partners

How the idea came about

Bay Area Older Adults (BAO) was created by Anne Ferguson out of her love for her dear grandparents, who passed away several years ago. At BAO, we are inspired by our desire to bring joy to and improve the lives of older adults. BAO is Anne’s humble offering to the older adult community in the name of her grandparents, Jacqueline and Jean–Paul Latil.

Mission

Our mission is to stimulate the hearts, bodies and minds of older adults through easy access to arts and culture, nature and new friends.

Vision

Our vision is to create sustainable communities of adults age 50+ who participate in healthy activities together, socialize and support each other.

Click About BAO to listen to an interview with Dr. Anne Ferguson, Founder and Executive Director, and learn more about BAO.

For nonmembers and members alike

The information offered through the website includes regional outdoor, outdoor, fitness, social and educational activities. Rather than having to search through different newspapers, newsletters, magazines and a host of different internet sites, we collect all of this information for you, in one convenient location with all the details you need to venture out with confidence. Please visit this link for an example of the detailed information we offer. These features make it easier for you to fill your days with activities and make new friends. For a guide with step by step instructions on how to access the full benefits of the website, please click here.

Benefits of becoming a member

Nonmembers are free to use the website without registering, however, membership is FREE and has important benefits. As a member, you have access to

  • Member only discounts: Discounts on products and services relevant to our mission.
  • Monthly newsletters: A comprehensive list of fun and healthy group events so you do not have to go alone.
  • Member events: BAO organizes fun and healthy group events for our members so you can meet other members with similar interests.
  • Forum: This website feature makes it easy for you to communicate with other members of the BAO community. This is an opportunity to find others with similar interests, start groups that attend events together and share information.
  • Your own personal calendar: For more details, click calendar

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Our Team

We are a passionate group of hard-working, highly efficient people.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Anne Ferguson Ph.D., M.B.A. Executive Director, Founder
and Chairperson of the Board

Anne manages Bay Area Older Adults' daily operations, long term strategy, fundraising, programs and volunteers. In order to further advocate for Bay Area seniors, Anne was appointed as a Santa Clara County Commissioner. In this role, she collaborates with the Department of Aging and Adult Services and the Board of Supervisors to develop strategy and plans for addressing the unmet needs of Santa Clara County seniors including transportation and comprehensive information services. Additionally, Anne is a member of the Silicon Valley Healthy Aging Partnership Leadership Team whose role is to advise on overall direction, and assist with funding, education and outreach for the delivery of evidence-based health promotion programs to older adults in Santa Clara County.

In the first part of her career, Anne was awarded two pre–doctoral and two post–doctoral fellowship grants for cancer research and published 15 peer–reviewed scientific articles within five years. She transitioned into the commercial sector where she has over ten years of strategic marketing and business development experience within global biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies such as Molecular Devices, MDS Sciex, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Affymetrix and XOMA. At these companies, she was responsible for closing multi-million dollar alliances and deals with commercial and non–profit entities, management of multi–disciplinary project teams and leading development and execution of business strategy and project plans.

Anne received her Ph.D. from UC San Diego, pursued her American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellowship to identify new breast tumor markers at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and completed her M.B.A. at San Jose State University.

Mary Schramke Ph.D., M.B.A., CFO and Member of the Board
Mary advises Bay Area Older Adults on short– and long–term strategy, partnerships and corporate fundraising. She has over 20 years of experience in establishing, funding and operating sustainable businesses, with a focus on companies delivering complex, rapidly evolving technologies in a global marketplace. Mary has a proven track record of integrating product development, marketing and commercial operations that delivers consistent, profitable growth and consistently attains high marks in customer satisfaction. She has recruited and led diverse teams that have achieved excellence in individual and team–based performance in both entrepreneurial and large Fortune 500 company environments. Mary is an accomplished public speaker on topics translating new technologies to a wide variety of audiences. Mary currently works as a strategic consultant for Interpro, a Global Professional Services company.

Mary received her Ph.D. from Louisiana State University and an M.B.A. from John F. Kennedy University.

Shilpa Bhat M.S., M.B.A., Secretary and Member of the Board
Shilpa advises Bay Area Older Adults on program management. Shilpa Bhat is a medical device industry professional with 15+ years of proven success in program management, driving revenues and performance in medical device product development and commercialization. She currently works for Covidien in San Jose, an $11 billion company that creates advances in medical devices and pharmaceutical products to improve lives. At Covidien, she has functional responsibility for the Program Management Office and new product development programs with budgets in excess of $50M resulting in revenues in excess of $3B for three different business units. Prior to this, she has held program management positions in Affymetrix and Philips Medical Systems.

Shilpa holds an M.S. in biomedical engineering and M.B.A. from Louisiana Tech University.

BOARD OF ADVISORS

Lori Andersen M.P.A., Tactical Advisor
Lori helps us connect to the nonprofit organizations that serve older adults in Santa Clara County and provides feedback on short- and long-term planning. Lori presently serves as Director of Healthy Aging at The Health Trust. The Healthy Aging Initiative supports programs to ensure that older adults spend more years in good health and engaged as vital members of our community. Lori has extensive experience in the field of aging with over 25 years working in public and non-profit organizations in the areas of planning, program development and operation, grants management and fund development. For eight years she served as Director of Planning for the Council on Aging Silicon Valley responsible for assessing the needs of older adults and building community capacity to address them. As Director of the Bay Area Independent Elders Program, Lori managed a $6 million grants program for a foundation collaborative that was designed to strengthen and expand local resources for long term care programs. Prior to joining The Health Trust, Lori administered the grants programs for the Alzheimer's Association of Northern California and Northern Nevada.

Lori holds an M.P.A. from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in Government and Public Administration from American University in Washington D.C.

Nusrat Khaleeli Ph.D., J.D., Legal Advisor
Dr. Khaleeli supports and counsels BAO on contracts, trademarks, patents and copyrights. She is currently of counsel at TechLaw, LLP, specializing in patent law. Previously, she held positions at Perkins Coie LLP and King and Spalding LLP. She is a member of the State Bar of California.
Nusrat holds a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law where she served as a Technical Editor for the Computer and High Technology Law Journal and received a High tech Law Certificate. She won the Witkin Academic Excellence Award in technology licensing. Nusrat also holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from The Johns Hopkins University.

Bronwyn Barnett M.A., Marketing Communications Advisor
Bronwyn is BAO's marketing communications advisor. She currently serves as Deputy Director of Communications at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, where she leads the lab's external communications initiatives. Prior to joining SLAC, Bronwyn managed the marketing communications team at Affymetrix and was responsible for marketing and branding strategy, creative direction, social media, advertising and integrated campaign planning. Previously, she was Managing Editor at Red Herring magazine, a weekly print publication.

Bronwyn holds a master's degree in journalism from Stanford University and a bachelor's degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley.

Lynnette Vega M.A., Program Advisor
Lynnette provides creative and logistical advice on BAO programs. She has nearly 30 years experience developing and directing innovative social, cultural, educational and health-related programs for older adults and adults with disabilities in the Bay Area. She has worked at LGS Recreation, Lytton Gardens Health Care Center and Fair Oaks Senior Center. Additionally, Lynnette is a Community Education instructor for Foothill College's Adaptive Learning Division.

Lynnette has a Masters Art Therapy from Notre Dame de Namur University.

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Donors and Sponsors

Bay Area Older Adults™ is a tax-exempt charitable organization, qualified under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions and sponsorships are tax-deductible. For more information about individual and corporate donations and sponsorships, please visit the donation and sponsorship page

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Our Partners

We appreciate the support of our partners listed below.

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