Current Partners

 

 Joyce Cheng, MS is the Executive Director of the Chinese Community Health Resource Center (CCHRC).

Emeritus Executive Director, Dr. Angela Sun retired after 31 years of service in July 2020.          As Dr. Sun’s successor, Ms. Cheng transitioned into the role of Executive Director in August 2020.

Ms. Cheng began her career at CCHRC in 2006 as a Health Educator before assuming multiple roles through the years including Program Coordinator, Program Manager, and Manager. As a bicultural and bilingual public health professional, originally from China, Ms. Cheng has used her language skills and abilities in working with all levels of people to support CCHRC’s efforts in minimizing health disparities in San Francisco’s Asian American communities. She has participated in various community-based participatory program evaluation grants from the phase of the grant application to manuscript development.

 

 

 

I.T. BOOKMAN CENTER

 

 

Felisia Thibodeaux is the CEO/Founder of At Your Service Professional Services and the Executive Director of IT Bookman Community Center. 

 

She has been serving the public for over 25 years.  The majority of this time spent in the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, Property Management and Housing Development arena.  Ms. Thibodeaux also worked multiple years in the Legal Field but most highly regards her years working in Manufacturing and Production at the New United Motor and Manufacturing Inc. (NUMMI), where she gained the knowledge of the Toyota Production System (TPS), which basic principles are Kaizen:  Constant Improvement; Respect: make every effort to understand each other, take responsibility and do the best to build mutual trust: Teamwork:  Stimulate personal and professional growth, share the opportunities of development and maximize individual and team performance, and hold dear that these principles transfer across all industries.  She bases her management decisions on a long-term philosophy, even at the expense of short-term financial goals. Highly skilled in Business Process Reorganization, she modernized her former employer from a mom and pop, family based senior serving organization to a leaner, cleaner and greener organization who has received nationally acclaimed attention for their development of services that serve seniors who age in place.

 

She is a leader in her community and champions the causes of the low income, under-served and disenfranchised residents.  She has worked with diverse populations (handicapped/disabled/ wheel chair/immobile, HIV/Aids, Special Needs, Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Dependent, multiple cultures and languages).  She is an advocate of Social Justice and has written and facilitates workshops that teach communities how to navigate the affordable housing application process, (Get Rent Ready); provides a guide to assisting those with barriers to preparing for the arduous task of moving (MOVE); and creating housing retention programs that aids management companies and housing developments with forming more productive communities (RETAIN).

 

Felisia coordinate Resilient Bayview  (a group of the Empowering Communities Program and the NEN Neighborhood Empowering Network- which facilitates meeting and trainings that  help communities address Resiliency post disaster.  She also sits on the Board for CASE (Coalition of Agencies Serving the Elderly).  She is the Founder/Creator of You Go Girl, Youth Leadership Academy (a program to help intercity girls develop and realize their own potential, foster leadership and create community stewards.)

 

Aurora Alvarado is the Healthy Aging & Disability Resource Program Manager

Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc.

 

Aurora joined MNC in 2006 as Social Services Coordinator for the Senior Program and currently she is leading the program as the Healthy Aging & Disability Resource Program Manager, during the last couple of years, she has launched new programs and expanded services to other senior sites. She oversees and manages the different programs at the HADR Center: Aging & Disability Resource Program, Community Services, Community Services Pilot Program, Intergenerational Program and Naturalization Program. She and her team are responsible for assisting clients in identifying and securing vital benefits and community services, which will help them to continue independent and active in their lives. She is continuously seeking for new ideas on how to innovate and improve the recreational, educational and healthy program curriculum of the program, identifying needs and interest on the older adults and adults with disabilities. Prior coming to MNC, Aurora worked in the non-profit sector of Tijuana, Mexico for 11 years serving the low income and immigrant families as social worker, case manager and administration assistant. Aurora holds a B.S. in Marketing from UNADM at Mexico.

 

 

 

OnLok

 

 

Sandra Rivas is the Assistant Director of Operations, On Lok 30thStreet Senior Center.

Sandra joined On Lok’s 30th Street Senior Center in 2018 as the Activities Program Manager, in August of 2019 Sandra assumed the role of Assistant Director of Operations.  On Lok’s 30thStreet Senior Center offers programming to all seniors 60+ but has a special commitment to the underserved, monolingual Spanish speaking seniors.  The center is San Francisco’s largest multi-purpose senior center with a variety of programs serving more than 8,000 seniors per year.  They include Always Active exercise and fall prevention classes, congregate and home-delivered meals under the Mission Nutrition banner; Case Management, ADRC, Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP), Healthier Living and a variety of learning and social activities to carry out On Lok’s mission “ to relentlessly pursue quality of life and quality of care for older adults and their families.” 

 In her new role as Assistant Director of Operations, Sandra is responsible for providing day to day management and oversight of On Lok 30th Street Senior Center program operations.  Prior to her work with On Lok, Sandra previously worked in residential care facilities for the elderly (RCFE) for over 13 years with expertise in care coordination, memory care, hospice and supervision of care teams.

 

 

Shireen McSpadden is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Department of Aging.

 

Shireen was appointed Executive Director of the San Francisco Department of Aging by Mayor Edwin Lee in December of 2015.  Prior to that appointment, she served as Deputy Director of the department since 2003.   Ms. McSpadden has nearly 30 years’ experience providing services to people with disabilities and seniors, in both the nonprofit and public sectors. She has served on the boards of local community organizations and committees such as Glide, the San Francisco Palliative Care Workgroup, the San Francisco Long Term Care Coordinating Council, and the community advisory board of UCSF’s Center for Aging in Diverse Communities.  She currently serves as president of the California Association of Area Agencies on Aging. She is also a board member, representing California, for the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging. Ms. McSpadden earned a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco.  She is an alumna of Leadership San Francisco.

 

Winnie Yu is the  Director of Programs & Administration, Self-Help for the Elderly

 

Winnie Yu has 15 years of experience in nonprofit program and administrative operations: leading and managing federally funded projects that impact the local community; private and public grant writing; compliance and monitoring; as well as project implementation and management within and across teams. Winnie has a degree in Political Economy of Industrial Societies from the University of California, Berkeley, and is bilingual in English and three dialects of Chinese: Cantonese, Mandarin, and Taishanese.