SMC Emeritus College Advisory Council
The Emeritus College Advisory Council (ECAC) continues to be an advocate for students, ensuring that a broad range of noncredit classes are provided for lifelong learning. Below are the profiles of the current ECAC members.
Members 2016— 2017
I taught nursing for the Los Angeles Community College District and specialized in gerontology which I taught in hospitals and in many community centers. I received a Master's in Pediatrics and Education from UCLA in 1974. My Ed.D. is from Pepperdine University in 1997 in Education and Institutional Management.
I hope to promote and assist the educational classes at Emeritus College in any way possible. I have lived in West Los Angeles for many years and have two children.
I was born in Chicago and came to California in the early 60’s. I am a Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother. My passion has been my family and a life long involvement with learning and education. I have a B.A. from the University of Michigan, graduate degrees (M.A.’s) from UCLA and Loyola Marymount.
My professional career began as a teacher. I have worked at the UCLA’s Child Division of NPI (Neuropsychiatric Institute) and the Educational Psychology section of the outpatient department. I was Director of the Learning Disabilities Clinic. I retired from UCLA in 1993. Post retirement I remained a consultant to NPI and developed a private practice.
Emeritus College has been the most important part of my semi retirement years. I am delighted to be on the ECAC with my goal of enabling this wonderful Institution to continue to be viable and remain as a positive force in the Community -- A Learning Haven for Older Adults.
I was born in New Hampshire, lived in N.Y.C. until fourteen and graduated from New Mexico State University with a degree in Civil Engineering.
I have 43 years of experience as an aerospace engineer and engineering manager, including four years working on the Apollo Program. I am fortunate to have two wonderful children, four amazing grandchildren, and a supportive wife.
I want to do what I can to promote and enhance the SMC Emeritus College, a true treasure for the residents of Santa Monica and nearby communities.
I was born in Hollywood and have lived in Santa Monica and
neighboring Westside communities since 1970 when I was a student at
UCLA. I have had a 30+ year career as an Organizational
Effectiveness and Workplace Learning Consultant, am the author of The Inner
Work of Work and served as President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the
American Society for Training and Development. During the years my
daughter was a student in the SMMUSD, I served as a PTSA President and a member
of the PTA Council and the Strategic Planning Committee. I currently
facilitate a workshop on Conscious Aging, have "re-imagined"
my own life through my long time avocation as an artist, and was also recently
appointed to the Santa Monica Arts Commission. I enjoy taking the
studio art classes at Emeritus and am committed to life-long learning and
personal and community growth I am particularly interested in Emeritus
convening additional symposia, workshops, presentations and other educational
programs in addition to the curriculum offerings.
I was born in New York City, received my B.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin, my MSW from Columbia University School of Social Work and my J.D. degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. For most of my professional life, I have worked in the fields of Child Mental Health Services and Child Welfare Training Programs affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine, UCLA Department of Child Psychiatry, USC School of Social Work and the UCLA Department of Social Welfare.
Since retiring in 2011, I have enjoyed taking several protography and current events classes at Emeritus College. I would like to use my organizational, advocacy and curriculum development skills to ensure the continued programmatic excellence of Emeritus College.
I was born in Holland and came to the United States in 1947. I attended Hollywood High School and several years of college at LA City College and UCLA. I worked for PacTel and AT&T until 1990.
I have two children, my son Ken is a lawyer, and my daughter Debi is an events planner. I have eight grandchildren.
I have been attending Emeritus College since 2006. In 2011 I became the Chair for the Emeritus Fundraising Committee. I enjoy the challenge of fundraising and look forward to continuing in this position. In 2012, I became a member of the Advisory Council. As a member of the Advisory Council, I hope to maintain the standards of our school.
I am a native Southern Californian and have been taking Emeritus classes since 2009. While raising three children, I received my B.A. from UCLA and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University. I found it impossible to leave the educational milieu and I pursued a rewarding career in student services at two small, private colleges.
Believing in lifelong learning, Emeritus affords me the opportunity to study subjects that have always interested me, but for which I didn't have time to pursue before my retirement years. I have met many interesting students and have made new friends. I want to make a contribution toward sustaining and advancing this beloved institution.
I graduated from MIT in 1963 with a B.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics. I graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1967 with a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering with interests in flight and simulation. I was a California Registered Professional Engineer, project manager, and inventor (a parachute flight simulator which is in use world wide), retiring in 2009 after 26 years from a small aerospace company.
Since retiring, I've been an active volunteer with several organizations. Currently I am a volunteer at LAX providing information to travelers, and at Emeritus where I've also enjoyed attending classes. I have a strong belief that participating in and helping to foster lifelong education is critical. Emeritus College does an outstanding job in that regard, and I look to supporting lifelong learning.
I entered Emeritus College as a student in 1997. Prior to moving to California I served as President of the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Foundation and as a member of the New Haven Ct. Advisory Committee which focussed on revising the city charter. I graduated from Antioch College with a BA in political science and received a Master Degree in sociologyfrom the U. of California, Berkeley. I was a fellow at Yale University in the sociology department. I taught freshman sociology at Quinnipiac University.I received an MSW from the U. of Minnesota in 1974 and worked professionally as a psychotherapist in mental health settings until 1995.I have served two terms as Chair of the Emeritus Executive Council and can provide the historical perspective where that might be appropriate. I am committed to working on the finance committee and the curriculum committee. I also hope to continue to help in planning more additional trips during the quieter winter and summer sessions.
Jerry was born in Brooklyn NY in 1931. He moved to
California in 1936 where he attended school and then UCLA. He graduated from USC with a Doctor of Pharmacy
degree in 1956. As a pharmacist, he was a hospital pharmacist for about 10
years, owned a pharmacy in Mission Hills for about 17 years and then enjoyed a
career in managed healthcare where he was a vice-president and helped design
and administer pharmacy programs nationwide for a variety of health providers.
He retired from pharmaceutical related activities in the mid 1990s. He later volunteered
as a mediator in municipal courts for almost ten years. He was asked by Maggie
Hall, the Associate Dean of Emeritus College at the time, to teach a course on
digital photography. To better understand why he was offered this opportunity
one might look at his life-long hobby, photography, and his collection of 900+
antique cameras. He is married to, as he says, a wonderful lady named Rita and
during their 63 years of married life they have 3 daughters and a son, 8
grandkids and 1 great grandkid.
I have been involved with Emeritus College since the 1970's when I started teaching American History at Santa Monica College. In 2010, I retired after 40 years of teaching on the main Santa Monica College campus and returned to teach Current Events for my "first love" - the Emeritus Program.
During the 1980's and 1990's, I was lucky enough to have produced my own talk show on National Public Radio (NPR) and found that to be a great learning experience. I am very fortunate to be able to teach seniors with many years of life experiences and over the decades, I have learned a lot more from them than they have learned from me.
One of the goals that I hope to achieve as part of the Advisory Council is to find ways to incorporate parts of this program with some aspects of the main SMC campus. For example, I would like to see some of our students serve as tutors to some of the pupils at SMC.
It is with great excitement and personal challenge that I look forward to serving as a member of this council.
I am a graduate of Pomona College and Stanford Law School. I am past President of the Center for Governmental Studies, based in Los Angeles, and was the first general counsel of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, the agency in charge of administering California’s campaign disclosure, ethics and lobbying laws. I was a principal co-author of the Political Reform Act of 1974 (Proposition 9), passed by 70% of California’s voters, and a principal drafter of the City of Los Angeles’ Ethics and Public Campaign Financing laws.
My wife and I have taken a number of Emeritus classes. I am amazed at the knowledge and enthusiasm of the Emeritus instructors. Because of Emeritus, my wife has become a full-time poet and has published a book with 17 women from around the world.
Photos provided courtesy of Judy Blits and Gerald Schneir