A former stock broker and partner at Bancamerica Securities (formerly Montgomery Securities), Tom served as Stagebridge Board president for nine years. He has received outstanding reviews for his many performances in community theater throughout the Bay Area and is a member of the Stagebridge acting company.
Marcia Grossman, Secretary
Marcia Grossman has been an active Stagebridge student since 2009, taking classes such as Acting, Singing with Scrumbly, and Musical Theater, plus attending summer camp four times. She's a retired HR professional, formerly serving as head of HR for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and The Urban Institute as well as operating her own HR consulting company, which focused on the needs of non-profits in the Washington, D.C. area. Marcia earned an MS in Personnel & Industrial Relations from American University and a BA in English from Rutgers University. She is a past president of the Human Resources Association of the National Capital Area, serving on their Board of Directors for 5 years before retiring to the Bay Area in 1998.
Nader Robert Shabahangi, Ph.D.
Nader is cofounder and CEO of AgeSong, next generation communities in northern California that support the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being of elders. He is co-author of Deeper Into the Soul, aimed at de-stigmatizing and broadening understanding of dementia, and is also a licensed psychotherapist, and a frequent lecturer on aging, counseling, and dementia.
Joanna Weinberg, J.D., LL.M., is a Research Scholar at Hastings College of the Law, and Associated Faculty at the Institute for Health and Aging, UC San Francisco. She serves on a UCSF Institutional Review Board, on community ethics committees, and is a member of the UC Center of Expertise in Women’s Health and Empowerment. Her research focuses on the intersection of law, ethics and health policy in aging; and on ethical issues related to the process of dying: advance medical directives, palliative care.
She received a BA from Brandeis University in 1968, a J.D. from Harvard University in 1972, and an LL.M. in Jurisprudence from Columbia University in 1980. In 2004 she completed a Fellowship in Health Policy Research from the University of California, San Francisco Postdoctoral Program in Health Policy. Her first love, however, has always been theatre, and much of her interest in the end of life issues involve the narratives of individuals.
Rachel currently works as an analyst at Oracle in Business, Strategy and Planning. As a graduate from Northwestern with a BA in Math and Economics and with previous work experience in technology consulting, Rachel brings strong technical, analytical and communication skills to Stagebridge. Rachel plays the saxophone and has actively volunteered with senior citizens for many years.
Ruksana Azhu Valappil, PhD
I am a social entrepreneur and a former clinical research neuro-scientist. My commitment to empower underserved communities, especially women and kids, led me to found NEEV, a social enterprise working with women artisans in India. I am also very enthusiastic about the arts, having been an active participant of the performing arts into my 20s, although not beyond my school communities. I have also worked for a decade and a half in Parkinson’s disease research, and through that experience, I am well aware of the importance and the positive influence all forms of art have in helping us lead long, active and fulfilling lives. I believe Stagebridge, through its mission and programs, provides this much needed interaction between the arts, the individual and his/her community. I am thrilled to be part of the Stagebridge community and hope to be of service in all ways I can.
A recent transplant to the Bay Area, Shari is excited to be joining the Stagebridge Board. Her background and professional experience are as a lawyer. She is a graduate of Duke University and Yale Law School. Most of her professional life, she served in the public interest as a federal criminal prosecutor – first at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. and later as an Assistant United States Attorney in Philadelphia. She has always been passionate about theater. Her experience includes performing dramatic and comedic roles on stages up and down the East Coast, as part of a comedy troupe in Philadelphia, and in educational films. She also served as Public Relations Director and Publicity Chair for a historic, non-profit theater in Philadelphia. She is currently a Parks and Recreation Commissioner for the City of Burlingame.
Stuart Kandell, Ph.D.
Founder, Emeritus Executive Director & Board member (1978 -2013)