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Board Members

Sandra King LCSW, Chairman of the Board
Sandra King, LCSW, (Retired) a leading local and national expert in the field of aging. Ms. King is the immediate past president and serves on the Board of the National Council on Aging (NCOA). An active leader in aging issues in Southern California, she has served as Chair of Strategic Planning, City of Los Angeles Expert Task Force on Aging, and Vice-President, Menorah Housing Foundation Board of Directors. During her career, she also served as a member of the board on numerous councils and networks concerned with care of the aging. Ms. King was the recipient of the National Association of Social Workers’ 2000 Koshland Award as California’s Outstanding Social Services Administrator of the Year, the Jewish Communal Professionals of Southern California’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the National Council on the Aging’s Claude Pepper Award of the National Institute on Community Based Long-Term Care. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Ms. King holds an MSW degree from the UCLA School of Social Work. Recently retired as CEO/Executive Director of Jewish Family Services, Los Angeles, Ms. King’s executive abilities in administrating a multi-million dollar, multi-faceted social services program will assist in managing the Foundation’s growth and development in spearheading innovative projects. During her 25 years with Jewish Family Services with increasing responsibilities in management positions, Ms. King led the development of the Agency’s Senior Services into a nationally recognized model for the delivery of health and social services for the Aging.

Monika White, PhD, MSW
Monika White, an experienced practitioner, educator, researcher, author, lecturer, and administrator, has worked in both public and private sectors. For the past 38 years, she has focused on coordinating health, mental health and community-based service delivery systems for older adults and their families. A leading authority on care management, eldercare services, cargiving, volunteer programs and healthy aging, she speaks and consults nationally and internationally.

Retired President/CEO of Center for Healthy Aging in Santa Monica, CA she is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at the USC Graduate School of Social Work and the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology in Los Angeles. She is on the editorial boards of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers Assocation Journal, the Family and Community Jornal and the American Society on Aging, Health and Aging Network News.

The recipient of numerous awards for her contributions to the field of aging, Dr. White is a member of several non-profit boards and committees. She serves on the regional board of Natharez House, an assisted living and nursing care facility and on the board of Menorah Foundation, which develops and manages housing for low-income seniors. Locally, she is on the board of the Santa Monica Colege Associates (past president), the Santa Monica YWCA, the Westside Martin Luther King Coalition, and is serving her third term as President of the Santa Monica Sister City Association. Additionally, she is a member of the Rotary Club of Santa Monica, participates on the Santa Monica History Museum planning committee, and the Advisory Committee of WISE Connections, a Village program of WISE & Healthy Aging in Santa Monica.

Edward Schneider, M.D., Secretary
Edward Schneider, M.D. is Emeritus Dean and Professor of Gerontology at the Andrus Gerontology Center and a Professor of Medicine at the USC School of Medicine, with a joint appointment in Biological Sciences and Molecular Biology. Dr. Schneider received his undergraduate training at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and went on to graduate cum laude from the Boston University School of Medicine, from which he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award in May, 1990. Before coming to USC in 1986, Dr. Schneider was the Deputy Director of the National Institute on Aging and the Chief of the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics, Gerontology Research Center, National Institute on Aging. Dr. Schneider’s research interests include: molecular genetic aspects of cellular aging, DNA damage and repair with aging, and health care costs of an aging population. Dr. Schneider sits on the editorial boards of more than half a dozen journals and was the first recipient of the William and Sylvia Kugel Chair of Gerontology.
In addition, the LAFA Board currently has two Ex-Officio Members:

Mayor Eric Garcetti
Los Angeles

Laura Trejo M.S.G., M.P.A
General Manager for the Los Angeles Department of Aging