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Board Members

Monika White,PhD, MSW, Chairman of the Board
Dr. White is an experienced practitioner, educator, researcher, author, lecturer, and administrator, and has worked in both public and private sectors. For over 40 years, she focused her work on coordinating health, mental health, and community-based services for older adults and their families. A leading authority on care management, eldercare services, caregiving, 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 was also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Southern California Graduate School of Social Work and the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. Dr. White continues to be actively involved in the field and is a member of several non-profit boards and committees. She has received numerous awards for her contributions to the field of aging.

Edward Schneider, M.D., Secretary
Dr. Schneider received his undergraduate degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and graduated cum laude from the Boston University School of Medicine, from which he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award in May of 1990.

Before joining 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. He served as Dean of the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology and Executive Director of the Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center for almost 18 years from 1986 to 2004. He is currently Professor of Gerontology, Medicine and Biological Sciences at the University of Southern California. Dr. Schneider enjoys teaching and was voted the Teacher of the Year in 2016 by the students of the Leonard Davis School.

Dr. Schneider was instrumental in the creation of the Buck Institute on Aging in Navato, California. He served as the Scientific Director of the Buck Institute from 1989 through 1998.

A respected leader in the field of gerontology for more than four decades, he has published over 190 research articles and written or edited 14 books. Dr. Schneider has also been 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 at the University of Southern California. Dr. Schneider serves on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Foundation and the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging. Dr. Schneider is the chairperson of the Advisory Committee to the Los Angeles County Forensic Elder Abuse Center.

In September 2017, USC inaugurated the Edward L. Schneider MD Chair in Gerontology to acknowledge his contributions to the field of gerontology.

Dr. Schneider is a sought-after lecturer and has been interviewed by numerous media outlets, previously appearing on NPR, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, CNN, CBS, NBC and BBC, and in print stories by Forbes, Newsweek, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

Dr. Schneider has raced sailboats for several decades and was an offshore sailing coach for the US Naval Academy sailing team.

Roberta Suber
Roberta Suber has over 35 years of experience in gerontology, healthcare and social work and nonprofit management. She retired from a management position with the former UniHealth healthcare system and its HMO, CareAmerica in 1999. Following retirement, she taught part-time in the Health Sciences Department at California State University, Northridge. She has been a volunteer consultant and management coach with the Executive Service Corps since 1999. Suber holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of California at Los Angeles.

As President of ElderMed America, a subsidiary of the UniHealth hospital system, Suber managed a national consultation and training company, helping over one hundred healthcare organizations implement cost-effective and award-winning senior services and marketing strategies. Suber was a Senior Vice President at UniHealth’s HMO, CareAmerica Health Plans, and its later owner, Blue Shield, where she was responsible for the clinical development of an innovative care management service and web-based information system for coordinating care of high-risk Medicare HMO members.

Suber’s early career was spent in hospital settings. As Director of Social Services at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in California she developed clinical social work services for the chronically ill and disabled.

Suber taught classes at California State University at Northridge’s Health Science Department for 14 years after her retirement. Classes included the Psychosocial Aspects of Illness and Disability for Physical Therapy students and Counseling of Health Problem for nurses, health education and public health students.

As an Executive Service Corps volunteer consultant, Suber has specialized in helping nonprofit organizations develop meaningful strategic planning and management processes, coaches executives and managers, and provides leadership and training in board development and governance issues.

Suber has been active on several nonprofit community boards and advisory committees.

She is also long-time practitioner of Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arranging, and has participated in exhibitions in the Los Angeles area.

Elyse Salend
Elyse Salend, MSW is a program officer for the Cambia Health Foundation's Sojourns Program, which strategically targets improving palliative care services for those whose serious chronic illness. She manages project and initiatives regionally and nationally that improve the quality care.

Prior to joining Cambia Health Foundation, Ms. Salend served as a program officer for the Archstone Foundation and managed their end of life initiative. She worked at UCLA's Division of Geriatric Medicine in program development, research and evaluatio and was co-editor of a Washington Post Writers Group syndicated column "On Aging." She also served as Executive Director of the Mystic Valley Area Agency on Aging/Home Care Corporation providing services and planning to older persons in seven cities and towns outside of Boston. She has authorized publications and books including: A Consumer's Guide to Growing Older.

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