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.

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.

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.

Rigo Saborio
Rigo Saborio has 25 years of exzperience in the aging field. Mr. Saborio worked for eight years at AARP. HE first served as Manager of State Operations and then as Deputy State Director for AARP's CA-State office. He concluded his tenure at AARP as Director of Diversity Outreach and Alliances for AARP's National Office in Washington DC.

Jodi Cohn

Dr.Fernando Torres

In addition, the LAFA Board currently has two Ex-Officio Members:

Dr. Laura Trejo
Los Angeles County Representative

Marco Perez
Executive Director