Leadership
Marshall Stanek, Chairman
Founder / Executive Director of Memory Guides

After a successful career as Director of Sales for several companies in San Diego, it was the winter when his dad caring for his mom, then fell and wasn't expected to live that his life and focus totally changed. He had to step in as caregiver and develop a plan for what was to come next, without knowing anything of what he should be expecting. It was this experience that led him to accept a position with a local non-profit for awhile before starting his own organization.

Board Members
Scott Tarde,
CEO/Executive Director of The George G. Glenner Alzheimer's Family Centers

After leading multiple Senior Living organizations, Scott was honored to be offered the opportunity to step into the leadership role for The George G. Glenner Alzheimer's Family Centers. He immediately began initiating changes that improved overall operations, their financial footing, and announced the development of a radical new approach to dementia day care - Town Square. A replica off a 1950-60's replica of San Diego, where people with cognitive loss could come for the day and enjoy a day in a period they felt comfortable in. Knowing that the daily programming developed by Glenner for their daily participants was exceptional, Marshall approached Scott for ideas. This led to Memory Guides offering a 3-year grant to Glenner to operate the Cafés and Scott joining the board.
Michelle Mullen, Gerontologist / Memory Cafe Coordinator

Working with older adults has always been a passion for Michelle and propelled her into a second career in Gerontology. Coming from a family history of Alzheimer's disease, Michelle's area of focus lined up with the Memory Cafés taking place throughout San Diego County. Memory Cafés are gatherings for those concerned with memory issues where they socialize, enjoy life-long learning and brain-healthy activities.
Phil Ferranto, Enliven Senior Investments

After serving as an officer in the US Coast Guard, Phil received his MBA at University of Oregon and co-founded EcoZoom, a social venture focused on bringing clean cooking and energy access solutions throughout Africa and other parts of the developing world. Upon returning to the US, Phil co-founded a speech and occupational therapy clinic and has recently launched Enliven Senior Investments, a company developing and operating senior housing properties with the goal of fostering vibrant communities and wellness. Through this process and with helping transition his grandmother to an assisted living community, Phil was thankful for the opportunity to help execute the Memory Guides mission.
Dr. Mary Evert, MBA, OTR/L

Dr. Mary Evert, MBA, OTR/L, has had extensive experience with board leadership where she has critically influenced strategic changes within many individuals in numerous venues, and within organizations locally, nationally and internationally. She graduated from St. Catherine University in OT and National University with an MBA in Health Care Administration. Mary served as Chairman of the Palomar Pomerado Hospital Board in the early 80's during a time of extensive expansion of services and facilities and was also VP for the California Assoc. of Hospital Districts. After that Mary held three distinguished Federal Senior Executive Service positions in the Reagan Administration including Deputy Assistant Secretary of Health and head of the Office of Community Services Agency. Her executive American OT Assoc. leadership awards and positions include Fellow of the AOTA and the Award of Merit, President, Vice President, Speaker, and World Federation U.S.A. Delegate and two university Honorary Doctoral degrees. In California she was OT Assoc. of California President and Treasurer, President of the California Licensure Board of Occupational Therapy, and on the California Board for Independent Living. Locally she is a Board member for the Armed Services YMCA of San Diego, a long time activist on the San Diego Dementia Consortium, and leads a local support group for loved ones of persons with dementia.
Jean Vaccaro, Sunshine Placement Services

Jean has worked for years helping families work through their own aging issues, as well as other family members. The experience and perspective she brings, along with the connections she has developed over the years are invaluable as we look to reach families before they begin to experience the aging issues we know are inevitable.