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Osher is run for the members by the members

The list below highlights our current representatives. Volunteers are always welcome and appreciated. Please contact a committee chair to learn more about a committee in which you might be interested in participating.

Council and Committee Chairpersons

Council Chair - Nita Genova

  • Advisory Committee - Marie Levin
  • Nominating Committee -Ellen Kremer
  • Treasurer - Kate Spencer, Acting
  • Legacy Fund - John Bacon
  • Osher Secretary - Ann Owens


Deborah Stendardi, VP of Government and Community Relations
Mary Bistrovich, Program Administrator
Sara Connor, Program Coordinator

Vice Chair of Programming- Lewis Neisner

  • Course Offerings - Tom Low
  • Pfaudler - Gene Clifford
  • Intersession - Terri Hurley
  • Technology - Joel Elias and Ed Lebowitz
  • Wizards - Bridget Fitzgerald Scott and Andy Bazar


Vice Chair of Marketing - Mary Jones

  • New Member Development - Charmaine Babineau
  • Media/Communications - Sharon Griffiths
  • Osher News and Events - Laura Yellin
  • Speaker Program/Outreach - Mona Miller


Vice Chair of Participation - Jim Roddy

  • Social - Nancy Dubner
  • Member Relations - Mary Barrett
  • Summer Seminar - Sharon Garelick and Elaine Schroeder
  • Survey - Beth Vanfossen

Arts & Lectures - Mary Jane Thomas


In 2006, we became an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, joining a growing national network of more than 120 university-based centers for older learners.