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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 - Julian Thomas
  • Treasurer - Sandy Smith
  • Legacy Fund - John Bacon
  • Osher Secretary - Tom Low (acting)


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

Vice Chair Program - Debbie Huff

  • Course Offerings - Peter Luce
  • Pfaudler - Lewis Neisner
  • Intersession - Terri Hurley
  • Technology - Joel Elias and Ed Lebowitz
  • Osher News and Events - Laura Yellin
  • Wizards - Bridget Scott and Andy Bazar


Vice Chair Marketing - Carolyn Vacanti

  • New Member Development - Rosemary Roth
  • Media/Communications - Marie Restaino
  • Speaker Program/Outreach - Dennie Bortree
  • Survey - Beth Vanfossen


Vice Chair Participation - Jim Roddy

  • Social - Open Position
  • Member Relations - Mary Barrett
  • Travel - Open Position
  • Summer Seminar - Sharon Garelick and Elaine Schroeder



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