CCGG is overseen by an elected Board of Directors consisting of no more than 29 elected or appointed directors. Our current Board of Directors is listed below.
Executive Board of Directors
CCGG's Board of Directors are elected or appointed according to the bylaws. They are volunteers for the organization and come from academia, industry and the community throughout the state of California.
Maria Carpiac, PhD, MSW
Dr. Maria Carpiac (formerly Claver) is a Professor of Gerontology and Director of the California State University, Long Beach Gerontology Program. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE). She teaches several courses offered by the Gerontology Program, including Social Policy & Aging, Global Aging, and Women and Aging: Lessons from the Golden Girls. She most enjoys interdisciplinary, intergenerational collaboration and curriculum development. Her research focuses on the evaluation of a holistic health program for assisted living residents and Age Friendly Universities (AFU). Under her leadership, CSULB joined the AFU Global Network in November 2018 and the Gerontology Certificate and Minor Programs were awarded Program of Merit distinction by the Academy of Gerontology in Higher Education in August 2020. To find out more about the CSULB Gerontology Program, please visit: www.csulb.edu/gerontology.
Emiko Takagi, PhD
Emiko Takagi is an Associate Professor in Gerontology Program at San Francisco State University. She received her bachelor's degree (B.S. in Human Sciences) from Osaka University, Japan, master's degree (M.S. in Gerontology) from the University of Arizona, and her doctoral degree (Ph.D. in Sociology) from the University of Southern California. She has been teaching a number of gerontology courses to both undergraduate and graduate students including: Introduction to Gerontology, Aging and Society, Age and Policy Analysis, and Aging and Diversity. Through her research, Dr. Takagi has been inquiring how social relationships, networks, and support systems influence the well-being of older adults. Her current research particularly focuses on the issues related to older adults' loneliness and social isolation in different national contexts.
Mary Marshall, PhD
Mary Marshall, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Gerontology at Long Beach State University. Dr. Marshall teaches graduate level aging courses that cover policy, dementia, dying, and health assessments. She manages students engaging in internship and is the faculty advisor for the Gerontology Club. Dr. Marshall received the California Council on Gerontology and Geriatrics Emerging Leader Award in 2019 and the Purdue University Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Research Award in 2021. She also completed a Micro-Credential in Promoting Active Learning Online and is certified in Mental Health First Aid for college students. Her research explores how older adults adjust to various living situations, the role and culture of grandparenting, and how to promote wellness in assisted living facilities. Dr. Marshall advises multiple graduate students in her lab collecting, organizing, and publishing data. She received a dual-title Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies & Gerontology from Purdue University in 2018.
Suzanne Beaumaster, PhD
Suzanne Beaumaster is Associate Dean of Public Service and Professor of Public Administration at the University of La Verne in Southern California. Dr. Beaumaster received her graduate degrees from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Ph.D.) and Northern Kentucky University (M.P.A.). She is a specialist in the areas of Information Technology Management in Public Organizations, Organizational Theory, and Ethics. Dr. Beaumaster has published articles in the areas of Ethics and Public Integrity, Information Technology and Government, Organizational Theory and Development.
Meet the Board
California State University System Representative
Laura Zettel-Watson, PhD
Laura Zettel-Watson, Ph.D., is a Gerontological Health Psychologist who has served on the CCGG Board since 2017. She is a Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Aging Studies Program at California State University, Fullerton, and co-founder of the consulting firm GeroFusion, LLC.
John Fay, MSG
John attended Long Beach State and obtained his BA in Human Development with a minor in Spanish and Certificate in Gerontology. With a mission to serve the community, John obtained his Master’s in Gerontology at Long Beach State with emphasis in health care administration. John currently serves as the Community Outreach Manager for MemorialCare, a fully integrated nonprofit health system, where John works with local nonprofits and the City of Long Beach to help reach vulnerable and underserved communities with accessible and affordable health care. John values his role with the California Council on Gerontology and Geriatrics and the ability serve the community through CCGG.
Karen Fazio, MSG
Karen Fazio is a Gerontologist, Holistic Health Practitioner, and Coach, graduate of the Hypnosis Motivation Institute for Hypnotherapy, and HeartMath Certified Trainer who is passionate about contributing to her community through education, coaching, and support. Since 2012, Karen has been teaching Gerontology courses in Aging Studies Program, as well as, Stress Management in the Public Health department at California State University, Fullerton. She has worked on a variety of educational projects for the Council on Aging, SC, California Health Advocates, and Medcom Trainex.
Donna Jensen, PhD, LCSW, MSW, MA
Donna Jensen is the Chair and Associate Professor in the Gerontology Department at California State University, Sacramento. She has been teaching in the Gerontology Program at California State University, Sacramento since August 2014. Prior to this, Dr. Jensen taught graduate/undergraduate social work courses in policy and practice for fifteen years as adjunct faculty at Chico State University and for three years in the addiction studies program at Butte Community College. She also developed and administered the Mental Health Educational Training Program and coordinated a 16-county regional mental health workforce partnership in northern California. Her research interests include examining the benefit of educational mentoring, the benefits of integrated healthcare for older adults and trauma and resilience among older adults.
Veronica Sanchez Perez, MAG
Veronica Sanchez Perez, MAG, CDP earned her Master’s in Gerontology from USC. For over 15 years, her work and personal mission have been focused on advocating for the needs of older adults, individuals with disabilities, and family caregivers. She has extensive experience conducting community outreach and education in support of connecting underserved communities to programs that support their physical health and social determinants of health needs. Her vast experience includes working with an Area Agency on Aging, LA County Department of Public Social Services for Medi-Cal and IHSS programs, Probate Investigator Contractor for LA County Superior Court, and CareMore Health, a primary care provider that specializes in chronic and complex conditions with a focus on delivering personalized healthcare. She is currently working part-time as an older adult instructor for Santiago Canyon College Division of Continuing Education.
She is an active member-at-large for California Council Gerontology and Geriatrics (CCGG) and volunteers as a Board Member for Women and Children Crisis Shelter for victims of domestic violence. Veronica is also a family caregiver for her mom and aunt both in their mid-80s.
Alexandra Wilkinson-Korn, MSG
Ms. Wilkinson began her passion for gerontology when she began caring for her now 95-year-old grandmother. Her immersive experience includes the VA hospital in mental health testing, Neuropsychiatric research, Millikan high school, Sunrise Senior Living, and SCAN health plan. However, her most rewarding work has been lecturing at her alma mater. She began teaching in December 2019 and has yet to look back. She loves being a lecturer and feels incredibly blessed to be a part of this community and working with students of all ages. Furthermore, Ms. Wilkinson has been an avid participant in the nonprofit community and is currently a board member of two nonprofits. She spends her free time (when she has any) watching her partner play weekly hockey games, spending time with their two dogs, Prince Phillip (Aussie) and Finn (Corgi), and hanging with good friends and her wonderful family!
Taara Hoffman, MA Gerontology
Taara is a Care Manager collaborating with families to reduce caregiver burden & enable quality of life for older adults. She focuses on the strengths of those living with brain change while providing support and resources for care partners. She is a Consultant in Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care (PAC), and holds a Master of Arts in Gerontology from San Francisco State University. As often as possible, Taara goes to concerts, hikes in the redwoods, and appreciates small kindnesses.
Tania is a current student at USC, pursuing a master's degree in Gerontology. She is a Respiratory Care Practitioner at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, providing care to patients of all ages in the comfort of their homes. She loves helping her patients and sees the opportunity as a student representative for CCGG as a great introduction into the gerontological community.