Dixon Arnett, Adjunct Professor and Lecturer in the Osher Institute of Lifelong Learning at San Diego State University, is a former Director of the California Department of Aging. His appointment as Director capped his 40+ year career of public service in the health and human service fields and in education. He has served at local, state and federal levels in both elected and appointed positions. He was an elected member of the California State Assembly (four terms) and has served as Deputy Under Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services. He is the co-author (with his wife, Wende) of The Wisdom To Choose: A Comprehensive Guide To Health and Independence for Elders.
Over a span of 35 years Wende Chan has combined her interests in public social services, especially aging services, and business management into a varied career best characterized as "problem-solving". She has integrated opportunities, such as volunteering as a member of the San Francisco Advisory Council on Aging and as an Ombudsman, with the practical experience of managing a number of dental offices in need of forensic analysis as well as assisting in nursing homes. Wende was Deputy Director of a $1.2 million State of California grant that provided outreach to underserved populations of persons with disabilities and the aged. She is the co-author of The Wisdom To Choose: A Comprehensive Guide to Health and Independence for Elders. In addition, she has assisted, both as a consultant and as a volunteer, on a number of projects advanced by San Diego County’s Aging and Independence Services. Wende has a B.A. degree in Gerontology from San Diego State University (cum laude) and an MBA (cum laude) from the University of Phoenix.
Ndinda Spada is the founder of Violet Care Services, a locally owned and operated company that has been providing elder care services for the past decade. Ms. Spada graduated from Alliant International University (A.I.U) with a BA in Psychology. At Kaplan University she became a Certified Geriatric Care Manager and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) as well.
Ms. Spada is committed to assisting older adults make decisions about living arrangements and coordinating necessary services as well as providing ongoing support to help through the various challenges associated with aging.
Ms. Spada is very active in local organizations and programs that help promote wellness and healthy living for seniors.