Marcy Adelman, Ph.D., Founder
Marcy foundedOpenhouse in 1998 with her late partner Jeanette Gurevitch. As a clinical psychologist, writer, researcher and lecturer, she is a nationally recognized expert in lesbian and gay aging and senior issues and is the author of several books on the subject. She provided research expertise for Openhouse’s landmark 2002 Needs Assessment Survey on LGBT seniors and established the key matrix of programs and relationships in senior housing, senior services and community building, which are the bases of the Openhouse vision. Marcy chairs Openhouse’s Policy and Research Committee.
Dale Barton, Treasurer
Dale Barton currently serves as the Openhouse Treasurer. At Wells Fargo, he is a Banking Relationship Manager and Industry Specialist for Non-Profit and Government Agencies. Dale has experience in business banking, commercial lending, global financial management, budgeting, revenue reporting, financial analysis, forecasting, pricing, and business planning. With over ten years’ experience developing sales channels and nurturing strategic partnerships, Dale develops deep relationships with business and community leaders. Before joining Wells Fargo, Dale was a Banking Relationship Manager at Wachovia Bank, Global Sales Manager at VitesseLearning, Regional Sales/Account Manager at HyCurve/iGeneration, Corporate Finance Manager at Novell, Inc. Dale earned his MBA degree in International Finance from Brigham Young University.
Gloria is the former President of the American Society on Aging, retired in 2006 as President and CEO after leading the organization for 31 years and transforming it from being a regional association to a national one with over 6,000 members. Gloria is a founding member and former Board Chair of the National Alliance for Caregiving, She currently manages her own San Francisco-based consulting practice and serves on the board of the California Council on Gerontology & Geriatrics.
Randi Gerson has 24 years of expertise in all facets of the development life cycle in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. She has managed both large and small-scale projects from conception and entitlement, to design and construction–all culminating in fully completed and operational buildings. She is currently managing the development of a mixed use project that includes a community center, a gymnasium, and 50 units of affordable housing. Randi chairs the Openhouse Site Committee
Hadley Dale Hall
A retired CEO of the Visiting Nurses and Hospice Program in San Francisco, Hadley lead that organization in developing the 30th Street Senior Center and comprehensive programs for the elderly such as home delivered meals, congregate meals and home care. He also created Coming Home Hospice, a residential hospice program providing care and support for clients and their families facing terminal illness. He has an expertise in senior issues and comprehensive knowledge of senior service providers in San Francisco. Since his retirement in 1986 has been an active volunteer most specifically with On Lok and Openhouse. Hadley chairs Openhouse’s Services Committee.
Daniel is a Certified Public Accountant in private practice in San Francisco following over 16 years of accounting and auditing positions with three leading Bay Area firms. He has expertise in systems and accounting, corporate accounting, personal income tax, and internal auditing functions. He is also a tenured faculty member of City College in San Francisco. Daniel is Treasurer on the Board of Directors of Project Open Hand in San Francisco.
Bill is the recently retired director of the San Mateo County Department of Housing which manages the county’s housing related social safety net programs as well as financial programs for new affordable housing development. He is currently a community development and affordable housing consultant. Bill earned his MBA in Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business and his Master of Divinity degree from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA. Bill also serves as the Chairperson of the Social Justice Council of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Francisco.
Cynthia worked at the Eastman Kodak Company for 20 years, culminating in her position as President of Global Customer Services. Cynthia moved on from Kodak to become the Vice President of Brand, Marketing and Consumer Experience for Blue Shield of California where she and her team delivered an award winning re-branding strategy that rejuvenated the company’s culture and market presences. Cynthia now consults on business strategy and operational excellence. Former co-chair of the Business Council at the Human Rights Campaign, Cynthia has served on a wide range of boards including Ohlhoff Recovery Programs, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, the Urban League, the San Francisco LGBT Community Center.
Nanette Miller, CPA, CITP
Saralie Pennington, MSW, LCSW
Saralie is a professor at San Francisco State University and a psychotherapist with a private practice. She is a community development specialist and worked at Operation Concern, now New Leaf, for 20 years. As a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the National Association of Geriatric Service Providers and Educators, Saralie brings a wide range of experience in mental health, community organization, senior service delivery, program development, and fundraising events.
Stephen Perreault, PE
Steve Perreault is a Vice President in the Design and Consulting Services Division of AECOM in San Francisco. He is a civil and structural engineer with over 30 years of experience in the planning, design and construction of large capital projects for private and public owners. For the last 15 years he has specialized in the management of large public infrastructure projects such as the San Francisco International Airport and the new Transbay Transit Center in downtown San Francisco. Steve currently manages AECOM’s Bay Area buildings construction and program management practice.
Bill Scherer, President
Bill is a founding partner of Scherer Smith & Kenny LLP, where he counsels a wide variety of clients requiring assistance in business, real estate, licensing and intellectual property, and trusts and estates issues, as well as dispute mediation. Bill also counsels clients in connection with wills, trusts and general estate planning. Prior to joining Brandon Smith to form Scherer & Smith, LLP, in 1998, which would later become Scherer Smith & Kenny LLP, Mr. Scherer worked for five years at two San Francisco firms, and then opened his own firm, Law Offices of William M. Scherer, in 1993.
Neil is presently Managing Director of the Global Technology Practice at Boyden, an executive search firm. With over 15 years of matching thought leaders with targeted skills to start up pioneering companies, he has worked closely with founders and venture investors focused on early strategies for creating strong leadership teams. Neil has served as a member of the National Board of Governors for the Human Rights Campaign as well as co-chair of its local Steering Committee and continues to lend his time to the candidates and political initiatives that affect the LGBT community. His organizational, finance, management and leadership skills have been instrumental in providing Openhouse’s nonprofit vision with a strong entrepreneurial foundation.
Tim Sweeney has worked for 38 years to advance equality for all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression. His first political organizing experience occurred in California, working alongside Harvey Milk to defeat a ballot proposition that would have banned gay people from teaching in public schools. Beginning in 1981, he served five years as executive director of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund. From 1986 to 1993, Tim was deputy director and then executive director of Gay Men’s Health Crisis, where he helped to build the largest community-based HIV/AIDS service, prevention, and advocacy organization in the world. Tim worked as the deputy executive director for programs of the Empire State Pride Agenda and Foundation from 1994-2000. Tim was program director of the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund . More recently, Tim was the President and CEO of the Gill Foundation from 2007 to 2013.
Ms. Traverse is a serial entrepreneur who has been CEO of 5 technology companies. She secured funding, set the strategic direction, delivered market-leading products, built revenue traction and created successful exits for 5 of these companies.Ms. Traverse has a skill set that blends: technology expertise, market timing, the ability to create customer traction and manage to a P & L. Technologies include: B-B security, mobile, SaaS applications and hardware. She is an active adviser to CEO’s in the social media, education and consumer markets. Her background also includes large revenue responsibilities for Sprint, MCI and Warner-Amex Cable.
Ms. Traverse has served on 5 private and 2 non-profit boards and is currently on the advisory board of Astia, StartOut in addition to Openhouse. She is currently advising 4 technology companies in a variety of different markets.
Marie Trexler is an experienced venture investor with a passion to assist entrepreneurs. She is the Director of Entrepreneur Services at Astia, a 13-year-old non-profit focused on helping women-led, high growth ventures succeed. Previously, Marie started up and led investments for Good Capital’s Social Enterprise Expansion Fund, a double bottom line venture fund, where she remains on the Board of Advisors. She sits on the boards of Galeforce Capital (a venture philanthropy fund supporting LGBT social enterprises) and Emerge California (a non-profit that trains Democratic women to run for public office). Marie ran business development for Intel Corp’s largest business unit, the Digital Enterprise Group. And the core of her venture investment experience comes from seven years at Intel Capital, Intel’s multi-billion dollar strategic investment arm, where she ran investment teams in both the US and Europe focused on making venture capital investments in high tech startups. With more than 60 venture investments under her belt, Marie was also responsible for starting up Intel Capital’s investment program in Eastern Europe where she identified and consummated Intel’s first equity investment, as well as first acquisition, in Russia. Prior to Intel, Marie built her emerging markets private equity and banking experience at the International Finance Corporation (World Bank), Slovak American Enterprise Fund, ING Barings and EurAmerica Capital. She graduated from Dartmouth College and earned an MBA from the University of Virginia.
Stanley Watson, Esq., Secretary
Stan is Vice President and Director of The Kaiser Foundation Institute, a division of Kaiser Permanente that conducts research – health services, epidemiologic, translational and clinical trials. Stan is a former member and president of the Board of Directors of Continuum HIV Day Services, an agency which provided a variety of services to those living with HIV infection, including an Adult Day Care Center.
Sonni is the Chief Information Officer for two privately-held companies: Dentistat, Inc. and go2dental.com, Inc. She has been a LGBT activist for over 30 years and was a board member of National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and Lesbian Visual Artists. Sonni brings extensive fund development experience to Openhouse having led annual major gift campaigns for the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Sonni chairs the Fund Development Committee.