Board of Directors

Dr. George G. Glenner
Joy Glenner

2014-15 Board of Directors

David I. Wallace

CEO & General Manager
Senior Helpers of San Diego

David Wallace is CEO of Senior Helpers of San Diego, an agency that specializes in providing professional caregivers who help people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia – live an enriching and dignified life in the safety and comfort of their own home. David is a 30-year resident of San Diego, and has been a member of San Diego’s business community for more than 15 years.

In his role with Senior Helpers and as advocate for San Diego’s seniors — including veterans of the U.S. military and their families — David has been featured routinely in San Diego TV and print media to provide commentary and perspective on a wide range of issues related to aging and caring for a loved-one. He is also active in San Diego’s non-profit community.

David has a long family history of caregiving. All four of his late grandparents were diagnosed with dementia, and David was influenced profoundly by his personal experience of being a caregiver – during his early teens – for his late father, who struggled with multiple sclerosis.

Eric G. Manese, A.A.M.S.

Developer Advisory Services

Eric Manese is a Principal at Developer Advisory Services (DAS), a full service and highly specialized national and international real estate firm. DAS offers real estate developers a package of critical services and a multi-disciplinary approach to real estate sales, marketing, development services, operations, advisory services and debt and equity structuring. Mr. Manese has a comprehensive network and is well skilled and proficient in the areas of business development and project procurement. DAS is a wholly owned subsidiary of West America Global, LLC.

Linda Jahnke
Vice President
Capitas Long Term Care Consultant

Linda Jahnke is a long term care insurance specialist. In 1986 she began her career working in a  long term care facility with Alzheimer’s residents. Seeing the need to plan for care expenses, Linda  quickly built a career as a broker, educating, advising and designing long term care insurance  policies for families and individuals. Linda was a volunteer ombudsman for seven years with the  Area Agency on Aging. During those years, she gained a wealth of knowledge about the care  industry, and how it can benefit her clients who need services. Currently Linda is a Vice President for Capitas Long Term Care in La Jolla.

At Capitas, she is a consultant to money managers and financial advisers who need long term care  product solutions for their clients. Patient Advocacy and Care Management are an interval part of  the services that Linda provides when her clients are ready to access their policy benefits.

Linda lives in Poway with her husband and their four children.


Capt. Joe Aquilina, M.D., M.B.A
Director At-Large
Director of Outpatient Clinics
Naval Medical Center San Diego

Capt. Joseph Aquilina was born in Buffalo, NY. He graduated from the University of Rochester in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology. In 1993 he was awarded the Degree of Medicine from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois.  Following internship he received training as a flight surgeon and was assigned as a squadron flight surgeon stationed at El Toro, California.  After two years with a Marine helicopter squadron, which included a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific aboard the USS Tarawa, he went on to complete a residency in Family Medicine at Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital.

During his 21 year career Capt. Aquilina has practiced family medicine and managed primary care clinics throughout the United States, Europe, Middle East and at sea. Currently he is the Director of Outpatient Health Clinics for the Naval Medical Center San Diego and a member of the hospital Executive Steering Committee.  He oversees 22 outpatient medical and dental clinics in the San Diego region providing care for 130,000 patients with over 1100 employees. As a recognized subject matter expert in the Patient Centered Medical Home, he is a frequent lecturer at national conventions, has been actively involved in building 2 state of the art medical clinics in San Diego, and the development of 9 NCQA level 3 certified Medical Homes throughout the Navy. He is also an active member and Chair of the Bureau of Medicine Primary Care Advisory Board.

He received his MBA from the Rady School of Management, University of California San Diego.  He is co-founder and head of business strategy for I-Chart, a SaaS Dental Charting software company. He has been a mobile health business consultant in the San Diego Area for three years. He has a keen interest in using m-health to improve patient wellness, reduce hospitalizations, and decrease overall healthcare costs.

Capt. Aquilina will retire from the U.S. Navy in July 2014. He is Board Certified member of the American Academy of Family Medicine.

SJT_0413Scott J. Tarde, L.N.H.A.
Director At-Large

Regional Director of Operations
Elmcroft Senior Living

Scott Tarde is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator as well as a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly Administrator. Scott is Regional Director of Operations for Elmcroft Senior Living, where he oversees daily operations for four multi-level retirement communities, two memory care communities and four assisted living communities in Southern California, Arizona and New Mexico. He is the immediate past president of the San Diego Health Care Association, vice chair for Region V of the California Association of Health Facilities and is the chair of the San Diego County Skilled Nursing Facility Disaster Preparedness Task Force.

Eric Benink

Attorney-Business Litigation
Krause, Kalfayan, Benink & Slavens, LLP

Eric Benink was admitted to the California bar in 1997. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst in 1992 and a Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degree from the University of San Diego in 1996.

In 1997, Eric began working in the Enforcement Division of the Department of Corporations, California’s securities, commodities, franchise, and finance and mortgage lender regulator. He investigated dozens of illegal stock offerings, private placement frauds, illicit brokerage practices, and ponzi schemes, and brought civil and administrative actions against the perpetrators. He also worked closely with criminal agencies in their prosecution of violators of laws under the jurisdiction of the Department.

Eric joined Krause & Kalfayan in 2002 and represents consumers, businesses and shareholders in securities, consumer fraud, and business litigation actions in state and federal court. He also represents investors in FINRA arbitrations. In 2005, he became a partner in the firm, which was renamed Krause Kalfayan Benink & Slavens, LLP.

He is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association, and is a former President of the Old Mission Rotary Club (2009 – 2010). He is also a 2004 graduate of LEAD San Diego, one of the oldest and most prestigious community leadership organizations in the nation.

John Cihomsky
Vice President, PR & Communications
Sharp Healthcare

John Cihomsky is Vice President of Public Relations & Communications at Sharp HealthCare, San Diego’s largest private employer.  He joined Sharp in 2004 and oversees 10 full-time team members who are primarily responsible for media relations, corporate communications, special events, community and multicultural relations and international patient services.  John also serves on Sharp’s employee wellness, transportation and patient safety steering committees.

In addition to managing Sharp’s day-to-day internal and external communications, John’s department produces the organization’s annual women’s health conference, now in its 23rd year, and publishes a bimonthly, award-winning employee magazine entitled Experience Sharp.  His team also coordinates emergency medical services for Americans traveling or living abroad.

John is a graduate of Rutgers College in New Brunswick, NJ, and lives in Carlsbad with his wife and their daughter.

Ranked as the No.1 integrated health care system in California by Modern Healthcare, Sharp HealthCare is San Diego’s most comprehensive health care delivery system. It is recognized for clinical excellence for services in cardiac, cancer, and multi-organ transplantation, as well as orthopedics, rehabilitation, behavioral health and women’s health. The Sharp system includes four acute-care hospitals, three specialty hospitals, two affiliated medical groups and a health plan. To learn more about Sharp, visit

Jeffrey Conyers

Retired Construction Director

Dawn Egan

Photographer and Caregiver
DawnEdee Photography



KohwJacketDr. Steve Koh, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.
Geriatric Psychiatrist
University of California, San Diego

Steve Koh is Clinical Assistant Professor at University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Director for UCSD Community Psychiatry Fellowship, and UCSD Outpatient Faculty. He was Clinical Faculty in the Dept of Psychiatry at Naval Hospital Balboa in San Diego, where he was psychiatrist at the Naval OASIS residential program for complicated PTSD, imbedded geriatric psychiatrist for Naval Hospital Internal Medicine Dept, and Attending for Consult Liaison Services.

He is President of the San Diego Psychiatric Society, Chair of Early Career Psychiatrists at the American Psychiatric Association (APA), member on the APA Council on Government Relations and Advocacy. He is past member of APA Council on Healthcare Systems and Finance, Board of Trustees, Minority Fellows Chair, Assembly of MITs Chair, and Chair of American Medical Association’s Resident/Fellows Section Public Health Committee.

He sits on the Board of San Diego NAMI and recently elected to Board of Glenner Center. He was Resident Alternate Director of San Diego County Medical Society and represented at the California Medical Association House of Delegates. He is member of Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry with the Psychopathology and Publications Committee. He was past Board Member of the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP). He is recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including AAGP Stepping Stones, SDPS APA district branch grant, Group for Advance of Psychiatry, APA Minority Leadership Program, Hartford Foundation Center of Excellence, and Academic Geriatric Resources Center, SDPS ECP Award, UCSD Lew Judd Research Award, and UCSD Dept of Psychiatry Teaching Award. He has given expert testimony at regulatory hearings at the state level and participated at APA Advocacy Day in WashingtonDC.

Dr. Koh received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology at the JohnsHopkinsUniversity in 1999. He received Masters in Public Health from the JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health and Masters in Business Administration from the JHU Carey School of Business in 2004 where he was program student president, worked as JHU alumni executive board member and started a student run consulting group. He received Medical Doctor degree from University of California at San Diego, School of Medicine in 2006 where he was AMSA Chapter co-president and Chair of Western Area annual conference. He finished internship at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York before coming back to UCSD to continue residency and finished Geriatric Psychiatry Clinical Fellowship in 2011. He then finished Geriatric T32 Research Fellow at University of California, San Diego, under Dr Dilip Jeste in 2012.

Robert Maxwell, M.B.A.

Senior Vice President
Level 10 Construction

As Senior Vice President at the California building company Level 10 Construction, Bob Maxwell is responsible for the marketing, business development and sales efforts of the company. He has extensive experience in all aspects of project development and delivery gained from his 35 years of experience in the industry. bob earned a B.A. in economics and an M.B.A.

Ann Mayo, D.N.Sc., M.S.N, Ph.D
Professor and Nursing Researcher
University of San Diego

Dr. Ann Mayo teaches in the clinical nurse specialist and PhD programs at the University of San Diego. She has more than 20 years of teaching experience and extensive health care organizational experience as a clinical nurse specialist and as a nursing researcher. She received her A.S.N. from De Anza College; B.S.N. from California State University, Dominguez Hills; M.S. and Ph.D in nursing science from the University of San Diego and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in nursing gerontology at the University of California, San Francisco. Her areas of interest include gerontological nursing, functional status of people with a cognitive impairment, patient decision-making and instrument psychometrics.

howard smithHoward Smith
Non-Profit Channel Manager
EquityKey Services, LLC

Howard Smith is a non-profit channel manager at EquityKey, a real estate envestment company, allowing homeowners to exchange the possibility of future appreciation for the certainty of cash today.  Before coming to San Diego, Howard owned a men’s and women’s clothing store in Winnetka, Illinois for over twenty-five years.  Prior to joining EquityKey, he served as Chief of Staff and Director of Development for the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego.

Julie Sugita, D.D.S., M.S., C.L.P.F., N.C.G.

Private Professional Fiduciary

Julie A. Sugita is a California Licensed Professional Fiduciary (license #447) as well as a National Certified Guardian (NCG). As a former practicing periodontist (dental specialist), Julie was licensed by the State of California to practice dentistry until health issues created another direction on her career path. With many elderly patients in her dental practice, Julie found joy in helping patients maintain dental health and function, often adapting treatment options to patients’ multiple medical conditions and medications.

Having been a full-time caregiver to her mother-in-law during her illness with Alzheimer’s Disease, Julie brings to this service a unique personal understanding of caregiver roles, and the knowledge that not every family member has the skills to provide this critical and usually stressful care to a loved one. It was during this experience that Julie developed a strong appreciation for “many helpful hands along the journey.” It is her belief that a Professional Fiduciary can provide just those helpful hands especially when dealing with complex healthcare concerns and conditions. Many times, family members aren’t available or lack the needed skills or knowledge of healthcare issues.

Enhancing her healthcare background with a Master’s of Science degree in Gerontology from San Diego State University, Julie brings a knowledge of the aging field to her business, and has most recently worked for LightBridge Hospice Community Foundation in San Diego, developing community outreach and educational programs for the foundation that compliments the traditional care offered through LightBridge Hospice and Palliative Care. While at the University, Dr. Sugita pioneered a training symposium for oral healthcare providers on their role as mandated reporters of Elder Abuse and Neglect, a topic with which many dentists, hygienists and assistants are unfamiliar. She has authored an article based on her research, which has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect.