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Celebrating the visionaries and innovators who were instrumental in shaping today’s Internet and expanding its global connectivity

[San Marcos, CA] — [April 8, 2014] — Susan Estrada today joins the elite ranks of notable individuals who have been inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame for their significant contributions to the advancement of the global Internet. The Internet Hall of Fame inducted Estrada for her contributions to the early Internet growth.

Estrada has been named a Pioneer, a category that recognizes and celebrates individuals who were instrumental in the early design and development of the Internet. She is the second U.S. woman to be included in this prestigious category and the third woman in the world.

From her home base at San Diego’s Supercomputer Center, Susan founded CERFnet in 1988. CERFnet was one of the original regional IP networks and served the academic and commercial communities in California.  As executive director, she took the initial NSF funding ($2.8M) and successfully commercialized the network for both the academic and private sector users, growing from 25 sites to hundreds of sites. CERFnet was a particularly visible network because Ms. Estrada was able to use a small amount of resources to achieve early commercial acceptance of the Internet, leading to the Interop Achievement Award in 1991.

CERFnet developed a number of notable firsts for the Internet including the first deployment of dialup IP, accounting reports for customers, and high quality service with 24/7 monitoring. Through her leadership and collaboration with PSInet and UUnet, Susan helped form the interconnection enabling the first commercial Internet traffic via the Commercial Internet Exchange (CIX). Giving practical advice on getting the best Internet service, Susan wrote one of the first books about the Internet, Connecting to the Internet, An O’Reilly Buyer’s Guide, in August 1993 (a Barnes and Noble bestseller.)

“The 2014 Internet Hall of Fame inductees include extraordinary individuals who have helped shape the global Internet,” noted Internet Society CEO Kathy Brown. “This historic assembly of Internet trailblazers, innovators, and thought-leaders represent many different countries and backgrounds, each with an inspiring story to share.  We applaud their achievements and determination to push the boundaries of technological and social innovation to connect the world.”

“People call me an Internet pioneer since I was building Internet infrastructure way before it was “cool”,” said Estrada. “But, I like to think of myself as an innovator and collaborator – building the commercial scale Internet that our academic and businesses customers wanted. It was a heady time – we built it right and they certainly did come. One of our earliest commercial customers was a startup named Qualcomm. And we made some bold choices like purchasing equipment from another startup named Cisco – and provided them with a big boost — 10% of their gross revenue for 1988.”

Leading Aldea Communications since 1993, Susan continues her service to the Internet by consulting on Internet infrastructure and investigating technologies and techniques to increase older adult use of the Internet. Throughout her career, she has given back to varied communities through her volunteer work serving organizations such as FirstMile.US, Glenner Memory Care Centers, AARP, San Diego Technology and Aging Coalition, Public Interest Registry (.ORG), U.S. FCC Technological Advisory Council, Pacific Bell/SBC Telecommunications Consumer Advisory Panel, US Federal Networking Council Advisory Committee, Internet Society, Commercial Internet Exchange, Internet Engineering Task Force/Internet Engineering Steering Committee, and Farnet.

Susan was honored at the Internet Society’s 2014 Induction Ceremony on April 8 in Hong Kong.

The Internet Hall of Fame induction ceremony can be viewed via livestream (3 am PDT) here.

More details on the 2014 Internet Hall of Fame inductees, including their biographies and photos, can be found at You can follow the Internet Hall of Fame on Facebook and on Twitter at @Internet_HOF (#ihof2014).

About Aldea Communications

Aldea Communications ( is a consulting firm that works with clients to define strategies for Internet infrastructure and Internet users. Our insight and thought leadership tie together critical Internet-oriented project plans and the people and resources needed to deliver them. In particular, Aldea is keenly interested in pioneering ways to make new Internet technologies relevant to the varying needs of divergent communities – rural, older adults, the disenfranchised.

About the Internet Hall of Fame

The Internet Hall of Fame ( is a recognition program and virtual museum that celebrates the living history of the Internet and the individuals whose extraordinary contributions have made the Internet, its worldwide availability and use, and its transformative nature possible.  The Internet Hall of Fame was launched by the Internet Society in 2012.

About the Internet Society

The Internet Society ( is the trusted independent source for Internet information and thought leadership from around the world. With its principled vision and substantial technological foundation, the Internet Society promotes open dialogue on Internet policy, technology, and future development among users, companies, governments, and other organizations. Working with its members and Chapters around the world, the Internet Society enables the continued evolution and growth of the Internet for everyone.



Glenner would like to thank the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club for their generous donation and to community partner Elaine Leach from Team TAG for introducing Glenner to this amazing club!
Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Donation


On Thursday, January 23, 2014, at a luncheon in Mission Valley, the AT&T Pioneers, San Diego Life Member Club, presented Glenner with a generous check of $400. Representing Glenner was Gloria de Aragόn Baker, director, Programs & Development, who thanked the volunteer organization’s current President Christie Greene. “What a great honor it was to meet a sampling of volunteers who have changed the face of their community for over a century. What nobler legacy could you leave this world!” Gloria exclaimed.

This noble volunteer organization is comprised of current and retired AT&T employees who donate their time, talents and funds to a wide variety of non-profit organizations. The San Diego Life Members Club, includes Imperial County, and is part of the 325,000-member strong national organization, AT&T Pioneers.

The San Diego Chapter’s involvement with Glenner began decades ago when Joy Glenner herself recruited several of them to mail solicitations and invitations as well as host at Glenner’s special events.

How did Joy Glenner even know about the AT&T Pioneers? Joy’s mother was an AT&T employee in Los Angeles, according to Patty Wilson, multiple-term past president, who now serves as the organization’s secretary. “Joy recruited us because she knew our history through her mother,” Patty recalled. “In the mid-1990s, we did all the mailings and worked at the fund-raisers. Joy knew she could count on us.”

Patty had her own experience with Glenner. While volunteering at the Hillcrest Center years ago, she received informal counseling about how to best take care of her elderly aunt, who lived in Nebraska. At that time, Patty was making several trips back and forth to the Cornhusker State. “Glenner staff gave me some great advice,” she said, gratefully.

In addition, one of Patty’s long-time friends, Lee, had a husband who suffered from dementia. Based on Patty’s recommendation, Lee chose Glenner to care for her husband while she went to work. This convenient, caring arrangement lasted a couple of years, until Lee’s husband passed away. “Glenner made a huge difference in Lee’s life as well as her husband’s,” said Patty.

For more information on AT&T Pioneers, please visit

Media Contact: Hailey Chung
(619) 543-4700

OCTOBER 29, 2013 — (SAN DIEGO) Glenner Memory Care Centers CEO Anette Asher discussed what life is like for people with dementia today during a segment on the U-T TV program “Spotlight San Diego.”

Anette Asher spoke at length with show host Scott Kaplan about the organization and the importance of understanding what life is like for someone with memory loss as we are struck by the first wave of a “silver tsunami” due to an aging society.

“Thirty years ago people didn’t really understand what Alzheimer’s is,” Asher said. She then compared the stigma of dementia to alcoholism in the 1970s before Alcoholics Anonymous educated the public on alcoholism as a disease. “Millions are turning 65 each year … and if a heart attack or cancer or another illness doesn’t get them, they are likely to develop dementia as they age,” she said.

During the segment Kaplan was put through a brief version of the Virtual Dementia Tour conducted by staff at Silverado Senior Living in Escondido. He wore goggles to impair his vision, special gloves that limit dexterity and a device to impede his hearing. “I think if people had more sensitivity to what these folks were feeling and experiencing . . . I had no idea,” he said at the end of the segment.

You can view the archived video here.

About Glenner Memory Care Centers
The Glenner Memory Care Centers provide specialized adult day programs and family resources for families caring for loved ones with dementia and other memory impairments, including Alzheimer’s Disease, Lewy Body, Parkinson’s Disease, vascular dementia, and many other diseases, as well as the frail elderly. A 501(c)(3) non-profit, it has served San Diego County since 1982 and is believed to be one of the oldest dementia-specific programs of its kind in the nation. Learn more at

Media Contact: Hailey Chung
(619) 543-4700


September 6, 2013 (SAN DIEGO)– Mary Moore, who was a daily volunteer at the Glenner Center Hillcrest for more than 26 years, was named the September Volunteer of the Month by The Voice of Peace Network.

“The Voice of Peace Network was very pleased to get a chance to meet and learn from Mary Moore while shooting at the Glenner Memory Care Center in Hillcrest.  Her 26 years of dedication as a volunteer is an inspiration to all of us.  We are proud to name her our VOPN Volunteer of the Month for September 2013 and to feature her interview at our site VOICEOFPEACE.COM,” said Richard Ticho, President of the Voice of Peace Network.

Mary is a former administrator at Francis Parker School who decided to spent her retirement volunteering to help participants at the Glenner Memory Care Center in Hillcrest. For more than two decades she walked from her apartment in Hillcrest to the center, in good weather and bad, to spend the morning delivering “Good News.” She would read uplifting newspaper and magazine articles and engage the centers’ participants and staff in conversations about timely topics to invoke memories and remind them of current issues.

In late August, the center held a special ceremony to honor Mary’s many years of service with a plaque, $100 Whole Foods card and ceremony. The gifts were given by Program Director Marge Galante and Activities Coordinator Maria Stefanic on behalf of everyone at the center.

About Glenner Memory Care Centers
The Glenner Memory Care Centers provide specialized adult day programs and family resources for families caring for loved ones with dementia and other memory impairments, including Alzheimer’s Disease, Lewy Body, Parkinson’s Disease, vascular dementia, and many other diseases, as well as the frail elderly. A 501(c)(3) non-profit, it has served San Diego County since 1982 and is believed to be one of the oldest dementia-specific programs of its kind in the nation. Learn more at

Media Contact: Hailey Chung
(619) 543-4700


1-Mary 006San Diego – August 23, 2013  – Marge Galante, R.N., who is the Glenner Memory Care Centers’ Director of Nursing and Hillcrest Program Director, has received a CARE Award from KyXy 96.5, Energy 103.7  and Azusa Pacific University.

Marge was surprised with an award presentation during a recent weekly caregiver support group meeting that she facilitates. It was one of the support group’s members, Twyla Cox, who nominated Marge for the regional award acknowledging San Diego County nurses for all of their hard work.

“However sad Alzheimer’s is for patients and family members, the Glenner Center is not a sad place, and Marge Galante is the driving force behind that,” Twyla wrote in her nomination letter. Later she added, “Her words are comforting as she offers clinical and practical advice to help family members navigate through a difficult time. She is a lifeline when you feel like you are sinking.”

Marge received a commemorative plaque and 50-minute spa treatment at the Spa at the Del in Coronado.  Twyla also was selected as the month’s nominator winner of a spa treatment.

The CARE Award was created nine years ago to honor professional ranging emergency room nurses to specialty nurses. The award launch coincided with APU opening a division of its School of Nursing in San Diego and serves as a way for the university to give back to those who give so much of themselves.

Marge has been the program director for Hillcrest Center and  Director of Nursing for more than 18 years. Prior to Glenner, she worked  with the Veteran’s Administration and was employed for 16 years at a skilled nursing facility in Connecticut.

She will join 11 other monthly CARE Award winners next June for a luncheon in their honor and an opportunity to win a weekend at The Hotel Del in Coronado.

About Glenner Memory Care Centers

The Glenner Memory Care Centers of San Diego specialize in high-quality, adult day programs for patients with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Established more than 30 years ago as an alternative to nursing homes, in-home care and other more costly options, the nonprofit organization operates facilities in Encinitas, Hillcrest and South Bay. Registered nurses and specially trained staff oversee programs, and monitor patient medications and vital signs.

May 8, 2013: Glenner Launches Program to Boost Brain Fitness

March 4, 2013: Glenner Receives Grant of Up to $20,000 from Del Mar Healthcare Foundation

November 6, 2012: SDG&E Donates $2,500 to Support South Bay Seniors

September 10, 2012: Supervisor Pam Slater-Price Awards Glenner Center Encinitas with Neighborhood Reinvestment Grant

August 28, 2012: Home Depot Foundation Awards Glenner Centers Grant for ‘Memory Gardens’

August 2, 2012: Glenner Centers Receives $10,000 from Klauber Endowment Fund

June 26, 2012: Las Primeras Donates $2,000 to Glenner Center South Bay

April 20, 2012: Alpha Chi Chapter Raises Funds to Help Improve Glenner Centers

April 5, 2012: Anette Asher Named CEO for The Glenner Memory Care Centers

March 22, 2012: Glenner Receives CECO Grant to Help Area Caregivers Understand, Best Manage Dementia within their Families

Feb. 1, 2012: San Diego County’s First Dementia-Specific Adult Day Program Turns 30