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Who We Are

We are a diverse team of academic and community leaders united in our shared vision for implementing and testing practical evidence-based interventions to empower older adults to stay as active and healthy as possible.

L.A. CAPRA Leadership

Catherine A. Sarkisian

Catherine A. Sarkisian, MD, MSPH, Director

Professor in Residence, UCLA Division of Geriatrics

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Carol M. Mangione

Carol M. Mangione, MD, MSPH, Co-Director

Barbara A. Levey MD & Gerald S. Levey MD Endowed Chair

Professor of Medicine and Health Services

University of California, Los Angeles

Carmen Reyes

Carmen E. Reyes

Center Manager and Community Relations

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Daniel Araiza

Daniel Araiza

Staff Research Associate

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Community Action Board (CAB)

Cynthia Banks

Cynthia Banks

Director of Los Angeles County Community and Senior Services

Los Angeles County Community and Senior Services

Grace Cheng Braun

Grace Cheng Braun

President and CEO for WISE & Healthy Aging

Wise and Healthy Aging

Paul S. Castro

Paul S. Castro

President & CEO of Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles

Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles

Marta Hansen

Marta Hansen

City of Los Angeles Department of Aging Volunteer

Andrea Jones

Andrea Jones

Project Specialist

Healthy African-American Families

Loretta Jones

Loretta Jones, MA

Founder and Executive Director

Healthy African-American Families

Cathy Ladd

Cathy Ladd, MSW

Vice President of Alzheimer’s Association

California Southland Chapter

Barbara Linski

Barbara Linski, MS

Independent Community Representative

Sina Ma

Sina Ma

Chinatown Service Center

Chinatown Service Center LA

Adriana Mendoza

Adriana M. Mendoza, MSW

Associate State Director for AARP California


Amy Phillips

Director of Service Programs at the Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC)

Little Tokyo Service Center

Franco Reyna

Franco Reyna

Program Manager, National Kidney Foundation

National Kidney Foundation

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Vivian Sauer

Director of Program Development

Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles

Suzi Shapiro

Susi Rodriguez Shapiro, MSG

Manager, Community Engagement CareMore Duals Program

Kathleen Sullivan

Kathleen Sullivan, PhD

Director of Senior Services

L.A. LGBT Center

Carol Lee Thorpe

Carol Lee Thorpe

Executive Director, California

Independent Living Systems

Phyllis Willis

Phyllis Willis, MSW

Senior Services Director at the Watts Labor Community Action Committee

Watts Labor Community Action Committee

If you are interested in contacting a CAB member regarding a study and/or project, please contact Carmen E. Reyes, Community Relations, L.A CAPRA, UCLA at Please include this project description form with your email.

National Advisory Board