Susan Hoffman, Director
Before coming to UC, Susan Hoffman worked for the California State University—both at the state chancellor’s office and at San Francisco State--creating new interdisciplinary and international programs. She initiated the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at SFSU in 2002 and moved to UC Berkeley in 2007 to re-envision and build an entirely new Osher program. Previously, Hoffman served for a decade as the Executive Director of the California Confederation of the Arts, advocating for California artists, art educators, and arts organizations in Sacramento and Washington D.C., and developing cultural and educational policies. Her creative portfolio as a writer and film-maker includes directing short films and writing and publishing essays and poetry. Her faculty appointments have been in creative writing, theatre, and political philosophy.
Nicole Magnuson, Program Coordinator
Nicole Magnuson has lived in Europe, Mexico, Canada, and on both US coasts, but always comes back to Berkeley. With two Cal degrees, she has managed environmental, arts, and educational nonprofit organizations, including campus appointments at UC Extension and the National Writing Project. She enjoys travel, food and cooking, and languages.
Satya Levine, Communications Coordinator
Satya Levine graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Brandeis University with a B.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic studies and extensive coursework in studio art. Upon graduation, Satya moved to Jerusalem, Israel, where she worked as a graphic designer and publication coordinator for English language publishing houses and as a freelancer in web and book design. Since joining OLLI in 2009, Satya has worked to promote the joy and benefit of lifelong learning to an ever-wider audience via OLLI's web, print, and digital communications.
Gerard Alcantara, Classroom Coordinator
Gerard Alcantara has studied psychology, art history, and English literature, with certificates in teaching English as a foreign language, massage therapy, and event planning. Gerard has worked at universities in California, Oregon, and Hawaii, and managed a retreat center in Hawaii. With a background both in academics and mind-body health, the field of lifelong learning was a natural fit. Gerard first joined OLLI in 2008 and works to ensure classes, programs, and events run smoothly.
Talia Walsmith, Program Assistant
Talia Walsmith comes to OLLI with over a decade of experience in the Bay Area's nonprofit sector with a focus on community health, mental healthcare, and gender equality. She is a certified expressive arts facilitator and holds a B.A. in women's studies from U.C. Santa Barbara and an M.A. in women's spirituality. Talia has also completed graduate work in depth psychology with an emphasis in Jungian and archetypal studies and enjoys painting and writing. Talia joined OLLI in 2014 as support staff for OLLI's programs and leadership.
Chelsea Crown, Research Assistant
Chelsea Crown is a student in the concurrent Master of Public Health and Master of Social Welfare program at UC Berkeley. Her focus is on health and social behavior and on direct practice in health settings, with a specialty in aging. She has previously worked with Ashby Village, Born to Age Senior Care Directories, the Over 60 Program at UCSF, and several other nonprofits focused on older adults in the Bay Area.
Jason Gant, Research Intern
Jason Gant, a Bay Area native, has a BA in Public Health from UC Berkeley. He has worked in operations and management across many sectors including finance, technology, and fashion, and is now pursuing a masters level education in Public Health. Jason joined OLLI in the summer of 2013 as a research intern to learn more about the effects of lifelong learning in health outcomes for older adults.
Nika Allahverdi, class of 2014, is from Baku, Azerbaijan, and is majoring in linguistics and French and minoring in Spanish.
Mahnoor Baker Allawala, class of 2017, is from Karachi, Pakistan, and is majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Computer Science.
Stephen Frianeza, class of 2016, is from Cerritos, CA, and is majoring in mechanical engineering.
Lucy Hong Tang
Tammy Huynh, class of 2015, is from San Diego, CA, and is majoring in molecular and cell biology.
Hansen Ling, class of 2017, is from Portland, OR, and is majoring in matierials science and engineering.
David Lu, class of 2017, is from Thousand Oaks, CA, and is majoring in cognitive science.
BriAnne Lynn, class of 2015, is from Colorado Springs, CO, and is majoring in psychology and political science.
Sarah Powell, class of 2014, is from San Diego, CA and is majoring in Rhetoric.
Kelsey Rich, class of 2016, is from Santa Barbara, CA, and is majoring in Economics.
Jessica Wang, class of 2014, is from Rowland Heights, CA and is majoring in Media Studies.
Valeria Yermakova, class of 2016, is from Gomel, Belarus, and is majoring in Global Management at the Haas School of Business.