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 CoordinatorGerard 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.
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.
Nika Allahverdi, class of 2014, is from Baku, Azerbaijan, and is majoring in linguistics and French and minoring in Spanish.
Stephen Frianeza, class of 2016, is from Cerritos, CA, and is majoring in mechanical engineering.
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.
BriAnne Lynn, class of 2015, is from Colorado Springs, CO, and is majoring in psychology and political science.
Alexis Nya, class of 2014, is from Douala, Cameroon, and is majoring in statistics and minoring in computer science.
Wei Zhuo, Class of 2014, is from Guangzhou, China, and is majoring bioengineering.