Meet our Board of Directors

Vince Forte, Chair

Vince built a long career in management, retiring as Director of Finance and Administration at the Edgewood Center for Children and Families. Prior to that, he held senior management positions at other nonprofit, private healthcare and cultural organizations. He has served as an advisor and a board member to a wide variety of organizations, including Sutter Health, Better Health East Bay and Noora Health.

S. Joseph (“Joe”) Aita, M.D., Director

Joe is retired from pediatric practice and his position as Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University Medical Center. He has served as a director on several medical and insurance boards as well as the Advisory Board of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University.

Charles (“Chuck”) Chapman, Director

Chuck has an extensive background in financial systems development and business systems consulting, and is a retired board member of Catholic Healthcare West, where he served as Chair of the Finance Committee.

Peter Dunckel, Director

Peter is a retired executive from Crown-Zellerbach Corporation, leaving in 1996 as Vice President of Marketing. Previously he served the company in a variety of management capacities and as  Managing Director of Crown Van Gelder in Switzerland, a joint venture company. Since his retirement he has volunteered at a number of Bay Area non-profits. Peter recently served as Chair of the Senior Resources of the West Board of Directors. Peter and his wife are residents of San Francisco Towers.

Nancy Duranteau, Vice Chair

Nancy Duranteau is a strategic organizational development and leadership consultant, with experience in coaching, consulting, staffing, training, assessments, competency modeling, conflict resolution and management development.

Patrick (“Pat”) Flannery, Director

Patrick “Pat” Flannery finished a long career in banking and then taught high school math and finance for 10 years. He is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin Counties.

Christine Gandel, Director

Christine is originally from Philadelphia and had a long and varied career that ranged from doing research at the University of California, Berkeley, to 20+ years at Hewlett Packard in various senior management positions in product development and marketing to joining a startup and then moving to Visa/Inovant and PayPal. After retiring from PayPal in 2011, she was an Office Manager for a physician until her final retirement in 2015.

Christine has volunteered in leadership positions in several organizations and has been Junior Warden and is currently on the Finance Committee and a member of the choir at All Saints Episcopal Church in Palo Alto. She served, from 2016 until now as Chairman of the Webster House Residents’ Council, Resident Representative to the ESC Board of Directors, and a member of the Webster House Financial Study Group. She joined the ESC Finance Committee as the Resident Representative in 2017 (2018 fiscal year).

William (“Bill”) Peters, Director

Bill is an attorney with Gordon Rees, where he is head of the Construction Practice Group. He specializes in construction and complex tort litigation, representing developers, owners and design professionals. Bill is a member of Transfiguration Episcopal Church in San Mateo.

Suanne Ramar, Director

Suanne is an Investment Counselor at Bailard, Inc. Previously she served as Investment Manager at Nelson Capital/Wells Fargo Private Bank. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and is a member of a numerous other professional organizations. Suanne recently served on the Lytton Gardens Senior Communities Board of Directors. Her many volunteer roles include membership in the University Rotary Club of Palo Alto and service on the Board of Directors for EMQ Children & Family Services.

Helen Sause, Director – Bishop’s Appointee

Helen retired as Deputy Director of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency. Her role as Project Director for San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center highlights her contributions to the City. Helen also serves on the Lytton Gardens Senior Communities Board.

Joseph Villa, Director

Joseph has a leadership background in healthcare and management consulting. He was the Chief Executive Officer of Social Kinetics Corporation and most recently worked as Senior Vice President of Matrix Medical Network. He also served as Strategy and Implementation Officer and Corporate Vice President of Consumer Experience for Health Net of California. Joseph has a background in raising funds for a variety of ventures and served on the Quality First Committee for ESC.