2017 Executive Committee
Marianne Schnaubelt is a member of the first freshman class to enroll at UC Irvine. As a student, she held a variety of jobs, from working in the library to assisting one of the anthropology faculty with her research in Brazil. She was employed at UCI for 36 years. Much of her career was in academic advising, working as an academic counselor and as director of Undergraduate Student Affairs for the School of Information and Computer Science. She also served for many years as associate registrar. She was president of the UCI Retirees Association and UCI's representative to CUCRA and AROHE from 2006 until 2017.
Marianne has season tickets to the drama productions at UCI and the Orange County Philharmonic society. She is an avid gardener and yogi, and spends part of each summer volunteering at the National Herbarium at the Natural History Museum in Washington, D.C.
Vice-Chair / Chair Elect
Office of the President
Joe Lewis retired from the Office of the President in Oakland as the Director of the UC Retirement Administration Service Center (RASC) in May, 2015. During his fourteen years at OP, Joe held a number of Manager/Director positions within OP Human Resources, in Customer Service, Communications, Retirement Operations and he eventually became the first Director of the department now known as the RASC. Joe was the OP liaison to CUCRA and CUCEA for many years, gaining insights into the critical concerns and issues of the retiree community.
Joe’s tenure at OP was preceded by long careers at Pacific Bell/AT&T, the United States Army Reserve, and Kaiser Permanente where he held Manager and Director positions at each of these organizations. For ten years during his career stops Joe was also an adjunct professor at the University of Phoenix. Joe is very active in his community, serving on several school boards and as a volunteer driver for the West Contra Costa County “Meals on Wheels” Program.
Gail Harden began her professional career as a mathematics teacher, both in the US and overseas, working for the Department of Defense. She started working for the University of California, San Francisco as a Research Assistant in 1981 and worked her way up to the Director of the Clinical Applications group in the Department of Information Technology. She is a Certified Project Manager. Gail retired in June, 2009 and joined the UCSFRA Board in July, 2012. She is the Vice President of the organization and the alternate CUCRA Representative. She has been the project manager for the successful Celebration Events for New Retirees.
Gail is an active theater goer, with season tickets to several San Francisco area theater companies, as well as the SF Ballet. She is also on the Board of her Temple, and her local line dance association.
After closing a 33-year career at UCLA, John Dahl continues to be active on the campus and enjoys encouraging and welcoming his long time colleagues and friends to join the retirement association as they retire. At UCLA he served in External Affairs (fund raising and advocacy), theHenry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, Corporate Financial Services, and Academic Planning and Budget. John also is serving his fourth year as president of the UCLA Retirees’ Association (UCLARA) and was treasurer previously.
He also serves on the Members Leadership Advisory Council for WISE Connections, which is a membership-based virtual community that supports aging in place for adults age 50-plus and is a model broadly based off of the “village” concept.
Rod Seeger retired in 2005 and is the past President of the UCSF Retirees Association and currently serves as the program chair. During his 31 years as Director of Spiritual Care Services at UCSF, Rod Seeger was responsible for crisis counseling, and assisted patients in life-threatening situations. He originated and conducted an interfaith clinical residency program for religious caregivers and taught in the “Foundations of Patient Care” course for medical students. He also served on the Palliative Care Team and lectured in the Schools of Nursing and Pharmacy. He holds a Master of Divinity from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley. He recently spent 3 months in China teaching practical courses on delivery moral and spiritual care for patients facing critical challenges.
Concluding his UC career in 1992, Lee Duffus retired as assistant vice chancellor for Student Services after serving the Santa Cruz campus for 24 years. He then embarked on a 10-year encore career as the owner of an independent bookstore in Aptos. In 2002 Lee joined the board of the UCSC Retirees Association, and served as president for a three-year term between 2007 and 2010, during which he represented Santa Cruz at CUCRA meetings.
His "third career" includes a full schedule as a community volunteer. In addition to the UCSC Retirees Association board and other UCSC-related endeavors, Lee serves on the boards of the Santa Cruz County Symphony Association and the Cabrillo College Foundation. He is a member of the Santa Cruz City Arts Commission and, is a member of the capital campaign cabinet for Santa Cruz Shakespeare.
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