Bringing people together.

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Our Story

Founded in 1984 by Gary W. Steinke, MD; Rose Kleiner, MSW, LCSW; Michael Gilfix, Esq.; and Elayne Brill, Hearts & Minds Activity Center emerged as the first large capacity dementia-specific adult day program in the country.  Since its inception, Hearts & Minds has provided services to over 6,000 individuals living with dementia and their families.  

As a licensed 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Hearts & Minds Activity Center operates an additional program on site: a childcare that collaborates with its counterpart for daily intergenerational activities. Established in 1992 as a parent cooperative for the young children of members of staff, the childcare has since evolved into a licensed daycare, open to the public for over fifteen years.  


Administrative Team

Maria Nicolacoudis

Executive Director

Barbra DeLash

Operations Manager

Grace Tumah

Outreach Manager

Rosa Barneond

Childcare Center Director

Sandra Munoz

Administrative Assistant

Candy Lopez-Flores


Program Staff

Hearts & Minds Activity Center’s twenty-five Engagement Facilitators and three Preschool Teachers, most of whom are multilingual, are highly skilled and receive ongoing monthly training.  Staff are extremely passionate about the individuals they serve and are committed to providing quality, person-centered care.

Board of Directors

Richard Eggelston


Senior Director of Facilities and

IT, Velodyne LiDAR

Pam Lonero


Global Human Resources Consultant

Board Term

Marcos Herrera

Board President

Retired Engineer

Patt Martin


Retired Marketing Manager

The Clorox Company

John (Jack) L. Hillis

Board Treasurer

Hillis Financial Services

Elizabeth Brumbaugh


Director of Learning, Innovation & Design, The Harker School

Sara Johnson


Major Gifts Officer, Second Harvest Food Bank

Board Term

John Ottoboni, Esq.

Board Vice President

General Counsel, Santa Clara University

Ying Luan, PhD


Associate Director of Biostatistics, Pharmacyclics 

Board Term

Greg Price

Board Secretary

Ambulatory & Community Health Services

Santa Clara Valley Health & Hospital System

James Ward


Corporate Strategy Manager, Cisco

Annie Ward


Marketing Manager, Shutterfly


Since our inception, we have been fortunate to receive funding from a variety of sources. In addition to client fees, our sources of operating funds include grants from private foundations, government contracts, grants from community and philanthropic organizations, and individual donations.  We are most grateful for the support of our individual donors and from the following organizations and agencies:

The Helen Marcotte Family Scholarship Program



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