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.
Childcare Center Director
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
Senior Director of Facilities and
IT, Velodyne LiDAR
Global Human Resources Consultant
Retired Marketing Manager
The Clorox Company
John (Jack) L. Hillis
Hillis Financial Services
Director of Learning, Innovation & Design, The Harker School
Major Gifts Officer, Second Harvest Food Bank
John Ottoboni, Esq.
Board Vice President
General Counsel, Santa Clara University
Ying Luan, PhD
Associate Director of Biostatistics, Pharmacyclics
Ambulatory & Community Health Services
Santa Clara Valley Health & Hospital System
Corporate Strategy Manager, Cisco
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: