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SMC Emeritus College Executive Council​

ECEC applications are not being accepted for the 2015-2016 term.


Members 2014— 2015


Judy BlitsJudy Blits
It is my pleasure to represent the students of Emeritus College since 2010 as an Executive Council member.  I have been a volunteer at Emeritus College since 2007, working in the computer classroom, and the mini-lab.  I am a student and also an instructor, teaching computer classes here at Emeritus.
Education has always been important to me as a middle school teacher, manufacturing instructor-trainer at Hughes Aircraft Company and Raytheon Company.  I have also been a consultant for the Read 180 Program and a teacher for computer classes on the Celebrity Cruise Line.

Thank you for your years of service to the ECEC Judy!!

Marsha FrankerMarsha Franker
I am a native Southern Californian and have been taking Emeritus classes for the last three years.  While raising three children, I received my B.A. from UCLA and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University.   I found it impossible to leave the educational milieu and I pursued a rewarding career in student services at two small, private colleges.
Believing in lifelong learning, Emeritus affords me the opportunity to study subjects that have always interested me, but for which I didn't have time to pursue before my retirement years.  I have met many interesting students and have made new friends.  I want to make a contribution toward sustaining and advancing this beloved institution.

Barrett.jpgAlfred Barrett
I was born in New Hampshire, lived in N.Y.C. until fourteen and graduated from New Mexico State University with a degree in Civil Engineering.
I have 43 years of experience as an aerospace engineer and engineering manager, including four years working on the Apollo Program.  I am fortunate to have two wonderful children, four amazing grandchildren, and a supportive wife.
I want to do what I can to promote and enhance the SMC Emeritus College, a true treasure for the residents of Santa Monica and nearby communities.  


Carole Bender.jpgCarole Bender

I was born in New York City, received my B.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin, my MSW from Columbia University School of Social Work and my J.D. degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.  For most of my professional life, I have worked in the fields of Child Mental Health Services and Child Welfare Training Programs affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine, UCLA Department of Child Psychiatry, USC School of Social Work and the UCLA Department of Social Welfare.

Since retiring in 2011, I have enjoyed taking several protography and current events classes at Emeritus College.  I would like to use my organizational, advocacy and curriculum development skills to ensure the continued programmatic excellence of Emeritus College.

 Walter Coronel
Walter Coronel

I was born in Holland and came to the United States in 1947.  I attended Hollywood High School and several years of college at LA City College and UCLA.  I worked for PacTel and AT&T until 1990.

I have two children, my son Ken is a lawyer, and my daughter Debi is an events planner.  I have eight grandchildren.

I have been attending Emeritus College since 2006.  In 2011 I became the Chair for the Emeritus Fundraising Committee.  I enjoy the challenge of fundraising and look forward to continuing in this position.  In 2012, I became a member of the Executive Council. As a member of the Executive Council, I hope to maintain the standards of our school.  


Ted Ehrlich


I was born and educated in Chicago, Illinois.  After medical school, I moved to Los Angeles where I was board certified in psychiatry and  radiology.  Since retiring, it has been my great pleasure to attend Emeritus College. My main interests are Bible studies and exercise.

Beverly FischerBeverly Fischer

I am a graduate of The City College of New York with a B.B.A. in Advertising and earned an M.A. in Education from Adelphi University.  I am married with four children.  My husband and I had a gift and china shop for 13 years in Bay Shore, Long Island, NY.  I was a teacher for 27 years in Brentwood, Long Island, NY and after retiring, I volunteered tutoring homeless children in the district where I taught.  

I moved to California in 2001 and three of our children have also settled here.  I have been attending and enjoying Emeritus College since I arrived.  

Marshall Friedman.jpgMarshall Friedman
I'm delighted and honored to be a member of the ECEC. I am a graduate of the University of Scranton in my hometown in Pennsylvania and the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine in Canada.  I completed training in Pathology in Chicago, eventually moving to California in the 1960's. 
I first enrolled at Emeritus College while working part-time; and after retiring in 2009, expanded my classes to 4 or 5 per week.  For many years I have volunteered as a senior peer counselor at Wise and Healthy Aging in Santa Monica.
Emeritus College has been a thoroughly enriching experience for me in expanding my interests and providing a warm social environment. I hope to return some of the gifts of this unique resource.
Martin.jpgMartin Greenberger
My wife and I have five children and three grandchildren.  We have lived in Santa Monica (and Brentwood) since moving to California in 1982.
My wife is chairman and inspiration for RowLA, a non-profit 501C3 that guides underprivileged girls in rowing, fitness, preparation for college, and life skills.  The organization has received numerous awards and commendations.
Harvard granted me a Ph.D. in applied mathematics in 1958.   Since then, I have served full-time on the faculties of MIT, Johns Hopkins, and UCLA, and part-time at Stanford, Berkeley, and the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology.  My retirement from UCLA in 2011 was as IBM chair in technology and information systems.
For fun and fitness, I have run 20+ marathons and do lap swimming.

Jeff.jpgJeff Hogue
I graduated from MIT in 1963 with a B.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics. I graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1967 with a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering with interests in flight and simulation. I was a California Registered Professional Engineer, project manager, and inventor (a parachute flight simulator which is in use world wide), retiring in 2009 after 26 years from a small aerospace company.

Since retiring, I've been an active volunteer with several organizations.  Currently I am a volunteer at LAX proving information to travelers, and at Emeritus where I've also enjoyed attending classes.  I have a strong belief that participating in and helping to foster lifelong education is critical. Emeritus College does an outstanding job in that regard, and I look to supporting lifelong learning.

Charlotte HorsteinCharlotte Horstein 
I taught nursing for the Los Angeles Community College District and specialized in gerontology which I taught in hospitals and in many community centers.  I received a Master's in Pediatrics and Education from UCLA in 1974.  My Ed.D. is from Pepperdine University in 1997 in Education and Institutional Management. 

I hope to promote and assist the educational classes at Emeritus College in any way possible. I have lived in West Los Angeles for many years and have two children.


Natalie.jpgNatalie Newman 

I was born in Chicago and came to California in the early 60’s.  I am a Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother.  My passion has been my family and a life long involvement with learning and education.  I have a B.A. from the University of Michigan, graduate degrees (M.A.’s) from UCLA and Loyola Marymount.
My professional career began as a teacher.  I have worked at the UCLA’s Child Division of NPI (Neuropsychiatric Institute) and the Educational Psychology section of the outpatient department.  I was Director of the Learning Disabilities Clinic.  I retired from UCLA in 1993.  Post retirement I remained a consultant to NPI and developed a private practice.
Emeritus College has been the most important part of my semi retirement years.  I am delighted to be on the ECEC with my goal of enabling this wonderful Institution to continue to be viable and remain as a positive force in the Community -- A Learning Haven for Older Adults.   


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Lidia Rubenstein

I am retired after more than 40 years as an OB-GYN physician and Associate Professor from UCLA. 

Since 2008 I have been a Student at Emeritus College where I renewed contact with old friends and gained new ones.

Harvey StrombergHarvey Stromberg

I have been involved with Emeritus College since the 1970's when I started teaching American History at Santa Monica College.  In 2010, I retired after 40 years of teaching on the main Santa Monica College campus and returned to teach Current Events for my "first love" -the Emeritus Program. 
During the 1980's and 1990's, I was lucky enough to have produced my own talk show on National Public Radio (NPR) and found that to be a great learning experience.  I am very fortunate to be able to teach seniors with many years of life experiences and over the decades, I have learned a lot more from them than they have learned from me.
One of the goals that I hope to achieve as part of the Executive Council is to find ways to incorporate parts of this program with some aspects of the main SMC campus.  For example, I would like to see some of our students serve as tutors to some of the pupils at SMC.
It is with great excitement and personal challenge that I look forward to serving as a member of this council.

Robert Stern.bmpRobert Stern

I am a graduate of Pomona College and Stanford Law School. I am past President of the Center for Governmental Studies, based in Los Angeles, and was the first general counsel of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, the agency in charge of administering California’s campaign disclosure, ethics and lobbying laws.  I was a principal co-author of the Political Reform Act of 1974 (Proposition 9), passed by 70% of California’s voters, and a principal drafter of the City of Los Angeles’ Ethics and Public Campaign Financing laws. 

My wife and I have taken a number of Emeritus classes.  I am amazed at the knowledge and enthusiasm of the Emeritus instructors.  Because of Emeritus, my wife has become a full-time poet and has published a book with 17 women from around the world. 



Helen WachsHelen Wachs

I am honored to be a member of the Emeritus College Executive Committee. I was born in New York City, and received my BA from Hunter College of the City University of New York, my MA in history from Northwestern University, and a Certificate in Gerontology from the University of Southern California. 
I worked as a high school history and English teacher, and also worked in the field of Aging for more than twenty years.   I am married, have two grown married children and two wonderful grandchildren. 


Photos provided courtesy of Judy Blits and Gerald Schneir