LEARN Council Members

LEARN Council Chair

Photo of Eboni GreenSandra von Doetinchem MEd (Dipl. Päd) is a passionate lifelong learning researcher and advocate for lifelong learning since many years. She holds a Master's degree in adult education and continuing education from the University Duisburg-Essen, Germany, and is an external PhD candidate in educational sciences at the University of Tuebingen, Germany (thesis focus: international comparative lifelong learning and learning of the oldest-old adults). Sandra is a program specialist for continuing education programs at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and previously worked at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. Furthermore, she is an active member of various national and international aging and adult learning societies such as the Hawaiian Pacific Gerontological Society or the European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA). Sandra serves as the chair of ASA’s Lifetime Education and Renewal (LEARN) Council since 2013.

LEARN Council Members

Photo of Nancy GordonJoshua Berrett, PhD, is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Ageless Mind Project, is an Emeritus Professor of Music, a musicologist who has published on a wide variety of musical topics over fifty years. He has used music to engage very young children, sensitize college students, and challenge the minds of adults learners. He has developed an interactive workshop called “Music is Brain Food,” where he demonstrates how music can be employed consciously and intentionally to keep people healthy and happy.  He offers courses on a broad range of music and musicians in lifelong learning programs and privately online. 

Photo of Sophia DijkstraJudi Bonilla is an aging expert, author, and Director of Innovation at Advocates For Aging. This Boomer entrepreneur launched the first lifelong learning incubator almost a decade ago. Since then she has been featured at conferences and webinars. Judi is an award-winning social media coach who appears regularly on social media platforms including Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Her 2015 initiative to connect with a wider audience through social media led to her selection to speak at the American Society on Aging, Certified Senior Advisors, and SXSW conferences. 

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Linda E. Maurice, M.A. is the director of NSU’s Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI). She is a former television news producer who worked for news organizations in New York, Washington, and Jerusalem including: NBC, CNN, CBC, The Jerusalem Post, and The Jerusalem Report. She has worked with Israel's Foreign Ministry training outgoing diplomats in effective public speaking and interview techniques. She occasionally contributes to local and international publications. She is also on the board of TRIAD, which is a cooperation of the Broward Sheriff's Office, the Broward County Chiefs of Police and older/retired leadership in the area and is affiliated with BCOA (Broward Coalition on Aging) and ESRN (Elder Services Resource Network).

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Janna Overstreet has been deeply involved in continuing education for mature learners since 1997. In 2008 she became founding director of the Academy of Lifetime Learning in the School of Continuing Education, Eastern Illinois University. Janna currently serves as the executive director of the Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy, a non-profit educational organization in Sarasota, Florida.



Terri Tobey, M.A., Teaching, M.A., Gerontology, and Certified Personal Trainer and Senior Fitness Specialist contracts with the University of New Mexico Continuing Education Department and the Department of Senior Affairs, City of Albuquerque as a health educator for older adults. In her spare time she volunteers as an Ombudsman for the New Mexico Aging and Long Term Services Department and contributes health articles to Village in the Village newsletter and Prime Time Magazine for aging populations. Terri currently resides in New Mexico and is Fitness Coordinator at La Vida Llena, a premier continuing care retirement center, and leads fitness classes at Senior Centers for New Mexico Senior Olympics. She co-presented findings from health & wellness activities with the Zuni Pueblo at the 2012 ASA Aging in America Conference in Washington, DC, presented a “Tai Chi for Better Balance” workshop at the 2015 ASA AIA conference in Washington, D.C., and co- presented a workshop in “Creative Aerobics” at the 2016 ASA AIA conference in Chicago.

Ann Simanis, Associate Vice President of Advancement & Engagement, Road Scholar, Boston, MA

Florence Dimitroff-Garcia, Caregiver/Gerontology Coordinator, Home Instead SeniorCare, Lorain, OH

Michelle Buhman, Program Specialist, Iowa City Johnson County Senior Center, Iowa City, IA