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WHISTLESTOP PLANS FOR GROWTH BY EXPANDING EXECUTIVE TEAM; HIRES NANCY GEISSE AS CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

WHISTLESTOP PLANS FOR GROWTH BY EXPANDING EXECUTIVE TEAM;  HIRES NANCY GEISSE AS CHIEF OPERATING OFFICERGeisse to Assume Strategic and Operating Responsibility for Whistlestop Programs and Services

New Chief Financial Officer and Chief Donor Relations Officer Positions

Added to Whistlestop Executive Roster

San Rafael, Calif. (January 24, 2019)Whistlestop, a San Rafael-based nonprofit that promotes the independence, well-being and quality of life for older adults and people living with disabilities in Marin County, today announced the appointment of Nancy Geisse as chief operating officer. This newly created position comes on the heels of two additional C-level officer positions new to Whistlestop. Jeff Wands was appointed chief financial officer in October 2018 and Yvonne Roberts was named chief donor relations officer in December 2018. All three appointees will leverage their combined expertise to further expand Whistlestop’s services and reach. The organization, along with Novato-based BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc., recently filed an application with the City of San Rafael to develop a healthy aging campus with affordable housing for older adults in downtown San
Rafael.

As chief operating officer, Geisse will have strategic and operating responsibility for all Whistlestop programs and services, including transportation, healthy aging and nutrition. She joined Whistlestop as a consultant in September of 2018 to complete a three-year strategic business plan for the organization’s transportation services division. As a consultant she identified goals and strategies to prepare Whistlestop for growth, as the organization prepares to evolve its transportation services business model to enhance its mission, and ultimately serve more people in need.

According to CEO Joe O’Hehir, Geisse’s appointment to this strategic leadership role will help Whistlestop continue expansion efforts already underway. “We’re taking on housing and healthcare
challenges for Marin older adults on behalf of our community,” he explained. “In order to do this, it’s
essential we have a solid executive leadership team in place with a high level of experience and a strong desire to improve the quality of life in our community. Right now, we serve 14,000 people. Can we double that in the next 5-10 years? That’s our goal, and in order to reach it, we must have the right
infrastructure and the right executive leadership team to take us there. Nancy encompasses all those
qualities and more, and we are thrilled to welcome her to the Whistlestop executive leadership team.”

“It’s an honor to work with Joe and the rest of the Whistlestop team to enhance the organization’s
growth objectives,” said Geisse. “After serving on the executive team of a variety of companies in the
corporate world, I felt a strong desire to use my experience and expertise to be of service in my Marin
Community. Whistlestop impressed me as a forward-thinking leader in its field, and I’m thrilled for this opportunity to help continue the organization’s legacy of caring.”

Prior to Whistlestop, Geisse was vice president of strategy and business development at Uppercase
Branding. She also served as director of project management at Certain Solar, executive vice president
at Trio Energy, and chief executive officer and founder of MedStep Health Services. Geisse also ran a
consulting practice, providing strategic, financial and business development services to several
companies.

Geisse holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematical sciences from Stanford University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Stanford Graduate School of Business. She was captain of the Stanford Women’s Soccer Team and captain of the United States College National Women’s Soccer Team. Geisse, her husband and two children, have resided in Mill Valley, California for 20 years.

MEDIA PLEASE NOTE: To request an interview with Nancy Geisse or Joe O’Hehir, please contact Gus Nodal at gus.nodal@gmail.com or (415) 609-3438.

ABOUT WHISTLESTOP:

Founded in 1954 as Marin Senior Coordinating Council, Whistlestop promotes the independence, well-being and quality of life for older adults and people living with disabilities in Marin County. Whistlestop’s Active Aging Center provides delicious meals, educational classes, multicultural gatherings and helpful information and referral services. Whistlestop also provides special needs transportation services through Marin Access, a partnership of Whistlestop, Marin Transit and Golden Gate Transit, and operates Marin’s Meals on Wheels program, serving meals to over 250 homebound seniors each week in the Marin community. For more information about Whistlestop and its classes and services, visit www.whistlestop.org.

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WHISTLESTOP PROMOTES ASHLEY BAKER TO CHIEF PEOPLE OFFICER

WHISTLESTOP PROMOTES ASHLEY BAKER TO CHIEF PEOPLE OFFICERSan Rafael, Calif. (March 11, 2019)Whistlestop, a San Rafael-based nonprofit that promotes the independence, well-being and quality of life for older adults and people living with disabilities in Marin County, announced the promotion of Ashley Baker to chief people officer. In this new position, Baker continues to report to CEO Joe O’Hehir and is responsible for leading a workforce of over 400 employees and volunteers who work to support Whistlestop’s mission.

“Whistlestop spends 70 cents of every dollar on people who work to meet the rapidly growing human service needs of older adults and persons with disabilities in our community,” said O’Hehir. “We’re fortunate to have a talented HR professional such as Ashley to lead Whistlestop’s workforce.”

Baker joined Whistlestop in October 2013 and served as human resources manager and human resources director, before her promotion to chief people officer. Prior to joining Whistlestop, Baker worked at national outdoor gear and clothing retailer REI in their human resources department for 18 years.

Baker holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in organizational psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She resides in Novato, California.

The announcement of Baker’s promotion comes on the heels of four additional positions new to Whistlestop. Bill Cullison was appointed development operations director in February 2019, Nancy Geisse was appointed chief operating officer in January 2019, Yvonne Roberts was promoted to chief donor relations officer in December 2018, and Jeff Wands was appointed chief financial officer in October 2018.

MEDIA PLEASE NOTE: To request an interview with Ashley Baker or Joe O’Hehir, please contact Gus Nodal at gus.nodal@gmail.com or (415) 609-3438.

ABOUT WHISTLESTOP:

Founded in 1954 as Marin Senior Coordinating Council, Whistlestop promotes the independence, well-being and quality of life for older adults and people living with disabilities in Marin County. Whistlestop’s Active Aging Center provides delicious meals, educational classes, multicultural gatherings and helpful information and referral services. Whistlestop also provides special needs transportation services through Marin Access, a partnership of Whistlestop, Marin Transit and Golden Gate Transit, and operates Marin’s Meals on Wheels program, serving meals to over 250 homebound seniors each week in the Marin community. For more information about Whistlestop and its classes and services, visit www.whistlestop.org.

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Whistlestop Nourish Expands Home-Delivered Meal Solution To Reduce Food Insecurity Among Marin’s Chronically Ill Residents

Whistlestop Nourish Expands Home-Delivered Meal Solution To Reduce Food Insecurity Among Marin’s Chronically Ill ResidentsRibbon-Cutting Ceremony Scheduled for Tuesday, June 4 at 11:15 a.m. in San Rafael

Food Donations Provided Through Ongoing Partnership with ExtraFood.org 

Facility Expansion and New Freezers/Refrigerator Funded by Norman Raab Foundation

San Rafael, Calif. (May 29, 2019)Whistlestop, a San Rafael-based nonprofit that promotes independence, well-being and quality of life for older adults and people living with disabilities in Marin County, today announced the expansion of Whistlestop Nourish, a solution that delivers nutritious meals to people who suffer from chronic illness in Marin County. The Whistlestop Nourish expansion was made possible thanks to generous donations to upgrade and expand its food storage facility in San Rafael, California, and the continued growth of its partnership with ExtraFood, a county-wide nonprofit food recovery program committed to providing Whistlestop Nourish with fresh meals. With the expanded facility and food donations, Whistlestop Nourish will be able to nearly triple its current reach.

Whistlestop will celebrate the Nourish expansion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Whistlestop Nourish food storage facility in San Rafael.

Food Insecurity Among Chronically Ill in Marin County 

With one in five people in Marin County worrying about where their next meal will come from, Whistlestop Nourish has delivered thousands of meals to residents who suffer from chronic illness since the program’s inception in 2013. Nearly one in two Americans is living with one or more chronic conditions, which not only reduces quality of life, but can also significantly drive up cost of living due to the combination of increased medical expenses with decreased earning capacity. In Marin County there are more than 49,000 people whose income is below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (less than $23,544 a year for an individual), a standard measure of food insecurity.

Whistlestop, which currently leads Marin County’s partially government-subsidized Meals on Wheels program, established Whistlestop Nourish as a supplemental meal delivery solution for people needing immediate and life-saving food assistance. Anyone living in Marin County with a chronic illness, of any age, in need of home-delivered nutrition qualifies for Whistlestop Nourish. Dedicated Whistlestop Nourish volunteers deliver 7 ready-made meals per week to those needing help getting the nourishment they need. During those home visits, deliverers also provide much-needed human interaction.

Whistlestop Nourish Expansion

Following a partnership with ExtraFood, Whistlestop Nourish tripled the number of clients served, but additional attempts to grow the program have been hindered by lack of space and inability to safely store larger quantities of food. With the recent addition of two industrial-size freezers and a refrigerator at its facility in downtown San Rafael, funded by the Norman Raab Foundation and other generous supporters, Whistlestop Nourish will now be able to safely store additional food and expand the number of people it helps by over 100.

“At Whistlestop we believe that food is healthcare and we strive to eliminate the poor health implications of food insecurity in Marin County,” said Joe O’Hehir, Whistlestop CEO. “Thanks to our collaborative partnership with ExtraFood and our generous donors, Whistlestop’s Nourish home-delivered meals solution will continue to grow.”

ExtraFood Partnership

The dietary needs of Whistlestop Nourish clients are a high priority for ExtraFood, which rescues excess fresh food meeting those needs from local organizations such as grocery stores, hospitals, and restaurants. Since 2014, ExtraFood has provided Whistlestop Nourish with all its nutritious, fresh meals.

“We know there are many homebound Marin residents who are living with chronic illness and are unable to cook for themselves. In partnership with Whistlestop, together we are able to reach some of the most vulnerable people in the county at home with high-quality, fresh, prepared food,” said Marv Zauderer, Founder and CEO of ExtraFood. “We are honored to work with Whistlestop towards the day when all in our community have the food they need.”

For more information on Whistlestop Nourish services, please call (415) 456-9062 x176.

MEDIA, PLEASE NOTE: For more information or to request an interview with a Whistlestop or ExtraFood representative, please contact Gus Nodal at gus.nodal@gmail.com or (415) 609-3438.

ABOUT WHISTLESTOP:

Founded in 1954 as Marin Senior Coordinating Council, Whistlestop promotes the independence, well-being and quality of life for older adults and people living with disabilities in Marin County. Whistlestop’s Active Aging Center provides delicious meals, educational classes, multicultural gatherings and helpful information and referral services. Whistlestop also provides special needs transportation services through Marin Access, a partnership of Whistlestop, Marin Transit and Golden Gate Transit, and operates Marin’s Meals on Wheels program, serving meals to over 250 homebound seniors each week in the Marin community. For more information about Whistlestop and its classes and services, visit www.whistlestop.org.

ABOUT EXTRAFOOD:

ExtraFood is the only organization that rescues excess fresh food from any Marin business or school and immediately delivers the food to nonprofits serving Marin’s most vulnerable seniors, children, and families – 365 days a year and free of charge. In 5 years, ExtraFood has rescued 2.9 million pounds of food from 225 organizations and delivered it to 121 sites across Marin, including 33 new food programs ExtraFood has started with its partners. ExtraFood reaches more than 8,000 people every month with healthy, fresh food. ExtraFood is ending hunger differently: leading a movement to change Marin’s food system from wasting food to donating it. For more information about ExtraFood, visit www.extrafood.org.

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WHISTLESTOP NOURISH RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY

WHAT:

Whistlestop, a San Rafael-based nonprofit that promotes independence, well-being and quality of life for older adults and people living with disabilities in Marin County, will celebrate the Nourish expansion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its food storage facility in San Rafael. Whistlestop Nourish is a home-delivered food solution that delivers nutritious meals to people who suffer from chronic illness in Marin County. The Whistlestop Nourish expansion was made possible through its ongoing partnership with ExtraFood and funding from the Norman Raab Foundation.

WHERE:

Whistlestop Nourish

648 Lindaro Street

San Rafael, CA  94901

WHEN:

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

11:15 a.m.  – 12:15 p.m.

WHO:

Attendees include:

  • Joe O’Hehir, Whistlestop CEO
  • Marv Zauderer, ExtraFood CEO
  • Erika Vaughn, Whistlestop Nourish / Meals on Wheels Manager
  • Yvonne Roberts, Whistlestop Chief Donor Relations Officer
  • Kate Colin, City of San Rafael
  • Lorenzo Jones, San Rafael Chamber of Commerce
  • Representative from the Norman Raab Foundation

MEDIA CONTACT:

If interested in attending or to request an interview with a Whistlestop or ExtraFood representative, please contact Gus Nodal at gus.nodal@gmail.com or (415) 609-3438.

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WHISTLESTOP EXPANDS EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP WITH APPOINTMENT OF STEPHANIE ROBISON AS DIRECTOR OF HEALTHY AGING SERVICES

WHISTLESTOP EXPANDS EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP WITH APPOINTMENT OF STEPHANIE ROBISON AS DIRECTOR OF HEALTHY AGING SERVICESRobison Brings Strong Healthcare and Gerontology Background to Whistlestop; Tapped to Lead Development of Whistlestop’s Healthy Aging Programs and Services

San Rafael, Calif. (September 3, 2019)Whistlestop, a San Rafael-based nonprofit that promotes the independence, well-being and quality of life for older adults and people living with disabilities in Marin County, today announced the appointment of Stephanie Robison as director of healthy aging services. In her new role, Robison will report to Whistlestop CEO Joe O’Hehir and be responsible for the development of programs and services that support the health and well-being of Marin’s older adult community.

Robison’s new position comes on the heels of other newly created senior-level positions at Whistlestop. Within the past year, Nancy Geisse was appointed chief operating officer, Jeff Wands was named chief financial officer, and Bill Cullison was appointed development operations director. Additionally, Yvonne Roberts was promoted to chief donor relations officer and Ashley Baker was promoted to chief people officer.

“We are so pleased to have Stephanie join Whistlestop’s leadership team, said Whistlestop CEO Joe O’Hehir. “Stephanie’s knowledge, skills, and experience will benefit our organization’s go-forward strategy of partnering with local healthcare payers and providers to address the social determinants of health that impact the quality of life for Marin’s older adult population.”

“I am excited to join the Whistlestop team and look forward to taking on the expansion of Whistlestop’s programs and services,” said Stephanie Robison, newly appointed director of healthy aging services. “What especially excites me about Whistlestop is its approach in partnering with community providers to improve the quality of life and independence of our older adult community. Our expanded healthy aging services will coordinate Whistlestop services with the healthcare that is currently available in our community to ensure continuous support as we choose our own healthy aging paths. I’m thrilled to work alongside with such a talented group of individuals who work tirelessly to improve the well-being and longevity of our aging community.”

Robison comes to Whistlestop with a strong background in the fields of healthcare and gerontology. Prior to Whistlestop, she served as manager of geriatric programs at California Pacific Medical Services Organization, now known as Brown & Toland, business manager at Marin Foot and Ankle, account manager at LifeMasters Supported SelfCare, and recreation and fitness director at San Francisco Towers (a senior living community).

Robison has a master’s degree in gerontology from San Francisco State University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in aging from Washington State University.

MEDIA PLEASE NOTE: To request an interview with Stephanie Robison or Joe O’Hehir, please contact Gus Nodal at gus.nodal@gmail.com or (415) 609-3438.

ABOUT WHISTLESTOP:

Founded in 1954 as Marin Senior Coordinating Council, Whistlestop promotes the independence, well-being and quality of life for older adults and people living with disabilities in Marin County. Whistlestop’s Active Aging Center provides healthy meals, educational classes, multicultural gatherings and helpful information and referral services. Whistlestop also provides special needs transportation services through Marin Access, a partnership of Whistlestop, Marin Transit and Golden Gate Transit, and operates Marin’s Meals on Wheels and Nourish programs, serving meals to over 300 homebound older adults and people living with chronic illness each week in the Marin community. For more information about Whistlestop and its classes and services, visit www.whistlestop.org.

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