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WHISTLESTOP BOARD OF DIRECTORS EXPANDS WITH APPOINTMENT OF FOUR NEW MEMBERS

WHISTLESTOP BOARD OF DIRECTORS EXPANDS WITH APPOINTMENT OF FOUR NEW MEMBERSSan Rafael, Calif. (February 27, 2020) – Whistlestop, a San Rafael-based nonprofit that promotes the independence, well-being and quality of life for older adults and people living with disabilities, today announced the appointment of Kevin J. Hogan, Paul S. Castro, Stan Moore and Douglas Reilly to the Whistlestop Board of Directors.

The new board appointments come on the heels of several C-suite and senior-level positions new to Whistlestop. Under the guidance of the new executive leadership, Whistlestop is expanding its transportation services to include medical appointment rides, creating a new healthy aging services department, and expanding the reach of many programs and services. Additionally, Whistlestop, along with Novato-based BioMarin, has 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.

“With so much strategic growth happening at Whistlestop, we were looking to strengthen our already admirable board,” said Joe O’Hehir, Whistlestop CEO. “Kevin, Paul, Stan and Douglas’ impressive professional backgrounds and advocacy work align perfectly with Whistlestop’s goals and core values. Their collective experience in the healthcare, finance, legal, and aging and human service sectors will bring new focus and fresh perspective to our organization as we continue to grow.”

“Each of the four new board members was selected for their proven leadership and broad range of experience, and we’re confident they will bring invaluable insight to the Whistlestop Board of Directors,” said Dennis D. Ryan, Whistlestop’s board president. “On behalf of Whistlestop’s Board of Directors, we’re pleased to welcome Kevin, Paul, Stan and Douglas, and look forward to their unique contributions.”

About Kevin J. Hogan

Kevin Hogan, a seasoned healthcare executive with a history of demonstrating visionary leadership and progressive management in guiding operations for health and human services organizations, currently serves as administrator at Marin Convalescent & Rehabilitation Hospital in Tiburon, Calif. In this leadership role, he is responsible for regulatory compliance and overall operations of the private nursing facility.

Prior to Marin Convalescent & Rehabilitation Hospital, Hogan was chief operating officer at Jewish Senior Living Group, executive director at Fountaingrove Lodge, president and chief operating officer of Nazareth Health Care, Inc., executive director at Flagship Healthcare (SavaSeniorCare), and regional administrator at Pleasant Care Corporation. He has also served as administrator at North Gate Center, The Redwoods, and SunBridge Care Centers. Hogan graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies and planning, and holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Dominican University of California.

“It is an honor to be an advocate for Whistlestop, and a trustee in service of its mission and values. Donating my time to an organization dedicated to improving the social, mental and physical well-being of a significant portion of our community brings me much satisfaction,” said Hogan.

About Paul S. Castro

Paul S. Castro serves as a senior consultant with Applied Strategy Associates, specializing in executive coaching, organizational development and interim executive services. An active member of the national and regional non-profit community, he is currently serving as Interim executive director of the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence. In 2018, Castro retired as president and chief executive officer of Jewish Family Services of Los Angeles after nearly four decades of service to that organization in various roles, helping grow the organization’s operating budget to $35 million.

With nearly 40 years of professional and volunteer experience in the non-profit sector, Castro has worked tirelessly throughout his career to further opportunities for disadvantaged and disenfranchised communities in the areas of social justice, philanthropy and fundraising. In addition, he has effectively advocated for services for the most vulnerable members of the community at the local, state and federal level. Castro graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor of Arts in ethnic studies, and holds a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School.

“I am honored to join the Whistlestop family as a member of its board of directors. Whistlestop is an extraordinary organization impacting the lives of so many. I look forward to working with staff and colleague board members in furtherance of its important mission,” said Castro.

About Stan Moore

Stan Moore is a retired attorney who practiced law for over three decades and has been involved in the non-profit sector for more than a decade. Moore held several positions in the legal sector with a focus on corporate, telecommunications and regulatory matters, including working with a San Francisco law firm, large corporations and two start-ups.

For the past 15 years, Moore has participated on voluntary teams organized by the Stanford School of Business and has provided consulting services to various organizations, including Hospice by the Bay, Buckelew Programs, Homeward Bound of Marin, Halleck Creek Ranch, Community Matters, and Whistlestop. At Whistlestop, Moore served on the Finance Committee and is currently chair of Whistlestop’s Audit Committee. He also served on the board of Marin Academy for six years, and the board of Buckelew Programs for nine years, where he was board chair. Moore graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree, holds a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School and completed the Senior Executive Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

“Non-profit public benefit organizations are an essential part of the social fabric of this country. Whistlestop provides important transportation, nutrition, social and health services to seniors and others. Its services support many individuals and strengthen the communities in which it operates.  I am pleased to help with the important oversight role that boards provide and to participate in imagining the future needs of our communities and planning any adjustments in the services provided to meet those needs,” said Moore.

About Douglas Reilly

Douglas Reilly is vice president at Lucasfilm Games where he oversees Lucasfilm’s games and interactive business. Reilly started at Lucasfilm in 2006 as a member of the business and legal affairs team and in 2012 transitioned to the interactive team. Prior to Lucasfilm, he was vice president and general counsel for over a decade at Cosmi Corporation. Additionally, Reilly was associate general counsel at Broderbund / The Learning Company where he led development and licensing deals for several popular gaming franchises. He has also been a volunteer mentor and advisor for Students Rising Above, a nonprofit organization that helps send low-income and first-generation college students to four-year colleges and universities. Reilly graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts, and holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco School of Law.

“As a long-time Marin resident, I have seen the great work that Whistlestop has done for the community and am looking forward to helping move its mission forward,” said Reilly.

MEDIA PLEASE NOTE: To request an interview with Paul S. Castro, Kevin Hogan, Stan Moore, Douglas Reilly, Joe O’Hehir or Dennis D. Ryan, 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, nutrition services, education and exercise classes, multicultural gatherings and helpful information and referral services. Whistlestop also provides special needs transportation services through both the Golden Gate Regional Center and Marin Access, a partnership of Whistlestop, Marin Transit and Golden Gate Transit. Whistlestop provides medical and grocery transportation through its CarePool program and operates Marin’s Meals on Wheels and Whistlestop Nourish programs, serving meals to over 315 homebound older adults and people with chronic illness each week in the Marin community. For more information about Whistlestop and its services, please visit www.whistlestop.org.

CITY OF SAN RAFAEL APPROVES WHISTLESTOP HEALTHY AGING CAMPUS

CITY OF SAN RAFAEL APPROVES WHISTLESTOP HEALTHY AGING CAMPUSWhistlestop Campus to Provide Medical Services, Social Engagement, Learning Resources, Transportation, and Programs Designed to Promote Healthy Aging for All Marin Residents 

Whistlestop Healthy Aging Campus Will Be the First Car-Free Community in Marin County 

San Rafael, Calif. (March 24, 2020)Whistlestop, a San Rafael-based nonprofit that promotes the independence, well-being, and quality of life for older adults and people living with disabilities, is pleased to announce the approval of the Whistlestop Healthy Aging Campus by the City of San Rafael. The San Rafael City Council unanimously voted on March 23, 2020, to approve the Whistlestop, Eden Housing and BioMarin downtown development plan that will include 66 affordable and safe housing units for older adults. The Healthy Aging Campus will also include a healthy aging center with an onsite integrated health clinic and a variety of programs and services that will be available to all older adults in Marin County.

Whistlestop, Eden Housing, and BioMarin filed a joint application with the City of San Rafael Planning Division in October 2018 to develop BioMarin’s 999 Third Street property (the former PG&E site) in downtown San Rafael. The San Rafael Design Review Board advanced the project in June 2019 and the San Rafael Planning Commission voted unanimously in support of the project in January 2020. The new Whistlestop Healthy Aging Campus is projected to open in 2022.

A New Model of Care

Studies show that isolation and loneliness among older adults are closely linked to health issues and early mortality. In Marin County, nearly 50% of households have older adults living alone, and a focus on social connection and support is lacking from the traditional model of care for many older adults. Marin is also the fastest aging county in the Bay Area. It is estimated that by 2030, one in three people in Marin will be over the age of 60. When Medicare was enacted in 1965, the average life expectancy was 70, but now the fastest-growing segment of the population is over 85 years of age. A new model for providing vital services is required to meet the needs of this new and growing demographic.

In response to this need, Whistlestop’s new Healthy Aging Campus will combine traditional medical services with coordinated care, social engagement, learning opportunities, nutrition services, and a myriad of activities and programs designed to promote healthy aging. “We felt it was time for a community-based solution to this growing community crisis,” said Whistlestop CEO Joe O’Hehir. “We did our research, consulted experts, and carefully crafted what we believe will be a game-changer for San Rafael and for all of Marin. We are thrilled and grateful that the City of San Rafael and Marin residents support our vision for the creation of this landmark project.” Whistlestop’s Healthy Aging Campus in San Rafael, as depicted in a design rendering. The new project is expected to be completed in 2022.

Affordable Homes

The recent report “Older Adult Housing in Marin: Planning for 2030,” estimates that 7,000 older adults in Marin are in need of affordable homes, and according to Census data, over 16,000 people in Marin over the age of 60 don’t have the income to meet their basic needs.

In March 2013, Whistlestop selected Eden Housing as its partner for the housing portion of the Healthy Aging Campus project after an extensive vetting process. Whistlestop’s new Healthy Aging Campus will be the first development in Marin County that features 100% affordable units with 66 one-bedroom and studio units for older residents (age 62 and up), who earn less than 60% of the area median income, at affordable rents ranging from $770 to $1,650 per month. Eden Housing plans to fund the estimated $38 million construction of the apartments through loans, and local, state and federal grants.

“Marin’s older adults deserve the dignity of being able to remain in Marin and have access to housing, healthcare and other services that provide them with a high quality of life,” said Linda Mandolini, president of Eden Housing. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Whistlestop on this innovative solution that combines high-quality housing with high-quality services. The project will be a model for others to replicate.”

Community-Backed

Without traditional government funding, Whistlestop looked to the community for financial backing. A group of visionary Marin philanthropists came together under a common cause, stepping up to fund this innovative landmark. Thanks to their forward-thinking generosity, Whistlestop’s $10 million capital campaign leadership phase is complete. Additional funding will be sourced through a community campaign.

Design and Sustainable Features

CITY OF SAN RAFAEL APPROVES WHISTLESTOP HEALTHY AGING CAMPUSDesigned by award-winning architecture and urban design firm Van Meter Williams Pollack LLP, the new Whistlestop Healthy Aging Campus will feature 66 one-bedroom and studio units, plus one additional for a manager, for a total of 67 units. Each residential unit will include a kitchen, bathroom, living, dining, and sleeping spaces. The campus will also feature community rooms, a computer center, resource center, library, classes, and landscaped courtyards.

The Healthy Aging Campus will encompass a sustainable design that features solar panels, EnergyStar appliances that reduce electricity and water consumption, low flow sink and shower fixtures to conserve water, and landscaping using native and drought-tolerant plants that will save water. Additionally, the campus will be the first car-free community in Marin, promoting civic responsibility, healthy air quality, and reduction of Courtyard View of Whistlestop’s Healthy Aging Campus in carbon emissions. Transportation for Whistlestop San Rafael, as depicted in a design rendering. The new project is expected to be completed in 2022.

For more information about the Whistlestop Healthy Aging Campus and the donors who support the project, visit www.healthyagingcampus.org.

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

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, nutrition services, education and exercise classes, multicultural gatherings and helpful information and referral services. Whistlestop also provides special needs transportation services through both the Golden Gate Regional Center and Marin Access, a partnership of Whistlestop, Marin Transit and Golden Gate Transit. Whistlestop provides medical and grocery transportation through its CarePool program and operates Marin’s Meals on Wheels and Whistlestop Nourish programs, serving meals to over 315 homebound older adults and people with chronic illness each week in the Marin community. For more information about Whistlestop and its services, please visit www.whistlestop.org.