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Management Team

Akila Gibbs

Executive Director

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(626) 685-6703

Akila Gibbs is a seasoned professional who has devoted herself to the issues associated with our aging population. Before diving headfirst into the non-profit sector, Akila worked in television news for 16 years and was an award winning journalist. As director of public relations for the Alzheimer's Association, she raised public awareness of Alzheimer's disease in Southern California and was instrumental in garnering funds to support Alzheimer's research.

In November 2011, Akila presented at the Statewide Senior Center Forum sponsored by the California Commission on Aging and the Congress of California Seniors. She was the 2011-2013 Chair of the Pasadena Executive Roundtable, a consortium of local nonprofit executive directors. Akila joined the City of Pasadena's Senior Commission in 2014, where she currently serves as its vice president, to gauge and address the needs of our ever changing population of aging adults. That same year, she participated in Senator Carol Liu’s 2014 Pathways Statewide Bus Tour: Innovations in Aging and LTSS, the mission of which was to develop a comprehensive strategy to create an effective and efficient Aging and Long-Term Care system for our state. The Pasadena Senior Center was one of five California sites chosen as a model for best practices in senior care services, and as the leader of the one community in the San Gabriel Valley resource that provides the most services to seniors, she was asked to tour with the group and share her perspective.

Most recently, Akila was presented with the Junior League of Pasadena’s 2016 Community Impact Award.

Since joining the Pasadena Senior Center in 2008, Akila continues to lead the organization with passion and spirit, and is fully committed to meet the growing needs of seniors in the years ahead. In addition to her responsibilities at the Center and as a Pasadena Senior Commission member, she is an active member of the Pasadena Rotary, sits on the Board of the Huntington Hospital, serves as Trustee for Westridge School for Girls, and sits on Villa Esperanza’s Community Council for Excellence.

Alan Barasorda

Director of Finance and Human Resources

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(626) 685-6723

Alan Barasorda joined the Center’s management team as the Director of Finance and Human Resources in May 2007. Alan is a born Angelino. Since graduating from UCLA, he has remained active in the Alumni Association, presently serving on the Board of a local chapter. He is also an active volunteer at Saints Felicitas & Perpetua Church in San Marino.

Annie Laskey

Director of Special Events

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(626) 685-6702

Annie Laskey joined the Pasadena Senior Center as the Director of Events in April 2017. She has been involved with nonprofits as an employee, board member, and volunteer for all of her adult life. She graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in Theater, with an emphasis in directing and ran a summer theatre festival in Culver City in the 1990s. Prior to the Pasadena Senior Center, she managed the Los Angeles Conservancy’s award-winning Walking Tour program. Annie is currently on the board of the Art Deco Society Los Angeles, and is active in the vintage dance community.

Dion Ferguson

Manager Operations, Rentals and Classes

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(626) 685-6706

Dion Ferguson earned an Associate’s degree in Arts with a minor in business administration at Pasadena City College in 2002. Prior to working at the Pasadena Senior Center, Dion worked as the shipping and receiving manager for Nationwide Lighting and Electrical Supply in Pasadena for three years. Dion joined the Pasadena City Senior Center as a part-time maintenance employee in May 2008 where his hard work and dedication placed him as Lead of the maintenance team in 2011. Dion quickly became a valuable asset to our community by ensuring that operations are both efficient and effective with his innate ability to think analytically, communicate effectively, and execute efficiently. Dion has contributed to the Center’s ongoing success by offering technical support, implementing security measures, and ensuring the health and safety of the Center’s members and employees by maintaining a close partnership with the city of Pasadena first responders. Dion discovered a passion working closely with older adults and enjoys supporting and connecting with it’s members. Dion values their wealth of knowledge and appreciates every shared life experience.

Charmaine Nelson

Director of Marketing and Communications, Board Liaison

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(626) 685-6759

Charmaine Nelson joined the Pasadena Senior Center as the Marketing Coordinator in 2012 to increase the Center’s digital footprint in Social Media and email marketing. Today she is responsible for the production of the monthly magazine called “Passport” and all formal communications for the Center. She has been involved with nonprofits since 1989 starting her career with the United Way of the Bay Area just one week before the Loma Prieta earthquake. After 10 years of fund raising for the United Way, Charmaine served as a missionary in three different african countries working with the Rafiki Foundation to respond to the needs of children by building schools and villages. She graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Finance.

Carmen Macias

Social Services Manager

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(626) 685-6732

Carmen has been with the Pasadena Senior Center since 2008. She attended Rio Hondo College majoring in Business Communications, but ultimately became a medical assistant after receiving her MA license through Bryman’s Vocational College in Rosemead, following in her mother’s footsteps. She worked for more than 20 years in an urgent care center, where her passion developed for helping people in dire need. She then went on to medical coding/billing and managed a staff of 15 employees for almost 20 years. Eager to get back to helping people one-on-one, Carmen heard about the Pasadena Senior Center and signed on to work in outreach. As a bilingual English/Spanish speaker, she has been invaluable to the team and a blessing to our clients who work with her.

Pam Kaye

Senior Associate Director of Development

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(626) 685-6759

Pam Kaye joined the Development Department in February of 2010. With a BA in French and Spanish, she spent many years in marketing, sales and communications for international corporations and managed a study abroad program in France. While raising two daughters, she developed deep roots in the Pasadena community and devoted time and energies to volunteering for educational organizations, promoting philanthropy, opportunities and raising community awareness. She belongs to the Huntington Gardens and enjoys travel, gardening and science.

Staff

Social Services

  • Carmen Macias
    Manager

    (626) 685 - 6732
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Development

  • Pam Kay
    Senior Associate Director of Development

    (626) 685 - 6756
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Events & Senior Games

  • Annie Laskey
    Director of Special Events

    (626) 685 - 6702
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  • Rene Uriarte
    Volunteer and Enrichment Program Coordinator

Finance & Human Resources

  • Alan Barasorda
    Director of Finance and Human Resources

    (626) 685 - 6723
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  • Nancy De León Meeker
    Associate Director of Finance and Human Resources
  • Jessica Wiley
    Membership and Development Coordinator

Marketing & Communications

  • Charmaine Nelson
    Director of Marketing and Communications, Board Liaison

    (626) 685 - 6759
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Classes, Rentals & Operations

  • Dion Ferguson
    Manager Operations, Rentals and Classes

    (626) 685 - 6706
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  • Peter Matus
    Rentals & Programs Coordinator

    (626) 685 - 6754
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  • Crystal Miller
    Welcome Desk Administration
  • Jodi Britt
    Welcome Desk Administration

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