2013-2014 Board of Directors

  • President Ted Murphy
  • First Vice President Vacant
  • Second Vice President Brenda Haskell
  • Secretary Kaye Lafebvre
  • Treasurer Sharon Goldsmith


  • 2012-2014 Mike Polyniak and Billie Swanson
  • 2013-2015 Patricia Borquez and Joe Vicente
  • Action Network Coordinator: Sue Wallace
  • Interest Group Coordinators: Lewis Jones and Cheryl Martin
  • Special Events Coordinator: Evelyn Glines
  • Elder College Coordinator: Cheryl Tikanen
  • Past President: Bob Laramee
  • Liaison (Alumni Affairs): Denise Nielsen
  • Liaison (Faculty): Ken Ishida

2012-2013 Board of Directors

  • President Bob Laramee
  • First Vice President Ted Murphy
  • Second Vice President Craig Pelz
  • Secretary Kathleen Wagner
  • Treasurer Sharon Goldsmith


  • 2011-2013 Phyllis Algra Carol Black
  • 2012-2014 Mike Polyniak Billie Swanson
  • Action Network Coordinator: Virgina Dallas-Dull
  • Interest Group Coordinator: Camille Gavin
  • Special Events Coordinator: Evelyn Glines
  • Elder College Coordinator: Cheryl Tikanen
  • Past President: Sharon Goldsmith
  • Liaison (Alumni Affairs): Jennifer Patino
  • Liaison (Faculty): Ken Ishida

2011-2012 Board of Director

Sharon Goldsmith Sharon Goldsmith, President

I came to Bakersfield from Washington, DC in 1978, worked at CSUB 1979-1994: adjunct faculty in Public Policy and Administration, grant writer and project administrator (e.g., The California Odyssey Project), program coordinator for Extended University. Earned PhD in Education at UCLA (1997) and was project director in program evaluation for WestEd until retirement in 2006. Joined 60+ in 2008,was interest group coordinator and now in my second year as president. I most enjoy General Meetings and Coffee with the Professor

Ted Murphy Ted Murphy, Vice-President, Programs

I grew up in North Carolina, earned BA, MA, and Ph.D. degrees at Duke University, taught biology in upstate New York from '63 to '72. Joined CSB faculty in '72, taught many courses, especially Animal Biology/Ecology; founded Facility for Animal Care and Treatment (FACT) in '75; retired in '99, awarded Emeritus in 2001. Chaired Coffee with the Professor 2002 to 2006. Elected VP in 2006 - I arrange monthly programs and maintain the 60+ web pages.

Gladys Stilwill Gladys Stilwill, Vice-President, Membership
Kathy Wagner Kathy Wagner, Secretary

Born in Inglewood, California; moved to Bakersfield from Lawndale in 1975.  I worked as a Medical Technologist at Mercy Hospital from 1976 to 2007.  I joined 60+ in 2000.  I most enjoy General Meetings and the Reading Group II.  I also am a member of Bakersfield Woman's Club and a member of Masterworks Chorale.  I also enjoy knitting, cross-stitch, and puzzles of all kinds.  My husband John works for the Boy Scouts of America.

Beth Curtis Beth Curtis, Treasurer

I was born on a farm near Dayton, Ohio. Graduated Wheaton College (IL), got an MA from CSUB. Taught elementary and special education for over 30 years. Have two daughters and four (wonderful, of course) grandchildren. I joined 60+ after retiring in 1990 and am currently ch-chairman of the lunch group, volunteer, and crush numbers as treasurer.

Camille Gavin Camille Gavin, Past President, Parliamentarian
Eloise Higgins Eloise Higgins, Director at Large 2010-2112

My husband's job in oil brought us from Orange County to Bakersfield in 1966. A California native, I was an occupational therapist and preschool teacher, then retired early (1986) from Bakersfield College where I was a professor in the F.A.C.E. Department for 20 years. After retiring, I was a wine buyer for Fike's Finer Foods and a wine distributor. Finding 60+ was a thrill. I have served on the board and been active with ElderCollege. Coffee with the Professor is my favorite interest group.

Enid Hull Enid Hull, Director at Large 2010-2112

Born in Florida and lived several places between Florida and California 'til I arrived here from Indiana to attend school in 1960. Retired three time - last in 2007 - this one will stick. 60+ plays a big part in my retirement and keeps me busy with things I love to do and be involved in. I'm the volunteer coordinator for Cal State sporting events and enjoy every minute of it. Most of all, I enjoy the people I work with. My husband Ernie and I both enjoy our activities in 60+.

Phyllis Algra Phyllis Algra, Director at Large 2011-2113
Carol Black Carol Black, Director at Large 2011-2113

A transplant from the bay area, I moved here in 2001 after retiring as an Elementary School Principal. Besides Director for 60+, I enjoy Reading Group II and Coffee with the Professor. I have published a quasi-autobiographical novel, Never Ask Permission, by Carol Zander Black (available on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Russo's).

Dr. Ken Ishida Dr. Ken Ishida, Faculty Liaison

Teaching at CSUB since 1988, I am assistant professor of psychology and have been working with older adults since 1979 (the area is clinical geropsychology). I'm executive director of the Kern Senior Network, a volunteer organization supporting, educating, and advocating on behalf of seniors, the descendent of the CSUB Center on Living and Learning started by a 60+ task force in 1991. I am president of the board of the Alzheimer's Disease Association of Kern County and coordinator of the CSUB MS program in Counseling Psychology, marriage and family therapy emphasis. I am proud to serve as the CSUB faculty liaison to 60+.

Jennifer patino Jennifer Patino, Alumni Relations Liaison

From Cincinnati, OH, in Bakersfield 25 years, a double Alum of CSUB (BA Psychology, MS in Administration). Began my campus career in 2007 in President Mitchell's office. Then Program Assistant for Extension Programs at Extended University and Program Coordinator of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). In October 2011, I was asked to be Interim Alumni Director of Alumni Relations: a position I am passionate about, especially as a double Alum. It is vital to reach out and connect with our Alumni.