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Board of Directors

Katharine Danner, President

Katharine earned her BA at Purdue and her MS degree at Indiana University in Public Recreation & Parks Administration. She has been employed in various administrative positions with the Ashland Schools Foundation, Student Affairs at SOU and the Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington. She has served on numerous Southern Oregon non-profit boards of directors and as President of the Rotary Club of Ashland-Lithia Springs. Katharine completed Management of Aging Services courses through the SOU School of Business and has been an Ashland resident since 1978.

David Florian, Secretary

David earned degrees from Case Western Reserve and Stanford Universities. He studied in France for three years and taught French, Spanish, Latin and Romanian at Stanford, UCLA and the Harvard School, a private boy’s school in Los Angeles. After a long teaching career, he went on to own and operate a retail video business and a video production company for 25 years in the San Francisco Bay Area. Aside from his work as a videographer, he is also an avid photographer and an enthusiastic OSF supporter. David and his wife, Carole, retired to Ashland in 2010.

Barbara Talbert, Treasurer

Barbara was one of the original founders of Ashland At Home, but resigned from the Board when a temporary assignment managing Jackson County Animal Services became a full-time, permanent job that lasted almost 8 years. Since retiring, she recently re-engaged with Ashland At Home, volunteers with the dogs at the Jackson County Animal Shelter, serves on the Board of the Friends of the Animal Shelter, and has fostered over 100 dogs with her husband. Previously, Barbara managed continuing education programs at SOU for 15 years, which included oversight of Elderhostel and Southern Oregon Learning in Retirement programs. She earned a BS degree from Stanford University and an MBA from Portland State University. Barbara has lived in Ashland since 1994 and shares a home with her husband, Kevin, and a black Labrador retriever mix named Emma.

Neil O'Hara, Member-at-Large and IT coordinator

Neil recently retired from a career in environmental consulting. He specialized in preparing environmental impact assessments for subsidized, affordable housing developments, including many projects designated for low-income seniors. He previously worked in environmental education, and was executive director of an organization which led educational camping trips for school groups to various state and national parks across California. He has a degree in environmental education from the University of California, Davis, and completed the coursework toward a master’s degree in nonprofit organization management at the University of San Francisco. He also served on the board of directors of the Foothill Conservancy in Amador County, California. He has been a resident of Ashland since 2017.

Others who have been instrumental in AAH’s development

Special thanks and appreciation go to the following individuals who supported Ashland At Home in various important ways during its development and over the years: Betsy Beyers, Val Bubb, Joe and Sally Collonge, Carole Florian, Paul Hwoschinsky, Barbara Jarvis, Jim Lizotte, Herb Long, Don Mackin, Penelope Martens, Steve Neuberger, Helaine Noble, Dick Pischel, Daniel Seffinger, Nancy Seulean, Jeanne Stallman, and Allyn Stone.

Board of Directors meetings

The AAH Board of Directors meet the second Tuesday of the month via ZOOM.