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Avenidas names new president and CEO

Nonprofit manager Amy Andonian experienced with services to seniors

A nonprofit manager with experience in services to seniors and caregivers will become the new president and CEO of Avenidas, the senior services organization based in downtown Palo Alto.

Amy Andonian, most recently the vice-president of home care and support services at the Institute on Aging in San Francisco, replaces Lisa Hendrickson, who has led Avenidas for the past 15 years and now plans to focus her efforts on an upcoming capital project for the organization.

"I'm excited to join Avenidas at this significant time, as it is actively planning for future growth and expanding programming," said Andonian, who directed adult day care and caregiver support services for Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County before joining the Institute on Aging.

Andonian, who lives in Sunnyvale, holds a bachelor's degree from Stanford University in human biology, with concentrations in public health and gerontology. She sits on the board of directors of the California Association for Adult Day Services and co-chairs the leadership council for the Aging Services Collaborative of Santa Clara County. She was a grand-prize winner in a business plan competition held by the California Program for Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University's Leavey School of Business.

"Amy has a demonstrated commitment to providing services to older adults underpinned by a strong passion and enthusiasm," said Avenidas board Chair Bruce Heister. "In addition, she has an understanding of how to leverage technology to accomplish Avenidas' mission of serving a significantly larger population, including the now retiring Boomer generation."

In operation since 1969, Avenidas serves more than 6,500 older adults and their families each year in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Stanford, Menlo Park, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Atherton, Portola Valley, Woodside and Mountain View.

Chris Kenrick

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