Susan Abeles, Mentorship Chair
Sue Abeles joined the Board in 2010. She has served as a member-at-large, vice president/president elect, president and past president. She retired from UCLA in 2010 as Associate Vice Chancellor for Corporate Financial Services and Controller. Her 40+-year career began as a student employee. Highlights include financial manager of Housing & Food Services and director of strategic planning & operations for Business Enterprises. Sue’s involvement with UCLARA includes field trips, virtual programs, and the book club, cooking and Mah Jongg interest groups. Retirement gives her time to learn new skills and engage in the activities she loves, including traveling, quilting and musical theater.
Al Aubin, Campus and Community Relations Chair
Al Aubin first served on the Board during 2009-10. He returned to the Board in 2013, and has also served as secretary and member-at-large. Al first retired in 2007, but was recalled for six years. He’s been fully retired since 2013. His 40 years of UCLA service include positions at the Career Center and the Office of Experimental Educational Programs. He was a senior psychometrist and graduate advisor at the Graduate School of Education. Al’s favorite UCLARA activities include informal gatherings, holiday luncheons, and visits to local attractions. He enjoys having more time for political advocacy and serving on boards and committees during retirement.
John Dahl, Membership Marketing Chair, Information Technology Chair
John Dahl joined the Board in 2009. He has served UCLARA in many roles, including president, past president, and treasurer. He retired from UCLA in 2007 after 32+ years in External Affairs, the School of Engineering, Corporate Financial Services, and (most recently) Academic Planning and Budget. John is active in CUCRA, the Council of University of California Retiree Associations. His favorite UCLARA activity is serving on the Board. He thinks his connection to UCLARA is the best thing about retirement.
Dolores Dyer, Travel Chair
Dolores Dyer joined the Board in 2018. She served as member at large before becoming travel chair. She retired from UCLA in 2010 as director of Concierge Medicine for Suite 215, 100 Medical Plaza. Her other positions include director of OB-GYN UCLA Faculty Practice. Dolores loves to travel and enjoys organizing trips. For her the best thing about retirement is doing what you want when you want any time you want! (And yes, that means lots of travel.)
Renee Fortier, Recording Secretary*
Renee Fortier joined the Board in 2022. After a 40-year career at UCLA, she retired in 2021 as Executive Director, Events & Transportation. In that role she oversaw the Events Office; Parking; Commuter Services; Fleet & Transit; and Traffic systems. Her other positions include Capital Programs Principal Planner and Business & Transportation Services Associate Director. She was co-chair of the BeWell pod of the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative. Her favorite UCLARA activities are events, gatherings and luncheons with fellow retirees. She thinks the best thing about retirement is having time to get outside and enjoy nature in the garden, at the beach, and in the mountains and foothills. (It's also pretty sweet to be free of nonstop emails and messages that need a response!)
Elaine Fox, Past President*
Elaine Fox joined the Board in 2014. She has served as Board treasurer and President. Elaine retired from UCLA in 2007 after a 14-year career, most recently as a financial analyst at The Anderson School. What she likes about UCLARA are the events and excursions, and the opportunities to make new friends. She thinks the best thing about retirement is not waking up to an alarm, and enjoys having time to “play."
Michael Heafey, Programs Committee Chair
Michael Heafey joined the Board in 2018 as chair of the Programs Committee. He retired in 2015 as director of operations for the Anderson School, in charge of facility management, room scheduling, and event operations. His 37 years at UCLA also included time as a stage hand, stage manager, technical director and event manager at Campus Activities Service Office. His favorite UCLARA activities are treks with the hiking group and the annual holiday luncheon. He likes retirement because his time is his own, and he can volunteer to help campus.
Margaret Johnson, Historian
Margaret Johnson joined the Board in 2020 to take over the UCLARA archives as historian. She also serves on the membership committee and IT committee. Margaret retired from UCLA in 2008. Her most recent job was assistant director of the Ralph and Goldy Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies at the Luskin School of Public Affairs. Her 40-year career at UCLA also included stints in the medical center’s infection control department, the Administrative Vice Chancellor’s office, the School of Education, and the Department of Psychology. Her favorite UCLARA activity is the book club. She likes everything about retirement, including sleeping in whenever she wants. She misses pre-pandemic travel and lunching at restaurants.
Elizabeth Juncosa, Member at Large
Elizabeth Juncosa joined the Board in 2012. She has served as recording secretary and led a financial review of UCLARA. She retired from UCLA in 2006 as budget director for UCLA Health. During her 25-year UCLA career she also held positions as a budget and financial analyst. Elizabeth’s favorite UCLARA activities are leading hikes and day trips. She’s led (or co-led) trips to Santa Barbara, Huntington Gardens and the Norton Simon Museum. Elizabeth thinks the best things about retirement are having time to travel the world, read newspapers, train for the Senior Olympics, and be with family and friends.
Maggie McGinley, Interest Group Chair
Maggie McGinley joined the Board in 2016. She was a member at large before becoming interest group chair. Maggie retired in 2011 after working 35 years at UCLA, most recently as manager of the Immunogenetics Center of the School of Medicine. She previously worked in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Maggie’s favorite UCLARA activities are programs, outings and book clubs. Her retirement lets her explore more opportunities and enjoy more free time.
Keith Parker, Member at Large
Keith Parker joined the Board in 2023. He retired from UCLA in 2018 as the Assistant Vice Chancellor, Government & Community Relations, responsible for managing the University's interface with elected officials and community/civic organizations. Keith had been at UCLA since 1981, working in a number of positions and serving on numerous campus committees and community/civic boards as a representative of UCLA. He recently concluded a term as City Commissioner on the Los Angeles Civil and Human Rights Commission. The relationships Keith built over the years working at UCLA are like a second family in many ways. Retirement has meant more time for family and travel, and the ability to take an afternoon nap.
Anne Pautler, Newsletter Editor
Anne Pautler joined the Board in 2020. She retired from UCLA in 2018 after more than 38 years, most recently as an associate director in Strategic Communications. Her first 20 years at UCLA were spent at ASUCLA in marketing and communications. Anne enjoys UCLARA tours and lecture programs, and meeting other retirees. She thinks the best thing about retirement is getting to set her own deadlines.
Jane Permaul, Emeriti Association Liaison
Jane Permaul joined the Board in 2013. She retired from UCLA in 2000 after a 39-year career, but was on recall until 2003. Her most recent UCLA position was Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs Administration. Other career highlights include adjunct professor in the School of Education, director of field studies for the Office of Instructional Development, and resident director of Dykstra and Reiber halls. Jane likes to interact with UCLARA board members and contribute to joint programs with the Emeriti Association. Her favorite thing about retirement is getting to know other segments of UCLA via service on boards including the Emeriti Association, Faculty Center, Gold Shield Alumnae and University Credit Union. She also enjoys being able to travel with family.
Mary Petersen, Membership Chair
Mary Petersen joined the Board in 1998. She has served as membership chair (1998-2001) and corresponding secretary (2012-16). Her 40-year career at the Anderson School reads like a Hollywood movie: she started as a receptionist running the switchboard and sorting the mail, but eventually became director of financial services, then director of facilities services, and finally special assistant to the senior associate dean for administration. Mary’s favorite UCLARA activities include celebrations of special events, the holiday party, visits to sites within a 2-hour drive of LA (Montecito, Palm Springs, Dana Point), and intermediate bridge. The thing she appreciates most about retirement is the freedom to do what she wants when she wants.
Jack Powazek, Member at Large
Jack Powazek joined the Board in 2021. He retired after 41 years of UCLA service in various administrative capacities, culminating his UCLA career as the Administrative Vice Chancellor. Some of his other positions included Associate Vice Chancellor-General Services, and Assistant Vice Chancellor – Facilities Management. Since retirement, he has completed a couple of recall assignments, and taught a graduate course in the School of Education and Information Studies. He thinks the best thing about retirement is having the freedom to travel and relax, and certainly he's not missing those 2 a.m. phone calls.
Barbara Rabinowitz, Corresponding Secretary
Barbara Rabinowitz joined the Board in 2019 as a Member at Large, and has been a member of the Program Committee since 2018. She retired from UCLA in 2018 after a 13-year career as manager of the UC Student Health Insurance Plan. She enjoys participating in emeriti and retiree events. Pre-pandemic, her favorite thing about retirement was travel. She also volunteered at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and at the Skirball Cultural Center. She takes long walks of four to five miles.
Guy Stocks, Treasurer*
Guy Stocks joined the Board in 2019. He retired from UCLA in 2017. His 30-year career spans two University of California campuses: 13 years at UCLA, then four at UC San Francisco, then 13 more at UCLA. His most recent job was director of business services in the dean’s office at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. His favorite UCLARA activities center on the hiking group. The thing he likes best about retirement is the unfettered ability to dedicate his time and talent to making a positive difference in the community. His volunteer activities include Catholic Charities of Los Angeles and Westside Pacific Villages.
Matilda Elizabeth Taylor, Member at Large
Liz Taylor joined the Board in 2020. She was a member of the event committee for 8 years and facilitated the hiking group for 5 years. Liz retired from UCLA in 2012 as a student affairs officer in the Graduate Division, coordinating multiple fellowships and the Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Program. Her 16-year UCLA career also included working at the School of Nursing. Liz enjoys all kinds of UCLARA activities: theater and cultural events, holiday party, book club, cooking class, and museum exhibits. She likes serving and socializing with fellow retirees. Besides UCLARA, her favorite thing about retirement is travel: London, Paris, the Grand Canyon and Joshua Tree.
John Timmins, Member at Large
John Timmins joined the Board in 2023.
Dr. Timmins retired in 2020 after 20 years as a senior staff research associate in the Department of Medicine, Division of Endrocrinology, Gonda (Goldschmied) Diabetes Center. A Chiropractic Physician and Emeritus with the American College of Sports Medicine in Exercise Physiology, he operated the Diagnostic Services Unit, a research related testing site for osteoporosis, and performed multiple clinical procedures evaluating for complications of diabetes, hypertension, thyroid and cardiovascular disease. Overall wellness remains the focus in retirement . . . spending quality time with family, friends and colleagues. Avocations include golf, hiking, music, reading and travel.
Judith Tuch, President*
Judith Tuch joined the Board in 2014. She has served as chair of the program committee and the arts and crafts show, Special Events Chair, and vice president. Judith retired from UCLA in 2002, after more than 22 years. Her most recent position was director of information management for External Affairs. Her favorite UCLARA activities are programs: art, garden, historic sites, Hollywood Bowl concerts, travel presentations, special receptions and after-lunch programs. What she likes about retirement is not having to stick to an 8-5 schedule. That way she can spend more time giving tours at LACMA, researching new exhibitions, and traveling any time and any place.
Patricia E. Webber, Alumni Affairs Liaison
Pat Webber joined the Board in 2011 after retiring from UCLA at the end of 2009. Her most recent UCLA position was in Student Affairs as an immigration counselor for the Dashew International Student Center. Her 37-year career at UCLA began as a secretary for the Annual Fund. She was promoted to various fund-raising positions and eventually became director of development for the Dashew Center. There she coordinated the fundraising efforts to build Tom Bradley International Hall, now the home of the Dashew Center. Pat enjoys UCLA baseball games at Jackie Robinson Stadium as well as lectures and cultural programs. She’s a member of the Westwood Women’s Bruin Club and the UCLA Town and Gown Affiliates. The best thing about retirement? “I don’t have to work anymore. The end.”
*Members of the Executive Committee