Past and present Young at Heart Project board members at the 30th anniversary fundraiser on September 7, 2014.
2015-16 Board of Directors
Board Members: John Pusey, Robert Mullan
Sean, a highly talented professional musician, founded the Young At Heart Project in 1985. He continues to serve as the organization’s Artistic Director and provides inspiration to the talented musicians who assist in the delivery of live musical performances. Sean is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago, with a dual major in English and History. Before founding the Young At Heart Project, Sean toured extensively for over 11 years and shared the performance stage with many nationally recognized acts. In 1999 Sean was one of the first recipients of Santa Cruz County's Gayle Rich Award. This prestigious award honored Sean's artistic achievement and contributions to the community, and was directly related to his work with Young At Heart Project. The inspiration for the Young At Heart Project came to Sean while he was performing an impromptu concert at a rest home, where an elderly man who had not spoken for two years broke into song during the performance. Sean created the Young At Heart Project to enrich the lives of seniors. His vision has sustained the organization for 25 years, and continues to guide the Young At Heart Project into the future.
Elizabeth holds a BA in Humanities and Cultural Studies from Dominican University of California, and has a deep desire to better her fellow human's plight in life, and enrich their lives in the process. She has observed numerous performances by the Young At Heart performers, having interned as a fundraiser for the Young At Heart Project. Elizabeth has witnessed the magical effect of live entertainment on the faces of residents of the numerous nursing homes throughout the Silicon Valley, Monterey and Salinas. Elizabeth has a fascination with the wonders of music and its healing effects on well being. Elizabeth raised four children while providing for her family as the Director of Marin Endocrine for a ten-year period. She served as the Director of Operations for HearWell Audiology with offices in Los Gatos, San Jose and Sonoma Counties from 2011-2013.
Peg Wynn is responsible for Telenav’s human resources (HR) operations worldwide. She has 30 years of HR experience in the Silicon Valley area, most recently as vice president of HR for Atheros Communications (acquired by Qualcomm in spring of 2011). Prior to Atheros, she served as vice president of HR at Granite Construction, senior vice president of HR at Adobe and vice president of worldwide HR at Xilinx. Peg has also served in senior management roles at Intel Corp. and has managed her own consulting firm focused on strategic planning, productivity improvement and large-scale change management programs for international clients.
Peg received her Bachelor of Science from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. She was the recipient of the 2002 Overall HR Excellence Award presented by the Silicon Valley HR Symposium, and also received the 2002 Tribute to Women and Industry Award presented by the YWCA, for her role in the company’s cost reduction program.
Director of Operations, Mountain Winery
In addition to managing the financial records of the Young At Heart Project, Robert raises funds to support the organization. The Young At Heart Project provides professional musicians to seniors in the Monterey, Santa Cruz, and Santa Clara counties of Northern California. The Music enriches the lives of the underserved senior communities'. The performances are in senior centers, assisted living, and Alzheimer’s facilities. At Mountain Winery, Robert oversees operations of a 2,500-seat music venue/banquet/corporate facility, which features national acts from around the world. Mountain Winery hosts numerous corporate events, and hosts some of the most spectacular weddings in all of California. Robert also produced the annual Outdoor Fall festival "Oktoberfest,” in 2006, 2007 and 2008. These events took place under a huge tent, with food, beverages, and entertainment that improved our brand Image. He also produced the annual Cubby Bear Charity Golf outing, raising over $15,000 for local charities.
With a BA in English and an MA in Communication Arts, John spent his working life in non-formal education, beginning with projects for the Franciscan Communication Center, followed by 30 years with UC Cooperative Extension in Los Angeles County, first as director of Common Ground, an urban gardening program, and later as an academic working in youth development. He created the 4-H After School Activity Program in 1989 to serve children and youth living in public housing in Los Angeles County. Eventually, with government, foundation and corporate support, the program operated 25 sites and served over 10,000 youth living in L.A.’s most impoverished and gang-ridden neighborhoods. After retirement, John moved to Santa Cruz. His interests include writing, photography, graphics, music, gardening, hiking and volunteer work.