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- June 4, 2021

Avenidas names new CEO

Amy Yotopolous, a Palo Alto resident whose career has focused on aging, longevity and caregiving, will become president and CEO of the senior services agency Avenidas.

Yotopolous, who directed the adult day program at Avenidas, now known as the Rose Kleiner Center, from 1999 to 2003, more recently has worked at the Stanford Center on Longevity and, since 2019, as co-founder and manager of the Caregiving Center in the new Stanford Hospital.

She takes the helm at Avenidas Sept. 1.

"I'm so excited to come full circle in my career, as Avenidas has been an important part of my life for decades," Yotopoulos said.

Avenidas board chair Henry Massey said Yotopolous's "years of multi-faceted senior management experience leading strategic development, long range planning and guiding organizations through periods of growth and transition will greatly benefit Avenidas.

"In addition, she understands our mission on a very personal level, having 10 years of experience as a family caregiver for a loved one with dementia," Massey said.

At the Stanford Center on Longevity, Yotopolous managed the Mind Division, which focuses on research into cognitive health and harnessing the human capital of older people. The Caregiving Center in the new Stanford Hospital is a lounge, health library and referral center for patients and their families, as well as for the general public.

Yotopolous said she became interested in aging issues as an undergraduate at Stanford, where she took classes with psychologist Laura Carstensen, founding director of Stanford's Center on Longevity, and graduated with honors in psychology. She later earned a master's degree in gerontology from the University of Southern California.

At Avenidas, she replaces Amy Andonian, who served from 2014 until leaving last fall. John Sink, vice-president of programs, serves as interim president.

Avenidas operates an adult enrichment center and a Chinese Community Center, both in Palo Alto, as well as an adult day care center, known as the Rose Kleiner Center, in Mountain View. For more information on the agency, go to avenidas.org.

Chris Kenrick


Posted by Marie
a resident of South of Midtown
on Jun 4, 2021 at 12:47 pm

Marie is a registered user.

I hope Amy will reconsider sponsoring La Comida, the long time dining program for low income seniors that used to be housed at Avenidas. I was shocked when Avenidas used their renovations to sever their relationship with one of the few programs they sponsored for low income seniors, despite significant public funding from the City of Palo Alto. I dropped my membership at that time and have not renewed. Should Avenidas only serve the middle class and wealthy? Look at the costs of classes they offer. The number of free benefits are minimal, even for those who have purchased membership. As far as I know, there are no subsidies for low income seniors.

La Comida is once again pleading with the city council to help them resume their downtown dining program at Avenidas. Given the minimal (ie $1 per year) rent Avenidas pays to Palo Alto and the direct financial support from the City of Palo Alto, the council should encourage or require Avenidas to work with La Comida and develop more services for low income seniors.

Posted by ron
a resident of Community Center
on Jun 5, 2021 at 2:08 am

ron is a registered user.

Web Link is the info for Marie. They are simply working with another partner.

Posted by Marie
a resident of South of Midtown
on Jun 7, 2021 at 12:48 pm

Marie is a registered user.

La Comida has not been able to find another suitable partner downtown for in-person dining. Even though Avenidas reduced their dining space, La Comida would still like to partner with Avenidas as their testimony at the PA city council confirms. I was happy to see that the new CEO is reconsidering working with La Comida.

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