Staff

Ryan KawamotoRyan Kawamoto

Regional Director

Ryan, a Bay Area native, provides operational and administrative assistance while also maintaining the Avenidas center’s technology courses. He is the former Executive Director of Yu-Ai Kai Japanese American Community Senior Service of San Jose and the former Chair of the Aging Services Collaborative of Santa Clara County. Ryan has an undergraduate degree in political science and visual arts from the University of California, San Diego, and a Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs. He also wrote and published a 372-page graphic novel and worked in the California State Legislature.

 

Ilze Duarte

Center Manager

With over thirty years’ experience teaching adults, Ilze was a technology trainer with Senior Planet at Avenidas for three years before becoming Center Manager. In her current position, she oversees the day-to-day operations at the center to offer Senior Planet’s award-winning programming to older adults, and works with Senior Planet leadership to come up with exciting and innovative programs. She continues to be inspired by the wisdom and wonder she sees in the older adults we serve. Ilze has degrees in English, teaching, and speech communication.