Alex Krem, Chairman
Alex Krem has been actively involved with the special needs community since 1957. He has served as chairman and interim executive director of Camping Unlimited for Developmentally Disabled (www.campingunlimited.org). In summer of 2015, it hosted 558 children and adults and provided 4925 camper-days and nights to this wonderful population. Alex has been an active Rotarian since the late 1980s and was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship in recognition of his fund-raising work for the Anna Kegan Appeal providing $800,000 to send Anna to France for two bone marrow transplants and a Telethon by which his club raised more than $1,000,000 to build the Ronald McDonald House at Auckland Hospital.
Alex is also an investment banker, lawyer and serial entrepreneur. He is founder and managing director of Admiralty International (www.admiralty.net and www.admiraltyinvestments.com), founded the Worldwide School of English (www.worldwideschoolofenglish.com) and is investment manager for First Global Venture Capital AG of Germany. He has more than 35 years’ legal, banking, investment and financial experience in over 70 countries. He holds multiple degrees (BA, MBA, and JD) from the University of California at Berkeley. He also studied industrial psychology at the Ph.D. level at the University of Minnesota. He consults regularly for the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, the US Congress, the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, the Asian Development Bank, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Susan Riggle Waterson, Founder, Vice-Chairman
Susan Riggle Waterson is the parent of two teenagers, one whom is severely affected with autism. Her commitment to health and opportunities for children was established long before she became a parent through her work with the State of California Department of Public Health. In her off hours, Susan has pursued another interest. She enjoys researching, analyzing and calculating real estate potential, mainly for the purpose of finding the best possible living arrangement and livelihood for her disabled son. In addition her degree in Environmental Studies and Planning has come in handy for working with county planning professionals, especially when there are questions about properties that could be a good fit for progressive residential group living for adults with developmental disability. Fortunately, Susan attended the FRED (Farms and Ranches for Enabling the Disabled) Conference in Los Angeles in 2013 and met Alex Krem, who shares the vision of what an ideal living arrangement might look like for adults like her son.
Dan Lieberman, Treasurer
Dan Lieberman has been active in the renovation and development of multifamily housing for over 20 years. He is president of Milestone Properties, a boutique firm focused on upgrading and repositioning existing multifamily housing in the East Bay. He attended MIT and UC Berkeley majoring in architecture and is a licensed building contractor. Dan is also the parent of a young adult affected by autism and has recently become involved in solving the housing needs of other adults on the spectrum.
Peter Jezek, Secretary
Peter Jezek has been involved in the special needs community since 2007 when he assisted the founding team as it developed the business plan for Safe Haven Farms, a community for adults affected by autism. He has served as a member of its board of directors since 2009 and as treasurer from 2009 to 2013. He has seen first-hand the quality of life improvements experienced by residents at Safe Haven Farms and by participants in the day programs, and he is delighted to collaborate to bring similar benefits to others. Professionally, he has worked in business and technology roles in startups and Fortune 100 companies. He has led teams to develop and deploy technologies worldwide, and has managed IT operations spanning over 80 countries. His present work centers on information security.
Miran Choi MD, is the parent of a child affected by intellectual disability and autism. Recently she has focused on transition and employment planning opportunities for older adolescents with intellectual disability. She is excited to be part of the movement to develop sustainable intentional communities for people who are disabled, non-disabled and neuro-typical. She is specialized in trauma recovery work at San Francisco General Hospital and the San Francisco Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center. She serves as clinical faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).