Staff & Board


Cathy Michalec

Executive Director

Cathy brings over seventeen years of nonprofit experience to Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly San Francisco (LBFE). She recently relocated to the Bay Area from Seattle, where she resided for fifteen years. For the past seven years, Cathy was the Executive Director of Teens in Public Service (TIPS) a nonprofit that provides life-changing internships to teens in the Seattle area. Prior to that, she spent four years as Executive Director for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America-Northwest Chapter, expanding the program from one to five states. Cathy has also served as a Board Member and President of Washington Community Health Charities. Cathy holds a BS in Education from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco.


Debbie Uchida

Volunteer Coordinator and Tech Allies Program Coordinator

Debbie is the Program Coordinator for LBFE’s new program, Tech Allies. She takes pride in being the Program Coordinator for the program because she has seen how introducing the internet to our elders has helped them to feel more connected to our world today. She is also the Volunteer Coordinator for LBFE and she supports the organization operations by working directly with volunteers in 6 of the 7 core programs. She has volunteered with LBFE for about a year and has grown to love the organization and their mission more and more each day. She recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and minor in Special Education from San Francisco State University. She was born and raised in Covina, CA but moved to San Francisco 5 years ago for college and fell in love with the city. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, playing piano, and spending time with friends and family.

Leisha Ishikawa

Program Coordinator

As Program Coordinator, Leisha oversees all programs that serve LBFE's elders. She recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and minor in health studies from the University of San Francisco. She was able to study abroad in Japan for a semester and learned about global issues surrounding health and aging, specifically about the detrimental effects of social isolation on overall health and well-being. From this experience, she has taken great interest in alleviating social inequalities and stigmas facing the growing population of Elderly in San Francisco. She looks forward to creating many diverse and vibrant relationships with elders, as well as the opportunity to support inter-generational relationships and community health promotion. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, walking and running with four-legged friends, and trying new restaurants.



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