Staff & Board


Cathy Michalec
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Executive Director

Cathy brings over twenty-five 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.

Sarah Arnold
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Program Coordinator

Sarah moved from London to San Francisco in 2016. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Leeds, UK. In London she spent seven years working in Marketing and Communications but when moving to the US, decided to volunteer her skills in non-profit organizations. She spent over three years volunteering with older adults in San Francisco and witnessed first hand the many challenges that this growing population faces and the vital need for the services that organizations like LBFE provide. This need is higher than ever and she’s excited to be part of the evolution of these services. In her spare time, when she’s not running after her toddler or after her sassy rescue dog, Miss Sanchez (named after the street she was found on in the Castro district!) she loves to catch up with friends and explore the sites of Oakland where she moved last year.

Debbie Uchida
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Volunteer Coordinator

Debbie is the Volunteer Coordinator for LBFE and she supports the organization's operations by working directly with volunteers in 6 of the 7 core programs. She has volunteered with LBFE for about a year before joining LBFE as a staff member.  She has grown to love the organization and its mission more and more each day. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and a minor in Special Education from San Francisco State University. She was born and raised in Covina, CA.  In her spare time, she enjoys singing, playing piano, and spending time with friends and family.


Liz Talamo
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Program Coordinator

Liz moved from New York to the Bay Area in 2017. She has her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design from Rochester Institute of Technology in upstate New York and has spent the last five years working as a product and toy designer in the kids' space. A couple of years ago, she started looking for more opportunities to engage with the local community which is how she first found LBFE. Now she's excited to join the team here and continue to make a difference in the lives of San Francisco's elders through the Tech Allies program and more. On the weekends (and weekday afternoons) you can find her taking in the sunshine or cooking! Some of her favorite things to do right now are morning surfs at Jack's, sunsets at Ocean Beach, her yin yoga practice, and making crepes and lemon curd.


Hannah Sanderson
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Assessment Coordinator

Hannah’s journey with Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly began when she joined the Visiting Volunteer program in 2017. After six years as a volunteer, Hannah joined the LBFE team as the Program and Assessment Coordinator to find more opportunities to support, serve, and enrich the lives of elders in San Francisco. She has a Bachelor of Science in Advertising from The University of Texas and has spent her professional career working as a copywriter at agencies in Los Angeles and San Francisco. In her free time, Hannah enjoys watching movies and eating queso at Alamo Drafthouse, walking around San Francisco parks with her Bichon/Westie named Bemis, and catching up with her LBFE match, Jo.



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