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Four Officers (President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer) and four Steering Committee members are elected in alternating years each Spring Session for a two-year term. They can serve in any one student leadership position for a maximum of two consecutive terms or four consecutive years.


The President of the Fromm Institute Student Association additionally serves as an ex-officio member of the Friends of the Fromm Institute Board of Directors offering advice and counsel to the Board on matters of general importance to Fromm Institute Students.


Linda Marks: President

When I retired in 2013 a friend told me about Fromm and I’ve been happily taking classes ever since. A few years later I was elected to the FISA steering committee, then became your vice president and now your president. I am also on Fromm’s Diversity Task Force.



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Maxine Einhorn: Vice President

I'm a credentialed teacher and former department director in colleges in London, UK, for over twenty five years. I have a B.A. in History and an M.A. in Film and TV Studies , and have taught film studies, communications and media literacy. Here in San Francisco I worked at KQED...



Donna Calame: 


Connecting with Fromm has been great for me personally. Having been in quite demanding careers as a public defender in Camden, New Jersey, and then, in San Francisco beginning in 1984, several years in public interest law before nearly 20 years as executive director of a public agency.


Arlene Waksberg: Treasurer

I have been a Fromm student since 2009 and Treasurer of the Fromm Institute Student Association since the Fall of 2017.  My primary duties include providing budget forecasts and documenting our income and expenditures to the FISA Council.  I have a MA in Economics and have had research jobs in various governmental agencies and at SRI International, Blue Cross of California and Kaiser Permanente. 



Steering Committee

​​Susan L. Kaplan

My first experience with the Fromm Institute was at least

25 years ago when I told my husband, Richard, that he

couldn’t retire until he had something else in mind. I

suggested Fromm Institute since we knew the Fromms.

He was so enthusiastic about his time at Fromm, I came

when I retired.


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Shari Gropper

I have been an enthusiastic Fromm student for 11 years. During my working years I was a travel agent and an office manager of a medical office. Our school gives us a fabulous opportunity to continue to learn about a large variety of subjects as it also contributes to our

social life. It is my pleasure to give back to our Fromm community by serving on the FISA board. Say hello as you move about our campus or visit me at our FISA booth in the hallway behind Xavier.

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Joan Cucek


After 34 years of the practice of internal medicine at Kaiser in San Francisco, I enrolled at the Fromm Institute which enabled me to take the types of courses which did not fit into a Biology pre med schedule at Stanford.

I have served on the student association in all offices except treasurer which actually is the most important position since all activities are funded by voluntary student  dues. I will continue to help support the social non academic programs operated by FISA and hopefully add more selections. Lastly I would urge all students to make new friends at Fromm and possibly help the 

Administrative staff as Care Corp Volunteers.


Hector Esparza

My name is Hector Esparza and I have lived in San Francisco for more than 45 years. My parents moved our family from Mexico to Cloverdale, CA when I was five years old. I graduated from San Francisco State University, where I met my wife, Irene Minabe. I was fortunate to have worked as a strategic sourcing professional for over 30 years. 




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Frances Pinnock


I practiced law in San Francisco for 35 years, first as a Public Defender, then doing Civil Rights litigation and finally suing San Francisco's  slum landlords. After retirement I found the wondrous Fromm. My goal has been to contribute to the student environment by encouraging "conversations" among From Students.