About Us

Our founders and advisors are all highly experienced professionals in the elder care field in Northern California. We share a common vision: to give away, for free, our knowledge of the San Francisco Bay Area’s resources and options for seniors and to create a virtual community where growing older feels empowering and inspiring… not terrifying.

 

Patty Weir Robertson, MA Gerontology — Founder and Advisor

Patty has been advocating for seniors throughout the Bay Area since 2000, although it could be said that her true calling happened much earlier when she became the caregiver for her ailing grandfather. Over the years, she has worked to develop new assisted living communities and acted as an advocate for seniors in need.

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Prior to co-founding The ElderHub, Patty was the Regional Community Education Director, East Bay for AgeSong Communities, where she worked to develop a culture of outreach and education. Previously, Patty was a Geriatric Care Manager with Eldercare Specialists, where she helped to coordinate care and support for older adults. She also worked at Elder Care Alliance for over five years in several key leadership roles.

Prior to her career with seniors, Patty was in the technology market, working with startup firms in health care and contact management systems. Patty received her MA in Gerontology at San Francisco State University, where she was awarded the University’s Graduate Student Award for Distinguished Achievement in 2004. She currently sits on the Charitable Trust Finance Board for the Dominican Sisters.

When she isn’t advocating and assisting families on senior issues, she can be found organizing school events and parties for her children.

 

Paula Hertel, MSW — Founder and Advisor

Since 1992, Paula’s professional focus has been on improving services for older adults in need of care throughout California and the country. She has successfully improved long-term care settings, operations and development of assisted living communities, regulatory compliance, new program development, and family and community needs. On a personal note, she helped navigate the health care system for her parents throughout their extended chronic illnesses and to the end of their lives. Today, these experiences help guide her in supporting others through an often complex and emotional process.

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Paula currently manages two bay area communities focused on mindfulness based assisted living and memory care,  Bayside Park and Lakeside Park.  Prior to co-founding The ElderHub, Paula was Chief Operating Officer of AgeSong Senior Communities, a Bay Area senior housing organization, where she oversaw operations, marketing and new building development. Before that, she served as Vice President of Operations and Marketing for Elder Care Alliance,  a nonprofit organization, where she participated in all phases of feasibility, development and operations for its assisted-living, dementia and multilevel long-term care communities in the Bay Area. She also worked for ARV for 11 years in various capacities, including as Vice President of Operations and Strategic Planning. Prior to her work in senior housing and care, she served as Director the City of Anaheim’s Adult Day Care Program.

Paula holds a masters of social work with an emphasis on mental health and community building from San Jose State University. She is actively involved in state and national industry associations, with posts including past commissioner of the California Health Policy and Data Advisory Commission, past board member of Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) and current Past President and Education Co-Chair for the California Assisted Living Association (CALA).

 

Elke Tekin, BS, Econ/Fin RCFE — Founder and Advisor

Elke is passionately involved in aging, health and longevity issues and has partnered with Bay Area organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life of older adults. Her primary focus is on management, marketing and business development within the assisted living and home care industries.

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Prior to joining The ElderHub, Elke co-founded AgeSong, Inc., an innovative development and management company of elder housing communities where she worked for 11 years. Her work was instrumental in AgeSong receiving the 2006 American Society on Aging National Award for Excellence in the Field of Aging. Based on her personal experience, she understands how precious each and every day is and that people need to come together to look for more comprehensive models of elder care and support. She currently supports Living Well—Assisted Living at Home providing business development and marketing support to allow older adults remain safely in their homes.

Elke is a graduate of Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California, where she studied both Economics and Finance. She is licensed by the California Department of Social Services as a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly Administrator and past board member of the San Francisco Residential Care Association. Prior to co-founding AgeSong, Elke worked at SAP, a tech company within the areas of product development, marketing and business development. You will often find her in the family restaurant Hayes & Kebab, located in the vibrant Hayes Valley neighborhood in San Francisco.