BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D.
Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., is the President and Medical Director of the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation in Tucson, Arizona, the original voice in the integrative or holistic medical approach to the prevention and treatment of memory loss. Dr. Khalsa graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine in 1975, and received his postgraduate training in anesthesiology at the University of California, San Francisco where he was chief resident. As chief resident, he conducted highly acclaimed research on anesthesia for cardiac surgery and obstetrical anesthesiology. He is also a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Acupuncture for Physicians Program, and has studied mind/body medicine at Harvard Medical School‘s Mind/Body Medical Institute. Dr. Khalsa is board certified in anesthesiology and pain management.
Randal Brooks, MA, LPC
Randy and his wife Deb live near Marana, Arizona. He holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. Randy is the past governor of Rotary District 5500 in 2012-2013. Mr. Brooks is the vice president of the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation and presents information about the ARPF programs throughout the country and the world.
He and his wife have hosted several Rotary Youth Exchange students from Brazil, Germany, and Peru. Currently, Randy is the Chair of the Group Study Exchange and was a team leader of the GSE team to South Africa in 2009. He has attended the International Rotary Conventions in Copenhagen, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Montreal, and France, and attended the Rotary Day at the United Nations.
Randy has traveled to South Africa, Zimbabwe, Brazil, and Peru to review and support various Rotary Foundation projects, such as water, food, literacy, and health projects. He returned to Brazil in 2010 to volunteer at shelters for abused women and for those suffering from post-traumatic stress, and participate in literacy programs. During this trip, he also taught at two universities in Natal, Brazil.
He is also directly involved in volunteer work for the Town of Marana, Arizona in the community beautification, Marana Healthcare and literacy projects for its Unified School District, and preparing meals for the Ronald McDonald House.
Randy is retired from Jorgensen/Brooks Group Employee Assistance Programs, and is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion.
Carolyn S. Sechler, CPA
Carolyn Sechler is the CEO of Sechler CPA PC, a virtual CPA firm. She and her team all work from home serving over 400 nonprofit organizations. She is an animated speaker on nonprofit topics, a writer/editor and technology nut. Currently, she writes for a number of professional nonprofit publications and is an editorial advisor for the Journal of Accountancy as well as Nonprofit Agendas. She also serves as a curriculum consultant to ASU’s Nonprofit Management Institute and will be instructing a class for NMI on Sustainable Practices.
Carolyn also serves on several nonprofit boards including Secretary/Treasurer, Native American Basketball Invitational Foundation, Treasurer, Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation and Chairman, UMOM Social Enterprise Committee.
Ms. Sechler is an avid “volunteer vacationer” to learn more about various cultures, teach and support the mission at the destination and learn more about NGOs and compliance in the countries she visits. In the past few years her travels have taken her to Japan, Ghana, Hungary, the Yucatan Peninsula, Iceland, Peru, and recently Cuba.
Carolyn also volunteers extensively for illiteracy, children’s needs, technology, and accounting projects.
Kirti K. Khalsa
Originally from Rome, Italy, Kirti is the Chief Operating Officer and Secretary of the Board of the ARPF. Before moving to the USA, she worked for a multinational pharmaceutical company in the export, marketing and Regulatory Affairs departments in their offices in Italy, USA, and Switzerland. She speaks five languages and was responsible for single-handedly implementing, managing, and overseeing the opening of a new branch office in Neuchatel, Switzerland.
Kirti is also involved in supporting her community by fighting illiteracy through her Rotary Club and supporting the local Senior Companion Program.
Kirti has been a yoga practitioner for over 30 years and has been a yoga teacher to seniors and people with disabilities for 20 years. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening.
A 52-year resident of Tucson, AZ, Carolyn Lucz is retired from a career in organizational management, marketing and journalism combined with business ownership of two travel film series in Tucson and Phoenix. The programs featured documentary films narrated in person by world explorers and adventurers.
She has written and published many freelance articles for various local magazines and newspapers. Her hobbies focus on travel in the U.S. and abroad.
Besides serving on the Board of Directors of the ARPF, Carolyn also volunteers for Parent Aid, a Tucson non-profit organization. Parent Aid’s mission is to strengthen families and prevent child abuse through parenting classes, family enrichment workshops, and personalized individual family support with a child support specialist.
Edward Steinfeldt, MA
Mr. Steinfeldt is based in Santa Barbara, California, and has worked in the Senior Living industry for over three decades. Trained as a healthcare administrator at The George Washington University, he consults throughout the United States. His experience as a consultant, manager, and owner has afforded him the insight that comes with years of experience, operations, and successful new projects and turnarounds.
His company, Steinfeldt & Associates, has been working with not for profit and for profit developers of Senior Living housing and health care communities including continuing care, assisted living, memory support, hospice and skilled nursing. His goal is to assist the developers create a vision which serves the local community and the individuals living within it.
Dana is a Colorado native and outdoor lover! Career-wise, she has a background in marketing, social campaigns and website management. In her previous position she managed online health and wellness programs for fortune 100 companies. This gave her perspective for what it takes to design, develop, plan and execute programs and ensure success for both the employee and the company.
While Dana enjoyed this work, she was looking for something that had a more substantial impact on others. As a certified Yoga instructor and avid foodie, wellness and preventative care have always been important to her. This, paired with her work background made ARPF the perfect match for her new path. She is excited to dive into the world of preventative health, and focus her skill set on something meaningful to the entire population. She is looking forward to being a part of this growing non-profit.