Creative Aging Symposium Speakers

Louise Aronson, MD MFA, is a leading geriatrician, writer, educator, and professor of medicine at University of California, San Francisco. The author of New York Times bestseller Elderhood, she is a regular contributor to the New York Times and  New England Journal of Medicine. Recognition of Louise’s work includes a MacDowell fellowship, four Pushcart nominations, the American Geriatrics Society Clinician-Teacher of the Year award, and a Gold Professorship for Humanism in Medicine.


Debra Rapoport, MA, eco-friendly style icon from New York City, began her creative expression as a three year old playing ‘dress up’ and never stopped! She has an extensive background in layered textiles related to the body, with an emphasis on recycling and repurposing, including featured work in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and teaching at UC Davis, NYU, Banff School of Fine Arts, and the Museum of Arts and Design. Debra has achieved recent worldwide recognition as an ambassador for the Advanced Style movement, including appearances in the book and documentary.


Nancy Cranbourne is the owner/director of One Big Yes Productions and 40 Women Over 40, a dance company based in Boulder, Colorado. Nancy is a dancer, choreographer, and an award-winning actress & playwright. She has served on the faculties of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, University of Colorado/Boulder, Colorado State University, University of Washington, and Cornish College for the Arts. Nancy lives and thrives in Boulder, CO, where she inspires dancers to experience total acceptance as they develop communal identity through movement.


Albertina Zarazúa Padilla is a storyteller, the co-founder of and the story curator for, and facilitator of its’ storytelling workshops. Albertina was born to a farmworker family in Monterey, California, was a classroom teacher for over 20 years, and has served in a variety of community roles – shop steward and union representative, soccer coach, mentor for the National Latina Health Organization, board member of Clinica de la Raza, and member of the Teacher Advisory Board of the Oakland Museum of California and Luna Dance Institute. Albertina works with individuals and groups, helping them find the key to unlock their stories, and thus, their passage to shaping the world around them.


Edythe Boone is a self-taught artist and activist, working as a muralist, counselor, and art educator. She has spent decades using art as a tool for community transformation – bringing diverse individuals and communities together and fostering change through empathy. Whether collaborating on a mural as large and epic as Maestrapeace in San Francisco, or teaching a young student a new medium, Edythe’s message is clear – art, and its healing power, is for everyone.