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Client Advisory Council 

Cedars Client Advisory Council (CAC) was established in 2021 and is made up of representatives from each program. Members discuss topics that are important to Cedars clients and work closely with the Board of Directors to ensure that the clients’ voices and preferences are prioritized in our work. 


Mariana Abballo

  • "I enjoy being able to be a representative for my fellow peers at Fine Art Studios and going to Board meetings. I like finding solutions to any problems that we have at Cedars." 

  • Jewelry designer and watercolorist for 7 years at Cedars. 

  • Representative for Cedars Fine Art Studios 


Zoe Epstein

  • “I like using my skills in a different way. It’s cool having a leadership role and hopefully we’ll be able to make a difference for all the Cedars clients.” 

  • Volunteer at the San Rafael JCC, Artist at Cedars Fine Art Studios, and Horseback-Rider at Giant Steps. Resident and day program participant for 1 year. 

  • Representative for Cedars Community Connections 

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Allison Gargan

  • "I am excited to be on Cedars Client Advisory Council, and I will do everything I can do to help Cedars Residential clients. I want to talk to the different halls and bring their messages to the rest of Cedars. I like to be trying something new and trying to do my job of giving Ross residents a voice." 

  • Artist, Weaver, and Ross Resident, 10 years at Cedars

  • Representative for Cedars Ross Residences


Rose Gordon

  • "Cedars should definitely have a Client Advisory Council because it gives us a voice. While I am a member I want to address how people at Cedars treat one another. I am excited and a little anxious to be a part of the Cedars Client Advisory Council. "

  • Weaver, Volunteer in Cedars Senior Program, and Group Home Resident, 12 years at Cedars

  • Representative for Cedars Group Homes 


Bridget Jackson

  • “I am thrilled to be part of the Client Advisory Council, I have a lot of ideas to bring to the Council, including advocating for mental health awareness for the Cedars clients. It’s an honor to be on the Client Advisory Council and represent my fellow artists.”

  • Artist and Quilter, 20 years at Cedars  

  • Representative for Cedars Fine Art Studios

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Ben Kelly

  • "I am happy and excited to do the job of a Cedars Client Advisory Council member. I want to make a positive effect on the world." 

  • Gardener, Co-op member, and Artist, 1 year at Cedars  

  • Representative for Cedars Textile Arts Collaborative

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