Founders

Becky Peters and Pam Goodman launched Lifespan in 1983 because they saw a need in the community to better serve the aging population. Their vision focused on a service that promotes health, safety, comfort and independence of older persons.  Three decades later, Lifespan continues to be a local leader and innovator in geriatric care management and home care.

Lifespan was one of the original geriatric care management agencies on the West Coast and the very first in Santa Cruz County. Viewed as pioneers, Ms. Peters and Ms. Goodman were among the initial group to obtain certification as Geriatric Care Managers. Their combined expertise in the myriad challenges of aging is evident in every aspect of Lifespan services.

Over the years, Ms. Peters and Ms. Goodman have volunteered their time and skills to numerous community organizations and boards which serve older persons in the greater Santa Cruz Community. As members of Capitola-Aptos Rotary Club, both have expanded their volunteer reach to less developed areas of the world including Peru and Tanzania.

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Pamela Goodman, RN, BSN - President

Ms. Goodman received her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from Humboldt State University and is credentialed as a California Public Nurse.

Pam Goodman has 35 years of experience in the field of aging including adult day health care, acute psychiatric care and home care.  She is an expert in managing the challenges that face persons with dementia and mental health problems. 

In addition to her work in the local community, Ms. Goodman has served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Geriatric Care Managers and is a past-President of the Capitola-Aptos Rotary Club.

 

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Becky Peters, RN, BSN - Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Peters received her B.S. in nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina. She is credentialed as a Public Health Nurse.

Ms. Peters has 40 years of experience with geriatric nursing in public and private settings. She has served on the faculty of Cabrillo College and has serviced on a number of community boards. She is a past president of the Santa Cruz Alzheimer's Association Board. Ms. Peters has authored several articles and a chapter in the book, Managing Home Care for the Elderly - Lessons from Community-based Agencies.