Our History

Live Oak Adult Day Services first opened its day care program for frail elderly residents in Los Gatos, California in 1983. At that time there were only eight clients and it operated only two days a week, under the auspices of the First United Methodist Church of Los Gatos.

In 1985, the agency was incorporated as an independent, nonsectarian institution and by 1986 was open every weekday, serving up to one hundred clients each week. A third site was opened in Gilroy in 1993.  That site has been thriving ever since and is the only Adult Day Care in the South County.

Our third location – which is the first agency-owned site – is at 1147 Minnesota Avenue in San Jose, where our main office is located. This Center opened in October, 1999. In addition to the new construction for the adult day care center, Live Oak undertook the restoration of a historic San Jose home, known as the Paul and May Clark House – built in 1913. The exterior of the original building is exactly as it was designed by architect Frank Delos Wolfe, an associate of Frank Lloyd Wright. The Clark House was declared a Historical Landmark of the City of San Jose in November, 1999 and we love to give tours!  Maybe you’ll see our ghost! Both the original building and the new Center are connected with an interior hallway.

Finally, on July 1, 2003, Live Oak Adult Day Services merged with the former Cupertino Senior Day Services located on the St. Jude’s Episcopal Church campus in Cupertino. This center serves primarily residents of the cities of Cupertino and Sunnyvale.

Live Oak survived the Covid-19 pandemic by switching to remote services.  We reached out to our families via phone calls and face to face connections via computers.  We operated a 2-hour ‘mini’ program via Zoom each day.  We are happy to be open again and welcome everyone in-person or on Zoom.

Live Oak is a 501 (c) 3 organization, tax ID #77-0069106.

Meet our People


  • Mayra Marquez, Chairperson
  • Karen Dillon, Finance

  • Colleen Agostini, Secretary

  • Daniel Canales

  • Nagib Hakim

  • Palani Karuppan

  • Michael Miller

  • Christian Lei

  • Gus Vogel

  • Izumi Yaskawa

Leadership Alumni

  • Jeff Andaya

  • Brian Bonazzoli
  • Christy Byrne

  • Heggy Castaneda

  • Nancy Franklin

  • Leta Friedlander

  • Richard Haas

  • Beverly Haughton

  • Robert Hersch, M.D.

  • Janet Hill

  • Dale Hill

  • Kim Kennedy

  • Janet Kraemer

  • Kay Kvenvold

  • Ian Lamdin

  • Cristine Moraga
  • Denise Morris

  • Mary Jane Pattie

  • Canan Sonuk

  • Charles “Bud” Stump

Program Staff

Willow Glen Staff

  • Cristine Moraga, Program Director

  • Berenice Aguilar, Assistant Program Director

  • Isabella Tejeda, Program Specialist

  • Linda Hitchcock, Program Specialist

Cupertino Staff

  • Julie Hemphill, Program Director
  • Amy Halliday, Assistant Director

  • Larisa Spirodonova, Program Specialist
  • Kimberly Wilson, Program Specialist

Gilroy Staff

  • Yanessa Cruz, Program Director

  • Gloria Martinez-King, Assistant Director

  • Elizabeth Ayoubi, Program Specialist

Los Gatos Staff

  • Lisa Lenoci, Program Director
  • Monserrat Diaz, Assistant Director

  • Elizabeth DeLoach, Program Specialist