Dr. Shih and her husband, Joel Axelrod, moved to Ashland from San Marino, CA in 2012. Her educational background is in Clinical Psychology and Public Policy with an emphasis in health policy. Dr. Shih worked for a number of years as a clinician and psychotherapist at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Johns Hopkins Medical School, Sinai Hospital, and in private practice. Before retiring she was a Project Director at Johnson, Bassin, & Shaw International and directed a number of major evaluations projects of Federally funded health programs (including HIVAIDS, mental health, and substance abuse programs around the country). Since retiring, Dr. Shih has been active in her community. She is currently serving as a co-president of the Ashland Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and she is on the Board of Overseers at the Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, CA. In the past, she has served as a Board member of the Community Health Center; a docent at the Huntington’s Chinese Garden; a volunteer at the San Marino Historical Society; and she was a contributing artist at the Creative Arts Center in Sierra Madre, CA. In her spare time, Dr. Shih plays the piano and classic guitar, does clay work in her ceramic studio, and makes origami cards.
Dr. Shih and her husband are active in philanthropic support and have given over $5 million in charitable gifts to a number of organizations including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens; SOU Foundation; San Francisco Film Society; Eyes to Burma; AAUW Scholarship Funds; Community Health Center, and the Brook County Library Foundation. More recently they funded the building of a pavilion and court yard in the Chinese garden at the Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens in San Marino… a pavilion dedicated to performing arts. Both Dr. Shih and Joel Axelrod are committed to their mission of supporting education, health care, and the performing arts.
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