Team

Jocelyn Tseng, Founder

Jossy is a resident physician, training in a combined internal medicine and preventive medicine program at Kaiser-UCSF. She founded the Legacy Project in 2010 after losing her father from brain cancer and her mother from chronic Lyme disease complications. Jossy strongly believes in the therapeutic power of telling and sharing your story. 

Linda Dackman, Coordinator

Linda coordinates all on the ground operations for the Legacy Project. Linda was first diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 34. She has published three books related to breast cancer from the patient's point of view, focusing on the psycho-social concerns at a time when that was still taboo. She has also published articles in everything from Vogue to The New York Times. She is a skilled interviewer who has conducted countless interviews over the course of her career. 

 

Michel Fraser, Videographer

Michel is an independent filmmaker specializing in the fields of art and education. Michel's first documentary Xavier Viramontes: A Life in Print broadcast nationally on PBS and public television. Additional documentary work includes A Flight Plan for the California Condor, Tigers on a Plane, Action for Wildlife, Golden Gate Opus, Mrs. Judo: Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful, Last Call: the Specs Film, The Wild Party, In Xanadu, and 7 Visions. It is an honor and privilege to document in a video format an individual's life path, personal meaning and values for present and future family generations. 

 

Jim Gatewood, Project Historian

Jim is a second-year student in the adult-geriatric nurse practitioner program at UCSF specializing in geriatrics with a minor in palliative care. He is a proud fourth generation nurse, dating back to his Cornish great-grandmother. Jim's first professional life was as a professor of American studies and urban history. From 2008-2010, he was the interim head of the urban, community and environmental studies program at Antioch University Los Angeles, and he also taught at UC Santa Cruz, UCLA, Cal State Los Angeles, and Cal State Fullerton. Among some of his proudest work has been the work he's done as a public historian. He was the curator of collections at the Japanese American National Museum while working on his master's degree at UCLA and has been very active in oral history since he was an undergraduate student. Jim worked on the REgenerations oral history project that documented the experiences of Japanese Americans returning to the West Coast from the internment camps in which they were imprisoned during World War II and did a little work for the Densho Project in Seattle (www.densho.org). He is excited to merge his two professional careers in his work with the Legacy Project.