Know Before You Go


SNBAA Weekend

at Stanford Sierra Camp

May 12-15, 2016

We are looking forward to welcoming 100+ alumni and guests to the 2016 SNBAA Weekend at Stanford Sierra Camp.  Below are a few details to help you prepare for the weekend.


Sierra Camp is located in the serene, spectacular natural setting of Fallen Leaf Lake, one mile south of Lake Tahoe.  It is approximately a 2 hour drive from Reno Airport, 2.5 hours from Sacramento, and 4 hours from San Francisco. Check out the links below to plan your arrival accordingly.


Thursday, May 12 – Guest check-in starts at 3pm.  Note that shuttle service is limited after 8:45pm.

Sunday, May 15 – Guests must check out of rooms by 10am.  Activities and facilities will be available until 1pm.

Special Weekend Activities

Check out these pictures from the 2014 weekend!


The weekend provides great opportunities to spend quality time with SNBAA alumni, friends and family.  In addition to those activities highlighted when you registered, here are a few updates!

Weekend Speakers:

S. Elizabeth Ford ‘86, MD, MBA, FAAP, District Health Director and CEO, DeKalb County Board of Health

Sandra_Elizabeth_FordDr. Ford has served as the District Health Director of the DeKalb County Board of Health since February 2005. She manages an array of public health programs that serve over 730,000 people.  Her agency has successfully applied for more than $15 million in federal funds to address health disparities, including $5.6 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to promote smoke-free environments, physical fitness, and improved nutrition. Dr. Ford has created numerous programs designed to tackle infant mortality. Her dedication to minority health and health disparities has led to her appearances on CNN, CNN International, and local Atlanta stations, including FOX, ABC, CBS, NBC, and Public Broadcasting radio. Dr. Ford has received several honors for her commitment to public health, including:  one of Atlanta’s 25 Most Influential African American Doctors in Black Health Magazine; a Legendary Humanitarian Award from the Dominique Wilkins’ Foundation; the 2012 Healthcare Hero award by the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority; recognition as a 2010 Power Player of the Year by El Club de Comerciantes and the Black Latino Council; and recognition as one of 2007 Superwomen by the Atlanta Tribune. Dr. Ford is a board-certified pediatrician. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Stanford University, a Medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Health Services Administration from Howard University’s Graduate School of Business.

Adrian Miller, ‘91, Author, Executive Director of the Colorado Council of Churches

Adrian_MillerAdrian Miller is a Denver, Colorado native who graduated from Stanford University (A.B. 1991, International Relations) and Georgetown University Law School (J.D. 1994). After practicing law in Denver for several years, Adrian served as a White House special assistant to President William Jefferson Clinton and the Deputy Director of the President’s Initiative for One America. Adrian is also a certified barbecue judge, food writer, and an engaging speaker who has presented on such topics as: Black Chefs in the White House, chicken and waffles, hot sauce, kosher soul food, red drinks, soda pop, and soul food. Adrian’s first book, Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time (University of North Carolina Press) won the 2014 James Beard Foundation Book Award for Reference and Scholarship, and it is a 2014 Honor Book for Nonfiction from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Adrian is currently writing a book on the history of African American presidential chefs. For his day job, Adrian currently serves as the Executive Director of the Colorado Council of Churches. He is the first African American and the first layperson to hold that position.

Beyond the Farm @ Sierra Camp

During our weekend, guests are invited to participate in our Beyond the Farm project, creating friendship cards for the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland!  We hope you will take a moment during the weekend to make a card (or 2!) for a local child.  All supplies will be provided! Register HERE so that we may plan accordingly.

Kids Camp

Children will enjoy counselor-led creative, educational and fun-filled programs designed for ages 5 – 12 at designated times during the weekend schedule.  The Sierra Camp staff has graciously extended the ages for Kids Camp to include potty-trained 3 and 4 year olds as well.


Cabin Assignments

Comfortable accommodations consist of charming, rustic cabins set in the forest beside the lake.  Cabin assignments will be provided upon arrival. Most units offer lake views and private decks, and all have full private baths. Each cabin has one queen bed, plus up to four twin beds depending on cabin size. All linens are provided. Cabins do not have televisions, telephones, or kitchen facilities. Each family/group gets a comfortable cabin or lodge room.  Based on your group size when registering, you will be placed in an appropriate sized cabin.


For general information on Sierra Camp and the area, please consult the Sierra Camp website. For other questions, “reasonable accommodation” needs, or special requests, please send an email to snbaa.messages [at] with the title: “SIERRA CAMP.”10268659_652291031487039_8066263228174624757_n