Chris Hammer, Board Chair
Chris combines many years of professional experience as a senior manager in client services with personal experience as a board member for several not-for-profit organizations. He currently volunteers as a second president on the board of the Retired Men’s Association (RMA) in addition to serving the Knox Trail Executive Board. Chris enjoys participating in Bridges: Growing Together sessions in Sudbury, teaching classes in Child Safety and driving for Friends in Service Helping (FISH). In his earlier life, he was a client services executive with Akibia, Inc., supporting two of the company’s largest accounts. He spent 30 years as a regional manager for the northeast at Eastman Kodak Co. and continues to be a member of Association of Field Service Managers International and the Society for Imaging Science and Technology. Chris enjoys spending time and traveling with his wife, four children and their families.
Beth Almeida, Treasurer
Lee Ann Frigulietti, Clerk
Lee Ann Frigulietti is currently an Assistant Vice President of Resident Services at Beacon Communities – Beacon Residential Management, where she provides training and support to all Resident Service Coordinators, assists with program development, establishes policies and procedures and writes grants. Beacon Communities offers affordable housing communities for people of all ages with support to improve the residents’ quality of life and help maintain tenancies. Prior to this, Lee Ann worked in other positions at Beacon as well as at several non-profit agencies that serve at-risk youth and their families.
Because building community is a key component to quality of life issues within affordable housing, Lee Ann finds Bridges Together’s mission and work to be compatible with Beacon’s motto of “Living Well By Design.” She believes in the importance of meaningful engagement between the generations. In her spare time, Lee Ann enjoys singing in a barbershop chorus and quartet as a member of Sweet Adeline’s International in the Island Grove Chorus of Abington, MA.
Michele Fisher currently works for The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) in Community Initiatives. Along with other team members, she is responsible for direct distribution programs at more than 100 senior centers and schools. Prior to joining GBFB, Michele managed property for Friendly Earth Homes, LLC and Flying Fish Rehab — two small residential real estate investment firms — and worked in Product Management at The Quaker Oats Company.
Michele is excited about joining the Bridges Together Board because she’s energized by small organizations seeking growth and has an interest in education and new models for learning. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, vegetarian cooking and spending time with family.
Kathryn Portnow is a developmental and licensed psychologist. She holds an Ed.D. in human development and psychology from Harvard University, where she specialized in adult development. While at Harvard, Kathryn had the great fortune to study with Erik and Joan Erikson and was inspired by their commitment to intergenerational programming and teaching. As a research associate at Harvard, she co-authored a federally funded three-and-a-half-year longitudinal study of adult learning and development. Currently, Kathryn is a full time faculty member at Wheelock College where she has taught courses on lifespan and adult development for more than 10 years. She is also a psychotherapist at CLSACC, a community mental health multi-service center that serves low-income adults.
Kathryn’s current interests include the creation of innovative systems of care for the elderly and positive aging in adulthood. She is also a passionate gardener. She reflects: “As a board member of Bridges Together, I’m afforded a unique opportunity to promote awareness of the important, meaningful and generative contributions elders make enriching the lives of families and society. I passionately believe in BT’s work building positive attitudes toward aging among children, adolescents and adults.”
Andrea J. Fonte Weaver
Andrea J. Fonte Weaver grew up in a large, extended family and created the award-winning Bridges: Growing Together curriculum in 1991, while still in college. Building on her educational background in gerontology and sociology and her master’s degree in intergenerational studies, Andrea launched her career as an intergenerational specialist. She designed, implemented and evaluated a wide-variety of programs that brought children and older adults together to enrich each other’s lives. After the birth of her four children, Andrea’s career path took a turn into the software world, most recently as founder and president of a company that managed the production of new websites.
In 2012, Andrea responded to requests to spread the Bridges program by founding Bridges Together, Inc., a non-for-profit charitable organization. She has ably led Bridges Together to become an internationally renowned resource for intergenerational programming. Andrea is a sought-after expert in how to design, implement and evaluate programs that bring older adults and children together for meaningful engagement, and both she herself and the Bridges: Growing Together program have won multiple awards.
In her free time, Andrea enjoys spending time with her husband, their four sons and their extended family, as well as quilting and reading.