Chris Hammer, Board Chair — Community Volunteer (Retired Men’s Association, FISH), formerly Akibia Inc.
Beth Almeida, Treasurer — Center for Aging at the American Institutes for Research
Lee Ann Frigulietti, Clerk — Beacon Communities – Beacon Residential Management
Deb Cahill — Middlesex Savings Bank
Michele Fisher — The Greater Boston Food Bank
Andrea J. Fonte Weaver — Bridges Together Inc.
Andrea J. Fonte Weaver – Founder & Executive Director
Building on a lifetime of living in an intergenerational extended family and many years of experience in the intergenerational field, Andrea J. Fonte Weaver joyfully and effortlessly combines important theories with practical tips. She has been recognized by multiple organizations for her leadership abilities, and her Bridges: Growing Together program has won numerous awards.
Those who have met Andrea are touched and inspired by her passion as well as her remarkable ability to bring together people of all ages – both professionally and personally. Her energy and expertise make Andrea a sought-after facilitator and presenter, and she is the author of scholarly journal articles (including The Gerontologist) and the Bridges Program Curricula Suite. Her Curriculum Vitae can be found here.
Because of her enthusiasm for her work and her ability to collaborate, Andrea skillfully builds intergenerational bridges while encouraging others to do the same.
Contact Andrea: Andrea@BridgesTogether.org
Debbie Howell – Associate Director
Debbie was touched by the impact Bridges had on her own children who went through the program in elementary school. She volunteered as a parent representative and gave a testimonial on our first videos. (Check out our YouTube channel.) Debbie joined the Bridges Together board, sharing her wonderful experiences as a volunteer as well as her event planning skills. When the staff position opened up, Andrea asked Debbie to consider filling it.
Prior to the birth of her children, Debbie worked as a chemical engineer. Her attention to detail and ability to bring order is such a gift for the organization! Debbie’s joy and warmth help foster collaborative relationships and her passion for Bridges Together is so clear to all.
Contact Debbie: Debbie@BridgesTogether.org
Julie Shaw – Intergenerational Facilitator
Julie Shaw is a former teacher who used intergenerational programming in her classroom: A great match for Bridges Together! As our intergenerational facilitator, Julie knows the Bridges Program Curricula Suite inside-out; she teaches the program as well as trains and empowers others to do the same.
Before joining Bridges Together, Julie spent 10 years teaching second grade and working in the activities department of an assisted living community. While working as a teacher, Julie enjoyed working on projects with her students and older adults (including a pen pal program) and saw firsthand how these interactions enriched both her students and the volunteers. In her spare time, Julie enjoys spending time with her husband and their three children.
Contact Julie: Julie@BridgesTogether.org
Amy Wilson Sheldon – Communications Director
Amy Wilson Sheldon believes that the best organizations have a unique story to tell – and as our Communications Director, she makes sure that Bridges Together’s message is communicated powerfully to as many people as possible! Amy oversees our enews, website, marketing materials, social media channels (have you checked us out on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn?) as well as ensures that Bridges Together’s communication materials – including our Bridges Program Curricula Suite – convey our passion for building intergenerational bridges.
Prior to joining Bridges Together, Amy worked as a magazine writer, after-school program director and media educator. In her spare time, she is a contributing writer to Books Ireland and an assistant editor at The Curator. Amy recently moved back to the US with her husband and two children after four years in Ireland, where she was a programme assistant for the Dublin Book Festival.
Contact Amy: Amy@BridgesTogether.org
Our Advisory Council
Renee Bordner — Note-worthy Experiences Music Studio
Mary Kay Browne — Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging and Senior Center Directors
Jayne Colino — Newton Department of Senior Services
Julia Davis — West Springfield Council on Aging
Maud Dentico — Middlesex Savings Bank
Michael Eagan — The CIP Group Inc.
Ernest Gonzales — Boston University School of Social Work
Edgar Klugman — Wheelock College, Playing for Keeps
Sandy F. Kraemer — Intergeneration Foundation
Amy Loveless — Town of Maynard
Dave McLellan — Concert in Your Living Room
Kathryn Portnow — Wheelock College