Our Team

Our Board

Michele Fisher, Board Chair — The Greater Boston Food Bank

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

Chris Hammer — Community Volunteer (Retired Men’s Association, FISH), formerly Akibia Inc.

Andrea J. Fonte Weaver — Bridges Together Inc.

Our Staff

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

DebbieDebbie 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 

JulieJulie 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

 

Bonnie Day – Grant Writer

Amy Wilson Sheldon – Communications Director

AmyAmy 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

Kerry Healy-Weeks

Andrea Hutter

Edgar Klugman — Wheelock College, Playing for Keeps

Sandy F. Kraemer — Intergeneration Foundation

Amy Loveless — Town of Maynard

Dottie MacKeen

Lisa Masters

Dave McLellan — Concert in Your Living Room

Kathryn Portnow — Wheelock College

 

 

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