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.
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 – Community Engagement Director
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
Sarah Cavicchi – Membership and Development Director
Sarah Cavicchi has a passion for organizing communities around a central vision. A graduate of Boston College, Sarah ran the In-House Agency Forum (IHAF) in Boston for ten years, where she led the transformation of a local group to a global organization, gathering the heads of in-house agencies from the top Fortune 500 companies and allowing them to share, learn, and network with each other through in-person events and their online group on LinkedIn. Prior to joining Bridges Together, Sarah worked in her family’s business as well as organized the annual meeting of the New England College Health Association (NECHA). In addition to her husband and two daughters, Sarah is grateful for her paternal grandmother who was the “queen bee” in her life and demonstrated how intergenerational relationships can truly make the world a better place.
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, Owner & Instructor
Mary Kay Browne — Massachusetts Councils on Aging, Director of Special Projects
Jayne Colino — Newton Department of Senior Services, Director
Julia Davis — West Springfield Council on Aging, Volunteer
Michael Eagan — The CIP Group Inc., Managing Director, WealthCare
Ernest Gonzales, PhD — Boston University, School of Social Work, Assistant Professor
Donnalee Guerin — Foster Dykema & Cabot, CFO
Melissa Hunt — Verizon Wireless
Andrea Hutter — Ada Comstock Scholar, Smith College
Edgar Klugman — Wheelock College, Professor Emeritus
Sandy F. Kraemer — Intergeneration Foundation, Founder
Amy Loveless — Town of Maynard, Director, Council on Aging
Dottie MacKeen — Bridges Together, Volunteer
Lisa Moisin, Ed. D. — Fitchburg State University, Director of Extended Campus Programs
Joann M. Montepare — Lasell College, RoseMary B. Fuss Center for Research on Aging and Intergenerational Studies, Professor of Psychology, Director
Barb Morin — West Springfield Council on Aging, Volunteer Coordinator
Lisa Oliphant — Bridges Together, Former Board Treasurer
Anita O’Mahony — Beth Israel Hospital, Nurse
Meredith Patterson — Elder Care Consultants of Choice, Founder & Owner
Margaret Pemberton-Harty — Bridges Together, Volunteer
Gail Pinkham — Associated Grant Makers, Director of Communications
Kathryn Portnow — Wheelock College, Associate Professor Psychology & Human Development
Colleen Pritoni — Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Executive Director
Bonny Rollender — Steward Medical Group, Director, Revenue Cycle Operations
Patti Russo — Between the Lines, Certified Poetry Therapist
Myrna Ann Saltman — LLARC (Lifelong Learning at Regis College), Study Guide Leader