Our Leaders

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 LLC

Deb Cahill — Middlesex Savings Bank

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

Eric Saunders — formerly Marcum & Associates

Lori Bitter — The Business of Aging

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 – Community Engagement Director 

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

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.

Contact Sarah: Sarah@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

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

David Stevens — Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging , Executive Director

 

 

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