Our Leaders

Our Board

Beth Almeida, Board Chair — Center for Aging at the American Institutes for Research

Eric Saunders, Treasurer — formerly Marcum & Associates

Lee Ann Frigulietti, Clerk — Beacon Communities LLC

Lori Bitter — The Business of Aging

Marily Gonzalez  — Excel Academy Charter Schools

Kelly McInnis  — TEEMA Solutions Group

Andrea J. Fonte Weaver — Bridges Together Inc.

Our Staff

Andrea J. Fonte Weaver – Founder & Executive Director 

Andrea J. Fonte Weaver is Founder & Executive Director of Bridges Together, Inc., the globally recognized organization dedicated to intergenerational programming that empowers leaders to connect generations. She is the author of the award-winning BRIDGES™ Program Curriculum which has united 20,000+ older adults and students to explore aging as a lifelong journey. In 2012, Andrea J. Fonte Weaver the Massachusetts-based nonprofit which develops innovative training and tools on the art and science of intergenerational engagement used by thousands of individuals, communities and schools. Andrea J. Fonte Weaver trains more than 500 professionals each year and shares her powerful message to practitioners across the globe. Andrea J. Fonte Weaver and the BRIDGES™ Program Curriculum have received over 7 prestigious awards including 2017 Innovator of the Year from the Massachusetts Council on Aging and 2016 Generations United Program of Distinction. Weaver leads the agenda, content and discussions at The Intergenerational Symposium, an annual event bringing together intergenerational professionals for an exchange of ideas and actionable next steps. Her vision for developing more intentional intergenerational engagement as a key solution toward reducing ageism and curbing social isolation has been applauded by organizations worldwide. She has presented at over 65 conferences and is interviewed and published regularly in aging, education, healthcare, and corporate publications. Weaver has received 3 professional certifications adding to her MS in Intergenerational Studies from Boston University – Wheelock College and BA in Sociology with a Gerontology Certificate from the College of the Holy Cross. Passionate, informed, and focused, Andrea J. Fonte Weaver has raised awareness and proposed solutions which are having a measurable impact on the importance of intergenerational engagement for improving the physical, social and emotional well-being of our elders and youth. Follow her on Twitter @BridgesTogether and contact her at Andrea@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

Mary Kay Browne — Massachusetts Councils on Aging, Director of Special Projects

Julia Davis — West Springfield Council on Aging, Volunteer

Doug Dickson — Encore Boston Network

Michael Eagan — The CIP Group Inc., Managing Director, WealthCare

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

Meredith Patterson — Elder Care Consultants of Choice, Founder & Owner

Margaret Pemberton-Harty — Bridges Together, Volunteer

Gail Pinkham — Associated Grant Makers, Director of Communications

Amy Podolsky — Ageless Grace

Kathryn Portnow — Wheelock College of Education & Human Development at Boston University, 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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