Expert Type: Administrator

Nathan Majaros

As Deputy Director, Nathan is responsible for the day-to-day supervision and coordination of Lifetime Arts’ multiple projects. He provides expert technical assistance to both teaching artists and community organizations, and he routinely presents information about Lifetime Arts and the field of Creative Aging. Nathan is a graduate of the University of the Arts, where he received his Master of Arts in Teaching and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees, and has several years of experience in arts education curriculum development. Nathan is a visual artist, primarily as a painter and a printmaker.

Sonnet Takahisa

Sonnet Takahisa, Director of Education at the Brooklyn Historical Society, consults with museums, cultural institutions and schools and has served on national and local task forces for museums, arts, Pre-K through higher education, government funding agencies and foundations. She initiated programs at Boston Children’s Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Brooklyn Museum and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. At the Newark Museum, Takahisa led the development and implementation of their first creative aging programs as part of Aroha Philanthropies’ Seeding Vitality Arts US Initiative.

Susan Perlstein

Susan Perlstein is considered the “grandmother” of the creative aging movement. She founded and directed the National Center for Creative Aging (2001- 2007) and Elders Share the Arts ESTA (1979- 2003). Currently she is a consultant to the field advising on arts organizational development, training healthcare professionals, artists and organizations. Susan is a trained social worker and a dancer. (Ref:

Naomi Goldberg-Haas

Naomi Goldberg Haas is a dancer, master teacher, choreographer and founding artistic director of Dances For A Variable Population (DVP). She also leads DVP’s educational programs, including the organization’s free community-based dance workshops that have served over 5,000 seniors at 45 senior centers since 2009. She served on the Arts, Media and Culture Committee as appointed by the Mayors Office for Age Friendly NYC (2015-2018).

Mary Davis Fournier

Mary Davis Fournier is Deputy Director of the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office where she specializes in national partnerships, new project development, and programs support for public, school and academic libraries.

Francesca Rosenberg

Francesca Rosenberg is the Director of Community, Access, and School Programs. She has played a key role in implementing programs that serve people living with dementia and their care partners at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Part of this work includes the launch of, “The MoMA Alzheimer’s Project: Making Art Accessible to People with Dementia,” a national model in creative aging therapeutic programming.

Maura O’Malley

Maura O’Malley, Co-Founder and CEO of Lifetime Arts, leads the development of Lifetime Arts’ national programming models, training programs and resources for Creative Aging stakeholders including teaching artists. Named a 2017 Influencer in Aging by Next Avenue, she promotes the field of Creative Aging at major national conferences in the arts, public library and senior service sectors. She has informed policy and created innovative programming for adults and children with premiere arts and educational organizations including the NYC Department of Education, Studio in a School and Young Audiences/New York.

Elizabeth Merritt

Elizabeth is American Alliance of Museums’ Vice President for Strategic Foresight, and Founding Director of the Center for the Future of Museums. She is the author of the Alliance’s annual report, “TrendsWatch,” and writes and speaks prolifically on the trends shaping the future of nonprofit organizations. Elizabeth leads the Allilances’ efforts in promoting creative aging programming, training and partnership development.

Ed Friedman

Ed Friedman is a Co-Founder and Executive Director of Lifetime Arts. He is instrumental in the coordination and implementation of multiple national initiatives for Lifetime Arts and speaks about the organization’s work at conferences and symposia across the country. He also writes a monthly column on topics related to Creative Aging for the Lifetime Arts website. Ed served as Deputy Director for The Bronx Council on the Arts for 18 years. He has also directed programs at senior centers and home care organizations, and created and led a caregivers’ support group in the Bronx.

Linda Fried

Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH, Dean of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health since 2008, is a leader in the fields of epidemiology and geriatric medicine. Since 2006, Dr. Fried has served as a member of the international Aging Society Network. Dr. Fried is the author of over 500 peer reviewed articles and has been the principal investigator of major longitudinal cohort studies, including Women’s Health and Aging Studies I and II.