Marc Freedman, the President, CEO and Founder of Encore.org, is a renowned social entrepreneur, thought leader and writer. Marc’s leadership at Encore.org has pioneered innovative programs and sparked a growing movement in the United States and beyond to tap the talent and experience of people past midlife as a human resource for solving our most vexing social problems.
Stuart Kandell has been called a “global pioneer in the field of creative aging” and is nationally known for his leadership of Stagebridge, which he founded in 1978 and ran until 2013. He currently travels around the world speaking, interviewing older artists, and helping governments and organizations develop creative aging programs. (Ref: https://www.artfulaging.org/meet-the-team-1)
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: https://www.artfulaging.org/meet-the-team-1)
Bea Kelleher is an Executive Producer and marketer. She has been working in arts and communications for over 25 years. As the Executive Producer, she helped set up Spiegelworld LLP in the USA, and her other experience includes EP of the Dublin Fringe Festival, Line Producer for the iconic Gaiety Theatre pantomime, Manager for the Anna Livia International Opera Festival, Deputy Manager for the Dominion Theatre and other venues/productions. Most recently, as Executive Director of the Gate Theatre Dublin, she has been responsible for the planning, transference and successful implementation of the commercial and operational side of the theatre following a change in leadership.
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.
Ruth Finkelstein, ScD, is the Rose Dobrof Executive Director of the Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging at Hunter College as well as a professor at Hunter College’s School of Urban Public Health. In 2018, she led the initiative to have Hunter College become the first major public institution in the U.S. to join the Global Network of Age Friendly Universities. She also led a grant-funded project to expand meaningful arts programs for older adults in New York City, creating a student/older adult home sharing program in East Harlem.
Dominic Campbell is a co-founder of Creative Aging International and an Atlantic Fellow for Equity and Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute. He was named a 2018 Influencer in Aging by Next Avenue. From 2006-2013, he served as Artistic Director of the Bealtine Festival in Ireland, an annual national event that celebrates aging. In 2012, he established the first global conference on Creativity In Older Age.
Beth Bienvenu is the director of the Office of Accessibility at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), devoted to making the arts accessible to people with disabilities, older adults, veterans, and people in institutional settings. She provides guidance and support to state arts agency staff and professionals working the fields of arts access, creativity and aging, arts and health, universal design, and arts in corrections.
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 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.