Encore Leader Members

Encore leaders are individuals who advance encore ideas and practice in their communities and their work.
Founding Members are noted with an asterisk*.


Marci Alboher*
New York NY

Encore.org strategic communications lead

Kathy Ahlers
Minneapolis MN

Encore leader coordinating a MeetUp group for people 50+, some of whom are seeking encore careers. 

Ashton Applewhite
Brooklyn NY

Author, speaker, activist and spokesperson for a movement to mobilize against discrimination on the basis of age.

Yosaif August
Philadelphia PA

Individual & group encore career coaching and workshops; co-convener, Philadelphia encore meetups.

Peter Balsamo*
Athens GA

Encore enthusiast, considering an encore program launch in Georgia.

Jay Bloom*
Portland OR

Founder, Bloom Anew

Ethan Burger
Washington DC

Academic and leader interested in launching an encore effort. 


George Brewster
Woodbury MN

Lifelong commitment to help people arrive at the intersection of the work the world most needs them to do
with the work they most long to do


Joe Casey
Princeton NJ

Managing Partner and retirement coach, Retirement Wisdom

Patricia Chadwick
Wellesley MA

Board Member working with the Boston Encore Network to launch the Generation to Generation Campaign.

Joni Cherbo
New York NY

Coaching people seeking meaningful transitions into their encore years.

Gabriel Chikes
Germantown MD

Interested in launching an encore effort;
founder, Kindley Family Council at Asbury Methodist Village

M. Samela Dingus
Las Vegas, NV

Founder, Your Next Option

Tim Drake
London UK

Author, Generation Cherry, Encore Advocate, Blogger

Ken Dychtwald*
Emeryville CA

Age Wave

Randall Garber
Fayetteville AR

Retired management consulting partner looking to engage in challenging and intellectually stimulating supportive roles.

Sara Zeff Geber*
Santa Rosa CA

Speaker, workshop leader, retirement transition coach and author.

Louise Hanford
Charlotte NC

Interested in launching an encore effort. 

Stuart Himmelfarb
New York NY

Co-lead B3, an initiative to engage Jewish boomers in Jewish life and connect them with resources and ideas.

Michelle Hynes*
Portland OR

Coaching and consulting for mission-driven leaders.

Mark Jaeger*
Mill Creek WA

Financial services professional focusing on transitions into the encore stage of life at Viridian Advisors.

Linda Jensen
Boise ID

Founder of Encore Life Design and life coach for women fifty and forward

John Kendzior
Salem MA

Founder, Even Higher Education which advances the growing movement of the age-friendly university, providing resources to universities and encore learners.

Michael Kotubey
Keller TX

Fostering leadership, growing people, growing businesses, improving processes

Mona Kreaden*
New York NY

Initiate and facilitate peer groups for women age 70+.

Ken Lane
Chantilly VA

Interested in launching an intergenerational effort

Katia Lord
Woodstock GA

Founder, Seeding Wisdom, an intergenerational program to close caps and create miracles. 

Ann MacDougall
New York NY

Senior Advisor to Encore.org, collaborating with Encore.org and the OpEd Project on a new fellowship program

Riley McDonough
Bellport NY

Executive coaching to help older adults make an impact.

Marni McNamara
Brentwood TN

Founder, Your Primary Relationship, for women 50+ who want to have a meaningful, engaged, joyful life.

Elizabeth Mahler*
Jessup MD

 President, Chesapeake Chapter, Life Planning Network and Howard County Encore Network lead

Christina Matz
Chestnut Hill MA

Co-director, Center on Work & Aging, Boston College
Associate Professor, Boston College. Research focus: paid and unpaid work later in life.

Mara Mayor
Bethesda MD

Montgomery Co. Age-Friendly Employment Group, Montgomery College Lifelong Learning program

Glenda Minkin
Atlanta GA

Retired development consultant and encore enthusiast, who helps startup non-profits organize their structure and fundraising.

Nicola Morgal
Columbia MD

Recreation Superintendent, Howard County Recreation & Parks

Luanne Mullin*
Mill Valley CA

Retirement Counselor and Life Planning Coach. Career and Transition workshops. Project Consultant for non-profits.

Susan Nash
Palo Alto CA

Fellow at Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute

John Orian
Calgary AB

Advocate inspiring, training, and supporting Boomers to launch meaningful adventures for the 2nd half of our lives.

Geoff Pearman
New Zealand

Managing Director, Partners in Change. Specialist consultancy in Age and Work. Founded Senior Entrepreneurs NZ. Research in Senior Entrepreneurship

Richard Perrone
Pound Ridge NY

Encore leader interested in helping 50+ workers find work and mentoring young adults

Julia Randell-Khan
London England

Encore Senior Fellow, lead for Encore Fellows UK

Denise Raposa
Trabuco Canyon CA

A boomer and positive psychology advocate who wants to help others who want to make a difference in the next act.

Michael Reddington
Flemington NJ

Retail CEO, real estate developer, Wall Street background

Theresa Reid
Ann Arbor MI

Executive Producer and Host, Aging for Life

Barb Richardson
Indianapolis IN

Encore Advocate & Leader

Monica Schaeffer*
Potomac MD

Workshop leader, also working with state, county governments on the 50+ workforce.

Denise Schickel
San Francisco CA

Speaker, academic interested in launching an encore program. 

Christy Schwann
Cedarburg WI

Coaching boomers to recognize and maximize their unique abilities once they’ve left the fast lane.

Jeri Sedlar
New York NY

Author and Speaker. Don’t Retire, REWIRE!

Joel Seligman
Pound Ridge NY

Engaging older adults in new forms of physical activity in my role as an executive at Northwell Health

Len Shen
Saratoga CA

Interested in leveraging my management, environmental advocacy and legal experience to help SF Bay Area nonprofits 

Lynda Smith Johannesburg South Africa

CEO, Refirement Network, social entrepreneur and retirement life coach

Helen Hirsh Spence*
Ottawa ON

Founder/CEO Top Sixty Over Sixty, recognizing those over 60 with experience, passion and purpose.

Lisa Taylor
Toronto Canada

President, Challenge Factory

Vanessa Tennyson
Minneapolis MN

Founder & CEO, Capitalize Your Humanity

Jan Titsworth
Keller TX

Leader of many community initiatives, excited about the potential & growth of the encore movement.

Liz Vogel
Shelburne VT

Liz serves on the Encore SIG Group for Entrepreneurship and is the President & CEO of Dots, Inc Enterprises.

Joanne Webb
Culver City CA

Director, The Career Center, Western Region at The Actors Fund

Clint Wilkins
Marin County CA

Encore Fellow, City of San José

Wing Yu
San Francisco CA

Interested in meeting with other professionals who are prepare to launch their Chapter 3 with mutual interests in this space

Cathy Zyetz
Palos Verdes CA

Exploring positive use cases for Virtual Reality including those related to older adults.