Adina Saperstein

Adina is a business development consultant who has worked in twenty countries around the world, from regional trade integration Africa to speciality foods in Lebanon to women’s enterprise development in Afghanistan. As an economic development specialist, Adina saw the staggering economic implications of adult children compromising careers as they divert their energy to provide care and navigate the system for aging parents, and how the lack of a safety net for the aging compromises intergenerational social capital.

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Allison Scott, Ph.D

Allison Scott (Ph.D., 2010, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Kentucky. Allison is currently conducting a longitudinal study examining how older adults and their adult children talk about end-of-life health decisions. Other recent projects have examined how people disclose depression and respond to such disclosure, and how transplant patients manage uncertainty through social support. Her work appears in Health Communication, Qualitative Health Research, and Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

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Chrissy Andre

Chrissy was a Veneration Intern in the summer of 2011. She was a recent graduate of SUNY College at Old Westbury, where she studied Politics, Economics and Law.  She received Dean’s List recognition for multiple semesters, was the sophomore class president, and was president of the Haitian Students Organization from Fall 2008-Spring 2010.

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Heather Bates, LMSW

For the past four years, Heather has served as the Director of Enrollment and was then promoted to the Vice President of Client Services and Program Management at the Medicare Rights Center, a national nonprofit located in New York City. Heather dedicated her career to the field of Aging in undergraduate school at the Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and now has over 17 years of experience in the field of aging and health policy. She knew from the moment she chose Social Work as her major and through her first field placement at a home health care agency in Appalachia Ohio, where she met her mentor from New York City, that she was determined to make the lives of older adults better. Upon moving to New York City at the ripe age of twenty-two, she obtained her Geriatric Education Certificate from the Brookdale Center on Aging and then went on to get her Masters in Social Work from Hunter College. At the time, Heather also worked for Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, an Upper East Side settlement house, as a geriatric social worker to the homebound older adult communities on the east side.

After seven years of direct service Heather transitioned in to the public sector, working for the City of New York’s Aging in Place/Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORC) initiative and State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). After implementing the new Medicare Part D drug legislation on the ground in New York City, she went on to work more nationally for the Health Assistance Partnership at Families USA as their Senior Education & Training Associate in Washington, DC. The goal of which was to help other Medicare volunteer and staff counselors around the nation develop their counseling messages and programs around Medicare. She has since returned to New York City as her home base but oversees the national work of Medicare Rights’ on-the-ground programming in key states such as Kansas, Maine, Wisconsin, Florida and Alabama.

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Laurie Miller

Laurie Miller was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. After receiving a BBA in Marketing, she moved back to Dallas and went to work in her family’s 78 year old business. When she was ready for a career change, Laurie knew she wanted a career that would make a positive impact on other people’s lives. After much research, she came to the conclusion that “Eldercare” was the industry for her. She remembered how her grandparents had enjoyed the freedom and happiness that comes from living in their own home and on their own terms. They had round the clock help from caregivers to assist them with everyday activities which allowed them to experience independence without having to rely on their children. This allowed them to stay in their own home until they passed away. In 2006, along with her mother, Joyce Friedman, a licensed and board certified social worker; they started Apple Care and Companion. The philosophy for the company still holds true today: to provide affordable, competent and loving care while granting peace of mind to the families involved.

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Meghan Richards

Meghan Richards is a sociology major and a junior at Brooklyn College. She decided to be a part of Veneration due to seeing her mom and her friends deal with their aging parents. Through interning at the Veneration Project and the Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Brooklyn, she has gained a greater respect for senior citizens and an understanding of the aging service network.

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Michael Cohen

Michael Cohen grew up in Brighton and London, England. In1979. He graduated from Middlesex University, London, receiving a B.Sc. with honors in Society and Technology. He has lived in Ithaca, New York, since 1980.
After 10 years as a builder and renovator of homes, Michael embarked on a career as a playground professional. For 21 years, he worked at the internationally renowned playground company created by the architect Robert S. (Bob) Leathers. He has helped hundreds of grass-roots community groups in the U.S. and oversees create outstanding children’s playgrounds.
In 2010, Michael created Must Have Play to design and build similarly innovative playgrounds to meet the needs of elders for attractive and effective places to exercise, socialize, and play.

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Monica Son

Monica Son was a Veneration intern in the summer of 2011. She is now a sophomore at Mount Holyoke College. Although she has not declared her major yet, Monica is interested in statistics and mathematics. At school, she is member of the student committees board and a math tutor for elementary school students through America Counts. She is also a performer of Korean dance at the Korean Traditional Performing Arts Assoc.

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Susan Kranberg

Susan Kranberg is a professional organizer living in Brooklyn. She works individually with elders and with people who have hoarding tendencies. She also facilitates De-Clutter Groups in Manhattan and Brooklyn and offers workshops on a variety of organizing topics. Learn more about her business at

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