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Board of Directors 2011 - 2012

Amy Avergun is a learning design consultant who designs and delivers brain-friendly training for corporations.  Before becoming an independent consultant, she was Director of Product Development for Zenger Miller, one of the leading international training companies. Amy began her career as a career counselor and has had a life-long passion for helping people of all ages discover how to best apply their talents and interests.   This passion brought her to DWN as one of the original Transition Navigators® and has fueled her involvement in DWN's focus on Encore Work and Social Entrepreneurship.

Kathy Burnes is Project Manager of the Geriatric Institute at Jewish Family & Children’s Service where she oversees programs that translate research into community-based services.  She previously managed programs at Boston College’s Center for Corporate Citizenship, Brandeis’ National Center on Women and Aging at Brandeis and AARP.  She is a long-time friend of DWN and has provided assistance in grant writing and program development.  She has been instrumental in developing and will continue to play a role in guiding our encore career initiative.  Kathy is trained as a rehabilitation counselor and has a B.A. from University of Michigan, a M.Ed. from Northeastern and a Graduate Certificate from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management.


Jean Patel Bushnell

As Executive Director of ITNGreaterBoston ™Jean Patel Bushnell brings over 20 years of experience and expertise in senior services and eldercare planning, marketing and operations to her role. She has held leadership positions of Director, Channel Marketing and Communications at Lifeline Systems (now Philips Lifeline), VP, Marketing at United Way of Massachusetts Bay (and Merrimack Valley), VP, Business Development at The Visiting Nurse Association of Boston and Executive Director at Standish Village Assisted Living. She founded Marketing Mastery, a vibrant consulting practice that helped organizations like Combined Jewish Philanthropies and start-ups including Warm Health and Senticare launch products and services into the seniors support domain. Patel Bushnell has been on the Board of Shared Inc., AASRA (Asian American Support Agency), Primary Source, Operation A.B.L.E and YWCA. She was twice Board Chair of Ethos, one of 22 Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs) that are one-stop entry points for all of the services and benefits available to seniors in Massachusetts. She's a Member of the Boston Club, the area's largest organization for high-achieving senior executives and professional women, serving on the Strategic Planning Committee. Patel Bushnell holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BS from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Doug Dickson, President of Discovering What's Next®, has been on the board since 2006.  He was previously a career consultant at New Directions where he worked with corporate executives and professionals and specialized in entrepreneurship and alternatives to traditional retirement.  Doug helped found and is past president of the Life Planning Network, a community of professionals helping people navigate the second half of life.  Earlier in his career, Doug was head of corporate communications for a health care company and held other positions during his 25 years in business.  He is a member of the Newton Conservation Commission, past president of the Newton Conservators and past chair of Newton’s Community Preservation Committee and the Newton Urban Tree Commission.  Doug has a B.A. in anthropology.

Carol Greenfield is the founder and past-president of Discovering What’s Next® which began as her vision in 2002 of a one-stop community resource for baby boomers transitioning to retirement. Carol has recently brought together JVS and DWN in an innovative collaboration to replicate the NY based program ReServe in the greater Boston area.  Previously, she was the Project Director of “How Can I Afford Retirement?” – a popular investor education series developed at the Boston Public Library in collaboration with the Financial Planning Association of MA through a multi-year grant she was instrumental in obtaining from the Investor Protection Trust.  As an early advocate for older adults embracing technology, she founded in 2000 Senior Web Solutions, a training and support business. As a consultant to the Executive Office of Elder Affairs in the 1980’s, she developed and implemented a unique peer health benefits counseling program called SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders). This award-winning program became a model for programs that now exists in every state. For many years, Carol was Executive Director of the New England Employee Benefits Council and an independent consultant to employers on emerging issues of older workers. Carol has a master’s degree from the Harvard School of Public Health.


Cissie Klavens provides executive coaching and career management consulting services for successful professionals. Over 25 years as a visionary entrepreneur, executive search professional and career advisor, she has worked with professionals, executives and business owners to help them think creatively, explore and embrace new possibilities, make connections, and achieve their goals. Cissie works with individuals, small groups and organizations. Formerly, Cissie was President of The Pickwick Group Inc. (TPG), a “boutique” agency specializing in placing highly qualified professionals in interim and part-time positions. TPG received national media recognition in such publications as INC, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and The Boston Globe. She has been a member of The Boston Club since 1990 and serves on the Mentoring Committee. Cissie is on the founding board of Discovering What’s Next®.  She has been selected by Women’s Business as one of the Top 10 Executive Coaches in Boston for 2008 and 2009.

Peter Lewenberg is Major Gift Officer at the Joslin Diabetes Center.  Formerly he served as a Leadership Gift Officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to MIT, he worked in state government for five years for the Secretary of Environmental Affairs and the Department of Conservation and Recreation.  One work aspect was to identify private-sector partners and funding sources to offset state capital and operating expenses for the unique partnership of public and private interests in the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area. Previously, he spent twenty-eight years in sales and marketing management with a major New England food broker.  He was Vice President of three separate departments (specialty foods, frozen foods and dairy) having progressed through the organization beginning as a Retail Territory Manager. Peter is a member of the Newton Farm Commission, is an Overseer at the Newton Wellesley Hospital and served for eleven years as a Trustee of the University of Massachusetts System.  He has a BS degree from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in Agricultural and Food Economics.  Why is Peter interested in working with DWN?  “With many years experience in non-profit groups with missions I identify with, I thought it would be interesting, and personally satisfying, to work with a group who's mission reflects my current thinking and needs.” 

Joann Montepare, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at Lasell College and Director of the Rosemary B. Fuss Center for Research on Aging and Intergenerational Studies.  She has a doctoral degree in Social-Developmental Psychology from Brandeis, an MA in General Psychology from SUNY New Paltz and an A.B. in Psychology and Biology from Smith. Her research and teaching focus is on lifespan issues; she has published over 45 academic papers on personal and social perceptions of age and aging.  Joann and the Fuss Center are partnering with DWN on grants from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation; Joann assists in evaluating the success of our programs and participant outcomes.

Mark Shooman is a management consultant providing financial and strategic services to his clients.  He has worked in life science and technology based companies from venture startups to mid-cap public companies.  Over the past 20 years he has served as Chief Financial Officer of a number of companies including BG Medicine, Inc., ONI Medical Systems, Clinical Data, Inc. and ADE Corporation.  Mark has been involved in raising venture capital and private equity and has led a number of Initial Public Offerings and been responsible for SEC reporting.  He has participated in numerous mergers and acquisitions and has extensive experience in international business, establishing branch offices and subsidiaries throughout the world.   Earlier in his career Mark spent 15 years in public accounting with Deloitte & Touche and Wolf & Company where he headed the management consulting practice.  He has previously served as Treasurer of the Friends of the Newton Free Library in addition to being on a number of boards.  Mark holds an MBA from The Ohio State University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Devra Kiel Simon, Executive Director and Vice President of Discovering What's Next, has spent over 25 years working with high-tech start-ups where she was responsible for creating, developing and maintating the infrastructure and operational departments of the company.  In September, 2005, she was a member of the original team of Transition Navigators and then expanded her commitment to become Operations Director for the DWN HUB.   Prior to becoming DWN's Executive Director in January, 2010, Devra's initial encore career was Director of Development for the Newton Free Library.  She graduated from Goucher College in Baltimore with a B.A. in French. 














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