Want to make a difference in your community? Whether you want to help start a new group, facilitate sessions, help with social media, plan our next fundraiser, or connect us to grants and sponsors, we are always looking for new teammates who can use their “best” selves to help end isolation! Interested? Awesome! Email info@bestdayofmylifesofar.org to tell us about your background, goals and location, and we’ll get back to you promptly to discuss options!






Board of directors

Benita Cooper, Benita Cooper Design – Founder and President

Cara Scharf, Wagner Free Institute of Science – Development Director

Charlton Lin, The Vanguard Group – Corporate Engagement Director

Diane Menio, Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly – Professional Engagement Director

Kaitlin Kortonick, Rowan University – Community Engagement Director

Sharon Yesner, United Methodist Communities at Pitman – Professional Engagement Director

William Hussey, White and Williams – Legal Counsel to the Board


Core team


Andy Kahan, Free Library of Philadelphia

Fred Siegel, Fred Siegel Partners

Jason Cooper, Philadelphia Sports Leagues

Jen Feden, Ballard Spahr LLP

Philip Barile, ThermoFisher Scientific

Thelma Reese, The New Senior Woman

Tina Bontya, United Methodist Communities at Pitman


Community Engagement Committee

Annalise Sheslow, Head Librarian

Jen McGhee, Event Coordinator

Mary McGinley, Social Media Manager

Phil Barile, Librarian


Development Committee

Mike Baldassari, Development Officer

Sandra Adams, Development Officer


Fiscal Manager

CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia


Council of Intergenerational Leadership

Meet our Council Members and apply here


Local teams

Philadelphia Senior Center Group (Original Best Day Group)

Allison Winter, Copy Editing Coordinator

Benita Cooper, Supervisor

Caitlin Cieri, Lead Facilitator and Blogger

Hannah Pigeon, Lead Facilitator

Other Team Members:

Amanda Martin

Ava Hawkinson

Cassie O’ Leary

Diane Menio

Jada Lee

Jana Henry

Jasmine Moore

Jen McGhee

Kadambari Mishra

Kara Naklicki

Kira Mason

Madi Garvin

Mary McGinley

Neha Kataruka

Rachel Hampton

Win Winter


UMC Pitman Group

(United Methodist Communities at Pitman)

Sharon Yesner, Supervisor

Tina Bontya, Supervisor

Diana Clark, Lead Facilitator

Michala Archut, Blogger

Ashley Force

Jared Poehlman

Kaitlin Kortonick

Karen Emig

Zach Santos-Belsky


Sherwood Park Group

(Sherwood Park Nursing and Rehab Center)

Donna McCario, Supervisor

Sheila Patten


Center in the Park Group

Cleo Smalls, Supervisor

Lynn Fields Harris, Supervisor

Victoria Peurifoy, Lead Facilitator

Brannon Johnson

Carlotta Fareira

Diane Davis Bush

Dianne B. Tucker

LeTretta Jones

Renee Cunningham

Runett Ebo-Gray


SASI Group at Levy Center

(Services for Adults Staying in Their Homes)

Nancy Nicholson, Supervisor

Jeanie Ramsie, Supervisor

Barbara Sittler

Janet Bein

Linda Steiner


SASI Group at The Merion

(Services for Adults Staying in Their Homes)

Deborah Jones-Miller, Supervisor


LIFE-NWPA Groups (5 Groups)

Jay Breneman, Supervisor

Amy Dalessandro, Lead facilitator

Cynthia Schoffstall, Lead facilitator


Sue Gregor, Lead facilitator


Mather’s More Than Just a Café Group

Chuck Freilich, Supervisor

Patricia Knazze, Lead facilitator

Allyson Gunther

Jan Mason


TRC Group

(The Renaissance Collaborative)

Sean Dolan, Supervisor

Darnetta Donegan


Journey’s Way Group

Rebecca Kochman, Supervisor

Alison Tasch, Lead Facilitator

Claire Gold

Katheryn Trotta


SHAG Group

(Senior Housing Assistance Group)

Alyza DelPan-Monley, Supervisor

Karon Hill, Supervisor

Cindy Ko

Emily Van der Harten

Hayley Shannon


Jason Merges

Jordan Colvard

Kathy Seim

Kaitlin Dye

Kelsey May

Lorraine Lau

Rebecca Win


Free Library of Philadelphia Group

Brendan O’Hara, Lead Facilitator

Amy Henson, Lead Facilitator

Kemar Nembhard

Kwame Edwards

Madi Garvin

Tom Herron


Watercolor credits

Alyssa Abel

Madi Garvin


Storybook credits

Alex Visconti, Graphic Designer

Andy Kahan, Editor

Caitlin Cieri, Editorial Assistant

Emily Antoszyk, Consulting Copy Editor

Jen Ross, Associate Editor

Madi Garvin, Associate Editor

Michelle Sheffer, Consulting Copy Editor

Thelma Reese, Editor


Toolbox editorial credits

Abbe Kelbanoff

Emily Geliebter

Kaitlyn Huczko

Mary Lo

Tina Bontya


Photo and video credits

Andrea Mack

Flavia Colgan

Jason Bachman

Jana Henry

Larissa Mogano

Mark Garvin

Maureen Roche

Natasha Esguerra

Steve Gardner

Tracy Ramone