Our Team

The Radical Agers!

Alice Fisher
President & Founder
Prior to founding RAM, at 71 years of age, Alice retired from the NYS Senate where she worked in the office of State Senator Liz Krueger. There, she developed and oversaw “Senator Liz Krueger’s Roundtable for Boomers & Seniors” and counseled the Senator’s older constituents on housing, healthcare, quality of life and end of life issues. This experience provided Alice with an inside view of the struggles older adults have in their daily lives and the role that ageism plays in amplifying these issues.
Steve Burghardt, PhD
Vice President, Chair Age Action Committee
Steve Burghardt, 72, is head of the Radical Age Social Action Committee and a professor of social work at the SIlberman School of Social Work-Hunter College. His work as an organizer has ranged from anti-war work to tenants' rights to age justice. The author of nine books, including the recently co-authored "A Guide for Sustaining Conversations on Racism, Identity and Our Mutual Humanity," as well as numerous articles, Steve also has been an executive coach and strategic consultant in public and non-profit organizations.
Jon Fisher
Secretary/Treasurer, Strategic Planning & Social Media
At 73 years old, Jon brings a special flair to The Radical Age Movement. For the past 15 years, he has been a real estate broker working in Manhattan & Jackson Heights. Prior to that, Jon was an art director/creative director for top ad agencies in Manhattan, specializing in creative concepts and graphic design. He has won numerous advertising awards for print & television and has marketed for many of the leading companies in America.

Our Steering Committee

Alexa Sloan
Intergenerational Programs Co-Chairman
At 33 years old, Alexa Sloan is a current 2nd year MSW candidate at Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College. In her first year at Silberman, she interned for RAM and brought with her past experience working with middle school children. Combining her teaching skills with her new experience of ageism, she co-designed a 3-session pilot intergenerational anti-ageism curriculum for middle school children which is running at a local community center.
Angela Hu
Intergeneratonal Committee Co-Chairman
Angela, 29, a Social Worker is the youngest member on the steering committee. Her passion comes from her close bond with her grandparents. Focused on aging and program development, she has a particular interest in innovative entrepreneurship and alternative living options for the aging population.
Ashton Applewhite
Strategic Planning Committee
Author and activist Ashton Applewhite is the author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. She has been internationally recognized as an expert on ageism, speaks widely at venues that have included the TED mainstage and the United Nations, and is a leading spokesperson for a movement to mobilize against discrimination on the basis of age.
Barbara DiPitreo
SAGE-NY Chapter Liaison, Chapter Development Chair
Barbara worked as a public defender for many years and retired to learn to practice and teach mindfulness. She likes to travel and envisions finding RAM chapters wherever she goes.
Barbara Harmon
Social Media Committee Chairman
Barbara, 75, is a speech language pathologist with a practice on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She has completed postgraduate work in psychoanalytically-informed analysis which addresses the needs of the children, adolescents and the families with whom she works. She became a member of the steering committee of the Radical Age Movement because she strongly believes in living a full and active life and resents any limitations placed on her ability to do so.
Bobbie Sackman, M.S.W.
Age Action Committee Co-Chairman
Bobbie, 68, was the Director of Public Policy with LiveOn NY from 1989-2017. Bobbie is an advocate for community-based aging services and spearheaded city and statewide campaigns for elder abuse and affordable housing for older adult. Throughout her career, Bobbie has earned a reputation as a tenacious and passionate advocate on behalf of older adults and has won millions of city, state, and federal funds in new money and in restoration of budget cuts.
Spence Halperin, LMSW
Strategic Planning and Development Committee
For more than 10 years, Spence has raised millions of dollars for human service agencies throughout the New York area. Currently, he works in the Development Department at Selfhelp Community Services which provides affordable housing for older adults, and has operated, since 1938, the oldest social service program for victims of Nazi persecution.
Traci DeGesu
Membership Committee Chairman
Traci, 49, is the Seniors Program Volunteer and Activities Coordinator at The Actors Fund. She previously worked as the Director of External Affairs and Community Development at Hartley House. Traci received her M.S.W. from Rutgers University, with a concentration in Management and Policy, and a certificate in Aging and Gerontology.