Our Team

Our Board of Directors

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.
Nancy Giunta

Nancy Giunta is an Associate Professor at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, where she directs Silberman Aging, a Hartford Center of Excellence in Diverse Aging. Her practice experience in the field of aging spans 20 years. Dr. Giunta has co-edited and published a variety of writings surrounding agism, as well as teaching aging policy, community organizing, and research classes. Among many things, she is a member of the Older Adults subcommittee of the East Harlem Community Health Committee.  Her scholarship examines interventions to address service access inequities among older adults and the people who care for them. Dr. Giunta serves as evaluator for the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, an initiative led by Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE). 

Our Advisory Board

Ashton Applewhite

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.

Betty Wong

Betty is the co-founder of Stage2Startups, a global entrepreneur, marketer, teacher, and the principal consultant for CEO Global Resources Inc. She has an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS from NYU’ Stern School of Business. She has worked on new products for a variety of companies and well-known brands – among them: Kraft General Foods, the New York Times, World Education Services and more. Her work has impacted communities around the world. She has been active on the boards of the New York Chinese Cultural Center, the Asian Financial Society, Graham Windham and Care for Homeless. 

Elizabeth White

Elizabeth White, 64, author and aging solutions advocate for older adults facing uncertain work and financial insecurity. Her book Fifty-five, Unemployed, and Faking Normal is about the millions of older Americans who are facing the prospect of downward mobility in old age. A frequent guest blogger and speaker at conferences and workshops, Elizabeth has recently been named one of the top 50 influencers on aging in the country. Her essays and work have appeared in publications like Forbes, The Huffington Post, Next Avenue, and The Washington Post. In July 2018, her TEDx Talk was elevated to the main TED stage where it garnered over 700,000 views and counting in just over two weeks. Ms. White holds an MBA from Harvard, is a former retail entrepreneur and C-suite executive. She lives in Washington D.C. and is frequently here in NYC.

Tom Kamber

Tom is an award-winning social entrepreneur, educator and activist. He has a BA in Latin from Columbia College and a PhD in Political Science from the City University of New York. Through Older Adults Technology Services, Tom has helped over 30,000 seniors get online and created the first technology-themed community center for older adults. Tom serves on the NYC Mayor’s Broadband Task Force, Age-Friendly New York Commission, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s Aging Policy Advisory Council. 

Our Steering Committee

Angela Hu
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.
Barbara Harmon
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.
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.
Joseph Dibenedetto

Joseph, 22, aids in creating the first Radical Age chapter at SAGE NY and Co-Chairing Radical Age's Intergenerational committee. He is a community organizing social work grad student at Silberman School of Social Work. He received a BS from Binghamton University and focuses his work on radical queer youth organizing. At Binghamton, he chaired on the restorative justice committee and was the head programming coordinator for an LGBTQ resource center. 

Laura Heffron

A passionate and innovative executive in the community and corporate sectors, Laura has 30 years of leadership in philanthropy, fundraising, corporate community relations and marketing. Her nonprofit fundraising is in international education where she worked to establish philanthropic programs for financial aid and the arts. She helped to raise and distribute $150M for social justice and educational programs.

Priscila Gallegos

Originally from Ecuador, Priscila is a 26-year-old geriatric social worker with a Master’s degree from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Priscila’s primary interests include macro social work (community organizing, aging policy and advocacy), creating intergenerational and other inclusive spaces, and supporting caregivers and families who care for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Spence Halperin, LMSW
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 DiGesu
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.