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SeniorNet Enters its 25th Year of Bringing Computers and the Internet to Older Americans

Leading Nonprofit that Has Connected Millions of Seniors Will Continue to Innovate in Helping Older Americans Bridge the Digital Divide, Announces Date for Capitol Hill Birthday Celebration

 

Herndon, Va., February 7, 2011 - SeniorNet, the world's leading nonprofit technology educator of older adults, today kicked off its 25th year of bringing the computer age to millions of Americans in their Golden Years.  SeniorNet also announced that it will officially celebrate its 25th anniversary by hosting a birthday party at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC on May 19, 2011.

 

Founded in 1986, SeniorNet is a nationwide nonprofit organization with approximately 8,000 members that has taught millions of older adults to use computers and the internet, enhancing their lives and enabling them to share their knowledge and wisdom.

 

The organization plans to celebrate its 25th anniversary throughout the upcoming year by introducing a series of programs, innovations and partnerships that will continue to expand access to computers and the internet for older Americans, particular those in underserved communities and regions of the country.

 

Some of the new programs in development will showcase best in class technology aimed at improving computer access and education for older Americans, while new partnership opportunities will enable corporate sponsors to actively support SeniorNet as it commemorates this historic milestone.

 

The celebrations will culminate in a 25th birthday party at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC on May 19, 2011.  SeniorNet centers around the country will join the celebration via live webcast.

 

“Today, Americans over age 50 are the fastest growing users of social media and other new communications tools,” said Leslie M. Smith, SeniorNet board chairman, and IBM Sales Executive.  “SeniorNet is proud to have played a role in this growing phenomenon and we will continue to blaze the trail to ensure that no American, regardless of age, is left behind the Digital Divide.  We look forward to kicking off another 25 years of progress with our Capitol Hill birthday celebration on May 19.”


About SeniorNet

SeniorNet is the nation's most respected nonprofit organization specializing in computer and Internet education for older adults.  Since 1986, SeniorNet has empowered over one million Boomers and Seniors providing encouragement, lifelong learning opportunities and new worlds to explore via the Internet.  Based in Herndon, Virginia, it has approximately 8,000 members.  SeniorNet is staffed by more than 3,000 volunteers and has almost 65 Learning Centers in the United States, including Indian Reservations and underserved areas.

 

For more information visit www.seniornet.org

 

 
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SeniorNet Names John F. Deeds Treasurer of Its Board of Directors

Finance Expert Assumes New Responsibilities on Board of Nonprofit Dedicated to Technology Access and Education for Those in Need

WASHINGTON, D.C.  Sept. 24, 2010 – SeniorNet, the world’s leading nonprofit technology educator of older adults and those in need, announced today that it has appointed current board member John F. “Jack” Deeds as the new Treasurer of its Board of Directors.

 

Possessing over 30 years of experience as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Deeds is Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of Search for Common Ground, a non-profit that works to transform the way the world deals with conflict.  In his current role at Search for Common Ground, he provides strategic programmatic, finance, technology, and operational leadership to the organization while acting as the liaison to its Board of Directors and its committees.

 

Prior to that, Deeds also served as the Vice President of Finance, Technology and Administration for the United Way.  An expert in finance and technology, Deeds’ career spans more than two decades leading change in nonprofit organizations.  He was named CFO of the Year by the Greater Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants in 2008.

 

Deeds was appointed to the SeniorNet Board in April 2010.

 

“Jack has already proven to be an excellent addition to the SeniorNet Board of Directors,” said Leslie M. Smith, SeniorNet board chairman and IBM Business Development Executive. “With his many years of financial experience and business leadership, we’re confident that he’s the best choice to take on the crucial role of Board Treasurer.”

 

About SeniorNet

SeniorNet (www.seniornet.org is the world's premier technology trainer and online community for adults over 50 and those in need. Based in Herndon, Virginia and founded in 1986, SeniorNet is a nationwide nonprofit organization with approximately 10,000 members that has taught hundreds of thousands of older adults to use computers and the internet, and has enriched millions of lives through its award-winning website.

 

 

SeniorNet is staffed by more than 3,000 volunteers and has nearly 75 locally run Learning Centers in the United States.  SeniorNet offers both offline and online training to a population that was originally neglected in the information revolution. With sponsorship by major corporations and foundations, government agencies, private and public donations, and a backbone of individual members and contributors, SeniorNet continues to grow and offer new opportunities to those touched by its mission.

 

 

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SeniorNet Adds Two New members to Its Board of Directors

Non-profit and Volunteer Leaders Daniel Wilson and Slava Vero to join Board of Organization Dedicated to Technology Access for Those In Need

 

Herndon, Va., Sept. 13 2010 – SeniorNet, the world’s leading nonprofit technology educator of older adults, announced today the appointment of two members to its Board of Directors.  Daniel Wilson and Slava Vero will join the SeniorNet board effective September 17, 2010.

 

Daniel Wilson is the Director of Policy and Program Development for the National Caucus and Center on Black Aged (NCBA), an organization that works to improve living conditions for elderly Americans.  As the Policy Director, Wilson advocates for aging issues on Capitol Hill.  The NCBA develops programming in conjunction with corporations and foundations to aid the senior population, including : the Senior Community Service Employment Program; the Healing Zone; and providing housing to seniors in the Washington D.C. area and around the country.


Slava Vero joins the SeniorNet board after volunteering with the organization and receiving the Chairman's Award for Excellence in 2008 and 2009. Vero is the Co-Coordinator of the Huntington, New York SeniorNet Center in Long Island, New York. She was one of the founding members of the center after joining in 1999. Through her dedicated work, the Long Island Center has become one of SeniorNet's flagship centers.

 

Vero's biggest and most successful efforts have been the opening of the East Yaphank Annex, another SeniorNet center in Long Island, New York, and the "Homebound Remote Learning Project." The East Yaphank Annex center focuses on providing computer education to the underserved in the community. The "Homebound Remote Learning Project" provides computer training to homebound seniors and veterans with disabilities.

 

"We're very excited to include Daniel and Slava on the SeniorNet Board of Directors," said Leslie M. Smith, SeniorNet board chairman and IBM Business Development Executive. "Both Daniel and Slava have unique and relevant experience and really understand the challenges of providing services to the underserved and the aging population. To have a volunteer like Slava and an advocate like Daniel on the board will help us move forward at this pivotal time in history."


About SeniorNet


SeniorNet (www.seniornet.org) is the world's premier technology trainer and online community for adults over 50. Based in Herndon, Virginia and founded in 1986, SeniorNet is a nationwide nonprofit organization with approximately 10,000 members that has taught hundreds of thousands of older adults to use computers and the internet, and has enriched millions of lives through its award-winning website.

 

SeniorNet is staffed by more than 3,000 volunteers and has nearly 75 locally run Learning Centers in the United States. SeniorNet offers both offline and online training to a population that was originally neglected in the information revolution. With sponsorship by major corporations and foundations, government agencies, private and public donations, and a backbone of individual members and contributors, SeniorNet continues to grow and offer new opportunities to those touched by its mission.

 

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SeniorNet Grows Its Board of Directors with the Addition of Four New Members

Debra Berlyn, Julia Reynes, Lisa Washington and Michele Warholic Wetherald to Join Board of Nonprofit Dedicated to Technology Access and Education for Seniors

 

Herndon, Va., July 27, 2010 – SeniorNet, the world’s leading nonprofit technology educator of older adults, announced today the appointment of four new members to its Board of Directors. Debra Berlyn, Julia Reynes, Lisa Lee Washington and Michele Warholic Wetherald will join the SeniorNet board effective August 1, 2010. The addition of these four new members grows the SeniorNet Board of Directors to 12 members.

 

Debra R. Berlyn is president of Consumer Policy Solutions, a firm centered on addressing the interests of consumers and the marketplace, and executive director of Project GOAL – the Project to Get Older Adults Online. Berlyn has over 20 years of experience working on technology policy issues. She leads Project GOAL activities that include creating programs to explore the benefits and challenges of technology adoption by the older community, and developing resource materials for aging organizations. A longtime advocate for consumers and seniors, Berlyn also served as a senior legislative representative for AARP.

 

Julia E. Reynes has over 10 years experience in non-profit leadership and over 15 years in the information technology field.  Reynes is the president of the Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing co-payment assistance to help patients access life-saving medications.  As vice president of the American Red Cross in the International Services area, she led the response to the $580 million tsunami disaster.  Reynes also served as chief of staff to the Red Cross Chief Operating Officer and led strategic information systems planning that recommended an enterprise resource planning system to support all Red Cross business functions.

 

Lisa Lee Washington, CAE is executive director of the Design-Build Institute of America. She has nearly 20 years of non-profit management experience and demonstrated leadership in revitalizing programs and services to enhance the value proposition for members.  Washington also spent 10 years in management positions of increasing responsibility at the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, an association representing 5,600 not-for-profit nursing homes, continuing care retirement communities, assisted living and senior housing facilities, and home and community-based service providers.

 

Michele Warholic Wetherald has a commitment to lifelong learning that has spanned a career of more than 15 years in non-profit management and higher education administration.  Currently she is Managing Director of Education, Examinations and Talent at the Certified Financial Planners Board of Standards, Inc., where she leads and manages several of the organization's key focus areas.  Prior to that, she served as excutive director of AAUW - American Association of University Women, a 100,000 member, $12 million budget association.  Additionally, Warholic Wetherald has held leadership positions on several non-profit boards, including past national board president of the American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) Board of Directors.

 

“We’re thrilled to welcome Debra, Julia, Lisa and Michele to the board of directors of SeniorNet,” said Leslie M. Smith, SeniorNet board chairman and IBM Business Development Executive.  “The addition of these four talented professionals to the SeniorNet board adds a depth and range of expertise that will be critical in helping to move the organization forward at an important time in its history.”

 

 

About SeniorNet

SeniorNet (www.seniornet.org) is the world's premier technology trainer and online community for adults over 50. Based in Herndon, Virginia and founded in 1986, SeniorNet is a nationwide nonprofit organization with approximately 10,000 members that has taught hundreds of thousands of older adults to use computers and the internet, and has enriched millions of lives through its award-winning website.

 

SeniorNet is staffed by more than 3,000 volunteers and has nearly 75 locally run Learning Centers in the United States, including on Indian Reservations and in underserved areas. SeniorNet offers both off-line and online training to a population that was originally neglected in the information revolution. With sponsorship by major corporations and foundations, government agencies, private and public donations, and a backbone of individual members and contributors, SeniorNet continues to grow and offer new opportunities to those touched by its mission.

 

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SeniorNet Launches the Charlene A. Francis Scholarship Fund

 

Scholarships to Benefit Members at SeniorNet Learning Centers in Underserved Markets Across the U.S.


WASHINGTON,D.C. - SeniorNet, the world's leading nonprofit technology educator of older adults, announced today the creation of the Charlene A. Francis Scholarship Fund to benefit outstanding volunteers at SeniorNet Learning Centers in the nation's most underserved markets.

 

The scholarship fund honors Charlene A. Francis, an individual who has made significant contributions to SeniorNet both at its Learning Centers and on the organization's national Board of Directors. Francis has served as a member, volunteer and distinguished leader for more than 21 years, including her dedicated years in leading the SeniorNet Learning Center in Oklahoma City. Throughout her tenure she has advocated for the interests of Learning Centers in the SeniorNet network – the front line in the organization's mission of bringing technology education to seniors. Her voice in representing Learning Centers has been of tremendous value to the Board of Directors.

 

 

The scholarships will benefit SeniorNet Learning Centers in underserved areas around the country, as well as at the Learning Centers on Indian reservations. The scholarships, to be awarded annually, will recognize outstanding achievement among volunteers at those Learning Centers. Three recipients will receive full SeniorNet memberships valid for two years.

 

"Charlene A. Francis has a true passion for the work of the SeniorNet Learning Centers and has been one of their biggest, most innovative champions," said Leslie M. Smith, SeniorNet board chairman. "We're pleased to be able to honor her in a way that recognizes the contributions of other SeniorNet volunteers at Learning Centers in some of the most underserved parts of the country."

 

"It's a thrill to be recognized in this way," said Francis. "At the end of the day what's most important to me are the services that the Learning Centers provide in the places that need them most. And these scholarships will help to ensure that this work continues."

 

Anyone wishing to donate to the Charlene A. Francis Scholarship Fund may send checks made payable to SeniorNet -- with a notation in the memo section that stipulates money should be used for the Charlene A. Francis Scholarship Fund.  Checks should be mailed to SeniorNet, 12801 Worldgate Drive, Suite 500, Herndon, Virginia 20170. 

 

About SeniorNet
SeniorNet (www.seniornet.org) is the world's premier technology trainer and online community for adults over 50. Based in Herndon, Virginia and founded in 1986, SeniorNet is a nationwide nonprofit organization with approximately 10,000 members that has taught hundreds of thousands of older adults to use computers and the internet ...resulting in the enrichment of millions of lives through its award-winning website.

 

SeniorNet is staffed by more than 3,000 volunteers and had nearly 75 locally run Learning Centers in the United States, including Indian Reservations and underserved areas. SeniorNet offers both off-line and online training to a population that was originally neglected in the information revolution. With sponsorship by major corporations and foundations, government agencies, private and public donations, and a backbone of individual members and contributors, SeniorNet continues to grow and offer new opportunities to those touched by its mission.

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