Tobey Gordon Dichter, M.Ed.
GoL founder and CEO, Tobey Gordon Dichter, was named one of the 50 Most Influential People in Aging by PBS Next Avenue in October, 2015. Ms. Dichter is the former Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs and Executive Committee Member at SmithKline Beecham Healthcare Services (now Glaxo SmithKline), a worldwide healthcare company. She was known for the first corporate television news program for employees worldwide, and later as the founder of the Drug Testing Index and repositioning Pap Screening from a finite test to a screen. Ms. Dichter left SmithKline in 1999 to pursue Generations on Line. She has served on the Boards of The Free Library of Philadelphia (chair), Maternity Care Coalition, The Philadelphia School, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, The Wilma Theater, and The Philadelphia Film Society. Ms. Dichter is a frequent speaker and consultant on the digital divide. She is the full-time, unpaid chief executive of the organization, responsible for strategic direction, partnership development, finance, and Board and public relations.
Vasil J. Pappas, Jr., M.B.A.
Founder of Precision Media Works, Mr. Pappas is a Philadelphia-area producer of print and electronic communications. He is the former vice president and general manager of United Press International's business news and financial information division, a former Wall Street Journal reporter, and the founding editor of the National Business Employment Weekly. He is an officer and board member of the Harvard Business School Alumni Association. As COO, Mr. Pappas is responsible for strategic planning, security, and oversight of Generations on Line service.
Michael Pierce, M.Div.
Director of Training and Technology, Mr. Pierce has been in computer technology and training for 20 years, with a multigenerational focus. As the former Director for Information Technology for the Association for Education of Young Children, a nonprofit youth agency, and a Pastor, he brings the unique combination of training and counseling, troubleshooting and communication to seniors. He holds a BS in Religion and Philosophy with a Minor in Computer Science, and a Masters of Divinity. Mr. Pierce oversees GoL's software and backend programming, runs the GoL Help Desk, and creates new software editions and upgrades. He is a recognized and lauded speaker at national aging network meetings.
Katie Burke, M.B.A.
GoL Administrator, and Sip & Swipe project manager, Ms. Burke joined us in 2005. She was formerly with Chilton Research Services, as market research project director. She holds a B.S. with concentration in marketing from Villanova University and an M.B.A. from Villanova University. An active community volunteer, she has chaired and coordinated events and raised significant funding for a range of church, school, health and childcare projects. Currently she helps mentor a high school robotics team. Ms. Burke manages project flow, database, client service, and market research.
Generations on Line
2021 Board of Directors and Advisors
Advisor, Social COnnectedness, AARP FOUNDATION
Janett Aponte, B.A.
Mayor's Commission on Aging Outreach Specialist. The Commission leads the development of policy and strategies to support health, safety, and security for Philadelphians ages 55 and older.
John Beilenson, M.A.
President, Strategic Communications & Planning, consultants to not-for-profit organizations, particularly in the field of aging, Editorial director of Infoaging.org for American Federation for Aging Research, author/editor of 16 books related to aging.
*H.E. Broadbent, Ph.D.
Former Director of Information Technology, The Free Library of Philadelphia and former head of Task force on seniors and youth, American Library Association. Secretary.
Humphrey Chen, M.B.A.
Senior Vice President Corporate Development, Independence Banc; former Vice President Verizon; previous VP Microsoft
Rennie Cohen, B.S.
Consultant, Aging Positively llc. Former Executive Director of Center in the Park (29 years), former Vice-President of the National Council on Aging's (NCOA) National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC), founding President of the Pennsylvania Association of Senior Centers, and former President of the Philadelphia Association of Senior Center Administrators.
*Tobey Gordon Dichter, M.Ed.
Unpaid CEO and Founder of Generations on Line; former Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs and Executive Committee Member at SmithKline Beecham Healthcare Services (now GlaxoSmithKline).
*Brian Duke, MHA, MBE
System Director, Senior Services, Main Line Health; Former Secretary of Aging, Pennsylvania; previously, Pennsylvania Department of Aging, Bucks County Area Agency on Aging, New Jersey Foundation for Aging
Cecilia Garcia, Benton Foundation Senior Advisor, B.A. (emeritus)
Former Adviser to the Benton Foundation on issues related to broadband adoption challenges for low-income seniors. Executive Director 1997-2013. Former press secretary for Bob Filner (D-CA) a Member of the U.S House of Representatives. Communications director for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, a national Latino nonprofit organization, and producer at WTVS, Detroit's public television station. Media & Democracy Coalition Board of Directors.
Project Director, Senior Community Service Employment Program, and Immediate Past Interim Director, Mayor's Commission on Aging, within the Health and Human Services Cabinet.
Kathy Gosliner, M.B.A., M.Ed. (emeritus)
Consultant and former Associate Director and Vice President of Development, Free Library of Philadelphia system of 55 branches.
*Kathryn Jedrziewski, Ph.D.
Deputy Director, Institute on Aging, University of Pennsylvania. Deputy Director for Administration, Alzheimer's Disease Center
Jeremy Kramer, B.S. economics
Converged Products and Platforms, Comcast Corporation
Manager, Philadelphia Senior Center on the Avenue of the Arts
Third largest senior center in the country. Member New Courtland.
*Michael Marcus, Ph.D. (abd), M.S.W.
Principal, Consultants for Community Resources, a national network of experts providing critical services to change makers.
Former Program Director, Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. Former Sr. Program Officer Chicago Community Trust.
*Bruce Melgary, M.S.
Senior Fellow, Drexel University Center for Cultural Partnerships
Former Executive Director, The Lenfest Foundation, The Brook J. Lenfest Foundation and The Allerton Foundation
Project Coordinator, National Association for Hispanic Elderly
Independent graphic designer, adjunct professor at Temple University's Tyler School of Art and creative lead at Philabundance
Co-founder and former Creative Director of Jay Social Web Design firm.
Past Associate Executive Director, Planning and Development, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging
Grahame Richards, J.D.
Program Director, The Lenfest Foundation
Karen Washington, B.S.
Assistant Director of Community Engagement - Philadelphia Corporation for Aging
*Sean Wechter, M.B.A.
Chief Information Officer, Qlik, Inc; former Senior Vice President of Digital Technology and Product Development at TEGNA Corporation; VP Comcast Corporation
Cathy Wilt, M.L.S.; M.Ed
Executive Director, PALCI Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc., representing major college, university and research libraries in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, and New York.
Executive Director, Independent Adoption Center, Former President and CEO, SeniorNet
*Directors have governance responsibility
Pictured above: GoL staff, left to right, Michael Pierce, Katie Burke, VJ Pappas and Tobey Gordon Dichter.