EngAGE is a non-profit that transforms aging
and the way people
think about aging by turning affordable senior apartment communities into vibrant centers of learning, wellness,
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This is what EngAGE
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EngAGE is a member of the Annenberg Foundation Alchemy Program.
EngAGE has brought together a strong team with many years of experience in the areas of geriatrics, healthcare systems, housing, education, arts, finance, development, and regional program management.
Tim Carpenter, Founder & Executive Director - Tim Carpenter is the founder of EngAGE and host/producer of the Experience Talks radio show. EngAGE is a nonprofit that changes aging and the way people think about aging by transforming senior apartment communities into vibrant centers of learning, wellness and creativity. EngAGE provides life-enhancing arts, wellness, lifelong learning, community building and intergenerational programs and events to thousands of seniors living in Southern California. Tim catalyzed the creation of the Burbank Senior Artists Colony, a first-of-its-kind senior apartment community with high-end arts amenities and programs. Experience Talks is a radio magazine that shines a light on the value of experience in society, airing for 250,000 listeners on Sundays at 5 p.m. on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles, 98.7 FM in Santa Barbara, and streaming live worldwide on the web at www.kpfk.org. The show is syndicated on the Pacifica Network to up to 100 cities nationwide. Tim serves on the board of the National Center for Creative Aging. In 2008, he was elected an Ashoka Fellow for being one of the top social entrepreneurs in the world, and in 2011 he received the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award. He is also the recipient of a Durfee Foundation 2016/17 Stanton Fellowship.
Nancy Goodhart, Chief Administrative Officer - For the past 12 years at Engage, Ms. Goodhart has supervised every aspect of Wellness, Lifelong Learning, and Creativity programming at the ground level, including co-authoring "The Essentials of Aging," a 12-week introductory orientation to EngAGE programming. Nancy has taught at the K-12 through adult school levels in Maryland, New York, and California and has directed many recreational and educational programs for both municipal and private organizations. She is passionate about promoting health for seniors through exercise, movement, and the universality of creative expression, which manifests in everything from everyday problem solving, to relationship building, to financial management. She holds a bachelor's degree in Recreation Program Planning/Physical Education from the University of Maryland and a teaching credential from Cal State Long Beach in Physical Fitness, Health and Safety for Older Adults. She is also certified in Falls Prevention Training.
Ken Tambe, Chief Financial Officer - Mr. Tambe has been affiliated with not-for-profit organizations for over 25 years. These include the Center Theatre Group, the Artist’s Rights Foundation, and the 1987 Los Angeles Festival. In addition to administering the financial operations for EngAGE, Mr. Tambe is a Marriage and Family Therapist, addressing the needs of aging and age related illness, and a School Counselor, providing services to students with special abilities and learning differences.
Megan Hocking, Creative Programs Director, BSAC - Ms. Hocking has worked in non-profit and municipal recreation programming for over 10 years. She earned her degree in Recreation Administration at the California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo where she specialized in Special Events and Business Marketing. Megan is an accomplished event planner and instructor. She has been volunteering and working with seniors for most of her life and enjoys ofering her unique brand of fun and energy to EngAGE programming.
Melony Morse, Regional Programs Director - Ms. Morse joined the EngAGE team in the summer of 2007 as a volunteer. She has been employed with EngAGE since 2009. Ms. Morse implements and maintains the quality of programs provided by EngAGE at several Orange County sites. She is certified as a ZUMBA instructor and has years of experience working with seniors in fitness instruction, as well as aqua aerobics. She is working toward her Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from Cal State Long Beach.
Marlene Nichols, Creative Programs Director, NoHoSAC - Ms. Nichols is a writer and performing artist. She produces documentaries, reality shows and online content for organizations such as Al Gore's Climate Reality Project and AOL Studios. Marlene's own performance pieces have taken her on explorations to New York, Paris, Istanbul, and the archipelago of Svalbard in the Arctic Circle.
Essence Parker, Regional Programs Director - Ms. Parker uses her passion for the betterment of vulnerable populations – including at-risk youth, senior, and veteran demographics – to fuel her work in human and social services. Throughout her career, Essence has invested upward of ten years experience performing program development initiatives for such non-profit organizations as Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles and Y.W.C.A of the Harbor & South Bay Area. Essence has also facilitated psychosocial rehabilitation to mentally ill residents at Founder’s House of Hope, with the goal of employment readiness and overall community reintegration. In addition to her role as Regional Programs Director with EngAGE, she is currently an Adjunct Professor at Southern California University of Health Sciences where she teaches Introduction to Psychology courses. Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s of Arts in Behavioral Science and a Master’s of Arts in Organizational Development & Leadership.
Elizabeth Sampson, Regional Programs Director - Ms. Sampson is a world traveler and has worked extensively as an actor in regional theatre, film and television. She has twenty-five years experience in theatre acting, writing and directing. Through her theatre company’s outreach program – she taught acting for four years at a Homeless Shelter to at-risk 18-21 year olds. She co-wrote a show about the experience that was produced in NYC and Los Angeles. She is an adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University. She is a spoken word performer for the last seven years and a produced playwright. She is a graduate of the American Conservatory Theatre’s MFA program.
Sandra Vargas, Regional Programs Director - Ms. Vargas has an AA degree in Liberal Arts and a Child Development Certificate from East Los Angeles College. She is an alumna of CSU Long Beach and has a Substance Abuse Counselor Certificate. Sandra worked for LAUSD for about 13 years with after school programs designed for children with working parents. As a substance abuse counselor, she worked for 4 years with at risk young teens. Sandra also currently assists her 16 year old son with his non-profit project. N.O.L.C. (No One Left Cold). Throughout the year, they collect unwanted blankets, clothes, and shoes, and twice a year distribute them to the Skid Row Community. Sandra started with EngAGE in 2011 as a teacher, then became a Site Leader, and now a Regional Programs Director.
Helene Weinberg, Creative Programs Director, Long Beach Senior Arts Colony (LBSAC) and Pacific Avenue Arts Colony (PacArts in San Pedro) - An award-winning entertainer and educator, Ms. Weinberg has starred in the touring production of the long-running smash hit “Forbidden Broadway” and performs worldwide for corporate, social and special events. Helene created her business theater and special events company, Out To Lunch Events, in 1994 and debuted her first musical revue, “OUT TO LUNCH - A Whacky Revue of the Workplace,” playing to capacity crowds in Cleveland’s Playhouse Square. Out to Lunch Events continues as a creative boutique production company offering customized live shows and digital media projects written and performed for worldwide audiences. Helene has worked with funny man Drew Carey and with the legendary improv company The Second City. She wrote and directed the national touring production of “Fashion and Film, On Tour,” starring Shirley Jones for American Movie Classics, and her voice has been heard on commercials for JC Penney, Goodyear, Cadillac and KFC. Helene is a returning guest artist and acting coach for Young Actors Camp in LA, performs improv with The Guerilla Improv Troupe, and works frequently as a musical cabaret artist, actor, radio host, coach & writer.
Alma Wright, Regional Programs Director - Ms. Wright's background is in arts and interior decorating. Her Associate of Arts Degree with emphasis in Advertising and Graphic Design was earned at Pasadena City College, and she has been managing her own business as an interior decorating consultant since 2006. Alma loves working with her hands and has tried everything from portraiture drawing to reupholstering old furniture. In the last few years with EngAGE, Alma has found yet another new passion, this time, working with seniors. She is truly committed to fulfilling their various interests and needs through innovating programming and resources.
Laura Sardisco, Orange County Food Program Coordinator - Ms. Sardisco has worked in the nonprofit sector, primarily theatre, for the last 13-years. She spent the last four years with an education company that provides life-long learning, community service, and career opportunities through the creative arts for people with disabilities. Laura holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts from Long Beach State University. She is the author of "Historical, Cultural, and Neurological View of Modern American Theatre." Pretty spreadsheets and infographics make Laura happier than they probably should. In her free time, Laura volunteers with Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles as Finance Co-Chair. She was elected to this position by her peers and is responsible for EAL/LA's budget development and monitoring.
Sharon Springer, Administrative Assistant – Ms. Springer has over 25 years of business experience including 15 years as a business owner; within that business context she was issued 5 patents for innovative design of her products. Ms. Springer joined EngAGE in March '12. She has an M.S. degree in City and Regional Planning from Ohio State University and a B.S. degree in Geography from the University of South Alabama. She is a City Council appointee to the Sustainable Burbank Commission, a member of the Burbank Farmers Market Advisory Board, and a Master Gardener. Sharon volunteers her time working with youth at risk at the Burbank Community Day School in support of the collaborative garden between the School and the Burbank Senior Artist Colony. In January '12 the garden was recognized for excellence by Burbank Business Partners.