Programs of Excellence Series 2022 - Technology
Every year NCOA’s National Institute of Senior Centers honors outstanding efforts made by senior centers across the nation to offer innovative, creative, and impactful programs for older adults. Each program is proof of the important work that happens at senior centers. And these programs serve as models for senior center staff across the country to implement in their communities. Join us for our Programs of Excellence webinar series where we highlight each category with a presentation by a subject matter expert and the winning programs.
Associate Director of Network Development and Engagement, Modernizing Senior Centers Resource Center and NISC
National Council on Aging
Dianne Stone has more than 20 years of experience with senior centers and aging issues, primarily as the Director of the Newington Senior and Disabled Center in Newington, Connecticut. Stone has also worked, volunteered, and held leadership positions with a variety of organizations in Connecticut, including Connecticut AgeWell Collaborative, the ADA Coalition of Connecticut, Connecticut Medicaid Oversight Council, and the Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity and Opportunity. She joined NCOA in January 2022, as a member of the Center for Healthy Aging, where she is primarily focused on supporting senior centers throughout the country through the ACL-funded Modernizing Senior Centers Resource Center and NISC.
Chris has 30 years of experience in information technology with a focus on helping organizations analyze their customer’s preferences, reach new demographics, and improve funding. Before working with Senior Centers, Chris consulted with for-profit businesses like Apple, General Electric, The Gap and E*Trade, to develop analytics, data mining and survey solutions with a goal of delivering better customer service.
In 2006, while volunteering at a Senior Center in Massachusetts, Chris was introduced to Eric Andersen who developed the first version of MySeniorCenter. Since then, Chris has been working full-time with Senior Centers around the Country to help them automate and grow their operations while freeing themselves from paperwork.
Recreation Division Manager
City of Albuquerque Department of Senior Affairs
Angel Montoya has served as the Recreation Division Manager for the City of Albuquerque Department of Senior Affairs since 2022, where she is responsible for overseeing the daily programming and operations of the City’s six senior centers and two multigenerational centers. Angel is committed to making a positive impact on the lives of youth, adults, and seniors in her community, and has over 25 years of experience in the recreation field. Prior to her current role, Angel served as Center Manager of the city-owned North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center, and spent time at Albuquerque Family and Community Services and Bernalillo County Parks and Recreation where she worked to provide programming for youth and families. Angel holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Management from the University of New Mexico.
Senior Center Supervisor
Calabasas Senior Center
Kimberly Post has 15 years of experience working with the 50+ community. She is currently the Facility Supervisor of the Calabasas Senior Center in California. The Calabasas Senior Center has been the recipients of the NISC Program of Excellence in 2020, 2022, & 2023.
Student Manager, Tech Help Program
Calabasas Senior Center
Zachary Davis is the Student Manager for the Tech Help Program, and helped found the program along with the Calabasas Senior Center Staff. Zachary has recruited student volunteers from local high schools since the program’s inception, skyrocketing the number of student volunteers from just a few to more than 60, who have offered a combined 900+ hours of volunteering.
Over the last few years, Zachary has been responsible for recruiting, training, managing, and scheduling student volunteers. Throughout this time, he has also taught technology-related classes to local seniors, with topics such as avoiding scams, using Google Search, and choosing streaming services. For his efforts at the Calabasas Senior Center, Zachary was recognized as a California Star Student by the Patch Newspaper, and has also received the award of Excellence in Community Service from the Calabasas City Council. Zachary has been a Calabasas resident his entire life, and is a Senior at Calabasas High School, but will be leaving in August 2024 to attend the University of Pennsylvania.