Deb founded For All Ages with a vision to end loneliness, reduce ageism, and promote kindness across generations by implementing impactful programs that improve the health and well-being of people of all ages. Deb has brought together her passion for promoting intergenerational opportunities and interest in combating loneliness and isolation, her work as a nonprofit board member and advisor, and her experience with starting and growing businesses to found For All Ages.
Deb received her law degree with honors from the University of Connecticut after earning an MBA from the University of Massachusetts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from UConn. After enjoying success in the insurance industry for many years, Deb provided leadership and guidance to a variety of nonprofits. Her passion for making the world a better place led her to found a nonprofit that can simultaneously impact current and future generations.
Deb is a member of the Commit to Connect Nationwide Network of Champions and the University of Connecticut Aging Research Interest Group. She is also a certified Dementia Friend.
As co-founder of For All Ages, Gary embraces the idea that growing older can and should be an asset to be leveraged to promote kindness, caring, and knowledge transfer to improve the mental and physical well-being of all generations. Gary is a dedicated advocate of the value of intergenerational connection and is focused on giving back to improve the quality of life for both sage older adults and youth.
Gary has been actively involved with intergenerational coaching and youth mentoring programs for the past two decades. He currently mentors boys in various grades in the West Hartford, CT public school system, and has over 20 years of experience coaching girls and boys in baseball, softball and basketball.
Gary has worked as a systems, software and sales engineer as well as a product/marketing manager in the aerospace, digital printing and bio-medical industries. He earned his Master of Science degree in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute after graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Connecticut.
Stephanie is the AVP of Claims Strategy and Optimization at The Hartford where she leads a team that improves customer experience and business results with process redesign, advanced analytics, digitization and automation solutions. Over the past two decades, Stephanie has developed and implemented strategic and operational plans in several businesses by adeptly building knowledge, relationships and high-performing teams.
Stephanie's passion for partnering with others to make positive, impactful change drew her to join the board of For All Ages. Stephanie is interested in creating memorable, shared experiences and promoting wellness through mindfulness, compassion and good health. “I want to be part of a movement that works to build up, connect and empower individuals from all walks of life; thereby strengthening our community today and tomorrow.”
Stephanie is also a member of United Way's Women United Leadership Council. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts and Biology. She obtained her MBA from the University of Connecticut, graduating Beta Gamma Sigma.
Sashi is a Senior Vice President at Chubb insurance where she leads Product and Portfolio Management for Small Business. In the past two decades Sashi has worked in a number of leading insurance companies in various leadership roles focusing on underwriting, product development, casualty insurance and workers compensation. She has also represented the carriers and the industry in various national and state industry boards and committees.
Sashi earned her Bachelor's degree at the University of Texas at Austin where she was in the Honors Business Program and majored in Finance and Risk Management & Insurance. She lives in Simsbury, CT with her husband, 2 kids and golden retriever. In her spare time she loves art, antiques, photography and travel.
Victoria (Tia) Kozar began her journey in aging services as one of the pioneer participants in the groundbreaking students-in-residence program at Masonicare where she spent a year living with the older adults in their assisted living community. She has since shared her experience and the value of intergenerational relationships on a national level with a TedX Talk, on the Steve Harvey TV Show, ABC World News Now, and more. Tia earned her end-of-life specialist certificate and has worked at several CT skilled nursing memory care units. She is an advocate and community educator for the CT Alzheimer’s Association, serving as the Association's ambassador to Congresswoman Jahana Hayes and as a member of its Medical Science Advisory Council. She was recognized in 2019 with the LeadingAge CT Aging Services Award of Excellence.
Tia earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Quinnipiac University in 2017. She is currently a medical student at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine where she has founded an American Geriatric Society student chapter and is challenging her peers to reframe how they view aging. She is working on geriatric psychiatric research identifying the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on loneliness, depression, and resilience in older people and seeks to find ways that intergenerational activities can benefit people of all ages.
Rupal is an Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut where she teaches courses in research methods and social policy at the graduate and undergraduate levels in the School of Social Work. She has over a decade of professional and practice experience working with diverse older adult populations across the continuum of care. Her primary research aim is to improve outcomes for late-life immigrants, with particular attention to the role of the built environment on social isolation. Her research advocates for the development of culturally-grounded assessment tools, evidence-based practices, and national and state legislation to address the needs of older adults at the intersection of social isolation, multiple health issues, and structural and social barriers.
Rupal earned her Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington after receiving both a Masters degree in Social Work and a Masters degree in Public Health from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Oklahoma.
Georgia is a gerontologist and Client Services Manager at Optum/United Healthcare where she implements strategies to help individuals, departments of health, and states exceed their health goals through unique product/clinical offerings, research, and data. Georgia's passion is helping adults age in a healthy, vibrant manner.
Georgia earned her Master of Health Administration with a concentration in Gerontology and her Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She is currently a Doctoral candidate in Health Administration.
Jennifer Sala has 25 years' experience leading technology teams focusing on solution delivery as well as divestitures and acquisitions. Jen is an AVP at The Hartford Insurance Company in its Global Specialty business unit. Through her strong partnerships, Jen has become a trusted advisor to business leaders and has built competent, empowered teams.
Jen believes that building leadership skills in people of all ages positively impacts individuals' lives and the lives of those around them by increasing self-confidence, improving decision making, and embracing diversity. Human connection is the key to each, and most importantly is the key to life satisfaction. She is excited to be giving back and deepening her connection to community through her involvement with For All Ages.
Jen is an animal lover and a long-time supporter of the Connecticut Humane Society. She lives in Rocky Hill with her fiancé. Together they are avid water skiers, snow skiers, and lovers of travel.
Jen received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Richmond.
Laurie is the Chief Marketing Officer for Johnson Brunetti, a retirement investment firm that specializes in working with people in retirement or close to retirement. In her role, she works closely with local media and is responsible for all of Johnson Brunetti's marketing, website, social media, and community outreach involvement.
Laurie has a passion for helping people feel connected with each other and understands the physical and mental health impacts that feeling isolated can create. This passion is what drew her to join For All Ages. She also volunteers with Career Beginnings to help Hartford area high school students navigate the college application process. In her spare time, she loves to travel and enjoys running and reading.
Laurie earned her Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.