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Our People

​​​​​Since 2009, Sages & Seekers has had many committed citizens donate their time and energy to our mission, in hopes of strengthening their community. We honor these volunteers for their vision of a society connected on a deeper level through communication.

Elly Katz is the Founder and Executive Director of Sages & Seekers. She gave up her career as a graphic designer to make an attempt at diminishing ageism. She spent countless hours speaking with Senior Center Activity Directors, professors of Gerontology and Educators, to ultimately design a meaningful and profound program. Elly has presented at the MCOA, SCAAP and American Society on Aging conferences, speaking about the need for older adults to connect to a younger generation.

Katie Johnson is our Program Director and brings a beneficial blend of experience in the for-profit, nonprofit and education sectors, including project and operations management, marketing, and as a substitute teacher in the Manhattan Beach Unified School District. Katie managed a USC-affiliated nonprofit focused on preserving our social welfare history, which included recording conversations with “sages” to capture lessons learned and promote intergenerational learning. Katie contributes to all aspects of the effective and expanded delivery of our programs and pursuing our mission.

Chuck Wade became involved with Sages & Seekers after enrolling in his first program in Weston, MA. Retired from the business world, Chuck has several passions, one of which is outreach for our programs. He continually spreads our mission, recruits Sages, and supports our work, in addition to being an active alumnus of the Harvard Business School.

"Never doubt

that a small group

of thoughtful,

committed citizens

can change the world;


it's the only thing

that ever has."

- Margaret Mead

Krys Grant, our Special Projects Leader, has been working with people in many different capacities, to enhance and educate groups of people. Working from her heart, Krys shares her creativity in building new Sages  & Seekers projects bringing elders and teens together. Her passion is with the non-profit sector, always striving to uplift those around her.

Susan Blumenfeld, our New England Program Manager, has managed our largest flagship school program at the Rivers School in Weston Ma since 2017. She brings us her life-long passion and experience working with Older Adults. Susan is the owner of New Roots Move Management, LLC, a Senior Move Management Company serving greater Boston. She earned a BS in Family and Community Services, from Syracuse University, 1986. Susan is an active member of NASMM- National Association of Senior Move Managers. 

Paul Hirschberger is a documentary filmmaker, living in Los Angeles. He is the CEO of Good Night Naturals, selling natural fiber bedding and educating people about the health hazards of conventional mattresses and bedding. Paul has been volunteering his time, filming Sages & Seekers Programs and events since 2009. He has also facilitated programs and spent hours communicating and listening to Sages.

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