Meet the Team
Katy Fike PhD
Katy Fike is a founding partner of Generator Ventures and co-founder of Aging2.0, a global innovation network and startup accelerator program. Katy is a PhD gerontologist, former investment banker and systems engineer. Recently named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, Katy is a sought after speaker on topics related to innovation and aging and has been featured in national media including NPR, PBS NewsHour, Bloomberg TV, Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Forbes, TIME, TechCrunch and Huffington Post. Katy has taken the stage at conferences such as South by Southwest, Consumer Electronics Show, Boomer Venture Summit, American Senior Housing Association, National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Senior Living 100. Katy is on the Board of Directors of the American Society on Aging and the Family Caregiver Alliance. Katy earned her doctorate in gerontology from the USC Davis School of Gerontology and her undergraduate degree in Systems Engineering from University of Virginia. Katy has taught Gerontology at the university level and her research on care transitions has been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at several national conferences.
Stephen Johnston MBA
Stephen Johnston MBA is the co-founder of Aging2.0, a global innovation platform, and Generator Ventures, an early-stage fund focused on aging and long-term care. Stephen has worked in strategy and business development in the mobile, media and health sectors for multiple F500 companies in both Europe and America, and is passionate about the power of mobile technology and collaborative networks to improve lives around the world. He is co-founder of the Innovation Leaders Fund, a global equity fund, founder of Fordcastle, an innovation consultancy, and is co-author of Growth Champions (Wiley, 2012), a book about sustainable corporate growth. Stephen serves on the board of Older Adults Technology Services (OATS), and Music and Memory, 501c3 nonprofits focused on improving the quality of life for older people. He has an MA in Economics from Cambridge University and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Fulbright Scholar.
Mr. Whitman is Co-Founder and Chairman of Formation Capital and Partner of Aging2.0 / Generator Ventures. Mr. Whitman has over twenty-five years’ experience in the seniors housing and healthcare industry. In 1999, Mr. Whitman created Formation Capital as an advisory and equity investment firm for seniors housing and healthcare. Mr. Whitman has overseen the investment of over six billion in seniors housing assets managed by Formation Capital. Prior to Formation Capital, Mr. Whitman founded Health Care Capital Finance (HCCF), a private debt provider, where he developed a successful securitization program for seniors housing assets. Following the merger of HCCF into PRN Mortgage Capital, Mr. Whitman continued to oversee over billion of debt investments into seniors housing and care. Mr. Whitman began his career in healthcare in 1985 as a Director of Acquisitions for MediPlex and then as a Vice President of Meditrust in 1986.
Mr. Whitman is a current board member and Chairman Emeritus of the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care Industries (NIC) and also serves on the executive board of the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA.) His other interests in the industry include being a Principal in Prime Care Properties, LLC and a board member of Care Institute Group, Inc. Mr. Whitman’s extensive career has allowed him numerous speaking engagements both domestically and internationally. He has also written and been featured in many publications including National Real Estate Investor, McKnight’s Long Term Care News, SeniorCare Investor, Contemporary Long Term Care, Assisted Living Today, Modern Healthcare and Real Estate Forum.
Mr. Whitman graduated a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Denver.
Michelle Maalouf M.S.
Director of Programs and Partnerships
Michelle Maalouf is the Director of Programs and Partnerships at Aging2.0. She joined the team in November 2013 and has grown to love her work. Michelle received a Bachelor’s in 2012 in Bioengineering with a minor in Bioinformatics. She then went on to obtain a Masters in Bioengineering and Bioinformatics, both degrees from University of California, Santa Cruz. Michelle performed research as an undergraduate and graduate student leading the development and application of an artificial nanopore used to inject into and biopsy from single human cells. Michelle is coauthor on multiple peer-reviewed papers published from this work and a U.S. Patent (see LinkedIn for details). Michelle received UC Santa Cruz’s Deans Award and Chancellors Award for her accomplishments.Michelle has always enjoyed being part of her community and enhancing young girls interests in science by being a member of the Society of Women Engineers, Women in Bio and Bio2Device, and former member of Materials Research Society, Biomedical Engineering Society and the Institute on Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Michelle’s love for older older adults and technology stemmed from her close ties to her family. Michelle has always been very close to her grandparents and has seen first hand how new technologies and services could assist and enrich her grandparents life in a number of ways – especially since Michelle has lived with her grandma.
Director of Marketing and Community Engagement
Scott Peifer MPPA MSW
Vice President, Alliance Development
Scott Peifer, MPPA, MSW is Vice President, Alliance Development of Aging2.0, a global innovation platform. Scott founded and served as Executive Director of AgeTech West, a West Coast network of LeadingAge aging service providers and technology companies, and led its integration into Aging2.0. AgeTech was an educator, broker and advocate to accelerate tech-enabled care for older adults while improving care delivery, coordination, efficiency and innovation within the organizations who serve them. In his role at Aging2.0, Scott is leading development of the Aging2.0 Alliance and other initiatives that connect innovators and aging service providers including Aging2.0’s AgeTech Expo. Scott previously served as Associate Director of the Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST), a program of LeadingAge. Scott also brings legislative and executive aging policy experience to bear on the aging technology space. He was Director of Policy for the Alliance of Catholic Health Care, working with the Catholic Health Systems throughout California on health care reform and other policy issues. In public policy roles, Scott served as Policy Director of Aging for Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, as a Legislative Director in the Pennsylvania State Senate and as lead staff of the California State Senate Subcommittee on Aging and Long-term Care. Scott has a Master of Public Policy & Administration and a Master of Social Work.
Genesis Innovation Fellow
Sarah Thomas joined the Aging 2.0 team as the Genesis Innovation Fellow primarily to help advise the Aging2.0 Academy cohort. Serving also as Director of Global Innovations for Genesis Rehabilitation Services/Genesis Healthcare, one of the largest post-acute care providers in the country, Sarah is passionate about innovation and improving the lives of older adults.
She has dedicated 15 years to aging services, including five years consulting for emerging technology companies. Most recently, she served as the Legislative Affairs Liaison for Hallmark Rehabilitation. Sarah combines her Occupational Therapy background with her operational, clinical and entrepreneurial experience to inspire passionate changes to the current systems in the elder care environment.
Sarah currently is appointed to the Administration and Management Special Interest Section Committee for the American Occupational Therapy Association, an active member of LeadingAge, the California Association of Healthcare Facilities, and is on the Telehealth workgroup for The National Association for the Support of Long Term Care. She is a contributing author for the recent book Readmission Prevention – Solutions Across the Provider Continuum by Josh D Luke and is a sought-after speaker for national conferences.
To contact all of us, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Turning Aging2.0 into a reality has required tremendous support from a variety of people who’ve both shared our vision and got their hands dirty (sometimes literally) to build the beginning of a unique global community. We’re deeply indebted in particular to the advice and help from Emily Lutzker, Mary Cummins, Liz Emery, Wen Dombrowski, Nina Dunn, Paul Nikolaidis and Eve Bayer.
We’re now in the process of establishing a global set of Chapters who will take the message of innovation for older adults around the world – stay tuned for updates on that exciting expansion of the Aging2.0 team.