Team

Meet the Aging2.0 Team

Grace Andruszkiewicz

Vice President, Programs and Partnerships

Grace Andruszkiewicz is Vice President of Programs and Partnerships at ​Aging2.0. ​Over the last 4 years, ​Grace has built the Chapters network and Global Startup Search competition. She currently oversees Aging2.0's brand strategy, thought leadership efforts, Alliance and Leaders Circle membership communities and Chapters network. She is also the producer of Aging2.0's flagship conference - OPTIMIZE - which will take place in San Francisco on November 14-15, 2018. Grace comes from an agency background, where she had a broad range of experience in industries ranging from healthcare to commercial real estate. Outside of work, Grace enjoys cooking, singing at local piano bars and spending time with family.

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Katy Fike

Partner

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.

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Rebecca Hughes

Program Manager

Rebecca Hughes is the Program Manager at Aging2.0. Her responsibilities span across multiple focus areas, primarily working to maintain corporate relationships and develop the Grand Challenges initiative. Over the course of the three years she has been part of the Aging2.0 team, Rebecca has developed a passion and appreciation for aging innovation. She looks forward to continued work within the space. Outside of work she enjoys traveling with her husband and children, cooking, and exploring the Utah outdoors.

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Stephen Johnston

Partner

Stephen Johnston MBA is a co-founder of Aging2.0 a global innovation platform for aging and senior care, founder of Fordcastle, an innovation consultancy and a member of the Future Agenda, the world’s largest open foresight initiative. Stephen serves on the board of Music and Memory a New York 501c3 nonprofit focused on improving the quality of life for older people, He is co-author of Growth Champions (Wiley, 2012), a book about sustainable corporate growth. He has an MA in Economics from Cambridge University and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Fulbright Scholar.

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Sarah Thomas

Innovation Fellow

Sarah Thomas joined the Aging2.0 team as the Genesis Innovation Fellow. 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.

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Brittany Weinberg

Director of Community Engagement

Brittany is the Director of Community Engagement at Aging2.0, where she helps build and support the global network of Aging2.0 Chapters and maintains and grows engagement among the Aging2.0 community. Prior to joining Aging2.0, Brittany worked in healthcare innovation at MedStar Health as well as Meals On Wheels and In-Home Services at Mid-Cumberland HRA. She holds a dual MBA and Master of Science in Gerontology Degree at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In 2015, Brittany received the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Pacesetters Award for her innovative efforts to advance health and aging. Brittany advocates for aging innovation not only in her work at Aging2.0, but also through her community volunteering. She has volunteered for the Aging2.0 Washington, D.C. Chapter since 2014, served as Aging2.0 Washington, D.C. Ambassador from 2016-2017, and regularly delivers nutritious meals to homebound individuals through IONA Senior Services.

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Arnold Whitman

Partner

Arnold Whitman is the founder and Chairman of Formation Capital, a leading equity investor in the seniors housing and care industry, and Co-Chairman of Genesis HealthCare. Most recently, he has become a partner in Aging2.0, a platform for innovation and technology for seniors. Over the past 15 years, Mr. Whitman has strategically led Formation Capital in its growth and execution of over $6 billion in transactions. Mr. Whitman serves on the board of Trident USA Health Services. He is also a current board member and Chairman Emeritus of the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care Industries (NIC). His other interests in the “seniors” business include being a Principal in Primecare Properties, and a board member of Care Institute. Mr. Whitman’s career has allowed him extensive speaking engagements both domestically and internationally. He has 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.

Julia Willis

Alliance Community Manager

Julia Willis is Alliance Community Manager at Aging2.0. She is responsible for the day-to-day community relations and account management for the Aging2.0 Alliance corporate member program, and supports the sales team in growing partnerships. Julia previously worked in marketing operations for a Chicago startup that focused on primary care for low income seniors, where she led a team that helped open 20 clinics across the Midwest. Julia's career began as an event manager for a top rodeo company in Texas after completing her Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Julia has a passion for fitness, animals and the outdoors. She currently resides in the Bay Area.

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Ellen Young

North American Regional Chapter Coordinator

Ellen Young is the North American Regional Coordinator and Chapter Mentor for Aging2.0 HQ. Ellen is also the Projects Coordinator for the Irvine Health Foundation, with a mission focused on the health and well-being of older adults and military veterans. After 14 years as a middle school educator and coach, Ellen is now taking the opportunity to advocate for aging innovations as the Ambassador for the Aging2.0 Orange County Chapter. Ellen is a two-time cancer survivor which provides additional perspective to daily living and wellness. In her free time, creating art, being active, and spending time with loved ones. She resides in Orange County, California with her husband, their beloved cockapoo Stella, and a baby boy on the way.

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