Meet the Aging2.0 Team

Grace Andruszkiewicz

Vice President, Brand Strategy

Grace Andruszkiewicz is ​Vice President of Brand Strategy at ​Aging2.0. ​Over the last 3 years, ​Grace ​had built and grown Aging2.0's network of Chapters, Global Startup Search competition and OPTIMIZE Conferences. She is excited to be leading the Grand Challenges initiative in 2018 and looks forward to collaborating with other organizations and thought leaders on these important topic areas. Grace comes from a brand 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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Sydney Barnes

Event Manager

Sydney Barnes is the Event Manager at Aging2.0 She is responsible for the planning and execution of our annual OPTIMIZE conference, which brings together senior care providers, innovators, and investors - for an opportunity to network, partner, and make waves in the aging and senior care community. Sydney spent time in Seattle, WA working as an Event Manager for an event consulting firm, where she planned corporate conferences, expos, and executive summits nationwide. She received her Bachelors Degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She concentrated in Event Management and was involved in the Cal Poly Student Orientation Programs. Sydney is passionate about events and bringing people together. Outside of work, she loves food & wine, traveling, live music!

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Katy Fike


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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Stephen Johnston


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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Scott Peifer

Vice President, Corporate Relations

Scott Peifer, MPPA, MSW is Vice President of Corporate Relations at Aging2.0. He heads up the Alliance, Aging2.0’s corporate innovation community and has 20 years of experience in the aging field. Scott previously established AgeTech West, a collaborative of West Coast senior care providers and technology partners and held roles in aging policy including PA’s Policy Director of Aging, CA Senate Subcommittee on Aging & Long-term Care, and LeadingAge. He serves on the boards of the Family Caregiver Alliance and ASA. Scott and his wife and three sons live in Northern California where they enjoy cycling and boating.

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Matthew Pell

Vice President, Sales and Operations

Matthew Pell is Vice President of Sales and Operations at Aging2.0. Matthew is focused on leading sales and improving the internal efficiencies at Aging2.0 to grow the value we bring to members and customers. Matthew has over 20 years experience in the medical tech and startup worlds, as well as running a successful sales consulting business for the past 6 years. He has four children and can usually be found coaching or playing with them, along with his wife, in the California wine country.

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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 serves as Ambassador for Aging2.0’s Washington, D.C. Chapter and regularly delivers nutritious meals to homebound individuals in Washington, D.C. through IONA Senior Services.

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Arnold Whitman


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

Interim Director of Community Engagement

Ellen Young is currently the Interim Director of Community Engagement in addition to being the North American Regional Coordinator. Ellen is the Projects Coordinator for the Irvine Health Foundation, with a mission centralized in a strategic plan for 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 innovation as the Ambassador for the Aging2.0 Orange County Chapter. Ellen is a two-time cancer survivor. In her free time, she enjoys working out, creating art, and spending time with loved ones. She resides in Orange County, California with her husband and their beloved cockapoo named Stella.

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