Staff

Who We Are Staff

LBFE Boston is a nonprofit organization committed to ending isolation and loneliness among older adults living in public and affordable housing.

Nikki Shults

Executive Director

Nikki became the Executive Director of LBFE Boston in January 2015. Prior to that she was LBFE’s Volunteer Coordinator. She earned her BA in Gerontology and MBA in Healthcare Management at Quinnipiac University.

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Nikki began her career in case management at the Agency on Aging in New Haven, CT. She served in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia as a Health Economic Development Adviser and later Volunteer Coordinator from 2009-2013.

Nikki enjoys hiking, kayaking, skiing, volleyball and crocheting stuffed animals. She lives in Roslindale with her husband, Dan, and their two cats, Jules and Zoe.

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Cynthia Wilkerson

Program Director

Since joining LBFE in 2015, Cynthia has led the organization’s program redesign and evaluation efforts, as well as its embrace of intergenerational engagement. She received a Masters of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, a Nonprofit Management and Leadership Certificate from Boston University’s Questrom School of Business, and has over 15 years of program management experience. In her free time, Cynthia is an avid movie and museum goer.

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Stephenie Hou

Senior Intergenerational Program Manager

Stephenie joined the LBFE Boston team in February 2018 to manage our CitySites program. She earned her BS in Social Work at Bridgewater State University.

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After graduating college, Stephenie served two years as an AmeriCorps Massachusetts Promise Fellow and helped youth grades 8-12 on college and career readiness as well as volunteer and community engagement. She then went on to work as a bilingual SCO Case Manager at Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services and was later given the opportunity to have her dream job working with intergenerational programs at LBFE.

Stephenie enjoys painting handmade watercolor cards, doing arts and crafts, playing tennis, volleyball, hiking and kayaking.

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Teresa Yao

Senior Digital Dividends Program Manager

Teresa joined LBFE Boston in September 2021 as the Digital Dividends Program Manager. She earned her JD and Master’s in Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Teresa began her career as a legal aid attorney in Chicago where she established a pilot Medical-Legal Partnership for low-income seniors between Legal Aid Chicago and Rush University Medical Center. Afterwards, Teresa worked as an attorney in St. Louis helping clients with their health care directives, wills, and trusts.

Teresa is thrilled to be at LBFE Boston, working on tech access for seniors through intergenerational programming.In her free time, Teresa enjoys trying out new recipes and cuddling with her dog Nori and cat Arya.

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Jean DeMayo

Communications and Development Director

Jean joined LBFE Boston in May 2022. Prior to this, she was a B2B/B2C marketing consultant for more than 20 years in 10+ industries.

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Jean’s early career includes time as an early childhood teacher, corporate marketing manager for an educational publishing company and business development manager for an educational software company. She earned her BAs in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Human Development from Boston College.

Jean enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, music, and serving as a community volunteer in multiple organizations on the North Shore. She lives in Middleton, MA with her husband, Greg, three children, Emma, Max & Ruby, and black goldendoodle, Rockie.

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Uju Onochie

Intergenerational Program Manager

Uju joined LBFE Boston in September 2023.  She is a Nigerian American from Boston, holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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Uju’s extensive community involvement includes serving as the first liaison to the African community citywide and to the neighborhood of Roslindale under the Mayor of Boston. She is known for fostering connections between individuals and organizations and actively participating in board committees for various nonprofits. Uju’s expertise and passion for positive change in her community has led her to the role of Intergeneratioal Program Manager with LBFE.

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Zachary Roy

Communications & Development Assistant

Zachary joined LBFE Boston in January 2024. He is currently a graduating senior at Suffolk University pursuing studies in community development, public administration, and nonprofit management.

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Zachary’s professional career has focused on working with youth as the Assistant Camp Director for Girls Inc. of Worcester and working in career advising for the Suffolk University Center for Career Equity, Development & Success. He is eager to focus his career on working with nonprofit organizations to provide support and resources for the people of our communities.

Zachary enjoys spending time with family and friends, music, and learning. He is also a Big Brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/MetroWest and sees his Little every week. He finds his purpose in community and collaboration.

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Olivia Benevento

Program Coordinator, Northeastern University Co-Op

My name is Olivia Benevento and I am 20 years old. I am a second year at Northeastern University studying Politics, Philosophy, and Economics with a minor in Public Health. I am a pre-law student and hope to work in personal injury, medical malpractice, and patient advocacy.

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I am originally from Long Island, New York but am so excited to have moved to Boston! Some of my favorite things are my two cats, coffee, reading, and movie nights with my roommates. I am thrilled to start my 6 month co-op with LBFE Boston.

Ever since I read the LBFE mission, I knew this was an organization that I would love to be a part of and contribute to. I love to engage with the communities that I am a part of and working with LBFE is a fantastic opportunity to do so. One of my favorite things about any job I hold is making connections with those I support.

Older adults have so much life experience and fascinating stories and I cannot wait to learn more from them. I also hope to grow professionally in this role as it is my first co-op experience. I hope to earn some leadership experience and grow my self-confidence through LBFE’s programming. Additionally, I am eager to learn more about the inner workings of a non-profit and how LBFE functions from a financial and logistic standpoint. There is so much to learn from this experience and can’t wait to start on this journey!

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Olivia Gogarty

Program Coordinator, Northeastern University Co-Op

Hello! I’m Olivia Gogarty, a second-year psychology major and co-op student starting at LBFE this year. I grew up in Washington, DC but spent summers in New Hampshire, where I learned to love the New England area.

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I enjoy cooking, taking walks with friends, workout classes, and drinking coffee. I also participated in the NUin Greece program, spending my first 3 months of college in Thessaloniki.

I chose to co-op with LBFE because it seemed like an environment where I could grow my leadership skills and learn from people in older generations. I’ve always found that the older people in my life have provided me with the most impactful life lessons and given me perspective on my own life. I consider myself easygoing and adaptable, which I know will be an important skill for working in city sites. I’ve previously volunteered with Girls on the Run, which involved teaching lessons about tech use, mental health, and well-being to little girls.

The Northeastern co-op program gives students a chance to grow professional skills and learn in environments outside of a traditional classroom. For my co-op experience, I’m hoping to learn as well as to use this time away from classes to give back to the community in meaningful ways.

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Meredith Jenkins

Program Coordinator, Northeastern University Co-Op

Hi! My name is Meredith, and I am working as an Intergenerational Program Coordinator for LBFE this semester. I am a 20-year-old Northeastern student in my second year, studying Economics and Human Services on a pre-law track.

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I grew up in Barrington, Rhode Island, with my parents and three siblings. Some things I love include traveling, watching hockey, going to the beach, live music, reading, and playing my guitar. I chose to do my co-op at LBFE because I believe it is fulfilling a crucial need in Boston to end isolation and loneliness among urban older adults.

My previous work with unhoused individuals as a volunteer for Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program, and with children as a mentor and Programming Chair for the DREAM Program at Northeastern, have instilled in me a passion for serving marginalized communities.

I hope that working with older adults for the first time will provide me with new insights about social justice and human services. I am excited to push outside of my comfort zone to expand my knowledge and ability to serve underserved individuals in a context that is new for me.

I’ve learned about the nonprofit sector in both my Economics and Human Services coursework, so I am excited to see all my classroom learning in action and learn more about behind-the-scenes nonprofit work, as well as explore the intersection of my two majors.

Beyond professional growth, I can’t wait to get to know some older adults in the Boston community and to find out what I have to learn from them as well. In this co-op, I am most looking forward to getting to know all the amazing, passionate people at Little Brothers Boston and to be part of a team. I am so grateful for this opportunity to work at LBFE and am thrilled to be joining the great work that is going on here.

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Yongjae Kim

Program Coordinator, Northeastern University Co-Op

I am 20 years old and was born in South Korea. I immigrated to the US when I was 3 years old and spent a few years living in New Jersey before moving to Huntingdon Valley, a small suburb outside of Philadelphia, where I grew up. 

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I am currently a 3rd-year student majoring in psychology and hope to become a school psychologist. I chose to come to LBFE because I wanted to get more involved with the community in Boston and create connections with older adults. I have always loved creating new friendships and relationships and thought LBFE would be an amazing opportunity to meet many people with different backgrounds and experiences.  

As a Korean American, I grew up surrounded by different cultures and find it gratifying to learn more about others’ experiences. I hope to increase my interpersonal skills through this co-op and experience interacting with people in an older age group. I am very open with my values and believe that everyone has unique experiences that can be brought to the table. Thus, I hope to help the community, but also grow in my understanding and develop my worldview. As I have gotten older, I wish I had listened more to adults in my life and want to gain important life lessons from my relationships at programs. Additionally, I hope to develop my leadership skills as I interact with different people and find out how to best assist each person.  

Outside of school, I enjoy taking walks around Boston and playing video games. As a social person, I find that I am happy to do anything if I have the company of my friends. Most of my hobbies include other people and I am always open to new experiences.

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