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.

Stephenie Hou

Senior IG 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

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 Manager

Jean joined LBFE Boston as Communications & Development manager 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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Stacy Abonce

Northeastern Co-Op Student & Program Coordinator

I am a 19-year-old student entering my third year at Northeastern University studying Music and Psychology. I decided to combine both my interests in mental health and music towards the end of my second year when I realized that I was very passionate about creating community through both those fields of work.

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I am originally from Menlo Park, CA but decided to come out to the East Coast to pursue higher education and explore a different side of the U.S. During my free time, I play electric guitar in a band, and I love to explore the city with friends! I chose to work with LBFE as a Program Coordinator co-op due to the amazing intergenerational work they do through the CitySites and Digital Dividends programming.

Growing up, I was very close to my grandmother and always cherished her wonderful insights on life so having the opportunity to join this organization felt like a great match. During my time in the program, I hope to help support older adults navigate the many things our fast-paced world tends to throw at us. I also hope to decrease the anxieties that often surround new tech learners, as that was something I used to support my grandmother with as well. I am excited to bring a new-found joy to learning about technology and developing meaningful relationships through this work.

I’d like to gain more confidence in my own leadership skills while simultaneously providing encouragement for older adults to help them feel confident in their own abilities to master technology. I am most excited to meet all the participants and learn about their interests. I am also very excited to better understand the great impact and value intergenerational relationships can have within our lives and the greater communities we are a part of.

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Barbara Ortiz

Northeastern Co-Op Student & Program Coordinator

Hello! My name is Barbara Ortiz, I am a 3rd year student at Northeastern University, and I am studying psychology! I was born in Ecuador, but I have lived in New York City for most of my life. I am a co-op student with LBFE which means that I will be working here for 6 months.

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I felt drawn to LBFE because I have personally benefited from non-profit organizations as a first-generation student, and I love the work that is done in this organization. While working here, I hope to gain interpersonal skills and gain experience working with older adults. During CitySites, I hope to bring enthusiasm and a sense of community to the group because it is important to make connections while also keeping the group involved.

From this job, I want to grow my leadership skills and enhance my community engagement. For my personal growth, I believe this job can help with empathy and understanding. By working with older adults, it is important to realize different perspectives and personal challenges. I am most excited about having an opportunity to meet more people and create connections with older adults throughout my time with LBFE but also learn more about the inner workings of a non-profit.

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Paula Trevino

Northeastern Co-Op Student & Program Coordinator

My name is Paula Trevino, and I will be working with LBFE for six months through the Northeastern University Co-op program. The co-op program gives students the opportunity to work full time for at least a semester before graduating, leading us to have more experience and professional knowledge.

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I am a rising third-year majoring in sociology and international affairs and am interested in social rights, politics, law, and business. I was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico and apart from school I really enjoy reading, Pilates, and hanging out with friends.

While applying to co-ops I knew I wanted to work somewhere rewarding where I would be able to form a community and make a positive impact. I think LBFE was the perfect fit for me because apart from helping others I have also been able to better understand how non-profit organizations function.

Throughout my time at LBFE I am hoping to build better interpersonal skills and be a helping hand to breaking intergenerational barriers. I find it very motivating to go to work knowing that whatever you do that day will hopefully make someone’s day better. This job will certainly lead me to get to know myself and my community better. I think that you can learn a lot by fully integrating with different generations and being open to listening and conversating which is an opportunity LBFE fully grants. I am happy and grateful to have chosen to work here and can’t wait to see what the next 6 months will have in store.

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