Staff and Board Staff

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, Anbesa 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

Intergenerational Program Manager

Stephenie became the Intergenerational Program Manager of LBFE Boston in February 2018. 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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Ben Lefevre

Northeastern University Co-op

Ben is a rising junior majoring in economics with minors in international affairs, political science, and human services. He shared his goals: “During my time at LBFE, I hope to learn more about the inner workings of the non-profit sector while also having the opportunity to complete impactful service for the residents of Boston.”

Richard Santamaria

Northeastern University Co-op

Richard is a fourth-year Political Science major. It is his first time working for a nonprofit, and Richard has these personal and professional goals: “I anticipate learning much about how these important organizations work. I also hope to improve my leadership, organizational skills, and communication skills with people regardless of differences.”