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Julie Kosteas Baker

 Julie Kosteas Baker

Julie Kosteas Baker has nearly 10 years industry experience in scaling and disseminating digital health and education solutions for older adults.  She is currently an Account Director at Voxiva, Inc. Where she oversees the implementation of digital health programs with pharmaceutical companies, health plans, mobile providers (AT&T, Sprint, Syniverse, TracFone, Verizon...) and other partners. Prior to this role, she served as a consultant for the National Council on Aging's (NCOA) Online Consumer Services, providing development support for the scaling of online programs that promote healthy aging and economic security, and formed partnerships to assist in the distribution of these programs. Partnering organizations included Aon Hewitt, Verizon Foundation, Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation and a variety of national nonprofit and for-profit organizations that serve older adults.  Prior to consulting, Julie was Senior Director of the Healthy Aging Social Enterprise at NCOA, responsible for overseeing all implementations of Stanford University's suite of online self-management programs and for further disseminating and scaling these programs by marketing them to government, not-for-profit, and corporate organizations with aligned interests. Julie received her MPH from Yale University and her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Gerontology Certification from the College of the Holy Cross. Her research efforts at Yale included several systematic reviews where she looked at the exclusion of older adults from health behavior clinical trials.


 Nicholas Brown




Nicholas W. Brown is currently the President and CEO of Affinity Network Solutions where he is responsible for the day to day management and strategic business development for the emerging technology company.  He holds the degrees of Master of Science in Information Science (MSIS) and Bachelor of Science in Information Science, both from the University of Pittsburgh.  He enlisted in the US Army Reserves as a Private in 1982 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Signal Corps in 1986.  He later received an Honorable Discharge with a rank of Captain.  Mr. Brown is very active in his local community.  He has held board positions with a number of local non-profit organizations, including the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington, the Montgomery County and the National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC).  Mr. Brown also founded and chaired the Minority CEO Roundtable Discussion Group. This group brought together minority business owners in the DC Metro area to discuss issues and solutions that are unique to minority business owners.



Paul Delponte


Paul Delponte is Commissioner on Aging in Montgomery County, Maryland, with the highest life expectancy rate in the U.S.  In that role he implemented of one of the nation’s most comprehensive “Community for a Lifetime” plans. He is also a currently a direct at Experience Works, the nation’s largest provider of job training for older workers, and serves as board Chair of SeniorNet. 

He was instrumental in work leading to the passage of the Affordable Care Act. While at the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare Foundation, he established Patients Aware, a partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services to educate older Americans and their families about the recently-passed health care law.

In the 1980s, he was instrumental in the establishment of the Alliance for Aging Research, where he spearheaded Project Independence for Older Americans which led to more than a $1 billion increase in federal aging research. He also authored, Will You Still Treat Me When I’m 65? and Medical Never-Never Land: Ten Reasons Why America is Not Ready for the Coming Age Boom, two landmark reports on discrimination of older people by the medical establishment.

As a consultant, he started three successful public affairs companies, and grew and spearheaded a large health-policy practice.  He has worked for the nation’s most prominent health and aging organization’s including AARP, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Commonwealth Fund, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and others.

As principal investigator with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Community Voices: Healthcare for the Underserved initiative, he directed awarding-winning efforts to eliminate health disparities.  That worked focused on a range of diverse community from American Indians in rural areas to the inner-city Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of west Baltimore.

He is the recipient of multiple awards for his communications and health work.  These have included Inside PR’s campaign of the year, Health Care Website of the Year, and the Thoth Award for Public Service for the Men’s Health Campaign featuring Morgan Freeman. 

He is a frequent speaker and workshop presenter.  His work has been part of the Community Organizing Institute at Harvard University’s Kennedy School, the annual Beeson Scholars Symposium, and is an advisor to Sexuality and Aging Consortium at Widener University.  He is a graduate of the Catholic University of America, where he was student body president. Paul has served as a Director with SeniorNet since 2010. He accepted the position of Chairman of the Board in July 2015.



Donghee Han

Donhee Han

Dr. Donghee Han is the Director of Research Institute of Science for the Better Living of the Elderly (RISBLE), and cooperative professor at the Catholic University of Daegu. She was also visiting professor at Kosin University, Director of Healthy Family Support Center, and Secretary General of the Research Center for Anti-Aging Technology Development in Busan, Korea. Dr. Han is the Korean representative board member of the Active Ageing Consortium Asia Pacific (ACAP) and board member on the Korean Gerontological Society and Korean Family Welfare Society. She was won Korean government awards for the RISBLE programs "Information and Culture in Cyber Spaces for Older Persons" and "Re-design for Demential Patients and their Families". She has developed innovative programs for older people by ICT; Cyber Family, Cyber Neighbours, Internet Navigators, etc. She also served as the Korean representative for INPEA (Intenrational Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse) from 2002 to 2012. She is also a columnist writing about various topics relating to aging published in newspapers and broadcast in Korea. She is leading a new approach towards rethinking aging for the better life.



Barbara Page

Barbara Page has been an accounting and tax consultant and business manager for over 30 years. She worked for Price Waterhouse early in her career and more recently at Marks Paneth LLP. She has a B.A. in Economics and an M.S. in Taxation from Pace University in Manhattan. Barbara’s primary joy and focus, however, has been her life long, not-for-profit commitment. Since college she has served the community on a grass roots level. Recently, she was Board Chair from 2011 to 2014 of Family Service League of Long Island—a $30,000,000 human services agency. Barbara has been involved with Senior Net through Family Service League since its inception in Huntington, NY—the site of premiere Senior Net programs and networks. Barbara has been on the Board of Family Service League serving in officer and committee chairperson positions since 1998. She was formerly President of the Board of Directors of Bay Crest Homeowners Association and Co-President of her local Beach Camp and Social Activities Committees. Prior to that she was President of the Huntington, NY Business and Professional Women’s Club. Barbara’s strengths are board leadership, relationship building, creative networking and strategic planning. She is proud to be a member of the Senior Net Board of Directors. Barbara accepted the position of Secretary of SeniorNet in July 2015.




Joseph Shaffery


Joseph Shaffery is a consultant to not–for–profit agencies, assisting clients with business plans, hiring of financial executives and negotiations with government agencies. He was VP-Treasurer of HELP USA, a large, financially complex agency providing homes, job training and services to both homeless and low-income families and individuals in several states, from 1995 to 2012. He has experience negotiating financing packages, including mortgages, loans and leasing arrangements for corporations as well as not-for-profit agencies. He has been a financial executive at several NYSE listed corporations. Joe has been an active volunteer at Family Service League of Long Island in Huntington, NY since 1992. He has served as Board Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee for 18 of those years. He is currently on the Incident Review Committee charged with quality assurance for all their clients. Joe holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from M.I.T. and an MBA from Boston University. He served for 20 years as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Business Department of Suffolk County Community College. He is excited to be a part of SeniorNet and accepted the position of Treasurer in October 2015


Paul Sladkus

Paul Sladkus worked at CBS and PBS for over 13 years. His background as Production/Studio Manager, Business Manager, Marketing Director and Producer helped to create Award winning TV Shows, including Carol Burnett, Network News and PBS's Nature and Brain Series to name a few. In 1985 Sladkus founded Milestone Broadcast Corporation (MBC) a multi-cultural and niche markets marketing/advertising/public relations organization. In 1998 Sladkus founded Good News Corporation a 501-C3 Corporation with a mission to find, receive, create and broadcast to the world, life-affirming, thought-provoking news, entertainment and events; content that is non-violent, non-sectarian, non-political. Good News has over 2,700 stories on with everyday people as well as celebrities all doing Good for the world. Paul has served as a Director with SeniorNet since 2006. In February 2015, he accepted the role of Chairman for the 30th Anniversary Celebration Committee.



Leslie M. Smith
President and CEO

Volunteer Service Award

4 Time President's Volunteer Service Award Recipient

Leslie recently retired as a Business Development Executive for IBM Corporation after 33 years of service. A rewarding career that allowed him to travel worldwide and experience various cultures, political views, and economic/social differences. His past responsibilities included marketing and sales within the constituent marketplace (American Indian, Asian, Black LGBT, Hispanic and women-owned businesses) to include developing programs that would give seniors and the underserved easy access to computer technology across the United States. His work efforts were rewarded by numerous awards for his innovation, creativity, and accomplishments. Prior to joining IBM he held an executive leadership role in Future Product Development Division at ROLM Corporation. He is a Vietnam Veteran and served as a Washington, D.C. police officer. Smith attended American University, majoring in Sociology. He currently serves on several boards. His passion is helping the underserved nationally and internationally - specifically, those who need help in crossing the technological digital divide. He was recently awarded his 4th Presidential Volunteer Service Award (President Bush & President Obama, respectively). IBM recognized Leslie by placing this story on its homepage. Leslie served as a Director from 2000 to 2005. He served as Chairman of the Board from 2005 to July 2015. Leslie accepted the position of President & CEO in July 2015.





Karalin Sprague

Karalin Sprague

Karalin Sprague is the Manager of Lifelong Learning at Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), where she designs, manages, and evaluates the technology, education, and arts programs at SAGE centers across New York City. As an LGBT advocate and community member, her passion is offering high-quality, data-driven programming to support LGBT older adults as they age actively and healthfully in their communities. Prior to this position, Karalin worked primarily in international development, including two years in rural West Africa creating a national science and technology training for girls, evaluating programs at a microfinance institution in Haiti, and managing an education program for Indigenous Peoples in Kenya. Throughout her career, Karalin has seen the importance of using data and research to inform programmatic work, and she believes in the power of organizational capacity-building to create sustainable change. Karalin received an MSW with a specialization in non-profit management from Fordham University and a BA in Sociology from American University.



Slava Vero
Vice Chair


Slava Vero, a native of Romania arrived in the United States in 1956, and became an American Citizen in 1961.  Slava received a Master of Science degree in Medical Biology from the Long Island University and enjoyed a successful twenty-five year career as a medical biologist.  In 1999 Slava worked with a team of very dedicated seniors and became one of the founders of the first SeniorNet Computer Learning Center on Long Island.  Today, SeniorNet at Family Service League is the recipient of many awards, including the 2007 and 2009 Chairman's Award for Excellence.  She has been recognized by the Huntington Town Board for its excellence and received many Proclamations from elected officials on the Federal, State and County level.  In 2009 the same dedicated volunteers opened an Annex to serve the senior population on the East End of Long Island.  Slava serves as Co-Coordinator (Director) of the Huntington SeniorNet Learning Center in New York. Slava has served as a Director with SeniorNet since 2010. She accepted the position of Vice Chair in July 2015.






Josip Markus

Special Advisor to the President and CEO







Josip Markus is the Director of National Accounts & Business Development for Ekso Bionics, Inc., the world leader in robotic exoskeletons that augment human strength, endurance and mobility. Born to Croatian immigrants, Josip has explored over 40 countries around the world and spent eight years living in Japan. His uniquely diverse background spans countries, cultures, skills, and experiences. Josip thrives at the intersection of business and technology, demonstrated through his rare combination of analytical thinking and problem solving ability with strong emotional intelligence and communication skills. His curiosity is insatiable, and his desire to make the world better fuels his passion. Josip received his MBA from Case Western Reserve University, Master of International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Manager, and B.S. in Computer Science from John Carroll University. Josip works with the Chairman and the Board of Directors as a special advisor on business and technology matters.


 Jim Burke

SeniorNet International Ambassador

 Jim Burke Jim Burke currently volunteers at the SeniorNet Center in Huntington, Long Island, NY. He serves as an instructor both in the lab and in the outreach programs and as a SeniorNet Users Group's presenter where the latest topics are taught at local libraries to the general public as a promotion of the SeniorNet Programs. Jim's career was in the educational forums where he taught Mathematics from 5th grade to the university level. Additionally, he introduced the use of computers and their programming starting in 1968 in both public and private schools. After a long association with schools, Jim, acting as a consultant, garnered support from corporate partners including IBM, McGraw Hill, and Pearson to apply the use of technology in those schools where he had served. Jim's experience includes activities with people in countries including England, China, and Cuba focusing on the education benefits of the use of technology as related to both individual and staff support including training using community outreach and development.
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