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The South Florida Institute on Aging (SoFIA) Announces a New Policy Council


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (March 12, 2018) – The South Florida Institute on Aging (SoFIA), a non-profit dedicated to helping South Florida’s aging community thrive, has announced the formation of a new policy council responsible for the future direction of the organization, formally known as Impact Broward. SoFIA, a “think and act tank,” will tackle the toughest social and economic issues through research and programming.

SoFIA’s policy council is led by chair Cathy Avgiris, former EVP and CFO of Comcast Cable, and vice chair Marcia Barry-Smith, director of community outreach for Habitat for Humanity. The board is comprised of: Jean Accius, VP, AARP; Del Boyette, CEO, Boyette Strategies; Sheri Brown, VP Grants and Initiatives, Community Foundation of Broward; Kathryn Dunham, COO, Philanthropy NY, Marek Gootman, fellow and director, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution; Dr. Phillip Greenberg, CMO, William Bill Kling VA Clinic; Tom Kamber, CEO, Older Adults Technology Services; Brian Nairn, Operating Partner, Education Growth Partners; Su-Lin Nichols, Principal, Lafayette Strategies; and Betsy Werley, director, Encore Network, Encore.Org.

“SoFIA has sought to gather some of the brightest and most influential minds from the nation’s think tanks and top corporations to tackle the upcoming social and economic challenges of our local aging population,” said SoFIA President and CEO Peter Kaldes, Esq.  “We are thrilled to have the commitment of such an accomplished group of leaders as we continue to develop new initiatives and goals.”

SoFIA recently announced the evolution of its 53 year-old non-profit with a new name and expanded mission at a recent celebratory event where community leaders and volunteers were honored for their outstanding service.  SoFIA’s first “think” project was also announced in collaboration with the William “Bill” Kling VA Outpatient Clinic and Nova Southeastern University, which will examine technology adoption amongst older veterans. Senior Planet, SoFIA’s first “act” project also has been unveiled to provide seniors award-winning technology training that ranges from basic email and web browsing to gaining financial literacy and improving workforce skills. The local introduction of the national program designed by Older Adults Technology Services of New York is provided through a grant from The Jim Moran Foundation with additional support from Citrix.

“We have several forward-thinking projects on the horizon to benefit our growing senior population in new and exciting ways,” said Avgiris. “I look forward to working with this distinguished group of professionals to leverage uncover new opportunities to better the lives of today’s and tomorrow’s seniors.”

SoFIA’s mission is to improve economic and social insights and services to empower people as they age. It’s located at 2038 N. Dixie Hwy. #201 in Wilton Manors.  Visit www.theSoFIA.org for more information.


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