Meet the Bloggers

Marci Alboher

Marci is Vice President of Marketing and Communications at and one of the nation’s leading authorities on career issues and workplace trends. Read Marci’s blog.

Suzanne Braun Levine

Suzanne is a writer, editor and lecturer on women, families and changing gender roles. The first editor of Ms. magazine, she is the author of multiple books about women at midlife, serves as an board member and blogs widely. Read Suzanne’s blog.


Lincoln Caplan

Lincoln is a senior advisor to, an author, former journalist and a Visiting Lecturer at Yale Law School. Read Lincoln’s blog.

Aanchal Dhar

Aanchal is’s Marketing and Communications Associate, working on digital content and social media initiatives. She has a diverse background in health and social justice activities. Read Aanchal’s blog.

Jim Emerman

Jim is Executive Vice President of, leading the organization’s thought leadership, research and storytelling work, as well as efforts to engage opinion leaders around the encore idea. Read Jim’s blog.

Marc Freedman

Marc is the Founder and CEO of, a social entrepreneur, thought leader, writer and expert on the new face of aging. Marc is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review and a member of the Wall Street Journal’s “Experts” panel. Read Marc’s blog.

Cal Halvorsen

Cal is an Encore Research Fellow at and a doctoral student at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University. Cal served formerly as’s director of research and its liaison to the higher-education community. Read Cal’s blog.

Lyle Hurst

Lyle is the former Brand and Network Designer of the Encore Fellowships Network. He is a former vice president at Hewlett Packard and was a 2009 Encore Fellow. Read Lyle’s blog.

Paul Irving

Paul Irving is Chairman of the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging and distinguished scholar-in-residence at the University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology. He also serves as Vice Chairman of’s Board of Directors. Read Paul’s blog.

Leslye Louie

Leslye served as National Director of the Encore Fellowships Network until 2015. She is a former vice president at Hewlett Packard and was a 2009 Encore Fellow. Read Leslye’s blog.

Ann MacDougall

Ann is President of and had a long career spanning both legal and operating roles in the U.S. and Europe. Prior to joining Encore, Ann was COO of Acumen Fund, a global venture capital fund focused on goods and services for low-income customers. Read Ann’s blog.

Mike Mowery

Mike is the National Director of the Encore Fellowships Network. Previously, he held senior corporate legal positions at wireless and technology companies and served as executive director of Super Stars Literacy. Read Mike’s blog.

Aireen Navarro Khauv

Aireen is the Program Associate of The Purpose Prize with more than 11 years’ combined experience in international development research and small nonprofit operations. Read Aireen’s blog.

Eunice Lin Nichols

Eunice is Director of The Purpose Prize program of whose long involvement with social-purpose work included leading the pilot program of what is now AARP Experience Corps. Read Eunice’s blog.

Nancy Peterson

Nancy is Vice President of and works to advance encore through leadership development and networks, as well as’s national conference. Read Nancy’s blog.

Phyllis Segal

Phyllis is Vice President of and leads initiatives and research aimed at creating encore opportunities in the nonprofit and government sectors, with particular focus on children and youth. Read Phyllis’ blog.

Karen M. Sughrue

Karen Sughrue is an Emmy-award winning television news producer and veteran of CBS’ 60 Minutes. She leads’s “Stories from the Encore Movement” story-gathering project. Her career has combined an interest in social change and global affairs with an observer’s eye and a desire to communicate complicated issues to a wider audience. Read Karen’s blog.


Barbara Vacarr

Barbara is the Director of EncoreU, the Higher Education Initiative of She served as president of Goddard College and founded the PhD in Adult Learning program at Lesley University. She holds a PhD in psychology and human development. Read Barbara’s blog.

Betsy Werley

Betsy Werley is Director of Network Expansion at She has dedicated this phase of her career to building the encore movement and helping older adults realize their potential. Betsy spent the first 26 years of her career as a corporate lawyer and a business executive at JPMorgan Chase and moved to the nonprofit sector in 2005. Read Betsy’s blog.

Ruth Wooden

Ruth Wooden is an board advisor who served as President of Public Agenda, a nonprofit that helps citizens understand critical policy issues and the nation’s leaders understand the public’s point of view. Read Ruth’s blog.

Helen Zelon

Helen is Editorial Director of and a nonfiction writer, editor and teacher with a background in investigative reporting and public policy. Read Helen’s blog.