Our Team

Our Team

Generations United is a powerful network of member organizations, partners, and stakeholders committed to improving the lives of children, youth and older adults.

Donna Butts

Executive Director

Jaia Peterson Lent

Deputy Executive Director

Bruce Astrein

Senior Fellow

Ana Beltran

Special Advisor, National Center on Grandfamilies

Mary Harris

Office Assistant

Nancy Henkin

Senior Fellow

Adam Hlava

Finance and Operations Manager

Irv Katz

Senior Fellow

Alan King

Communications Specialist

Michael Marcus

Senior Fellow

Emily Patrick

Senior Manager

Diane Roznowski

Policy and Program Coordinator

Sheri Steinig

Special Projects Director


Board Officers


Matthew E. Melmed

Executive Director



Joseph P. Cuticelli

CEO Seniors North America



Barb Quaintance

Senior Vice President, Office of Volunteer and Civic Engagement



Mary Anne Mason


Crowell & Moring LLP

Board Members

MaryLee Allen

Director of Policy

Children's Defense Fund

Susan Dreyfus

President & CEO

Alliance for Strong Families and Communities

Lynette Fraga

Executive Director

Child Care Aware of America

Jatrice Martel Gaiter

Executive Vice President of External Affiars

Volunteers of America

Hon. Gerald Hyland

Mount Vernon District Supervisor (Retired)

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

Karyne Jones

President & CEO

National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, Inc.

Shelley Lyford

President & CEO

The Gary and Mary West Foundation

Janet McUlsky

Senior Director, Alliance Development

Pfizer, Inc.

Dr. John W. Rowe

Julius B. Richmond Professor of Health Policy and Aging, Mailman School of Public Health

Columbia University

Pamela B. Smith

Executive Director

Alex Smith Foundation

Marvin Waldman

Founder and President

The Shadow Group

Strategic Advisors

Robert Blancato


Matz Blancato & Associates

Robert Dugger

Managing Partner

Hanover Management Group, LLC

James Firman

President & CEO

National Council on Aging

Marc Freedman

CEO & President


Catherine Milton

Palo Alto, CA

John Rother

President & CEO

National Coalition on Healthcare

Sandra Timmermann

Corporate Gerontologist and Founder

MetLife Mature Market Institute

Mary Ann Van Clief

Vice President

The Brookdale Foundation Group

Juan Williams

Correspondent and Journalist

Fox News

Our Committees

Policy Committee


Lindsay Copeland

Federal Policy Director

Medicare Rights Center


Whitney Pesek

Senior Policy Analyst


Voice for Adoption

Bill Benson

National Policy Advisor

National Adult Protective Services Association

The Jewish Federations of North America

Sarah Dobson

Director of Policy and Advocacy

Lutheran Services in America

Barbara Gay

Director of Governmental Affairs


National Association of Area Agencies on Aging

Eryn Hurley

Associate Legislative Director of Human Services and Education

National Association of Counties

Aaron Kaufman

Senior Legislative Associate

Jewish Federations of North America

Kendra Kuehn

Policy Analyst

National Adult Protective Services Association

Michelle McCready

Chief of Policy

Child Care Aware of America

National Association of Counties

Marci Phillips

Director of Public Policy and Advocacy

National Council on Aging

Alliance for Strong Families and Communities

Children's Leadership Council

John Sciamanna

Co Director, Government Affairs

Child Welfare League of America

Dorothy Siemon

Vice President, Policy Integration


David Simmons

Director, Government Affairs and Advocacy

National Indian Child Welfare Association

Stefanie Sprow

Senior Policy Associate for Child Welfare and Mental Health

Children's Defense Fund

Yvonne Tobias

Office of Policy Integration


Generations United's United Nations Representatives