Discover Experience Works

Improve the lives of older people through training, community service and employment

Experience Works is a national nonprofit organization providing training, community service, and employment opportunities for older workers in 30 states and Puerto Rico.

    Experience Works

    Impacts more than 15,000 people each year
    Has operations in 30 states and Puerto Rico
    Is funded by grants, contracts, foundations, and contributions from organziations and individuals.

    Our Mission

    Improve the lives of older people through training, community service and employment.

    Our Strengths

    Assisting employers to take full advantage of the talents of older workers. 
    Preparing older individuals for employment through community service work experiences
    Building strong relationships in local communities.
    Addressing the challenges facing older people in rural America. 

    Our Beliefs 

    Older people should have an opportunity to learn new skills and contribute to their community throughout their lives. Employers who hire, train and retain older workers will be most successful.
    People who are productive and active throughout their lives will have better health, increased longevity, and a more positive impact on their community.

    About Us

    Experience Works' programs improve the lives of low-income older workers. We began in 1965 as Green Thumb, a rural demonstration project that provided work for poor farmers, and have grown to become a leader in helping older adults develop skills to secure employment and break out of poverty.

    Senior Community Service Employment Program

    The Senior Community Service Employment Progam (SCSEP) is the largest program offered by Experience Works. Last year, more than 15,000 older adults have received training and job placement assistance through Experience Works SCSEP. The SCSEP is the only federal program designed specifically for low-income adults who are age 55 and older. Funded under Title V of the Older Americans Act, the SCSEP gives seniors the opportunity to receive the minimum wage while improving their job skills at local community agencies such as senior centers, schools, and health and veterans facilities prior to transitioning into the workforce. In addition to gaining valuable new skills and experience, seniors enrolled in the SCSEP contributed more than 7 million hours of community service in the last program year, increasing the quality of life for citizens in virtually every county in the nation.

Board of Directors

Phillip Klutts
Chairman, Oklahoma

Ruth Ann Wefald
Secretary, Kansas
Doug Anderton
Treasurer, Georgia

Sarah Biggers

National Leadership

Sarah Biggers
Chief Executive Officer

Paul DelPonte
Director of Communications and Outreach

Carmella Hayes
Director of Payroll and Participant Administration

Marvin Jones
Director of Training and Quality Assurance

Lita Levine Kleger
Director of Program Development

Ray Navarro
Chief Financial Officer

Jo Rinehart
Liaison, Strategic Affairs and Special Initiatives

Vincent Rivera
Director of Operations

State Leadership

Christy Manning-Owen, State Program Manager

New Jersey
Joe Farrone, State Director

Stephanie Cabral, State Program Manager

New York
Karen Mastronardi, State Program Manager

Candy Brown, State Director

North Dakota
Lyle Koller, State Program Manager

Atala James, State Program Manager

Kent Kahn, State Program Manager

Margie Alexander, State Program Manager

Vickie Kinsey, State Program Manager

Stacey Parr, State Program Manager

Reggy DeJoode, State Program Manager

David Hicks, State Program Manager

Joe Farrone, State Director

Stacey Dormandy-Ketcham, State Program Manager

Puerto Rico
Edna Rodgriguez, State Program Manager

Mary Jo Sims, State Program Manager

South Carolina
Christine Johnson, State Program Manager

Vacant, State Program Manager

South Dakota
Vacant, State Program Manager

Andrea Bridgewater, State Program Manager

Wes Cowan, State Director

Nancy Hoffman, Interim State Program Manager

Mary Jo Sims, State Program Manager

Vacant, State Program Manager

West Virginia
Mary Jo Sims, State Program Manager

Diane Chambers, State Director

Sue Garbisch, State Program Manager

Michael Myers, State Program Manager

Sean Brazzale, State Program Manager

Ann Rouch, State Program Manager

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