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 utilize 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 Americans 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 successful.
    People who are productive and active throughout their lives have better health, increased longevity, and make a 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 Program (SCSEP) is the largest program offered by Experience Works. Last year, more than 15,000 older adults 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

Roger Noonan
Chairman, New Hampshire

Kent Wright
Vice Chair, Oregon
Ruth Ann Wefald
Secretary, Kansas

Jeff Knudson
Treasurer, Washington, DC

National Leadership

Sally A. Boofer
President and C.E.O

Andrea S. Bridgewater
National Director of Program Operations

Paul DelPonte
Director of Communications and Outreach

Joe Farrone
Interim Director of Operations

Judy Ham
Director of National Engagement and Advancement

Carmella Hayes
Director of Payroll and Participant Administration

Marvin Jones
Director of Training and Quality Assurance

Lita Levine Kleger
Director of Program Development

Florie Munz
Financial Advisor

Jo Rinehart
Liaison, Strategic Affairs and Special Initiatives

State Leadership

Christy Manning-Owen, State Program Manager

New Jersey
Steve Weeks, State Program Director

Stephanie Cabral, State Program Manager

New York
Karen Mastronardi, State Program Manager

Larry Finkle, State Program Manager

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

Steve Weeks, State Program Director

Tracey Dormady-Ketcham, State Program Manager

Puerto Rico
Edna Rodgriguez, State Program Manager

Mary Jo Sims, State Program Manager

South Carolina
Christine Johnson, State Program Manager

Christy Manning, Interim State Program Manager

South Dakota
Vacant, State Program Manager

Kent Kahn, Interim State Program Director

Wes Cowan, State Program Director

Deb Trygstad, State Program Manager

Mary Jo Sims, State Program Manager

Christy Manning, Interim State Program Manager

West Virginia
Mary Jo Sims, State Program Manager

Diane Chambers, State Program 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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