Boomer Generation Radio 1/12/2016: Leveraging skills of experienced adults, and Shepherd’s Centers of America

On the January 12, 2016 Boomer Generation Radio, the opening guest is Betsy Werley, director of network expansion for, which advances the idea of leveraging the skills and talents of experienced adults to improve communities and the world.

Sarah Cheney, executive director of Shepherd’s Centers of America, is the guest in the second half of the program. SCA is a network of interfaith community-based organizations that provide meaning and purpose for adults throughout their mature years. SCA’s role is to build and support this nationwide network of member organizations.  Shepherd’s Centers all have a commonly understood mission to empower older adults to use their wisdom and skills for the good of their communities.

About the Guests

Betsy Werley, director of network expansion,
Betsy Werley, director of network expansion,

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. She moved to the nonprofit sector in 2005, as the first Executive Director of The Transition Network, leading that organization through a growth phase from one chapter to 12. In her Transition Network role, she was also a founding member of Coming of Age New York City and the Encore Network Steering Committee. Betsy was part of the first Encore Innovation Fellows cohort, and joined’s staff in 2014 to continue her work expanding and energizing the Encore Network, as well as developing’s global strategy.

Betsy spent the first 26 years of her career as a corporate lawyer and a business executive at JPMorgan Chase. She served as a long-time board member and President of the Financial Women’s Association, and in 2002, launched a mentoring program for Baruch College undergraduate women business majors.

Sarah Cheney, executive director of Shepherd’s Centers of America, has extensive professional experience in nonprofit management, having held a variety of leadership positions in local and national agencies during her career. Most recently she served on the board of Shepherd’s Centers of America.

Sarah Cheney, executive director, Shepherd's Centers of America
Sarah Cheney, executive director, Shepherd’s Centers of America

Her passion to make a difference has led her to work with nonprofit organizations in securing funding for innovative projects that address social and community issues. Sarah has worked for a private hospital foundation managing fundraising and internal and external marketing initiatives. She has served on the leadership teams of two nationally regarded programs of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. First, she was assistant director of an adult day services initiative, providing technical assistance and training to help programs develop and strengthen innovative center-based respite services for people with chronic cognitive disorders, particularly dementia. Then, she was appointed deputy director of Faith in Action, a volunteer caregiving initiative. The largest replication program of its kind, Faith in Action provided grant support and technical assistance to help programs matching volunteers to community residents in need of informal support services.

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Master of Science degree in Health Administration from Towson University in Towson, MD. Sarah lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Boomer Generation Radio is sponsored in part by Kendal Corporation, a Quaker-based provider of continuing care retirement communities in the Northeast and Midwest, airs on WWDB-AM 860 every Tuesday at 10 a.m., and features news and conversation aimed at Baby Boomers and the issues facing them as members of what Rabbi Address calls “the club sandwich generation.” You can hear the show live on AM 860, or streamed live from the WWDB website.

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