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SeniorNet Grows Its Board of Directors with the Addition of Four New Members

Debra Berlyn, Julia Reynes, Lisa Washington and Michele Warholic Wetherald to Join Board of Nonprofit Dedicated to Technology Access and Education for Seniors


Herndon, Va., July 27, 2010 – SeniorNet, the world’s leading nonprofit technology educator of older adults, announced today the appointment of four new members to its Board of Directors. Debra Berlyn, Julia Reynes, Lisa Lee Washington and Michele Warholic Wetherald will join the SeniorNet board effective August 1, 2010. The addition of these four new members grows the SeniorNet Board of Directors to 12 members.


Debra R. Berlyn is president of Consumer Policy Solutions, a firm centered on addressing the interests of consumers and the marketplace, and executive director of Project GOAL – the Project to Get Older Adults Online. Berlyn has over 20 years of experience working on technology policy issues. She leads Project GOAL activities that include creating programs to explore the benefits and challenges of technology adoption by the older community, and developing resource materials for aging organizations. A longtime advocate for consumers and seniors, Berlyn also served as a senior legislative representative for AARP.


Julia E. Reynes has over 10 years experience in non-profit leadership and over 15 years in the information technology field.  Reynes is the president of the Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing co-payment assistance to help patients access life-saving medications.  As vice president of the American Red Cross in the International Services area, she led the response to the $580 million tsunami disaster.  Reynes also served as chief of staff to the Red Cross Chief Operating Officer and led strategic information systems planning that recommended an enterprise resource planning system to support all Red Cross business functions.


Lisa Lee Washington, CAE is executive director of the Design-Build Institute of America. She has nearly 20 years of non-profit management experience and demonstrated leadership in revitalizing programs and services to enhance the value proposition for members.  Washington also spent 10 years in management positions of increasing responsibility at the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, an association representing 5,600 not-for-profit nursing homes, continuing care retirement communities, assisted living and senior housing facilities, and home and community-based service providers.


Michele Warholic Wetherald has a commitment to lifelong learning that has spanned a career of more than 15 years in non-profit management and higher education administration.  Currently she is Managing Director of Education, Examinations and Talent at the Certified Financial Planners Board of Standards, Inc., where she leads and manages several of the organization's key focus areas.  Prior to that, she served as excutive director of AAUW - American Association of University Women, a 100,000 member, $12 million budget association.  Additionally, Warholic Wetherald has held leadership positions on several non-profit boards, including past national board president of the American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) Board of Directors.


“We’re thrilled to welcome Debra, Julia, Lisa and Michele to the board of directors of SeniorNet,” said Leslie M. Smith, SeniorNet board chairman and IBM Business Development Executive.  “The addition of these four talented professionals to the SeniorNet board adds a depth and range of expertise that will be critical in helping to move the organization forward at an important time in its history.”



About SeniorNet

SeniorNet ( is the world's premier technology trainer and online community for adults over 50. Based in Herndon, Virginia and founded in 1986, SeniorNet is a nationwide nonprofit organization with approximately 10,000 members that has taught hundreds of thousands of older adults to use computers and the internet, and has enriched millions of lives through its award-winning website.


SeniorNet is staffed by more than 3,000 volunteers and has nearly 75 locally run Learning Centers in the United States, including on Indian Reservations and in underserved areas. SeniorNet offers both off-line and online training to a population that was originally neglected in the information revolution. With sponsorship by major corporations and foundations, government agencies, private and public donations, and a backbone of individual members and contributors, SeniorNet continues to grow and offer new opportunities to those touched by its mission.



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