Staff & Board & Advisors

ESTA's attracts people who are passionate, creative, and, above all, believe in the power of the arts to make growing older wonderful.   


Susan Perlstein, LMSW
Executive Director

Julie Kline
Program & Training Director

Lynne Winters
Development Manager

Dimas Gershman
Programs & Outreach Associate

Melanie Hopkins
Business Manager

Thelma Thomas
Pearls of Wisdom, Artistic Director

Development Consultant
Stephanie Golden 

Financial Consultant
William J. Harris, CPA


Board of Directors

Betsey Nathan, MSW, J.D, Chair
John Flack , CFA Ex-Officio
Nancy Avitabile, LMSW, CMC
Susan Fleminger
Guy Lawrence
Sajid Zaman, Treasurer
Karen Bassuk, LCSW
Judy Padow, Esq


Advisory Board

Kevin Cordi, Ph.D., Professional Storyteller
Nancy Shapiro, Former Director of Teachers & Writers Collaborative
Steve Zeitlin, Executive Director of City Lore