Lynn Fields Harris’s term as NISC Chair has come to an end, and we are grateful for her leadership over the last two years. She will continue to serve on NCOA’s Board of Directors as a voice for senior centers nationwide. We welcome Elizabeth Bernat of Lowcountry Senior Center, Charleston, SC, as she begins her term as NISC Chair after serving as chair of NISC’s Improving Health Team. Tracey Colagrossi of Hanover Township Senior Services, Bartlett, IL, was elected as incoming NISC Chair, and will begin her term in 2020. Please take a moment to learn more about these wonderful senior center leaders below as they volunteer their time to improve senior centers across the country.
Lynn Fields Harris
Lynn recently retired as Executive Director of Center in the Park. Founded in 1968, Center in the Park is a Nationally Accredited senior community center and social services agency in Northwest Philadelphia primarily focused on the needs of adults, 55+. She will continue to serve on the Board of Directors for the National Council on Aging. Lynn served as the chair of the Public Policy team for NISC prior to serving as NISC Chair.
Elizabeth Bernat is Director of Senior Services for Roper St. Francis and serves as the executive director of Lowcountry Senior Center and Waring Senior Center in Charleston, South Carolina. She has over 20 years of experience in healthcare including 15 years with senior centers. She is knowledgeable in senior center operations, accreditation, evidenced-based programs, and marketing. She has a MHA from Medical University of South Carolina and graduate certificate in gerontology from University of Washington.
Tracey has worked with the senior population since she was out of high school instructing arts and crafts classes. After graduating from the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Tracey taught visual arts classes to seniors in retirement homes and senior centers. Eleven years ago, Tracey began working for Hanover Township as a visual arts instructor, then Program Manager, and now Director. Ms. Colagrossi completed her Bachelor’s degree in Management and Organizational Leadership at Judson University and Master’s Degree in Gerontology Aging Services from University of Massachusetts Boston. Tracey is president of the Association of Illinois Senior Centers, active in Illinois Association of Township Senior Citizens Services Committees, and serves on the National Institute of Senior Centers Chair for State liaisons.