Who We Are

Maura O’Malley
Co-Founder, CEO

Named a 2017, “Influencer in Aging,” by PBS Next Avenue, Maura promotes the field of Creative Aging at major national conferences in the arts, public library and senior service sectors. With almost 40 years’ experience in arts management; including program design and implementation, arts education, development and community cultural work, she has informed policy and created innovative programming for adults and children with premiere arts and educational organizations including the NYC Department of Education, Studio in a School and Young Audiences/New York. Maura leads the development of Lifetime Arts’ national programming models, training programs and resources for Creative Aging stakeholders including teaching artists. Maura graduated from Pratt Institute with a BFA in Painting and earned a Master of Public Administration in Arts Policy and Planning from NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She is a proud member of the National Advisory Board of the Teaching Artists Guild as well as a member of the Steering Committee for the National Guild of Community Arts Education Creative Aging Network.  

Ed Friedman
Co-Founder, Executive Director

Ed has spent almost 40 years in parallel careers serving the arts community and older adults and their families. He is instrumental in the coordination and implementation of multiple national initiatives for Lifetime Arts and writes a monthly column, “Ed Talks,” on topics related to Creative Aging for the Lifetime Arts website. Ed oversees the organization’s finances, staffing and consultants and speaks about Lifetime Arts’ work at conferences and symposia across the country. Ed played a leadership role at The Bronx Council on the Arts serving as Deputy Director of 18 years. He has also directed programs at senior centers and home care organizations, and created and led a caregivers’ support group in the Bronx. Ed received a B.A. in Psychology from Hunter College and M.A. in Liberal Studies from Empire State College (SUNY). His plays and monologues appear in a number of anthologies and have been produced throughout the NY metropolitan area and around the country. He is the author of “Short Plays for Long Lives,” published by Blue Moon Plays.

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Seungil Shawn Choi
Office Manager

Jacqueline DuMont
Digital Media Coordinator

Lindsey Francis
Project Manager

Abigail Jefferson
Education Manager

Nathan Majoros
Deputy Director

Shannon McDonough
Deputy Director
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Annie Montgomery
Director of Education


David Woehr
Program Coordinator

Extended Team

Jeremy Amar
Photographer, Founder and Owner of
Amar Productions

Saul Baizman
Multimedia Designer, Software Developer, Design Educator
Baizman Design

Sophy Bishop
Museum Intern, Tufts University

Diantha Dow Schull
Principal and Founder of
DDSchull Associates

Hollis Headrick
President of Arts and Cultural Strategies
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Lauren Jost
Lifetime Arts Trainer

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Julie Kline
Lifetime Arts Trainer

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Lynda Monick-Isenberg
Lifetime Arts Trainer

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Vinny Mraz
Lifetime Arts Trainer

Antonia Perez, Master Teaching Artist

Antonia Perez
Lifetime Arts Trainer