Who We Are

Executive

Maura O’Malley Co-Founder/CEO

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Maura leads the development of Lifetime Arts’ national programming models, training programs and resources for Creative Aging stakeholders including teaching artists.

With nearly 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. 

Named a 2017, “Influencer in Aging,” by PBS Next Avenue, Maura contributes to the continued development of the creative aging field through cross-sector initiatives with major national partners including: the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, The American Alliance of Museums , the National Guild for Community Arts Education, Teaching Artists Guild and others.

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.

Maura graduated from Pratt Institute with a Bachelor of Fine Arts 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.

Ed Friedman, Co-Founder (Retired)

Ed Friedman, Co-Founder, Executive Director, Lifetime Arts

Ed founded Lifetime Arts with Maura in 2008, and served as its Executive Director until January 2021. In Ed’s retirement he continues to write, act, and direct in plays.

Administration & Operations

Nathan Majoros, Deputy Director for Programming & Operations

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A member of Lifetime Arts staff since 2012, Nathan is responsible for the planning and execution of Lifetime Arts’ national initiatives. He has provided coaching and guidance to a variety of stakeholders, which has enabled the implementation of over 600 creative aging programs across the country. His expertise ranges from curriculum development to building sustainable partnerships.

Nathan is an alumnus of the National Guild’s Community Arts Education Leadership Institute, and a graduate of the University of the Arts, where he received his Master of Arts in Teaching and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees. Nathan is a visual artist, and primarily works as a painter and a printmaker.

Shannon McDonough, Deputy Director for Digital Strategy, Marketing & Communications

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A member of the senior team, Shannon develops and promotes Lifetime Arts’ services via the management of a digital portfolio including lifetimearts.org, the Creative Aging Resource, the Creative Aging Portal, and Lifetime Arts online courses. Shannon oversees a multi-disciplinary team who manage marketing, communications, editorial, social media, media production, content curation, web development and design efforts.

Previously, Shannon led digital content curation at Harvard Business Publishing, and digital strategy at the JFK Library Foundation and Harvard Law School. She holds a MLIS in library and information science from Simmons University, and a BA in English Literature from Stonehill College. Shannon has also worked for global brands such as DDB Worldwide and Condé Nast where she served in various roles across corporate PR/communications, talent development, and enterprise web content management.

Education

Annie Montgomery, Director of Education

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Annie leads the design and delivery of Lifetime Arts’ professional development efforts. She has consulted on creative aging initiatives across several sectors to help individuals and organizations to build their capacity to implement and sustain creative aging programs. 

With 20+ years experience of working as a teaching artist, and 15 years working in the field of creative aging, Annie instinctively works in community and partnership with every client to help identify the needs of the organization and facilitates a strategy plan with them that will lead each organization to a path forward of maximum growth and sustainability of their creative aging programs. Annie received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from Boston University, and her masters in educational theatre from New York University.

Julie Kline, Education Associate 

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Julie brings her background as a creative aging arts administrator and accomplished artist and teaching artist to her facilitation of Lifetime Arts’ trainings across the country, and support of the design and development of training curriculum.

In her previous role as Program and Training Director for creative aging pioneer organization Elders Share the Arts, Julie led trainings for teaching artists and senior service organizations in Rochester, New York, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York Community Trust, and presented to the U.N. Sub-Committee on Intergenerational Relationships and American Society on Aging’s National Conference.

Julie was awarded multiple years of NYC’s SPARC/SU-CASA grant for her original performance series, “SENIORS AND THE CITY,” a collaboration with oral historian Liza Zapol, and was an inaugural grantee of the Brooklyn Arts Council’s 2018 Charlene Victor/Ella J. Weiss Cultural Entrepreneur Fund, supporting leading women in the arts and arts administration. Julie received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from The Theater School of DePaul University, Chicago.

Gahlia Eden, Virtual Training Producer

Headshot of Virtual Training Producer, Gahlia Eden.Gahlia is responsible for the overall technical success of Lifetime Arts’ virtual creative aging training delivered via Zoom and the Lifetime Arts online Portal. She supports Lifetime Arts trainers and learners before, during, and after synchronous online training sessions.

Gahlia is a creative producer and multimedia storyteller with a background in both theater and film production. She has been collaborating with independent artists and non-profit organizations to share social impact stories, resources, and educational media since 2015.

Programming

Nathan Majoros, Deputy Director for Programming & Operations

A member of Lifetime Arts staff since 2012, Nathan is responsible for the planning and execution of Lifetime Arts’ national initiatives. He has provided coaching and guidance to a variety of stakeholders, which has enabled the implementation of over 600 creative aging programs across the country. His expertise ranges from curriculum development to building sustainable partnerships.

David Woehr, Program Manager

David manages the day-to-day operations of Lifetime Arts’ creative aging initiatives, acting as liaison to participating organizations and providing guidance for their programming.

He specializes in program implementation and logistics. While at Lifetime Arts, David has worked with over 50 organizations spanning multiple national creative aging initiatives, most recently Aroha’s Seeding Vitality Arts in Museums. He has extensive experience into nearly every level of arts administration and operations, most recently in his previous roll as Education Manager at the Clay Art Center; a ceramics studio serving over 1,000 students annually.

David received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, and has exhibited in galleries and conventions throughout the country.

Digital Media

Shannon McDonough, Deputy Director for Digital Strategy, Marketing & Communications

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A member of the senior team, Shannon develops and promotes Lifetime Arts’ services via the management of a digital portfolio including lifetimearts.org, the Creative Aging Resource, the Creative Aging Portal, and Lifetime Arts online courses. Shannon oversees a multi-disciplinary team who manage marketing, communications, editorial, social media, media production, content curation, web development and design efforts.

Jacqueline DuMont, Digital Media Coordinator

Headshot of Digital Media Coordinator, Jacqueline DuMont.Jacqueline coordinates the development and maintenance of digital content and marketing information on lifetimearts.org, the Creative Aging Resource, and social media. She also produces video content for our online professional development services and creative aging program documentation.

Jacqueline graduated from Penn State Behrend with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies. Prior to joining the Lifetime Arts team, she served as the Electronic Communications Assistant for Materials Research Society. Jacqueline’s passion for the arts include singing, piano, drawing, painting and creative writing.

Joe McCarthy, Digital Media Associate

Joe supports and manages ongoing digital media projects, including The Creative Aging Resource Website and forthcoming online course in creative aging programming.

A learning and development professional with over 15 years of experience in the corporate sector, Joe also served as Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education’s visual and performing arts director. He holds a master’s degree from New School University and a bachelor’s degree from University of Michigan. He is a writer and performer who works in theater, radio, podcasting, film and television.

Saul Baizman, Multimedia Designer, Software Developer, Design Educator

Saul is a multimedia designer, software developer, and design educator based in Somerville, MA. He holds a BA in English and American Literature from Brandeis University and an MFA in Design from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Learn more at baizmandesign.com.

Extended Team

Diantha Dow Schull, Principal and Founder, DDSchull Associates

Diantha is Principal and Founder, DDSchull Associates LLC, providing advisory and training services for museums, libraries, foundations and nonprofits. She specializes in the design of public programs, strategic planning, professional development and grantmaking. She is also the author of articles and books for museum and library professionals. From 1994 to 2007 Ms. Schull was President of Libraries for the Future (aka Americans for Libraries Council), a national non-profit organization dedicated to sustaining and advancing America’s libraries.  She designed and directed national and local library advocacy initiatives, lead library planning projects, created professional development programs and directed numerous research and publication projects. Learn more at http://ddschull.com.