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LWN Staff and Volunteers

The Living Well Network is supported by a part-time coordinator, independent teachers, and engaged and talented volunteers, as well as students from local universities.

Meet the Program Staff
Meet the Movement Programs Teachers
Meet the Volunteers

Program Staff

Diane Martin, Living Well Network Coordinator

staff_2017_Diane_MartinjpgDiane Martin enthusiastically embraces her role with the Living Well Network, nurturing community and expanding robust programming for area seniors aging in-place. After growing up in Vermont, she lived for 20 years in California where she graduated with a BA from the University of California Berkeley. Since returning to New England with her family, Diane has worked in both the commercial and non-profit sectors honing her skills in program management, communications, and event and conference planning.

A committed Climate Justice activist, Diane enjoys cooking, crafts, nature, travel, and walking the streets of Cambridge.

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Freeman Deutsch, Computer Technology Advocate

Freeman Deutsch manages the Living Well Network Computer Lounge Open Lab, offers focused workshops and classes, and conducts Computer Home Visits to assist LWN Members with their home-based computer and technology issues. He enjoys working with people of varying technical backgrounds, and helping them have fun while they learn, no matter what their level of technical understanding is. Freeman loves helping people figure out how to get software and technology to work best for them.

Freeman worked in the Science Education Department at Harvard College Observatory for over 10 years creating the first software that allowed students to totally control robotic telescopes over the WEB. When not focused on technology, Freeman likes to cook and travel. Plus he gets excited about a really good cup of coffee. He lives in Cambridge, MA with his wife, Jessie Saacke, and their cat Willow.

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Movement Programs Teachers

Jean Lukitsh, Tai Chi Teacher

tai-chiJean Lukitsh has studied with tai chi master Bow Sim Mark since 1978, and is an instructor at Mark’s school in Boston’s Chinatown. She has taught tai chi at Brandeis University, Boston Medical Center Pain Clinic, Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital, and MGH, as well as classes for seniors at Amy Lowell House and Youville Hospital. Jean has a Master’s degree in gerontology nursing from the MGH Institute of Health Professions. Her specialty area is healthy aging.

Christine Palamidessi, Yoga Teacher

Christine PalamidessiChristine Palamidessi has been a dedicated yogini since the early 80s. She is trained in Iyengar, (alignment-inspired) yoga, and studied advanced pranayama (yogic breathing) in India. She is a registered 500-hour-certified Yoga Alliance instructor. Christine is assisted by Matthew Bagedonow, who began studying Aikido in the 1970’s. His teacher, Kanai Sensei, was a direct student of Morihei Ueshiba the founder of Aikido. In addition to executive, Matthew teaches Aikido at the MIT dojo.

Volunteers

Stephen Diamond, Volunteer

Stephen Diamond, ABC Board, ANC Chair 2010Stephen Diamond has been volunteering with the Living Well Network Computer Lounge since 2012. He’s has been using Apple computers before the Macintosh model appeared. He uses the MacBook Pro, iPad and iPhone. He also appreciates the Apple graphic interface and helps participants of the Lounge to become comfortable with computers without having to read manuals. Stephen is a registered architect, holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Antioch College, and has a master’s in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Bob Slate, Volunteer

Bob Slate volunteers in the Open Computer Lounge Lab for the Living Well Network. He is a nonprofit management and communications specialist who lives in the Agassiz/Baldwin community with his wife and three children. Bob was born in Cambridge, grew up in Arlington, and returned to Cambridge several years ago after living and working in Chicago and Connecticut. Bob received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a Masters in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois-Chicago. He is a former member of the Cambridge Human Rights Committee and aide to former Cambridge State Representative Saundra Graham.

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