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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, Interns, and Work Study

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. Contact Diane.

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, Interns, & Work Study

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.

Kate MacDonald, Volunteer

Kate MacDonald LWN Volunteer teacherKate MacDonald has been volunteering with the Living Well Network Computer Lounge since 2010, where she serves as the resident PowerPoint expert. Kate holds a Master’s Degree in Art Education and a second Master’s Degree in instructional design. Recently retired after a career in education, she lives in Cambridge with her husband and dog, and enjoys drawing, beekeeping, and studying the Italian language.

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