Get to know the South Florida Institute on Aging and how it works to help everyone thrive as they age.

Our History



1965 - Foster Grandparent Program launched as one of the first projects of its kind in the country to match low-income older adult volunteers with children in the Broward County School Board.


1970 - Broward County Foster Grandparent Committee, Inc. was incorporated.

1978 - Name changed to Broward Grandparents


1988 - Senior Companion Program launched to match stipended low income older adult volunteers with adults having exceptional needs, developmental disabilities or other special needs for companionship.


2003 - Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) launched to bringing all three of the Senior Corps programs under one organization.

2004 - Name changed to Senior Volunteer Services, Inc..

2005 - Respite for Caregivers launched to have senior volunteers provide respite to family members and loved ones providing constant care for a homebound senior.


2010 - Veterans Helping Veterans is added to the RSVP programs, supporting veterans with their individual needs.

2011 - Name changed to Impact Broward

2015 - 50th Anniversary celebrated

2017 - Caregiver Assistance Program launched

2018 - Transformed to South Florida Institute on Aging, a new think and act tank to empower people as they age. SoFIA's technology training is launched.

2019 - SofiaCare and Sofia Fellows are launched.

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Peter Kaldes, President & CEO

Jacki Bennett, Chief Administrative Officer

Adi Raz, Director, Development and Community Affairs

Diane Smith, Senior Director, Sofiacare

Lisa VanVoorhis, Director, RELIEF for Caregiver & Legacy Programs

Victoria Ruiz, Manager, Senior Companion Program

Nadege Moncoeur, Coordinator, Senior Companion Program Case Manager

Linda Pettis, Coordinator, Senior Companion Program & RSVP

Christopher MacLellan, Coordinator, Caregiver Assistance Program

Youdeley Thomas, Coordinator, Relief & Legacy Case Manager

Patti Lynn, Manager, Friendly Visitor Program Officer

Cresha Reid, Senior Director, Foster Grandparent Program

Rachelle Faublas, Manager, Foster Grandparent Program

Sheilynn Carrasco, Coordinator, Foster Grandparent Program

Kathy Leone, Senior Director, RSVP Program

Bryon Bowlby, Manager, Tech Services

Thomas Thompson, Manager, Veteran Services

Rhonda Banker, Manager, Sofia Fellows Program

Jeff Sacks, Chief Executive Advisor

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Our Board of Directors

CHAIR: Lynn Brewer, Kaufman Rossin

VICE-CHAIR: Todd Radosevich, Trinity Health


TREASURER: Jim Walker, Florida Community Loan Fund

Grace Carrington, Five Star Home Care

Maria Darquea, BB&T

Ali Espinosa, El Dorado Furniture

Heidi Friedman, Esq., Friedman Elder Law Department

Kandace Lesher, Morgan Stanley

Elizabeth L. Pedersen, Esq., Panza Maurer

Ted Perrella, Palmetto, Zeigler, Chamberlain & Perrella, PL

Dionne Polite, AARP

Debbie Savage, Responsive Home Care

Peter Weitz, Weitz Financial

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Our Supporters

A special thank you to the significant contributions of these organizations in our current fiscal year (7/2019-6/2020):

Areawide Council on Aging

Broward County Public Schools

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

Community Foundation of Broward

Corporation for National and Community Service

The Frederick A. Deluca Foundation

The Jim Moran Foundation

United Way of Broward County

We are grateful to all our programmatic supporters of this fiscal year, including:




City of Fort Lauderdale CDBG

City of Hollywood

City of Plantation CDBG

City of Pompano

Consumer Technology Association Foundation


Erwin M. Vasquez, M.D., and Elaine Vasquez Family Foundation Fund of the Community Foundation of Broward

Florida Panthers Foundation

Gill Foundation

Law Enforcement Trust Fund

Support for SAGE@SoFIA, an Our Fund Foundation Initiative, has been provided by the Our Fund Foundation, with major contributions from the following donors:

  • The Paul Fasana Charitable Fund at Our Fund

  • Dick Schwarz and Tom Massey

  • The Howard Greenfield Charitable Trust

  • The Scott Bennett Charitable Fund at Our Fund

  • Neil Burmeister and Robert Romano

  • The Stepp Zimmer Fund at Our Fund

  • The Sue Wilder Charitable Fund at Our Fund

  • The DC Allen and Ken Flick No Gay Hate Fund at Our Fund

  • John Pritchard's Make Change Matter Fund at Our Fund

Support for the Friendly Visitor Program Manager was provided by the following funds at the Community Foundation of Broward:

  • Richard Frisby and Edward Burkhart Fund

  • Gay and Lesbian Broward Community Fund

  • The Wil and Susan Greaton Fund

  • Elizabeth Ryan Fund

  • Mary and Alex Mackenzie Community Impact Fund

  • Mark M. McGuire and Craig E. Wilson Fund

Support for the Caregiver Assistance Program been provided by the following Funds at the Community Foundation of Broward:

  • Alvin and Gloria Ross Community Care Fund

  • Katz Family Fund

  • Berta Hirschl Fund

  • Mary N. Porter Community Impact Fund

  • Discretionary Community Fund