Board of Directors

Helen Dennis is a nationally-recognized leader and consultant on issues of aging, employment, and retirement.  She has conducted research on these issues for organizations such as The Conference Board, AARP, UC Berkeley, and the U.S. Administration on Aging.  Nationally, she has lectured extensively on aging and workforce planning issues to the business community, professional groups, non-profit organizations, and government agencies. A lecturer for more than 20 years at the University of Southern California’s Andrus Gerontology Center, she has been the recipient of numerous awards for her teaching effectiveness and contributions to the field of aging.

Madelyn P. Jennings is the retired Senior Vice President of Personnel at Gannett. Previously, she was Vice President of Human Resources at Standard Brands Inc. and earlier held a number of executive positions at the General Electric Company. She holds emeritus rank on the boards of the Freedom Forum and its affiliates, the Newseum and the Diversity Institute.  She has also served on the Defense Business Board (U.S. Department of Defense), George Washington University Business School’s Board of Advisors, and the boards of the National Museum of Women’s History, Yaddo (an artist and writers’ colony), and the National Academy of Human Resources Foundation. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources and an Executive of the Year in the Society of Human Resource Management.

Dr. D. Bruce Merrifield has a long and distinguished career in research and research management, currently President and CEO of Pridco Management Company.  He was formerly a Chaired Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Wharton School of Business from 1989 to 1994 and served as Distinguished Visiting Professor at Georgetown University from 1994 to 2000, teaching courses on entrepreneurship. During the Reagan Administration, he first served as Assistant Secretary for Productivity, Technology and Innovation, U.S. Department of Commerce, from 1981 to 1986 and was given the additional responsibility of Undersecretary for Economic Affairs from 1986 to 1988.

Judge William H. Webster has served as Chairperson of the Homeland Security Advisory Council since 2002.  He was Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 1987 to 1991 and served as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1978 to 1987. He also served as a Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit from 1973 to 1978 and as a Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri from 1970-1973. Judge Webster has practiced law as a Partner in the Washington, DC office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy since 2002 and continues to practice as a Retired Partner.

William K. Zinke is the Founder and President of the Center for Productive Longevity (CPL), a 501 (c)(3) non-profit. He has been a management consultant since 1969 when he organized Human Resource Services, Inc. (HRS). He relocated with HRS to Boulder, CO in 1990 and has been focused on the impact of demographic change since the latter 1990s. He co-authored a paper in 2000 with Dr. Elliott Jaques, titled The Evolution of Adulthood: A New Stage;the paper defined a third stage of 62 to 85 to be added to the traditional two stages of 18 to 40 and 40 to 62. His focus on the population segment of people 50 and older (50+) has included holding meetings to stimulate substantially more employment by companies of people 50+, stimulating people 50+ to create new businesses in order to remain productively engaged, and through the organization of ELO50 to create a national grassroots movement that integrates people 50+ more effectively into the country’s economic and social fabric.