Meet the Team

Thomas Kamber, PhD, Executive Director, OATS/Senior Planet

tom-kamberAs founding executive director in 2004 of Older Adults Technology Services (OATS)—the largest municipal technology program for senior citizens in the country—Dr. Kamber provides the vision and leadership for Senior Planet.

Before founding OATS, Dr. Kamber was a leader in nonprofit housing and technology as well as on political campaigns. He’s also a co-founder and board member of the Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance and the New York Memory Center. Dr. Kamber teaches courses at Columbia University on social entrepreneurship, urban research and the social implications of technology.  Read more about Dr. Thomas Kamber. Staff

Barbara Aria, Director,

Barbara Senior PlanetAn editor, writer and author, Barbara leads strategy and editorial at With more than 20 years’ experience in magazine and digital publishing, she was the founding editor of Time Out New York Kids and oversaw content at Mom365, where she built a 120,000-strong parent community. Barbara has written widely on family and cultural topics and is the author/co-author of a dozen books. 

Virginia Randall, Staff Writer/Associate Editor,

Virge Randall is a staff writer and associate editor at SeniorPlanet.Org, writing features, creating surveys and polls, and finding the best in high and low culture for the NYC Events Calendar. A five- time public relations award winner, she is a freelance culture reporter and blogs about New York City life at, but don’t get her started about that. Contributing Writers

Kathleen-Doheny-Senior-PlanetKathleen Doheny is a Los Angeles based journalist who writes about health, fitness, behavior and lifestyle topics. Besides contributing to Senior Planet, she writes for Healthday, WebMD and Everyday Health. Like many journalists of a certain age, Kathleen started out working for a small-town paper and moved on to report for weeklies and dailies, including the Los Angeles Times, before transitioning to the web. Among her favorite assignments: watching open heart surgery within a foot or so of the operating team. See Kathleen’s contributions to Senior Planet | Follow @DohenyKathleen on Twitter

Linda-Abbit-Senior-PlanetLinda Abbit is a California-based journalist who enjoys writing about aging, eldercare, women’s issues and the arts. She started her career by sharing her experiences as a family caregiver on the award-winning blog Linda also provides content marketing and social media management for businesses. Although she spends hours writing alone, Linda loves leaving the keyboard to meet and interview people for her stories. See Linda’s contributions on Senior Planet Follow @LindaAbbit on Twitter.

Erica-Manfred-Senior-PlanetErica Manfred is a Florida-based freelance journalist, humorous essayist and author. Her articles and essays have appeared in Cosmopolitan, the New York Times Magazine, Ms., New Age Journal, Village Voice, Woman’s Day, SELF, Ladies Home Journal and many other off- and online publications. Erica’s most recent book, a memoir co-authored with Bob Cranmer, is “The Demon of Brownsville Road. She has also authored two self-help books and a humorous  novel, “Interview with a Jewish Vampire.” See Erica’s contributions on Senior PlanetFriend Erica on Facebook.