Executive Director and Co-Founder Leah Bradley has extensive experience in the intergenerational field, including providing nationwide training and technical assistance to practitioners establishing intergenerational initiatives. She has visioned, planned and implemented many intergenerational programs throughout the Country. Leah is a social worker, having earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan with concentrations in interpersonal practice and gerontology and a Bachelors of Science from University of Delaware in Family and Community Service.
Leah and her husband reside in Olney, Maryland and have two daughters in Montgomery County Public Schools. Leah enjoys traveling and watching her daughters play sports.
To contact Leah, email her at leah@ (for the rest of the email address, see below).
Megan Tracy Benson
Deputy Director and Co-Founder Megan Tracy Benson is experienced in nonprofit program coordination and working with older adults in multiple settings, including as a care coordinator in supportive senior public housing. Megan has launched and expanded intergenerational programs in partnership with schools, government agencies, and individuals. She has extensive volunteer experience in county schools and the local community. Megan earned her B.A. from Brown University and her M.S.W. from the University of Maryland School of Social Work.
Megan is a Southern California native who has lived in Silver Spring for nearly two decades. She and her husband have two children in Montgomery County Public Schools. She enjoys traveling with her family, reading, and spending time with friends.
To contact Megan, email her at megan@ (for the rest of the email address, see below).
Program Specialist Janel Peters has years of experience coordinating intergenerational programs. She has worked with schools, senior living communities, volunteers, youth groups, and adult day programs to make meaningful connections between youth and older adults in various community settings. Earlier in her career, she coordinated volunteers working with older adults within immigrant communities. She received her bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University and her M.A. from Columbia University.
Originally from Lake Placid, New York, Janel and her husband have lived in Rockville, Maryland, for many years with their three children. She enjoys music, theater, and coffee.
To contact Janel, email her at janel@ (for the rest of the email address, see below).
Pearl Damanka serves as ETA’s Communications Coordinator. She is a senior completing her B.S. in Psychology at Howard University. After graduating, she plans to pursue a graduate degree in the same field. Pearl previously worked with the Montgomery County Department of Transportation, serving as a transportation ambassador and a social media strategy and content creator. While this is her first year in intergenerational work, she enjoys working with people of all ages and firmly believes that you can always learn something new from anyone you interact with.
Pearl has lived in Gaithersburg her entire life, and graduated from MCPS schools. Some of her favorite hobbies include writing, hiking and dancing.
To contact Pearl, email her at pearl@ (for the rest of the email address, see below).
Ted interned for ETA as a Montgomery County COVID Corps intern and a student at Wheaton High School. He worked for two years with Montgomery County Department of Recreation’s Tech Connect, serving on a team of youth providing technical assistance to older adults in the community. Ted says he enjoys working with seniors “because they often have interesting life stories and they will just talk to you for a while.”
Samuel interned for ETA as a Montgomery County COVID Corps intern and a student at Springbrook High School. Samuel previously worked with Montgomery County Department of Recreation’s Tech Connect, serving on a team of youth providing technical assistance to older adults in the community. He says he has “learned to be patient and more understanding through working with seniors.” Samuel’s favorite hobbies are sports and traveling.
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