About Us

RIPTA Rally to protest elimination of the No-Fare Bus Pass Program.

Our Mission

The Senior Agenda Coalition is an independent and diverse coalition of agency and individual members. Our mission is to mobilize people to achieve power in order to implement an agenda that improves the quality of life of older Rhode Islanders. We accomplish this through community organizing, public education and legislative advocacy.

Our History

Founded in 2002 as a program of the Gray Panthers of Rhode Island, the Senior Agenda Coalition has been a leading organization for seniors in Rhode Island . The Coalition prioritizes issues that help older Rhode Islanders maintain choice and dignity in their living and social environments. It is a voice for the protection and promotion of public and private programs that protect seniors' quality of life. 

Our Work

The Coalition's research and public education efforts have helped win a number of victories for seniors, including increased funding for home and community-based care programs, support for senior centers, a wrap-around prescription drug program to help seniors on Medicare Part D, and improvements for public transportation. 

One of the Coalition's greatest strengths is our ability to engage our coalition members in our mission and work collaboratively with other organizations. Our intent and core purpose is to create and sustain this collaborative effort.The Senior Agenda Coalition conducts ongoing research on local and nationwide "best practices and policies" in senior-specific topics such as long term care.  

The Coalition monitors federal and particularly state legislation affecting seniors. Our members attend hearings, provide testimony, and attend meetings to educate legislators about our views on legislation that directly affects them. We also monitor the implementation of legislation and work with state agencies on the development of regulations relevant to senior programs.


board & staff

Board of Directors

Jack Reinholt, Chair
Virginia Neves Gonsalves, Co-Chair
Jeanne Gattegno, Treasurer

Bob Cox, Director
Jack Indeck, Chair Emeritus
George Neubauer, Director

Susan Saccoccia-Olson, Director

Executive Director

Bill Flynn has worked as a community center director, VISTA supervisor, public policy advocate, and development director for nonprofit agencies throughout New England.

Before joining the Senior Agenda Coalition he was Director of Community Programs for the R.I. Community Food Bank, and served for nine years as the Executive Director of the George Wiley Center.

Bill holds an MSW degree from the University of Michigan School of Social Work.

Barbara Schermack

Barbara  Schermack joined the Senior Agenda in January, 2015 as Bill's Assistant  Director. She has worked as a hospital social worker, community organizer, social  service director in a home for the aged, and as an executive director for  several nonprofit agencies in Rhode Island. From 2002 to 2012, she was Head  Start Director for East Bay Community Action Program, which served close to 500  infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in the East Bay of the state. 

Barbara holds an MS degree in Human Development and  Family Studies with a certificate in Gerontology from the University of Rhode  Island.  She was a board member of the  Senior Agenda Coalition in 2013 and 2014.

Maureen Maigret

Maureen Maigret, RN, BS, MPA, is a  consultant to the Senior Agenda Coalition on long term care and elder services  policy. Maureen brings a wealth of both policy and political expertise to her  work. She has served as Director of the RI Department of Elderly Affairs, a  5-term elected State Representative from Warwick, and Policy Director for  former Lt. Governor Charles Fogarty.

 Ms. Maigret worked as a registered nurse in  various health care settings for twenty years prior to her positions in state government. She has received  awards from numerous organizations for her leadership in public policy and  advocacy. Maureen also consults with a number of other organizations on matters  of long term care. 

coalition members

Alzheimer’s Association of RI
American Baptist Churches of RI
Blue Cross/Blue Shield of RI
Butler Hospital
Cathleen Naughton Associates
DCPutnam Consulting

Diocese of Providence Office of Community Services

Funeral Consumers Alliance
Gentiva Hospice
Home Healthsmith
Home Safe Home, LLC
Hope Hospice & Palliative Care of RI
Keystone Real Estate Group
Leonard Martin & Associates
Neighborhood Health Plan of RI
RI Kitchen & Bath
RI Assisted Living Association
RI Meals on Wheels
RI Ocean Tides Senior Games
RI Partnership for Home Care
RI Senior Center Director’s Association
Senior Care Concepts
Seniors Rule
Seven Hills Rhode Island
Silver-Haired Legislature
Tamarisk Assisted Living
The Providence Village
Westbay Community Action