Community in the Cloud
ITNAmerica’s Annual Retreat 2021 October 20 – 21


Joseph F. Coughlin
Director, MIT AgeLab
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Joseph F. Coughlin, PhD is Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab. He teaches in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies & Planning and the Sloan School’s Advanced Management Program. Coughlin conducts research on the impact of global demographic change and technology trends on consumer behavior and business strategy. He advises a wide variety of global firms in financial services, healthcare, leisure and travel, luxury goods, real estate, retail, technology, and transportation. Coughlin has served on advisory boards for firms such as Bell Canada, British Telecom, Daimler, Fidelity Investments and Sanofi-Aventis. He was appointed by President George W. Bush to the White House Advisory Committee on Aging and by Governor Charlie Baker to the Governor’s Council on Aging in Massachusetts where he co-chaired the Innovation & Technology Subcommittee. A Behavioral Sciences Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and a Fellow of Switzerland’s World Demographics & Ageing Forum, Coughlin is a Senior Contributor to Forbes and writes regularly for MarketWatch and the Wall Street Journal. He was named by Fast Company Magazine as one the ‘100 Most Creative in Business’ and by the Wall Street Journal as inventing the future of retirement. Recently, Coughlin was recognized as one of 15 World Minds by the Zurich-based World Minds, a select community of global leaders in science, arts and business. His recent book, The Longevity Economy: Inside the World’s Fastest Growing, Most Misunderstood Market (Public Affairs, 2017), is one of CEO READ’s Business Bestsellers. Follow him on Twitter @josephcoughlin

Katherine Freund
Founder and CEO, ITNAmerica

Katherine Freund is the founder and President of Independent Transportation Network of America.  Katherine has an MA in Public Policy from the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service and a BA in English Literature from SUNY-Buffalo.  She Chaired the Task Force to Study the Safe Mobility of Maine’s Aging Population, served on the Advisory Committee for the 2005 White House Conference on Aging and as a National Transit Institute Fellow.  She served for twelve years on the Transportation Research Board’s Committee on the Safe Mobility of Seniors where she Co-chaired the Joint Subcommittee on Transportation Options for Seniors. In 2013, Katherine testified about ITNAmerica and sustainable senior transportation before the US Senate Special Committee on Aging.  

Katherine was featured in the Wall Street Journal as one of the “12 People Who Are Changing Your Retirement,” and on CNN’s “Breakthrough Women” series.   She has received AARP’s Inspire Award, the Maxwell Pollack Award from the Gerontological Society of America, and the Social Enterprise Alliance award for Leadership in Innovative Enterprise Ideas. Katherine is also the recipient of the Access Award from the American Foundation for the Blind, the Archstone Award for Excellence in Program Innovation from the American Public Health Association, the Mather Institute 2020 Innovative Research in Aging Silver Award and the Giraffe Award for sticking her neck out for the common good.  She lives in Portland, Maine, and has two adult children.

Alan Fried
Information Technology Manger, ITNAmerica

Alan is the Information Technology Manager at ITNAmerica. He holds a bachelor’s degreee from Princeton University in The History and Philosophy of Science, and a Masters of Science in Natural Resources from the University of New Hampshire with a specialty in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).  He is the developer of ITNRides v1.5 which has supported the delivery of over 1.3 million rides over the past 20+ years. He is currently ITNAmerica’s project lead for the development of ITNRides v2.0 on the Salesforce platform. He has been a key player in the development of the ITN business model and is deeply involved in the marketing and research programs at ITNAmerica. Alan lives in North Yarmouth with his wife and has two children, a son, 22, and a daughter, 19. 

Cathy Chavers
Tribal Chairwoman, Bois Forte Reservation Tribal Council

For over thirty years, Cathy Chavers has served the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, focusing on health care before shifting her career to politics. In 2008, she kicked off her political career as the District I Representative of the Bois Forte Reservation Tribal Council (BFRTC) and in April of 2016, she was elected Tribal Chairwoman.

Cathy has had the honor to hold seats on various committees, forums, and Councils. Currently, she is the first female President of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe (MCT), the Bemidji Area Representative for the National Indian Health Service (IHS) Budget Forum, and a Member of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council (MIAC), Results First, and the St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services Advisory Board.

One of her goals as Chairwoman is to be an honest and accountable leader to the Tribal members of Bois Forte. She aspires to provide positive direction for economic and workforce development while incorporating more culture and language back into the Reservation.

Growing up in Orr, Minnesota, she is one of four daughters of Daniel and Doris (King) O’Connell. She has been married to her husband Ed for over 40 years and together they have two boys, Eddie and Tim. Cathy has been blessed with seven grandchildren, one great grandchild, seven dogs, and one bearded dragon. In her spare time, she enjoys being active and spending time outdoors. Cathy continues being an avid volleyball and sports enthusiast – still cheerleading and supporting community athletes.

Amanda SeeffCharny
Executive Director of Patient Advocacy at Regeneron

She has over 30 years of experience in various roles in the pharmaceutical industry, having worked at Astra Zeneca, Pfizer, Forest, Actavis, and Bayer. 

During the past 15 years, she built and led Patient Advocacy departments, spearheading relationship development with nonprofits, advocacy, medical societies, allied health and policy organizations. These partnerships resulted in programs and initiatives with sustainable impact designed to focus on the unmet needs of patients. 

In her current role as Executive Director of Patient Advocacy, she is responsible for setting direction and implementation of patient centered strategies and practices across the drug development continuum. She champions meaningful engagement with external stakeholders, fostering partnerships based on shared objectives to raise awareness and improve understanding of a disease, support access to research and evidence-based care. She is committed to identifying ways to work together to address the challenges patients face. 

Amanda is passionate about seeking to understand the patient perspective, ensuring that these viewpoint guide Regeneron’s approach to development of innovative medicines that help patients live better quality lives. 

Amanda received a BS in Special Education from Syracuse University and a Med in Special Education from American University.