About

Who We Are

We are a team of geriatric experts and technologists that are committed to improving the lives of people living with dementia and their caregivers.

What We Believe

  • People living with dementia can maintain connections and purpose throughout the progression of the disease.
  • Non-drug approaches can be an effective option for easing difficult symptoms and enhancing cognitive function.
  • Caregivers need support and guidance establishing effective behavioral treatment options.
  • Technology can help care teams enhance collaboration and build personalized engagement routines.

Debby Dodds, MS

Director of Caregiver Engagement

Debby Dodds has a Masters of Gerontology in Aging Services from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and is an advisor to the program. She was an employed family caregiver for her mother who lived with Alzheimer’s disease for 10 years. She is an early pioneer in the use of tablets for personalized engagement with people that are living with dementia. Her family and professional care team were the first ever users of the GC app. She is passionate about helping other care professionals leverage everyday technology to provide more personalized care.

Michael Potteiger

Chief Operating Officer

Michael co-founded Generation Connect with his sister, Nacole. They were inspired to pursue a career in aging, after teaching their 85-year-old grandmother how to use an iPad. “Gram” is still an active iPad users and loves seeing her grandchildren (and greats) on FaceTime. Michael loves working at the intersection of caregiving and technology. He feels passionate about building tools for the caregiving community - the families that make difficult sacrifices and the frontline healthcare teams taking on challenging situations. He believes that technology can help enhance the caregiving experience in profound ways, but at the same time, technologists have so much to learn from the caregiving community.

Nacole Potteiger

Chief Design Officer

Nacole has a passion for design and storytelling. She enjoys putting her graphic design, web development, and animation skills to work to convey information in new and creative ways. After years of health struggles and minimal improvements via traditional approaches, she began seeking a more holistic solution. Simple (not always easy) lifestyle changes were what finally allowed her to start feeling like herself again. She loves being part of a company that always prioritizes the person over the disease and knows there is still joy to be shared regardless of the diagnosis.

Brent Kensey

Chief Technology Officer

Brent is a builder and maker at heart, with a background in federal civil service and software development, and a fascination with systems improvement in healthcare. Although he doesn't have personal experience with dementia care, working with this team has taught him much about how the disease progresses, how it can affect family members, and most importantly, how to hold onto hope and a sense of meaning throughout the disease’s progression. With the right tools, perspective and care practice, it is still possible to live life with joy and connection. He is dedicated to building accessible and delightful tools for the sake of families and caregivers.

Robin Lombardo, CTRS, MS, CDP, DCPA

Geriatric & Dementia Specialist

Robin is a veteran of the senior care industry, serving in leadership positions in a variety of healthcare settings and at nationally recognized non-profits for people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Having been raised with both grandmothers at home, Robin knew that this generation had gifts to give beyond measure: to love, be loved and appreciated for all they have to offer. Having exclusively worked with older adults her entire career, it is her passion to foster joy in their lives.

Thomas “Tido” Carriero

Advisor

Tido is the Chief Product Officer at Segment, a customer data platform company based in San Francisco. Since graduating from Harvard in 2008 with a degree in Computer Science, Tido has spent his entire career in the Silicon Valley. Tido first worked at Facebook as an engineering manager from 2008 -2012, then at Dropbox from 2012 – 2015. At Dropbox, he led the product engineering efforts and was responsible for the development of the original Dropbox for Business product. Tido brings extensive experience scaling startups from finding initial product-market fit to building into significant companies that change and help the lives of many.

Paul Velencia

Chief Executive Officer

Paul has been with Nacole and Michael since day one. Unlike his partners, Paul is not a digital native, but he has extensive experience as both a business person and family caregiver. He often reminds the team - we’re all ignorant, only in different topics. Paul spent 30 years in the financial services business, before taking on the role of CEO of at a web-based technology startup for 10 years. At Generation Connect, Paul leads business development and strategic partnerships.