Guest Contributors

From time to time Olderhood will add Guest Contributors to our resident writing team. Each Guest Contributor will be selected based on their personal expertise in a critical aspect of the third journey, sustainability of theme, writing style and adherence to Olderhood standards of content. If you are interested in becoming a Guest Contributor please send an e-mail to Please tell us a little about yourself and what you are interested in writing about.

List of Guest Contributors

Judy F. Kugel, Boston

Judy Kugel retired as Associate Dean of Students at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2013.  She has counseled people making career and life choices since 1970 when she co-founded the Boston Project for Careers, a nonprofit organization that developed opportunities for men and women who were seeking part-time jobs, often after being at home with young children. The Boston Project for Careers was one of the first organizations to promote job-sharing for professionals.

Her personal essays and travel articles have appeared in major newspapers and magazines. She has explored life transitions throughout her career and led several workshops on that subject. An avid writer of journals, she went public in 2008, when she started her twice-weekly blog at

She is the author of the just-published book 70-Something:  Life, Love and Limits in the Bonus Years


Joanne Waldman – MEd, PCC, BCC, LPC, Director of Training, Retirement Options

Joanne Waldman 2016 photo smallJoanne possesses more than 30 years’ experience in transition management including career development, coaching and retirement. She has an extensive background as a webinar leader training coaches with the International Coach Academy, Coaching Cognition and for the past twelve years with Retirement Options. In addition, she is the owner of New Perspective Coaching where she works with baby boomers looking to plan their second or third reinvention into retirement. Joanne is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a nationally certified Gerontological Counselor. She is a Professional Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation, a Board Certified Coach through the Center for Credentialing and Education, and a Master Career Counselor through the National Career Development Association. In 2009, she was selected as their Career Practitioner of the Year. Joanne is a co-author of Remarkable and Real-Remarkable Questions, Real Possibilities for the Second Half of Life. Contact – 314-469-3288 or


robert lauraRobert Laura, Michigan

Robert Laura is the Retirement Activist who is committed to changing the way people think about and prepare for every aspect of retirement. His nationally syndicated columns at and Financial Advisor magazine reflect his ground breaking efforts to challenge the status quo of traditional retirement planning.

As a former social worker and certified personal trainer turned money manager and author, he has found that retirement is among the most fascinating, yet least understood, phases of life. Through interviews with celebrities, professional athletes, entertainers, leading experts, and his own clients, he’s develop a powerful message to make the most of everyday life in retirement. His objective is simple: to help people create a no-regrets retirement plan.

 Robert is the founder of and authored Naked Retirement, as well as a number of guides to help individuals succeed in this next chapter of life. In addition to his own writings, he frequently appears in major business media such as Wall Street Journal, CNBC, and Investor’s Business Daily, Yahoo Finance, The Street, and more.


pat doylePatricia West Doyle, Cincinnati OH –   Innovation Consultant, Retirement Life Coach, Blogger

Pat retired in 2014, after 32 years in a Corporate environment as a product innovator and workaholic. Given the retirement was earlier than expected, the only thing that she had planned was the financial side of things.   So she took her innovation skills and applied them to herself. Her blog (also on wordpress) captures her ongoing transition from workaholic to living in Olderhood. Today Pat has a highly diverse life portfolio – innovation consulting, retirement life coaching, and lots of living. She currently resides in Cincinnati Ohio with her (also retired) husband and dog, but spends many weeks at their beach cottage near St Petersburg Florida.


Christina Nowak HeadshotChristina Nowak MScPT, CSCS, PhD (student) Registered Physiotherapist, Co-Owner STAVE OFF

Christina finished her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from the University of Toronto in 2007. She then continued into her Masters of Physiotherapy at McMaster University, graduating in 2013. After graduation, she gained experience working in both the public and private sectors in outpatient orthopaedics focusing on older adults, exercise and soft tissue based therapies for the relief of muscle aches and pains. She is a believer in the strength of exercise for rehabilitation, especially with older adults. This passion led her to begin her PhD in 2015 in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University under the supervision of Dr. Ada Tang. Her doctoral studies look at the utilization of strength training principles for healthy aging and prevention of disability. She has currently completed a pilot trial comparing two strength training programs and is working on publishing this research. She is using what she has learned from her PhD studies to start a business focussing on exercise for prevention of illness and aging healthily in Kingston, Ontario.

Caroline Shola Arewa, London, U.K. –

Shola4 - head Shoulder smallWellness Coach, Yoga Teacher, Humanistic Psychologist and Author, Caroline Shola Arewa has transformed lives worldwide for 30 years with her pioneering and awarding winning work. She has five published books and writes for health and lifestyle magazines. Shola is also the health columnist for Wings Airline Magazine and is featured in the internationally acclaimed film Yogawoman. As a specialist in Energy and Lifestyle Medicine, Shola has developed a powerful, way of supporting people to restore health and make major lifestyle shifts. She founded Energy 4 Life wellness coaching  offering people the opportunity to get their Energy back and Life on track.


Naomi Schroter, Bermuda

naomi schroterNaomi is a successful career activist who has adhered to her own advice to “Do what you love and the money will follow”. Over the past four decades she has lived in Toronto, London and Bermuda and has embraced the roles of fashion model, secondary school teacher, fashion lecturer, cosmetic consultant trainer, employment trainer, career guidance counselor, Master of Education graduate, Employee Training and Development officer, Manager of Bermuda Training & Employment Services, Bermuda Learning Solutions Consultant and currently, Retirement Lifestyle and Wellness Coach.  Retirement for Naomi has been an on-going series of next chapters in a life filled with variety devoted to helping people achieve their own career / life goals.


Rico Dilello, Ontario, Canada –

rico dilelloRico graduated from university with a degree in Economics. Started his own business recycling wooden pallets & skids. After twenty years, Rico sold the business and started a second career as a financial advisor. Officially retired in 2005, however convinced his fellow advisors to put money into an investment club which he still manages today.

He and his wife of 40 years live outside of Toronto.


Marian Sherratt 2Marian Sherratt, Bermuda –

Marian is a Jill of all trades, having had a varied working life that included financial management, real estate sales, and the non-profit world. An admitted late bloomer, Marian went off to university in her 50s and says those were among the best years of her life, especially as her husband took early retirement so he could join her and enjoy dating a ‘college kid’. Marian then established her own social research and consulting firm, Sorcos, and was the founding Executive Director of the Bermuda Council on Ageing where she was tasked with building awareness for the social and economic impact of an ageing population. Now retired she continues to volunteer, do the back office management for her daughter’s medical practice, and learn to play golf. She is delighted to be a part of Olderhood. She lives in Bermuda.



Bob Ritzema, Michigan-

Trained as a clinical psychologist, Bob had a career as a psychotherapist and teacher of psychology. He resigned from his post as Professor of Psychology at Methodist University in 2012, when he was 64, to return to Michigan and help his parents. His father died in September, 2014, and Bob now divides his time between Michigan and North Carolina. He maintains small psychology practices in each state. He blogs at Beyond Halfway.


Bob Lowry, Scottsdale Arizona-

Bob Lowry - Satisfying Retirement

Bob Lowry – Satisfying Retirement

After a career in radio that included stints as a DJ, program director, and consultant to over 200 stations, Bob retired in 2001 at the age of 52. He publishes the Satisfying Retirement blog, is the author of two books, and has been featured in the 65 Things You Can Do book series. He and his wife of 37 years live in Scottsdale, AZ.



Sheena Storie, Bermuda –

ssSheena is a grandmother of four children ranging in age from 2 months to 6 years. During her lifetime career as an educator, she was a learning support teacher to children with learning difficulties, including dyslexia.

As Author of The Granny Blog*, Sheena draws on her traditional Scottish upbringing and values, as she relates the real life challenges of being a modern Gran to four active youngsters. Her entertaining writing combines a keen sense of wit and honesty as she navigates the adventures of family life, and offers advice regarding the shepherding of grandkids in today’s complex world.

* is a registered domain name of


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