Our Leadership

Executive Director Tony Sarmiento

Tony Sarmiento has served as executive director of Senior Service America, Inc. (SSAI) since 2000. He has brought a wide range of experience and expertise to advocate for national policy and programs that support low-income older adults. He also serves on boards and committees of several leading national organizations focused on aging.

Prior to SSAI, Tony worked for more than 20 years with the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) at its national headquarters in Washington, DC, where he held several senior positions including assistant director of its education department and director of Worker-Centered Learning for the AFL-CIO Working for America Institute. He also helped organize the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance in 1992.

Before the AFL-CIO, Tony was director of a neighborhood youth organization and then held positions in several District of Columbia government agencies, including the Mayor’s Office of Youth Opportunity Services and the Department of Employment Services, where he was assistant to the director of programs funded by the federal Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA).

He is currently a board member of the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs, chair-elect of the Gerontological Society of America’s Public Policy Committee, and chair of the American Library Association’s Committee on Library Service to An Aging Population. He is also a board member of the Poverty and Race Research Action Council, the Council for the Advancement of Adult Literacy, and board secretary of the American Youth Policy Forum. In the past he has served on the boards of the American Society on Aging, SeniorNet, the National Institute for Literacy (as a presidential appointee), Literacy Volunteers of America, the Humanities Council of Washington DC, and the Historical Society of Washington DC.

In 2007 Tony was elected to the National Academy of Social Insurance. In 2001 he received a lifetime achievement award from the American Council on Education GED Testing Service and the Paul Robeson Award from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), District Council 1199C.

He holds a B.A. in American Studies from American University in Washington, DC and has studied at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY after graduating from the DC public schools.

SSAI Board of Directors

The following individuals serve on the Senior Service America, Inc. board of directors in addition to Executive Director Tony Sarmiento.

Spence Limbocker

SSAI Board Chairman

Executive Director (retired)

Neighboorhood Funders Group, Annandale, VA

Mr. Limbocker has worked for over forty years with community-based organizations and philanthropic institutions focused on effective community and economic development in low and moderate income communities. His prior positions include Associate Director, Catholic Campaign for Human Development; Administrative Director, ORGANIZE Training Center; and Peace Corps volunteer in Peru and Sierra Leone. He received his B.A. in Business Administration from Western Michigan University and Masters of Public Administration from the University of San Francisco.

Camila Alire

SSAI Board Vice Chair

Dean Emerita

University of New Mexico and Colorado State University, Sedalia, CO

Dr. Alire has held many leadership positions in the field of library science and librarianship, including serving as elected President of the American Library Association in 2009. Appointed by President Obama, she is currently a member of the National Council on the Humanities. She received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado and her Masters in Library Science from the University of Denver.

Barbara Kaufmann

SSAI Board Secretary Treasurer


Division of Workforce Development, Montgomery County, Maryland, Rockville, MD

Ms. Kaufmann has almost 30 years of experience working at the state, local and national level on workforce development issues. Her career includes work with the American Association of Community Colleges, the Institute for Educational Leadership, the National Alliance of Business, and the Ohio Bureau of Employment Services. She received her B.S. in Journalism from Ohio University.

Traci L. McClellan-Sorell

SSAI Governance Committee Chair


McClellan-Sorell Consulting, Inc., Olathe, KS

Ms. McClellan-Sorell has worked in aging, advocacy, federal Indian law and non-profit management and is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation. She previously served as the executive director of the National Indian Council on Aging and as the legislative director of the National Indian Health Board, a non-profit health advocacy organization working on behalf of all federally recognized tribes. She holds a B.A. in Native American Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.A. in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona, and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Tamara Baker

Associate Professor

University of Kansas Department of Psychology, Lawrence, KS

Dr. Baker teaches and conducts research in gerontology, particularly among diverse populations. She is currently the elected Secretary of the Gerontological Society of America and is the former chair of the GSA Task Force (now Committee) on Minority Issues in Gerontology. Baker also worked with SCSEP participants in Baltimore as a SSAI-SCSEP Fellow in 2008. She received her Ph.D. in Biobehavioral Health from Pennsylvania State University.

Fred Mason, Jr.


Maryland State-District of Columbia AFL-CIO, Annapolis, MD

Mr. Mason was first elected President of the Maryland State and District of Columbia, AFL-CIO in 2001 and has nearly 40 years of labor and social justice activism. Previously he was a State Director for the National AFL-CIO and served from 1990 to 1998 as Executive Vice-President of SEIU District 1199E-DC, a 10,000 member healthcare workers’ union. He received his B.S. in Business Administration from Morgan State University.

Michael Raff

Deputy Director

City of Jackson Department of Human and Cultural Services, Jackson, MS

Mr. Raff has been a senior government official, political candidate, and community leader in Mississippi for over forty years. After resigning from the priesthood in 1971, he founded the Mississippi Legal Services Coalition, has run for several elected offices, and worked for several Mississippi governors and mayors of the City of Jackson. He received his M.A. in Theology and B.A. in Philosophy from Immaculate Conception Seminary after attending the University of Notre Dame.