Dot Macaione, North Shore Chapter

Dot Macaione, North Shore Chapter

Dot Macaione has been an advocate in the community her entire life. At 97 years young, Dot continues to support the Girls Scouts and is an active Shoe City Lions member. Her sister, Bernice Langlois, had been active in MSAC for many years encouraging Dot to join in the action but Dot did not join until she moved in 2010 after her sister passed away.

Dot said she enjoyed the meetings because they are so informative, “so many people have no idea what is going on, things that affect their everyday life, because they are not a MSAC member and do not get the information we receive at our chapter meetings.”

Carmelle Madhere, Somerville/Cambridge Chapter

Carmelle Madhere, Somerville/Cambridge Chapter

One reason Carmelle likes to be a member of Mass Senior Action because she cares about healthcare. She had a long career in healthcare, working for 25 years as a nurse companion. In this field, she says, she has seen a lot of health misery and suffering, especially in elders. She says, “I see how many seniors in my community are suffering, mentally and physically, and so I know how important it is to try to get services that will be good for seniors.” She knows firsthand how important it is to work together to try to obtain the resources that seniors deserve.

Mattie Lacewell, Springfield Chapter

Mattie Lacewell, Springfield Chapter

Mattie Lacewell has a history of social activism from her work with Fair Share to serving as the Director of  he Upper Hill Resident Council, Inc. She retired from Monson Development Center where she worked as a Mental Health Care Administrator. Mattie has been a lifelong resident of Springfield with lineage roots of Alabama. Her activism was sparked from neighborhood concerns.

John Ratliff, Cambridge/Somerville Chapter

John Ratliff, Cambridge/Somerville Chapter

John is our state board secretary and an active member of the MSAC Cambridge Chapter. In his working life, he had been active in the union movement, anti-war movement, civil rights,and LGBT movements. In 2012 he retired and moved to Massachusetts, with his husband Ted, from Florida where he had been working as a lawyer for organizations like SEIU Local 1991.

 After he retired, he didn’t want to stop being an activist and fighting for the rights of all so when he found out about Mass Senior Action, he immediately joined and jumped right into the action. John recently shared at an outreach in Cambridge, “Mass Senior Action felt like the place for me because I believe the only way we can make positive change is by coming together and collectively acting.”

Debbie Small, Metro North Chapter

Debbie Small, Metro North Chapter

Debbie Small is a long time MSAC member and served as the secretary of the Metro North Chapter, a volunteer position she would never have dreamed of holding three years ago. One day she finished teaching a line dance class at the Malden Senior Center (in 2013) and was wondering why the dining room was filled with so many people. Curiosity, thankfully, got the best of her and in she went. She could never have imagined that a seemingly tiny detour into the Metro North’s Chapter Meeting on that particular day would bring such profound changes into her life..."

Mary Brainerd, Springfield Chapter

Mary Brainerd, Springfield Chapter

She first heard about Mass Senior Action from John Bennett, former MSAC President. She often invited John to come to her social work college classes to talk about his work in the community. He would share about the accomplishments of MSAC and the power of this organization to bring about change through legislative advocacy and collective action. She joined MSAC and made a promise to myself that she would become more active in the organization when she retired..."