Anika Kumar is an eighteen-year-old from San Jose, California. She serves as the founder and executive director of Forget Me Not. Anika conceived the idea of Forget Me Not after a service experience at a local assisted living facility where she was particularly moved by the rich conversations she had with each of the residents. After some further work and research, she discovered a myriad of ageism-related issues in her community, specifically social isolation. Intent on tackling this issue, she met with many geriatricians and experts in the field of elder care which led her to design a telephone companionship program that would become Forget Me Not. With help from her school and Covia, Anika turned her brainchild into a reality. Anika is in her second year as an undergrad at UC Berkeley where she further pursues her passion for aging as an undergraduate student researcher in a longevity lab.
Britt Bassoni is Covia Community Services’ Senior Resources Director for Santa Clara County and serves as Forget Me Not's primary partner. Britt has previously worked for an Area Agency on Aging, as a grants manager, program developer, and quality assurance and compliance specialist. Most recently, he finished a three year stint with the Minnesota Department of Human Services, as an administrator, grants manager, and resource developer for the Aging and Adult Services Division at MN DHS. Britt is passionate about volunteer services and the integral part they play in helping to support older adults wanting to age as independently as possible in communities of their own choosing. Britt is married, has two grown-up children, and likes to spend time outdoors hiking, camping, and gardening, and indoors reading and cooking. He and his wife, Allison, also love to travel and spending time with friends and family.