GLSS is a community educator for 40 years. an area agency on aging. a 501c3. thinking outside the box. committed. friendly. caring. dependable. innovative.

Who we are:

GLSS is a non-profit agency established in 1976 to serve those over 60, adults of all ages with disabilities, and their families in Lynn, Lynnfield, Nahant, Saugus, and Swampscott. Many of our programs reach beyond our five-town service area, helping people throughout the North Shore.

  • We deliver over 200,000 “Meals on Wheels” to homes every year, and serve an additional 75,000+ meals at our 6 community cafés.
  • We provide over 600,000 rides annually for seniors and the disabled who live in 23 North Shore communities, including Boston.
  • We employ more than 600 trained staff, and have 100 caring people who donate their time to help.
  • We are a federal Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and also state certified as an Aging Services Access Point (ASAP).
  • We are a founding member of the Aging and Disability Resource Consortium of the Greater North Shore (ADRC).
  • We are part of the Mass Home Care network, a group of 30 non-profits dedicated to serving seniors in every city and town in Massachusetts, as well as the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4A), the umbrella organization for the 655 AAAs in the United States.

GLSS and its programs are funded, in whole or in part, by contract or grants with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs, the Older Americans Act, local funds, foundations, and private contributions.

Our development team:

Debby Segil, LICSW

Debby Segil is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) with nearly 40 years of experience in a broad range of clinical, marketing, and consulting positions in human services, health care, and hospital settings.  Since its inception 15 years ago, she has served as Program Manager of the Family Caregiver Support Program at Greater Lynn Senior Services (GLSS).  In that role, Debby was instrumental in laying the groundwork for, and overseeing the growth and development of, this federally funded program, which provides information, counseling, education, training, referrals to services, respite, and more to individuals who are providing care to an aging relative or a family member living with disabilities.  She has particular expertise working with people who are caring for a family member living with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias.  An accomplished presenter, Debby has extensive experience leading workshops, seminars, and support groups.


Taylor Lamberta, LICSW

Taylor Lamberta is a licensed Social Worker and a Caregiver Support Specialist for GLSS.  She has worked with many diverse populations in her six years as a social worker but has taken a special liking to working with the elderly and their caregivers.  One of her favorite projects to work on is the GLSS ‘In The Moment’ Memory Café. 

In her free time Taylor enjoys hiking, camping and traveling.  She also enjoys mindfulness meditation and helping her clients identify ways to practice good self-care.


Larry Ehrhardt

Larry is the founder of Ballast Lane Applications, LLC which designs, develops, and markets mobile applications for the consumer and enterprise markets. He is responsible for Ballast Lane’s industry expertise, business development and project delivery.  He also codes (when necessary) and loves to track down software bugs.

Larry has a BA from Yale University, an MBA from the Darden School of Business and has completed computer science course work at the Harvard Extension School where he is also a Teaching Fellow for Intro to Computer Science and Mobile Applications.


Katherine Prouty

Katherine Prouty came to GLSS with a long history of online development starting with her time at Ziff-Davis when CompuServe, AOL, and Prodigy reigned supreme. She was the Product Manager for Ziff-Net for CompuServe, a 200,000 strong subscription service. She then created ZDNet University or ZDU, one of the first online learning communities that grew to 10,000 paying members in 8 months. From there, she went to Knowledgesoft (KnowlegePlanet) in PA to help them develop their enterprise learning software. 

Moving back to Boston as VP of Product Development at came next. She completed the product roadmap that was pivotal in obtaining 40 million in funding. When sold to Pearson, she ratcheted back her hectic lifestyle and took a remote position with a Canadian startup, ManagementVitality, another online learning company. Managing her daughter's rock band took time, so she then started working part time at GLSS in the marketing department, but she never lost her product roots. Designing the Caregivers Matter App from GLSS and working with the development team on such a worthwhile product, makes her journey a fulfilling one.


Margaret Gilligan

Margaret Gilligan is the Director of Marketing at GLSS. Margaret has more than 25 years of experience serving in a range of marketing management positions for both for-profit and non-profit organizations.  Initially hired to support the Director of Development at GLSS, she was given the extraordinary privilege of serving as the agency’s first dedicated marketing professional, a position she has held for 8 years.  As a former caregiver herself, Margaret is delighted to be a part of this important project.


Dan O'Rourke

Dan O'Rourke is Web Admin for Caregivers Matter.  He has worked as a graphic designer and web developer in the education, medical, and entertainment fields, and is now pleased to be working as the Marketing Assistant for GLSS.

In his spare time, Dan explores many facets of artistic expression including music composition, writing short stories, and life drawing. He also loves outdoor activities such as camping and hiking.


Alix Segil

Alix Segil, 18 year old Senior at Marblehead High School, plans to attend a four year college after graduating from Marblehead High. She hopes to pursue a career in either Neuroscience or Engineering. She enjoys a variety of activities such as: playing music, participating in sports such as Tennis, hiking, spending time with friends and family, writing, photography, snowboarding/skiing, and volunteering. She has been to third world countries such as Haiti and Guatemala to help the underprivileged. Alix also loves learning. She takes every opportunity to discover something she didn’t know about a certain subject or herself. She is open minded and loves a new challenge.