Our Mission


Why Social Media 4 Seniors?  Why not? That’s my “go-to” answer when I’m asked why I started Social Media 4 Seniors! Then I go into more detail of course! My own mother needed help with her devices, I saw that. I also saw how many other seniors were needing help when I was a Principal and we had seniors coming in to work with our students. They all had questions and there was no where to go for the answers! Families are busy and family members often don’t have the patience needed to teach because of their busy lives. We get it!  And often times, any help a senior could get wasn’t “teaching” them how to use their device, it was taking the device and fixing the problem and handing it back. So…as an educator, I created classes and curriculum and we TEACH seniors how to use their devices…we don’t just fix device problems, we empower our seniors to learn to fix them on their own. In fact, we also work with clients privately on just about anything technology related in their homes! Teaching as we work! There is a huge need for our services and we are here to fill that need and we love teaching! That’s why!!

CEO: Jennifer Dancu, Knoxville, TN

Jennifer Dancu

My name is Jennifer Dancu and I have been a teacher and principal for over 20 years. I’ve taught in public and private schools, as well as at the college level.  During these years I implemented curriculum and guided teachers and students in learning the many different facets of today’s technology. Through personal and professional experience, I have noted a strong need among seniors who want to learn how to use smart phones, tablets, and laptops. However, they can sometimes be overwhelmed by what are, to them, completely unfamiliar devices.  Seniors understand that their ability to connect with family and friends could vastly improve through the use of social media, but they just don’t know where to get the help they need.  That’s how the vision of Social Media 4 Seniors came to be.  I soon began helping seniors, using my background experience and knowledge to tutor them and make them confident using today’s technology.  It has been extremely gratifying teaching seniors how to connect with family and friends through social media. Call me at 865-437-6556 or email me at jdancu@socialmedia4seniors.net.

Presentations:

Aging: A Family Affair, Knox County Office On Aging:  11/2015, 11/2017, 11/2019

“Be a Tech Savvy Senior: Join The Digital Conversation” presentation delivered to 3 ACTS retirement communities in Florida:  2/2016

Tennessee Federation on Aging Annual Conference:  11/2018

2019 Southeast Tennessee Aging Conference:  5/2019

Instructor: Kathleen Bloom, Knoxville, TN

My name is Kathleen Bloom and I am instructor for Social Media 4 Seniors.  I graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.S. in Communications.  While working in sales and marketing for medical supply companies for over 15 years, I educated customers and other sales representatives on equipment and computer software.  New technology can be daunting and everyone exploring a new world needs a guide.  There are many reasons that we use technology and social media, and it can be very rewarding to explore what is available and important to you.  Whether you want to stay socially connected with family and friends through Facebook, have access to news and entertainment, read books or magazines, keep track of banking and personal health records or keep up with what’s going on in your community, technology puts it all at your fingertips.  Smart phones, tablets or your desktop computer can provide the ability to engage socially and help manage your day-to-day life.  I enjoy teaching people to embrace what is outside of their comfort zone and working on a personal level to help someone reach their desired goal.   I would love to provide you with the knowledge and tools that you need and can be reached at (865) 640-4046 or at kbloom@socialmedia4seniors.net

Instructor: Barbara Edwards, Knoxville, TN

My name is Barbara Edwards and I’m an instructor for Social Media 4 Seniors. I was born in Knoxville and have lived here all my life. My Master’s degree is in Adult Education, and I spent 20+ years working for a large health care organization where I was responsible for software training for employees as well as leadership training for both current and new managers. I’ve also taught software classes at the community college level and have enjoyed working with students of all ages and skill levels. I firmly believe in life-long learning and enjoy sharing my knowledge of software and technology with others. Learning new software or upgrading to new features or versions can feel overwhelming and stressful. My goal is to make the process fun, exciting and successful. Whether it’s using Facebook, downloading and reading books on your new Kindle or learning to create documents in Microsoft Word, we can work together to make you comfortable navigating the ever-changing world of technology. If I can do anything to help you, please contact me at bedwards@socialmedia4seniors.net or 865-660-0758

Instructor: Tonia Manges, Knoxville, TN

My name is Tonia Manges, and I am an instructor for Social Media 4 Seniors.  I have a Master’s in Education, and I have worked as a College Reading and College Success  Instructor since 2012.  I also taught elementary and middle school for 9 years. I enjoy working with students of all ages and skill levels. Helping to educate others is a passion of mine. I love helping others learn in a supportive and enjoyable manner. One of the best feelings is helping an individual learn something new and seeing their confidence grow. Technology is always changing, and I believe that learning and adapting is essential to life! I am a firm believer that knowledge is power. Mastering the use of technology, especially in light of this pandemic, can open up the doors of communication on a global scale where the options are limitless. Smart phones, tablets or your desktop computer can provide the ability to engage socially and help manage your day-to-day life.  I enjoy teaching people to embrace what is outside of their comfort zone, after all, that is where growth occurs. Please call 865-441-1905 or email me at tmanges@socialmedia4seniors.net. I look forward to hearing from you!

Instructor: Stacy Williams, Knoxville, TN

My name is Stacy Williams and I’m an instructor for Social Media 4 Seniors.  I’m a firm believer that learning spans a lifetime and there are numerous topics for us to explore no matter our age.  Technology, and social media in particular, is constantly changing and growing and I feel that the learning that can take place within it is unlimited.  My college degree is in nursing and educating patients and their family members about a particular disease process and treatment was the most enjoyable part of my job. My goal as an instructor is to help others use technology and learn how it can benefit them in all kinds of ways. Whether it is accessing books to read, keeping in touch with children and grandchildren across the miles, banking online, or any other hobbies or interests, with time and practice, using technology and social media can be very rewarding. Please contact me if I can help you in any way. Call 423-794-6725 or email me at swilliams@socialmedia4seniors.net.

Instructor: Allison Voss, Nashville, TN

My name is Allison Voss and I am an instructor for Social Media 4 Seniors.  I have a Master’s in Accounting and I have worked as a College Accounting and Math Instructor. I also was the Assistant Director of a Math Tutoring Center where I taught children Mathematics. Teaching is a passion of mine. I love helping others learn in a supportive, non-threatening, and enjoyable manner. One of the best feelings is helping an individual learn something new, that they may have been intimidated by at first, and then watching their confidence grow. Technology is ever-changing and the changes can seem daunting at first, however with guidance and encouragement I truly feel that mastering technology is not beyond anyone’s grasp. Mastering the use of Social Media, in particular, opens up the doors of communication on a global scale where the options are limitless. Please call 602-515-2292 or email me at avoss@socialmedia4seniors.net. I look forward to hearing from you!