Finding Purpose in Retirement: From Retiring to Rewiring Part 2

Recorded: November 15, 2023

In the second part of the series, “Finding Purpose in Retirement: From Retiring to Rewiring,” Jill Steinberg, Ph.D (CAS’72) is joined by a panel of BU alumni who share their tips for maximizing joy and fulfillment in retirement.



Jill Steinberg, Ph.D. (CAS’72)
Emeritus Professor at San Jose State University, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Salzburg Fellow, Author and Founder of


Russell Harleston (Questrom’80)
Russell retired in 2016 after 30 years of Human Resources Management experience with leading grocery retailer Wegmans, and America’s largest glass manufacturer for the Food Service Industry, Libbey Inc.

Gary Karelis (Questrom’70)
Gary is the former owner of a plastics manufacturing company in MA, and for the bulk of his career, Gary was, (and still is) a real estate owner/investor in MA. He is semi-retired and gradually heading towards full retirement.

Linda Keene (Questrom’73)
Linda is a self-taught fiber artist in Charlotte, NC. Art has become her primary occupation in retirement, following successful careers as a corporate marketing executive and non-profit CEO.

Barry Levine (CAS’85)
Barry retired in 2021 from a four-decade financial services technology career in New York City and Boston.


Denise Schier (ENG’81)
Denise retired in 2016 following a 35-year career in global engineering and business management within General Electric and Ametek Inc.