About Us


About The 55 Kip Center

55 Kip Center has established itself as a community focal point where older adults can come together for services and activities that reflect their diverse needs and interests, enhance their dignity, support their independence, and encourage their involvement in and with our Center and the community.

Our History

55 Kip Center has operated since it opened in 1985 at a local parish house in partnership with the Interfaith Council of Rutherford. The Center provided programs, activities, and meals for older adults on Saturdays only. In April 1995, the Center moved to 55 Kip Avenue and now operates a comprehensive and full-time program promoting the physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual well-being of older adults.

Today, our professional staff and dedicated volunteers cater to a community of over 600 active members of all ages.


Inclusion Statement

At 55 Kip Center, our culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion welcomes all older adults, no matter their race, color, religion, creed, culture, class, composition, or lifestyle. Aging does not discriminate and neither do we.

The mission of the 55 Kip Center is to promote the physical, emotional, educational and spiritual well-being of older adults, fiercely rejecting all forms of bigotry, intolerance, and exclusion. Our team of professional staff and dedicated volunteers are committed to fostering the acceptance of all people by creating a safe, nurturing, and respectful environment for all who enter Kip Center.

Staff & Board of Directors


Cathy Baviello

Executive Director


Maryana Tawfik

Operations Administrator

Board of Directors

  • Debra Mania, President
  • Karla Mazza, Vice President
  • Glenn Elliot, Treasurer
  • Michael Rizzo, Secretary

Board Members

  • Ann Marie Banout
  • Kristin Feliciano
  • Larry Forte
  • Ted Garbe
  • Maria Teresa Gutierrez
  • Priscilla Hipkins
  • Andy Jones
  • Angelo Mania
  • Joseph P. Mazza, DMD
  • Sue McLean
  • Michael Onorato
  • Mary Upham