AIA Staff

William T. Smith, Ph.D.


William T. Smith, Ph.D. is President/Chief Executive Officer of Aging in America, Inc.  Aging in America is the parent corporation of AIA Supportive Services, Morningside at Home, and Morningside House Nursing Home. All are non‑profit, non-sectarian agencies.

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Dr. Smith has been in the field of social work since 1971 with the last forty six plus years dedicated to the field of gerontology.  He has been recognized locally and nationally as an expert on gerontological issues.

Dr. Smith was formerly the Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of St. Cabrini Nursing Home in Dobbs Ferry, New York for thirteen years.  Before that he was Assistant Executive Director of Frances Schervier Home and Hospital, Bronx, New York.  He has also been an Assistant Professor of Public Health Administration at Pace University and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Social Services at Fordham University.

Dr. Smith, whose doctorate in Social Work with a concentration in Gerontology is from Fordham University, has also earned a Master’s in Social Work in Administration/Case Work from Hunter College and a Bachelor of Science in Family and Child Welfare Services from the University of Wisconsin.

He is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Gerontological Society of America, the American College of Health Care Administrators, and the Academy of Certified Social Workers.  He served as a member of the Federal Advisory Committee on the Future of VA Long Term Care.  He was a member of the Board of Directors and Past Chair of  LeadingAge (formerly the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging) in Washington, D.C. He was a former Chair of LeadingAge New York (formerly the New York Association of Homes and Services for the Aging.) Dr. Smith was a former member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Homes and Services for the Aging and serves as liaison to the United Nations.  He was a member of the Board of Governors of the Greater New York Hospital Association and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Continuing Care Leadership Coalition.  He was Chair of the Board of Directors of the Dominican Sisters Family Health Services, Inc.  He served on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation National Steering Committee on the future of the paraprofessional long-term care workforce.  He was a delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging.  He received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor 2006 for his dedication to community service, building bridges between ethnic, racial and religious groups, sharing personal and professional gifts with the local, national or international community and contributing distinguished service to humanity in particular for his work on behalf of older persons. He now chairs the Board of Directors of Cardinal McCloskey Community Services and continues to serve as a long-standing board member of the Westchester Public and Private Partnership. He also serves as Chair of the Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services Older Americans Act Advisory Council. Dr. Smith is a licensed nursing home administrator, a certified social worker, and a certified retirement housing professional

From 2012 through 2014, he managed a successful sale of Morningside House Nursing Home (314 skilled nursing beds) and the Morningside at Home Assisted Living Program (40 beds).  Since 2014, he has been planning the redirection of Aging in America, Inc.’s future, utilizing the proceeds of the sale while developing new lines of products and services and cultivating new streams of revenue.

Kathleen Bufano

Executive Assistant

Kathleen Bufano is an experienced Executive Assistant with a distinguished career in executive level management.  Her exceptional communication, planning and organizational skills allow for seamless back office support.  She is a self-directed professional with attention to detail and the ability to prioritize and multi-task in a results driven environment.

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Among her strengths, Ms. Bufano excels at document management, is the liaison to corporate legal counsel and provides project management support to the leadership team including program development, fund development, and sales and acquisitions.  In addition, she ensures that the organization is in compliance with its By-Laws.

Ms. Bufano is the Board appointed Aging in America Assistant Secretary and a Licensed Notary Public in the State of New York.