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We are central Philadelphia residents of all ages, working together to support our neighbors who wish to remain in their own homes as they age or have special needs. 

By linking neighbor to neighbor we provide services such as transportation and assistance with chores, and make referrals to carefully screened neighborhood providers such as plumbers, electricians and personal care helpers.

Our educational and social programs keep us informed and connected so that we are able to enjoy our vibrant urban setting to the fullest extent possible.


Our Executive Director Jane Eleey,  a Central Philadelphia neighbor,  is a professional social worker with extensive experience in innovative community programs such as Penn’s Village. 

The Penn's Village Board of Directors represents the communities we serve.  Board members are volunteers, committed to the mission of Penn’s Village;  they provide the organization with  service, educational, and business expertise required to ensure a vibrant and stable organization.  
The Penn’s Village Advisory Council members offer specialized and specific expertise that support our mission.
   
Our Board of Directors
Alvia Branch
Janet Burnham
Kristin Davidson
Lois Evans
Richard Levinson
David Lewis
Karen Lynch
Michele Mathes
Anna Meadows
Mindy Mozenter
Ted Robb
Avalie Saperstein
Paul Stavrakos
Our Advisory Council.
George Drach, M.D.
Brooke Salzman, M.D.
Neville Strumpf, RN, FAAN, PhD
Heshie Zinman

 
Meet the Penn's Village Board of Directors
 
Janet Burnham holds a Masters in Business Administration, majoring in health care administration.  Before retiring in 2009 she was the Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Now, Janet volunteers at the Philadelphia History Museum at Atwater Kent; she was a volunteer guide at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for ten years. She is an amateur photographer and artist. 
 
Kristin Davidson: Until 2007, Kristin was at the University of Pennsylvania as Director of Administrative Affairs for the College of Arts and Sciences and as Assistant Dean for Administration of the Penn School of Nursing. She is a member of the board of directors of Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia and the Academy of Vocal Arts, and vice president of the board of the Freire Charter School Foundation. She is a former President of the Center City Residents’ Association. She enjoys reading with children through the program Reach Out and Read at Children’s Hospital’s Karabots Pediatric Care Center.
 
Lois Evans brings expertise from over 40 years as a nursing professor whose teaching, scholarship and practice focused on aging and mental health. In 2012, she retired from the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania where she had led the development of a range of model clinical services for the frail elderly and focused her research on areas related to changing the culture of nursing homes to more person-centered/directed care. She remains active in several professional organizations and is editor of the nursing section of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Council Secretary for PASEF (Penn Association of Senior & Emeritus Faculty), co-coordinator of the Philadelphia Chapter of American Pilgrims On the Camino (which she helped launch), and immediate past Chair of the Schuylkill River Park Community Garden Steering Committee. To keep healthy in retirement, she engages in water aerobics, pilates, tai chi, biking and walking.
 
Dick Levinson is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College (BA, political science),  George Washington University (MAT, Museum Education) and Drexel University (MLIS).  From 1980-1983, he was a producer with KVIE, the PBS affiliate in Sacramento, California.  Moving to Philadelphia in 1995, he spent a decade as Director of Public Relations at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.  Since 2009, he has conceived, promoted and hosted intellectually challenging programs for mature adults at the Parkway Central Library.  Levinson has contributed occasional radio commentaries to WRTI-FM and WHYY-FM.  His new series of evening programs on the presidency and presidential leadership will be presented at Parkway Central beginning in April of 2016.
 
David Lewis was the founder and CEO of DA Lewis Associates, a provider of computer, printing and mailing services to the marketing industry; and CEO of CPC Associates, a list business.  David volunteers year-round at SCORE, which offers free counseling to new and existing businesses.  David splits his time between Bonita Springs, FL and Philadelphia, PA.  During the six months that he is in Florida, he does volunteer “office” duty for Penn’s Village and volunteers for Hope Hospice. When in Philadelphia, Dave does volunteer “office” duty for Penn’s Village and provides volunteer services to Penn’s Village members. Dave received his BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1966.
 
Karen Lynch is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the state of Pennsylvania and a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs and the New Jersey Society of CPAs.  She has over 30 years of corporate financial experience.  Prior to her retirement in 2005, she was Vice President of Expense Administration for Cigna Corporation, where she held various financial management positions for 25 years.  While she lives in New Jersey, she is committed Penn's Village.
 
Michele Mathes is Director of Development for the Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE).  She previously served as CARIE’s Director of Education, in which capacity she had principal responsibility for the development of CARIE’s long term care ethics education program. From 2011 – 2013, Michele was Senior Associate at the American College of Physicians Center for Ethics and Professionalism.  A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Michele received a Certificate in Bioethics and the Medical Humanities from Columbia University/Montefiore Medical Center in New York.  In addition to her work at CARIE, Michele serves as Adjunct Professor at Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline Law School and a member of the faculties of Drexel’s College of Medicine and St. Joseph’s University. 
 
Anna T. Meadows, MD Dr. Meadows came to Philadelphia to attend the Woman’s Medical College after an early career as a psychologist. Before retiring from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 2011 as Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, she had been caring for children and adolescents with cancer for 38 years. She established clinical and research programs for children and young adults who had been cured of cancer, but whose treatment may have led to medical and psychosocial problems. She serves on the boards of the Trust Fund for Women in Medicine and the Drexel Medical Alumni, is president of the Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty at Penn Med and a vice president at the Cosmopolitan Club. She and her husband live in Center City where they enjoy the many cultural and educational opportunities available in this vibrant community.  
 
Mindy Mozenter is currently the Director of Community Outreach for Home Instead Senior Care in Philadelphia.  For the last 10 years she has been working for Home Care Agencies that care for the seniors, both in the medical and non medical areas. She is passionate about educating and supporting Seniors and their families so they can age in place whereever they choose to call home.  Mindy is a member of the Philadelphia Corporation of Aging, Emergency Fund Coalition which raises funds for seniors who are in need.  She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Individual and Family Studies.
 
Theodore Robb chairs the North County Conservancy, a not for profit developer of affordable housing. His career in government includes being appointed Pennsylvania Secretary of Labor & Industry and Regional Director of the U.S Department of Housing & Urban Development. He currently serves as a board member of the Inglis Foundation and is a Trustee Emeritus of Lincoln University.
 
Avalie Saperstein holds a Master of Social Work degree. She is a consultant in the field of aging.  Her career of almost 40 years is characterized by expertise in program development, administration, organizational change, research and evaluation.  She is the former Executive Director of Philadelphia Geriatric Center (now the Abramson Center for Jewish Life) and the former Executive Director of Penn’s Village. She is a board member of Federation Housing. 
 
Paul S. Stavrakos The Reverend Paul S. Stavrakos is a retired Presbyterian minister having served most recently as the Vice President, Church Relations and Assistance of the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  Prior to that he served in the parish ministry, serving congregations in Indianapolis, Philadelphia (Fox Chase), and Wheaton, Il (1st Church) as pastor.  He was also a Parish Associate at the 1st Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia.  He has served as Secretary of the Center City Residents Association,  Chair of Penn's Village, Chair of the Board of Directors of Presby's Inspired Life, and is on the board of Presbyterian Community Ministries of Delaware Valley.


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