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To transform how people connect, engage and thrive as they age.


We treat all people with dignity and respect.

We actively promote a diverse and inclusive community.

We communicate with compassion and empathy as we help our members reach their goals.

We strive for excellence in all our programs and services.

Our Mission

To assist older neighbors to live independently in their own homes in central Philadelphia by providing caring services and programs that increase social engagement through a network of volunteers.

Board of Directors
Janet Burnham
Anthony Buividas
Veronica Cassells
Kristin Davidson
Lori Dumas
Lois Evans
Jesse Garner
David Lewis
Karen Lynch
Michelle Mathes
Anna Meadows
Mindy Mozenter
Mark Raymond
Ted Robb
Avalie Saperstein

Advisory Council
Bryan J. Adler, Esq.
George Drach
Wanda Mitchell
Jay M. Pomerantz, M.D.
Neville Strumpf
Heshie Zinman
Janet Burnham (Emerita) is a retired hospital administrator.  She was the Senior Vice President for Planning at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.  She holds an MBA in Health Administration from Temple University and a Masters in Education from the University of Pennsylvania.  

Anthony J. Buividas served as an executive for leading health insurers, a teaching hospital and consulting firm. He was Interim CEO of LIFE-UPenn, an integrated health plan and services provider, which assisted older adults with complex conditions to age in place.

Veronica Cassells is an entrepreneur in elder care. She was born in Mandeville, Jamaica and migrated to the United States at the age of 23 where she graduated from Presbyterian Nursing School. She works as a long-term senior caregiver. She is an active member of Tenth Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia and volunteers for Penn’s Village. She is a member of the Inclusion and Diversity Committee.

Kristin Davidson, until 2007, 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 the Academy of Vocal Arts and Board Chair of the Freire Charter Schools Foundation.

The Honorable Lori A. Dumas has been serving in the First Judicial District since 2002. She is a graduate of Duke University and North Carolina Central University School of Law.  Judge Dumas is a member of the First Judicial District's Elder Justice Resource Committee.  Judge Dumas is also committed to children and families.

Dr. Lois Evans is one of the foremost leaders in the care of the elderly.  She joined the Penn Nursing faculty in 1984 where she distinguished herself as a teacher, researcher, scholar, practitioner and administrator.  

Rev. Jesse Garner has recently retired as pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia where he had served for seventeen years.  It was during this time that Penn's Village moved its offices into the church and Jesse has been a big supporter of Penn's Village ever since and looks forward to becoming more involved in its work. 

David Lewis is the founder and CEO of DALewis Associates, a direct marketing service organization and CEO of CPC Associates, a database analysis company.  Both businesses were sold in the early 2000’s.  David and his wife, Karen Orman, split their time equally between Philadelphia and Bonita Springs, Florida.  In addition to David’s involvement with Penn’s Village, he volunteers for Hope Hospice and SCORE, a start-up business counseling organization, both in Florida.

Karen Lynch is a retired certified public accountant.  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. 

Michele Mathes is the Development Director at the Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE) and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and its Law School.

Anna T. Meadows, MD is a pediatric oncologist who led the way for survivorship studies of children with cancer during her 40 year career at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  Anna was attracted to Penn's Village because of Health Pals, our service that helps members navigate the health care system.

Mindy Mozenter is the Home Care Services Outreach Manager for Surrey Services for Seniors.  She has a deep understanding of the required support systems of older adults as they seek to remain in their own homes.


Mark Raymond  is a retired physical therapist with a bachelor and master’s degree in physical therapy from Temple University. He was a clinical physical therapist in the home care division of The University of Pennsylvania Health System. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Temple University’s College of Public Health Alumni Association.

Ted Robb 
chairs the North County Conservancy, a not for profit developer of affordable housing and formerly was the Pennsylvania Secretary of Labor & Industry and Regional Director of the U.S Department of Housing & Urban Development.

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.