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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
Anthony Buividas
Veronica Cassells
Kristin Davidson
Lori Dumas
Lois Evans, PhD, FAAN
Rev. Jesse Garner
David Lewis
Karen Lynch
Michelle Mathes, JD
Anna T. Meadows, MD
Mindy Mozenter
Mark Raymond
Ted Robb
Avalie Saperstein, MSW

Emeritus Board
Janet Burnham

Advisory Council
Bryan J. Adler, Esq.
George Drach, MD
Wanda F. Mitchell, MSW
Jay M. Pomerantz, M.D.
Neville Strumpf, Phd
Heshie Zinman

Board of Directors

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, PhD, FAAN is Professor Emerita of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, where she made major teaching, research, and practice contributions in gerontologic nursing, mental health, and long term care for older people.

Rev. Jesse Garner is the former pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. It was during his tenure that Penn's Village moved its offices into the church and Jesse has been a big supporter of Penn's Village ever since. He joined the board in 2018 upon his retirement from the church.

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, JD is the Development Director at the Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE). She serves as adjunct faculty at Drexel University’s Kline School of Law and its College of Medicine.

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 an associate with Senior Living Specialists, assisting families to make informed decisions in moving themselves or a loved one.  She has been in Senior services for the last 15 years and has a deep understanding of required support systems for individuals and families.

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, MSW Her 40 year career in aging 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.

Emeritus Board Members

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. 

Advisory Board Members

Bryan J. Adler, Esq. is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) through the National Elder Law Foundation, the only Pennsylvania & New Jersey Supreme Courts authorized, and ABA accredited certification in Elder Law. He dedicates his practice to advising clients in the areas of elder law, life care planning, asset protection, veterans’ benefits, estate planning, guardianships, and care advocacy for Pennsylvania and New Jersey residents.

George W. Drach MD is Emeritus Professor of Surgery in Urology at Penn, where he still teaches a short course on Geriatric Urology. He has been involved nationally in developing programs for teaching geriatrics to developing physicians in all surgical specialties, and he has worked in United States residency systems to require geriatric education in all surgical training programs.

Wanda F. Mitchell, MSW is Director of Community Engagement for the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA). She has held several leadership positions at PCA for 22 years after working as a clinical social worker in California. She entered the field of aging following an internship at the Andrus Gerontology Center while completing her M.S.W. at the University of Southern California. She has a B.A. in Communications from West Chester University.

Jay M. Pomerantz, M.D. spent more than 45 years in private psychiatric practice. He received an A.B. from Hamilton College and an M.D. from Yale University School of Medicine. He has authored or co-authored two books and more than 120 articles dealing with mental health issues. He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Since retiring from psychiatric practice in 2015, he has taught courses such as the Neuroscience of Memory at OLLI/Temple University.

Neville Strumpf, PhD is Professor Emerita, University of Pennsylvania, and served in a number of capacities, including as Director of the Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Program and as Interim Dean. She is widely known for her research on frail elders in hospitals and nursing homes. She is currently President of the Board of Directors for Ralston Center and is Vice Chair of Mercy Life West Philadelphia’s Advisory Board.