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Penn’s Village is a community-based nonprofit organization, operated by and for neighborhood residents, that exists to support residents of central Philadelphia as they age in place.   

 

Penn’s Village supports older adults and younger persons with special needs so that they can live independently in their own homes and in their familiar neighborhoods.

 

Penn’s Village connects neighbor to neighbor through educational, cultural and social programs.  Volunteers provide services to members who need assistance such as transportation, errands, companionship, technology support and referrals to preferred providers such as electricians and home care.



Board of Directors
Janet Burnham
Kristin  Davidson
Lori Dumas
Lois Evans
Jesse Garner
Dick Levinson
Dave Lewis
Karen Lynch
Michelle Mathes
Anna Meadows
Mindy Mozenter
Ted Robb
Avalie Saperstein

Advisory Council
George Drach
Brooke Salzman
Neville Strumpf
Heshie Zinman
Janet Burnham 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.  

Kristin Davidson, until 2001, 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.

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 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. 

Dick Levinson coordinates senior services at the Central Branch of the Philadelphia Free Library.  In addition to creating a welcoming and interesting haven for Philadelphia seniors, he is a presidential history buff.

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 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 Director of Community Outreach for Homestead Senior Care.  She has a deep understanding of the required support systems of older adults as they seek to remain in their own homes 


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.