Who We Are

ElderNet’s services are provided by professional staff and trained, dedicated volunteers.

ElderNet of Lower Merion and Narberth is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1976 by representatives of community, religious and governmental groups. ElderNet serves adults of all ages, especially frail older or younger disabled persons with low to moderate incomes who reside in Lower Merion or Narberth.

ElderNet helps older neighbors remain independent and provides a variety of free, practical services so they have access to healthcare, food security, and an improved quality of life. ElderNet also provides information to individuals who need assistance with housing, nursing care, or other necessities.

ElderNet is staffed by professional staff and trained volunteers. ElderNet receives funding from generous community members, Montgomery County Office on Aging and Adult Services, Lower Merion Township, the Borough of Narberth, national foundations, businesses, churches, synagogues and other groups.

ElderNet is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. A copy of our official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling the toll free number, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement. See ElderNet’s 990 HERE.

Meet The Team

​ElderNet is staffed by Care Coordinators and degreed professionals. All staff are available for information and referrals

Anthony Johnson EdD
Executive Director
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Anthony Johnson, EdD is the newly named Executive Director at ElderNet.

Most recently, Anthony oversaw economic and workforce development programs in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton region. Previously, he served as Deputy Director at The Partnership Transportation Management Association of Montgomery County. Other management positions were held at Mazzoni Center for LGBT Health, Philadelphia Cares, and the Princeton University Store. He continues to teach human services courses at Montgomery County Community College with a research focus on transportation barriers for vulnerable communities such as senior adults, students with special needs, persons coping with addictions, and immigrants/refugees.

A Camden, NJ native, Anthony earned a doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration from Immaculata University, a master’s degree in Human Services Administration from Chestnut Hill College and a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Rowan University. He is an active board member at the Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia, the Association of Travel Instruction, the Barre Truth Project, and the VNA Foundation of Greater North Penn.

Michelle Buller
Volunteer Manager
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Joined ElderNet November 2020.  She graduated college with a BA degree in French for International Trade followed by a ten-year career with an International Beauty Care company.  After spending 15 years raising two sons in Northern Virginia and being involved with many volunteer activities in the community, she followed her passion for the senior community and spent five years as a home companion to two elderly women, and then 3 years as Activities Coordinator at Sunrise Senior Living.  She moved back to the area in fall 2020 and started with ElderNet who shares her purpose to serve the senior population most in need of support, respect, and compassion. 

Darby Hanevich
Special Projects Manager
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Darby joined the staff of Eldernet in 2016. She has a culinary arts degree with a focus in pastry from the Art Institute of Atlanta. Darby started her time with ElderNet as a volunteer. New to the area she wanted to find a way to get involved and give back to the community. She felt the mission of ElderNet aligned with her core life beliefs. Darby enjoys music and has a goal to learn as many instruments as she can.   

Leah Rothenberg MSW
Care Management Social Worker
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Leah Rothenberg started at Eldernet in November of 2022, after working for a program in the Northeast of Philadelphia assisting homebound seniors. She holds a BSW (2017) and MSW (2018) from Temple University. She has special interests in elder care, healthcare access and LGBTQ issues. Working with seniors has been her focus for several years and she enjoys getting to know and listening to her client’s stories. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, needlework and spoiling her cat.

Justine Babcock
Pantry Manager
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Justine Babcock is an Ardmore native, she has lived in Lower Merion her whole life. She comes to us after ten years working with art supply retailer Merion Art & Repro—a longstanding independent business in her hometown. An artist by trade, Justine holds a BFA in illustration from the University of the Arts. She has been making art for herself and others as far back as she can remember with a collection of work across many different mediums. To accommodate the growing needs of our community, Justine manages the operations of our food pantry and works with the volunteers to better serve the people. She brings with her extensive knowledge in inventory management and hopes to use her skills to improve the pantry experience for all our participants.

Marisa DiSalvatore
Office Manager & Bookkeeper
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Marisa graduated from the University of Valley Forge with a B.S. in Elementary Education. She spent years at non-profits across central PA, working as a TSS for children with autism. After having two children of her own, she transitioned into administrative roles, working for a school and other non-profits as well as managing a thrift shop and marketing for an estate company. For over 20 years, she has run her own side business selling vintage clothing online and more recently at local pop ups across Philadelphia as well as doing styling for events. She enjoys writing music (she can play ten instruments) and roller skating and going to soccer games with her husband and kids.

Marion Bell, LSW
Care Management Social Worker
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Marion graduated from social work school at Bryn Mawr College in 2019 and has worked in community mental health and LGBTQ mental health before joining ElderNet. She is interested in mental health care access and disability justice. She appreciates the process of relationship building and collaboration with clients. Marion is also a devoted cat and dog parent and loves books, coffee and basketball.

Board Of Directors

We are actively looking for individuals to support ElderNet in the community. ElderNet strives to have a Board comprised of Board Members who each deliver a unique set of skills. To complement the capabilities of our dedicated board, we are actively looking for individuals with an interest in the following:

Development: Corporate sponsorship and major donors

Advocacy: Issues generally related to seniors

Marketing: Educating constituents and volunteers about our mission

Finance: Reviewing ElderNet’s budget and Board Restricted Fund

Program: Evaluating current programming and developing new programming

If you or someone you know is a good candidate for the ElderNet Board, we would love to hear from you. Nominations may be submitted to: [email protected]. Please include the individual’s name and contact information.

Board MemberBackground
William (Bill) Gross, PresidentRetired Professional
Lynette M. Killen, Vice PresidentNonprofit Professional
Joy Beller Shore, Vice PresidentVice President of Care Management
Programs Abramson Senior Care
Steve Monahan, TreasurerRetired Professional
Zak Pyzik, SecretaryCommunication Director
Melissa Avraham MBA, LSWCare Advisor Abramson Senior Care
Beth DrapkinRetired Professional
Kathy EsibillRetired Educator/Volunteer
Margaret A. Stevens MSWManager/Community Health Outreach/Bryn Mawr Hospital
William Trask, Esq.Lawyer

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