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
Ann O’Brien is a seasoned nonprofit leader with over three decades of experience in the Greater Philadelphia area. Early in her career, Ann spent 15 years with the Nonprofit Center at LaSalle University advising countless local nonprofits with a focus on strategic planning and board governance. She spent a decade at the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania progressing through several management roles culminating her career there as Senior Vice President of Community Impact. Ann served as the CEO of Wonderspring Early Education, a high-quality early education provider in Philadelphia and Montgomery counties as the CEO of Amigos de Jesus, a home and school for vulnerable children and young adults in Honduras with a headquarters in Malvern, PA. Most recently, Ann served as Interim Executive Director of the Philadelphia Boys and Girls Choirs. Ann holds an MBA from La Salle University and an MSS/MSLP from Bryn Mawr School of Social Work and Social Research. She’s an adventurous traveler, voracious reader, lover of the outdoors and the arts and, most importantly, Nana to Ethan and Amy.
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 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 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 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 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.
Jennifer joined ElderNet in November of 2023. She received her Bachelors in Social Work in 2016 and Masters in Social Work in 2017. She is a licensed MSW in the state of PA. She previously worked at a Mercy LIFE center where she collaborated with an interdisciplinary team in providing quality care to seniors. The things she values most are her faith, family and good food! Being of Latino heritage, she enjoys cooking Puerto Rican traditional dishes for her husband and two children. She is also a proud mama of 2 dogs, 2 parrots, 3 snakes, 1 lizard and 3 fishes. She knows she has a petting zoo and debates on taking it on the road sometimes but nonetheless, she sends a shout out to all animal lovers.
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.
|William (Bill) Gross, President
|Lynette M. Killen, Vice President
|Joy Beller Shore, Vice President
|Vice President of Care Management
Programs Abramson Senior Care
|Steve Monahan, Treasurer
|Beth Drapkin, Secretary
|Melissa Avraham MBA, LSW
|Care Advisor Abramson Senior Care
|Kathryn Beldowski M.D.
|Family and Geriatric Medicine
|Margaret A. Stevens MSW
|Manager/Community Health Outreach/Bryn Mawr Hospital
|William Trask, Esq.