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Who We Are

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

ElderNet of Lower Merion and Narberth is a nonprofit 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

Beth Drapkin
Interim Executive Director
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Beth Drapkin is Interim Executive Director of ElderNet of Lower Merion and Narberth. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Beth practiced regulatory and transactional health law representing hospitals, nursing facilities, physician practices, and managed care organizations. After taking time off to care for her mother during her four year battle with cancer and take care of her young children , Beth became passionate about educating and supporting people through the aging journey and healthcare system. That is when she began working in healthcare advocacy at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. In 2015, Beth’s husband’s career brought her to Lower Merion with two teenage children. It was not long before Beth’s passion for ensuring that people are able to age with dignity led her to join the Boards of Abramson Senior Care and then ElderNet of Lower Merion and Narberth. Beth is also a member of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia Committee for Social Responsibility. Since joining ElderNet’s Board in 2018, Beth has served as Chair of the Advocacy Committee, as well as a member of the Executive, Governance, Development, and Volunteer Committees. Beth has also been a regular ElderNet volunteer. She is stepping down as 1st Vice President of the Board to serve as Interim Executive Director to ensure a smooth leadership transition during ElderNet’s search for a new Executive Director. In addition to her law degree, Beth has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Brandeis University. She lives in Merion Station with her husband and is the proud mother of 2 adult children and her mini-schnauzer.

Michelle Buller
Volunteer Coordinator
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Joined ElderNet November 2020. I graduated from IUP (Indiana University of Pennsylvania) in 1989 with a B.A. in French for International Trade. I was drawn to ElderNet because: I enjoy working with seniors and want to help our elderly population (particularly those who do not have financial or familial resources) live with dignity and quality of life. I want to work for a non-profit among peers who are passionate about serving the community, and not necessarily driven by the profits and losses. Great perks: I am surrounded by positive people who are generous, kind, compassionate and grateful.   

Darby Hanevich
Digital Media & Projects Specialist
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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.   

Kristy Hopkins M.H.S.
Case manager & Intake Coordinator
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My name is Kristy Hopkins I am a care coordinator at Eldertnet. I have been employed by Eldernet since March of 2021. Eldernet is one of the best employment experiences I had; because I get to utilize my best skill which is talking and helping people! I have a master’s degree from Lincoln University (2014). I have worked in the human services field for 20 years. A fun fact about me is I love to talk and interact with people! My coworkers have already found that out about me because I’m known as being a very talkative person  

Justine Babcock
Pantry Coordinator
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Justine Babcock is new to Eldernet, but as 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 will be managing the operations of our food pantry and working 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.

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
Martha M. Buccino, PresidentRetired Nonprofit Executive
Joy Beller Shore, Vice PresidentVice President of Care Management
Programs Abramson Senior Care
Greg Kelleher, TreasurerRetired Nonprofit Financial Executive/Volunteer
Zak Pyzik, SecretaryCommunication Director
Kathy EsibillRetired Educator/Volunteer
Maureen Hennessey, Ed. D.Director/Community Health Equity/Bryn Mawr Hospital
Rev. James PollardProfessor/Community
Lynette KillenNonprofit Professional
William Trask, Esq.Lawyer
Cynthia Wishkovsky, MSSA, LSWConsultant – Eldercare / Non-profit management

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