Founders and Directors

Patti Lavan Horvath
Patti is the Director of Corporate Compliance and Community Outreach at Fieldhome, a community of caring services in Cortlandt Manor.  She has assisted families in finding the right level of care for their loved ones, be it short term rehab, adult day care, assisted living, memory support or skilled nursing, for more than eight years.  She is a Board Member of the Northern Westchester Geriatric Committee as well as the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Yorktown, and Boy Scout Troop 154 Goldens Bridge. 

Lynda O’Hanlon, Treasurer
Also a member of the WestFair Rides Board of Directors, Lynda is a caregiving consultant and community organizer. Active in countywide caregiver coaching and training with the Livable Communities Caregiver Collaborative.

Francesca Piacentino  
Francesca Piacentino is the Director of Marketing at Somers Manor Rehabilitation & Nursing Center. Francesca has over 13 years of business development experience in a variety of healthcare disciplines: the pharmaceutical industry, provider relations, contract management, staff recruitment/retention, and senior home care. Francesca currently directs marketing initiatives that enhance Somers Manor’s strategic presence and networking relationships with hospitals and physician networks, as well as the general public. Francesca participates in the Central Westchester Geriatric Committee, the Northern Westchester Geriatric Committee, the Putnam/Dutchess Geriatric Committee, the CARES Networking Group of CT, fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Association, and is also a Board Member of the Somers Chamber of Commerce.

Colin Sandler, LCSW, CCM, co-Chairman
Owner of Medicaid Solutions, LLC, Colin has spent over 22 years as a homecare social worker and elder care consultant, allowing her to encounter and then master New York Medicaid.  Colin is a Certified Care Manager (CCM) and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), and she holds an MS in Social Work from Columbia University.

Karen B. Schleimer, Esq., co-Chairman
Karen is an attorney in private practice in Manhattan and Mount Kisco, specializing in real estate and real estate finance with a special interest in issues relating to seniors, including, but not limited to, reverse mortgages, estate matters and guardianship issues.  She is currently a Trustee of the Village of Mount Kisco, past Chairman of the Livable Communities Council, NE Region, and past Director and Secretary of the Mount Kisco Library Foundation.  She has also served in leadership roles on the boards of the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation, the Zoning Board of Appeals, and the Planning Board.  She has been a member of various Bar Associations, Trusts and Estates and Real Estate subcommittees, and was a professional member of the NYS Brain Injury Association.

Catherine (Kitty) Wynkoop, PhD, FACHE(R).  co-Founder, Secretary
A healthcare executive and management consultant for 35+ years, Kitty has been developing aging-related programs and services since 2006, including most recently WestFair Rides, a transportation connection for older adults and people with disabilities, the Westchester/Fairfield Aging in Place Coalition, and Active Living Over Fifty (ALOFT). Following graduation from Bates College, Kitty served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Iran.  She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and serves on the Housing Board in Pound Ridge.


Founding Board Members, Retired

Richard Farrell – co-Founder, Emeritus
Richard is a marketing consultant and writer with Richard Farrell Associates, as well as a founder of the Friends of Bedford Burying Grounds Foundation, a local nonprofit organization. He has been President of the Bedford Free Library and Chairman of Bedford Historical Review Commission.   Between 2008 and 2010, Richard edited goALOFT, a monthly aging in place newsletter for northeast Westchester.  He currently writes for WestFair Rides and other nonprofit organizations.

Nancy Gould Ralphs, CLU, CLTC, co-Founder, Emerita
Nancy is a long term care planning specialist with Certification in Long Term Care with Chartered Life Underwriter designation from the American College of Financial Services.  Nancy is an associate of ACSIA, a national firm which specializes in the planning for the expenses of long-term health care needs. The firm works with all of the leading long-term care insurance companies.

Nancy is also active with the Estate Planning Council of Putnam County (currently as its President), the Society of Financial Service Professionals in Westchester (Past President), and the Westchester/Putnam Geriatric Committee.

J  Donna Sullivan, LCSW, C-ASWCM.  co-Founder, Emerita
J is a licensed clinical social worker and a certified private geriatric care manager.  She has worked in the geriatric field for over 25 years in both private and public sectors and has a wide network of aging specialists that she draws on to assist clients and their families. J, who holds a Masters degree in Social Work from Hunter College and a Masters in Education from Iona College, is the developer and Principal of  AgeWiseConnections, a geriatric care management business.  She holds post graduate certificates in geriatrics from Columbia University and Boston College School of Social Work, and was a member of the Board of Ethics for the Town of Somers before retiring to Florida.

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