Get to know our Board of Directors
Mandy Summerson, a Professional member of the Aging Life Care Association, is currently a Professional Care Manager at Senior Care Management Associates in Durham, North Carolina. She is the former Director of Client Relations with Right at Home and former Executive Director of Carolina Village in Chapel Hill. Mandy's life experiences including caring for her father with dementia, led her to obtain her Masters in Gerontology. Prior to becoming involved in the Village Movement, she was program manager at the Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Federation and worked as the Business Manager of the Lerner Jewish Community Day School.
Paul has over twenty years experience promoting positive social change. As the first full-time Executive Director of A Little Help, Paul is passionate about the mission and the pairing of volunteers with their senior neighbors to help them stay and thrive in their homes. He holds a Doctorate from the Iliff School of Theology. He currently serves as the Chair of Denver’s Commission on Aging, and as a member of the Colorado Senior Lobby and Generations United. He is also the Pastor of Mayflower Congregational Church United Church of Christ in Englewood.
Peggy Simpson is founding member and former board president of Dupont Circle Village, where she helped create programs to connect Villagers socially and equip them with key medical and legal information before they need to use it. She worked more than 40 years as a reporter, including 15 years for the AP in Texas and covering Congress. She has tracked the dramatic evolution of "women's place," creating beats for the AP and national magazines. For a decade, she freelanced for a dozen business publications.
Peter Fitzgerald is the Executive Vice President for Policy and Strategy at the National PACE Association. In this position, Peter guides the association’s policy and advocacy efforts, at the federal and state level, to support its strategic priorities. Prior to NPA, Peter served as the SVP for Integrated Care Strategies at Volunteers of America, where he was responsible for the planning and development of new PACE programs nationally. Peter has a Master of Science in Health Care Planning and Finance from the London School of Economics and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from the College of William and Mary.
Dr. Elkin is a founder, director, and vice president of Nauset Neighbors, an “all-volunteer” Village with no paid staff. Three years ago, he joined the VtV Network Advisory Council, and helped create the Village 101 toolkit. Dick was former treasurer of and a member of the BOD since 2015. Dr. Elkin was a software and systems engineer, a project and engineering manager and an Engineering Fellow for many years at the Raytheon Company. Among many things he worked on weather radars and air traffic control.
Prior to his movement into the non-profit sector, Mr. Engstrom was the Vice President for Corporate Knowledge Creation at SAIC. He was a recognized pioneer in knowledge capture and was acknowledged as one of the leading knowledge practitioners in the United States. As a career Air Force officer, he held senior positions in multiple agencies. He retired as a Colonel in 1994. He has a 30 year history with the Center for Creative Leadership, a founding member of both the Association of Managers of Innovation (AMI) and the Learning Innovations Laboratory at Harvard University.
Emily Miller, LGSW, is the Director of Training and Client Care at the Center for Independent Living/ACES. Emily serves on the board of the National Village to Village Network, and has developed programs that have been replicated as promising practices in Villages and influenced the National No-Wrong-Door movement through the Administration for Community Living. Emily has worked with multiple agencies to evaluate and implement inclusive experiences for both staff and the individuals they serve. Emily holds a master's degree in social work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore and a bachelor's degree in human services with a minor in music from Millikin University.
Carol Paquette is a Founding Director and former President of Arlington Neighborhood Village. She had a lead role in the development of the Village business model and guided the implementation of the organization from inception through its first 21 months of operation. During this time she raised more than $50,000 in donations. Before getting involved with villages, Ms. Paquette was a Founding Director and the Secretary of Operation BRAVO Foundation.
Edgar (Eddie) Rivas
The New York Times once listed Eddie as one of the six most powerful aging-policy lobbyists in Washington. As part of a long career, he served on the staff of the U.S.
House Select Committee on Aging and also held positions at state and area offices on aging and national aging organizations including AARP. Eddie is a planner and policy analyst with project management skills and hands-on experience in advocacy and coalition building, with an emphasis on working on behalf of underserved communities, as well as extensive experience in the aging and disabilities field. He is a board member of his local Village, Potomac Community Village, and of the Washington Area Village Exchange (WAVE).
CIO & Board Member
Yasmin Shah is a seasoned executive and entrepreneur with experience in launching, transforming and growing companies. The eclectic mix of her life experiences: electrical engineer, business executive at IBM, CIO, CEO of franchise hair salons, founder of solutions in population health, angel investor, coach to young entrepreneurs, board president of three non-profit companies, and co-founder of four companies. As CIO of VtVN, her focus is not only on utilizing technology to propel the Village Movement forward, but also to be evangelist for technology solutions that enable Aging-in-Place.
After working in sales, business development and large account management roles for both early-stage and publicly traded technology companies for over 20 years, Joel join Canopy Gap as a Vital Growth Facilitator. His focus has been customer acquisition and strategic partnership development that accelerate business growth. Joel’s educational background includes graduate studies in organizational effectiveness at DePaul. Joel serves on the board of North Shore Village in Evanston, IL. He is also the Head of Strategic Partnerships for VtVN.