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Wave of the future

“Community-based models for aging in place designed by the people who use them are the wave of the future, experts say, an alternative to nursing homes and assisted living centers run by large service providers… Said 72-year-old Susan McWhinney-Morse, one of the founders [of Beacon Hill Village], ‘The thing I most cherish here is that it’s we, the older people, who are creating our own universe.’”

— Aging at Home: For a Lucky Few, a Wish Come True
NY Times, February 9, 2006

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David R. Blumberg, President

A lifelong resident of Baltimore, David graduated from Friends School, received his BA from Loyola College and his Masters of Library Science from the University of Maryland. He worked for the Enoch Pratt Free Library from 1974 until 2003, when he became a member of the Maryland Parole Commission, becoming Chairman in 2004. He has resided in Roland Park since 1990. In addition to serving as President of both the Roland Park Civic League and the Roland Park Library Initiative, David has also volunteered for many other community and charitable organizations, including North Baltimore Neighborhood Coalition, Northern District Police Community Council, Baltimore Junior Association of Commerce and Santa Claus Anonymous.

Leigh Hubbard, Vice-President
Occupational therapist at Gilchrist Hospice Care

Susan M. Newhouse, LCSW-C
Susan is the Village's founder and first Executive Director, having served pro bono since the Village was founded in 2011. 

She has lived in Roland Park for 30 years. Susan graduated from Kalamazoo College in Michigan and received her Masters in Social Work from New York University. She is a clinical social worker. Until 2011, she taught in the gerontology department at Towson University. She has worked as a social worker in hospice and at John Hopkins in a dementia clinic providing family support. She currently owns her own geriatric care management agency. As a volunteer, she spearheaded the community drive to renovate and expand the Roland Park Library, serving as Treasurer of the Roland Park Library Initiative.

In 2006, Susan was inspired by the New York Times article, Aging at Home: For a Lucky Few, a Wish Come True. In reading about Beacon Hill Village, an innovative program in Boston designed to help people age at home, Susan describes an “Aha” moment, where she thought, “This is the way I want to grow old.” She began to dream of a similar Village for North Baltimore. A group of like-minded community members gathered for the first time in 2008 to discuss starting Village At Home in North Baltimore.

Chrissy Quezado
Chrissy and her family have lived in Roland Park for 15 years. Before coming to Baltimore, Chrissy lived around the world. She graduated with her BA from Boston University and a Masters in Education from George Washington University. Chrissy has been volunteering and helping the elderly for many years. Utilizing the latest social media outlets, Chrissy would like to play a role in publicizing Village at Home. Currently, she works with her friends at Words with Boards, a Baltimore based small business. 

Debra Shaw
Deb has lived in Baltimore since 1990.  She grew up in Michigan and earned a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration from Michigan State University.  She worked for a number of years in the senior housing field running assisted living facilities and more recently was involved in caring for her own parents.

Melissa Spevak, M.D., Secretary

Melissa was born in Chestertown and has lived in Roland Park the last 20 years. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University and received her medical degree from Jefferson Medical School, Philadelphia, PA in 1976. Residency and fellowship training followed in Chicago and Boston; in between, she served 3 1/2 years in the USAF. She has practiced pediatric radiology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital since moving to Baltimore in 1995. Community volunteering in the past has included the Special Olympics in Boston and various activities at her children's school. She is married to Philip Spevak, a pediatric cardiologist; they have two grown children. Her interest in the Village at Home is based on her personal experiences with aging parents, aunts and uncles and wanting to help develop new and innovative means of looking after our families and neighbors. Her role on the board is to help organize the volunteer corps.

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