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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, Director
Occupational therapist at Gilchrist Hospice Care

Philinda Perl, Director
Bookkeeper at Strong City Baltimore

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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