Susy Elder Murphy, BA, CMC joined Debra Levy Eldercare Associates in 1993, and helped build the practice in her long-time role as Director of Care Management. She assumed day-to-day responsibilities for running the business in the summer of 2012 and full ownership of the practice on June 1, 2013.
Susy is a Certified Care Manager, accredited by the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. She is also a member of the Aging Life Care™ Association and served as an at-large Board Member of their Mid-Atlantic Chapter from 2013 – 2015 and as President in 2016 and 2017. She also served as co-chair for their regional conference in 2014. Susy is also a member of the American Geriatric Society and co-chair of programming for the metro Washington, DC chapter. She is an active member of the boards of various organizations serving the needs of local seniors, including a hospice.
Susy’s first job working with older adults was as the Nutrition Director for a federally funded nutrition program in Hailey, Idaho. She was also the founding coordinator of JCA’s Connect-A-Ride program and a volunteer coordinator for the Family Friends program.
She attended Oberlin College and graduated with Honors from the University of Michigan. In addition to working with our clients, she enjoys baking for her family and exploring different cuisines and cultures with her husband and two adult children.
Uvonne Andoh (since 2021)
Associate Care Manager
Uvonne Andoh, MS, , earned her Bachelor of Arts in Management of Aging Services from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). While at UMBC she did extensive research as a McNair Scholar, where she partnered with the Information Systems department to design assistive technologies for older adults. She also received her Master of Science degree in Gerontology from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). As her passion for working with older adults grew and she determined that this was the career path she wanted to pursue, she was offered an internship position at AARP, while still at VCU, working on the GeroTrifecta/Age Wave initiative in the Greater Richmond area. In her spare time, she loves to travel and cook.
Christina Kontaxis (since 2021)
Billing & HR Manager
Christina Kontaxis, Billing & HR Manager , has over a decade of experience in the senior living industry. Prior to joining the Debra Levy team, she supported the pre-opening operations of a continuing care retirement community that opened in 2017 by serving as Business Office Director. She also worked as a Resident Care Coordinator for another senior community, providing oversight of all direct care staff in the assisted living neighborhood. Christina was an active volunteer with Therapy Dogs International for five years and made hundreds of visits to older adults in the community, as well as regularly participated in the “Read to a Dog” program at a local library. Christina and her husband love going on adventures with their rescue dogs, Sophia, Sloane, and newest addition to the pack, Slater. She holds degrees in Gerontology & Aging Services and Human Resource Management from University of Maryland. She enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering, and taking her dogs on nature trails or to the beach.
Carole Watson (since 2003)
Carole Watson, Office Manager, has over 25 years professional experience as an office administrator in charge of technology, human resources, facilities management, finance and administration. In addition to her work with Debra Levy Eldercare, Carole is a Maryland and DC licensed Real Estate Agent with Long and Foster Real Estate, Inc and a Certified Senior Housing Specialist. She enjoys interior decorating, entertaining and vacationing in Negril, Jamaica, her favorite travel destination.
Ruby Zavala (since 2010)
Ruby Zavala, Office Coordinator, started working with Debra Levy Eldercare Associates in 2010 when she was a junior in high school and has now joined our staff as our office coordinator. What she has enjoyed most about her work in different office settings is the opportunity to help people–whether it is our clients or our care managers. Ruby also completed a veterinary assistant program at Montgomery College and has volunteered at VCA Columbia Animal Hospital as a vet assistant. In her spare time, Ruby enjoys being outdoors, training her puppy, attending sporting events and traveling with friends and family.
Key to Staff Credentials
C-ASWCM – Advanced Social Work Case Manager
CMC – Care Manager Certified
MSW – Masters of Social Work
LGSW – Licensed Graduate Social Worker
LCSW-C – Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical (in MD)
LICSW – Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (in DC)