(L-R) Standing: Maria Perry, Jennifer Sherwood, Loretta Vitale, Amy Kisanga, Amy Ullman, Jane Barnes, Teresa Boring, Amy Kandel, April Hardinge, Bree Baldwin. Seated: Kim Picca, Susy Elder Murphy, Susan Blum.
Susy Elder Murphy (since 1993)
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 is active on their Education Committee. Susy has served as an at-large Board Member of their Mid-Atlantic Chapter since 2013. She is currently President of the chapter and 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. Susy 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.
Kim Picca, RN, BSN (since 2003)
Director of Nursing
Kim Picca, RN, BSN began her career with a BS degree in Horticulture, specializing in horticulture therapy. She assisted seniors in various settings to experience the joys of gardening, and also worked as an employment coach with developmentally disabled adults. Kim enjoyed working with these populations so much that she pursued a second career in nursing. Kim earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree with High Honors from the University of Maryland worked as a medical-surgical nurse at a local hospital. Kim joined the Debra Levy Eldercare Associates staff in 2003 as a nurse care manager and has served as our Director of Nursing since 2013. Kim is dedicated to working with our staff to provide high quality, client centered care leading to optimal outcomes and client satisfaction.She and her husband stay very active with their two young sons and she enjoys spending time outdoors, reading and cooking.
Susan Blum, MSW, LCSW-C, LICSW, C-ASWCM (since 2004)
Director of Care Management
Susan Blum, MSW, LCSW-C, LICSW, C-ASWCM graduated from Smith College School for Social Work with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. She completed the training program on Topics in Aging from the Washington School of Psychiatry in May 2000. She joined our practice in 2004, and now serves as Director of Care Management. She provides social work supervision to DLEA social workers and leads a monthly client care and supervision group at DLEA. Prior to her work with DLEA, Susan has served as a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist at Family and Child Services of DC, George Washington University Medical Center Outpatient Psychiatry, the Washington School of Psychiatry, and at the Green Ridge Behavioral Health psychotherapy private practice.
Susan has worked in a psychotherapy private practice as a social work consultant to several nursing homes providing consultation and ongoing psychotherapy services to residents. She has served on the program committee for the Grass Roots Organization for the Well-Being of Seniors since 2007 and was elected to the board in March 2017. She is a member of the Aging Life Care Association and the National Association of Social Workers. Susan enjoys walking her dog, traveling, and swimming on a Masters Swim Team.
Bree Baldwin, MS (since 2014)
Jane Barnes, MS, RN, CMC (since 2012)
Jane Barnes, MS, RN, CMC, earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Maryland and her Master of Science Degree from Boston College. She has over thirty years of nursing experience, most of which has been in the field of geriatric psychiatry. Jane has extensive experience working with aging adults in the community and in long-term care facilities, specializing in facilities providing care to residents with cognitive impairments and psychiatric disorders.While working for the Department of Mental Hygiene for the state of Maryland, Jane implemented the gero- psych program in Washington County which was designed to improve the quality of care for residents in long term care facilities by providing training and consultation to the staff of the facilities. She also worked for over ten years for the Adult Evaluation and Review Services (formerly the Geriatric Evaluation Service) of Frederick County, providing care management to aging adults in the community and long term care facilities. Jane is a NACCM Certified Care Manager and a member of the Aging Life Care Association. In her spare time, Jane enjoys golf, gardening and reading.
Teresa Boring, MSW, LGSW (since 2013)
Teresa Boring, MSW, LGSW, earned her Master’s degree in Social Work with a specialization in Gerontology from SUNY Albany, after graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Psychology, also from SUNY Albany. She began working with aging adults while an undergraduate and was accepted into the Internships in Aging Project during graduate school. This project, which is part of the national Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education, allowed her to participate in internships, seminars, and coursework pertaining to the aging population and people with disabilities.Teresa has had experience working as a caregiver for aging adults, an instructor for children with disabilities, and running support groups for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. Teresa is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). In her spare time, Teresa loves cooking, being outdoors, and spending time with her friends and family.
April Hardinge, RN, BSN (since 2012)
April Hardinge, RN, BSN, earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music, with an emphasis in piano, from Pacific Union College. Later, she pursued a nursing career, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Walla Walla University. She has practiced in several diverse areas of nursing, with the past 20+ years focused on serving the needs of aging adults, the last 16 years as a Quality Assurance Nurse for the State of Washington and a surveyor for the Federal Government serving as an advocate for the elderly residents of long-term care facilities. In her spare time, April loves spending time backpacking with her husband, playing with her four grandchildren, sewing, gardening, playing classical music, and working with seniors.
Amy Kandel, MSW, LGSW (since 2016)
Amy Kandel, MSW, LGSW, earned her BS from the University of Maryland, College Park. After helping take care of aging parents, Amy received her Master’s Degree in Social Work, with a specialization in Aging from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Amy has experience working with older adults in rehabilitation, long-term care and in an adult day program specializing in memory loss. Amy also has experience providing case management to older adults and their families and co-facilitating support groups for spouses/partners of people with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Amy is a member of the Aging Life Care Association and the National Association of Social Workers. In her spare time, Amy enjoys spending time with her husband and two adult children, playing tennis and traveling.
Amy Kisanga, MA, BSN, RN, CDP (since 2016)
Amy Kisanga, MA, BSN, RN, CDP, obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a Master of Arts degree in Integrative Health Science from Capital University of Integrative Medicine. She has practiced nursing for 20+ years in a variety of settings including Sub-Acute Rehabilitation, Long Term Care, Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Home Care. Amy is a Certified Dementia Practitioner, obtained through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners in 2011.Amy has enjoyed teaching for 15+ years to healthcare professionals, older adults and individuals on various topics relating to overall health and wellness. She was a contributor to the “Promoting Emotional Health and Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for Senior Living Communities,” developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors, meditating, volunteering and spending quality time with family and friends.
Maria Perry, MSW, LGSW (since 2008)
Maria Perry, MSW, LGSW, received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland in 1987 and has practiced social work for the last twenty years in a variety of settings including hospitals, public housing, and assisted living. Maria spent six years working for the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County where she was resident social worker responsible for 270 units at two county properties for the elderly. Maria also worked as an activities director for the Montgomery County Department of Recreation where she planned and implemented social and entertainment programs for two senior sites.In addition, she has hands-on experience with seniors with dementia, having developed and run programs at four private group homes for seniors with dementia to enhance cognitive skills, social interaction, and daily life skills. In her spare time, she likes to spend time in her garden and play tennis.
Jennifer Sherwood, RN, BSN (since 2008)
Jennifer Sherwood, RN, BSN, received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Maryland with honors. She went to nursing school and worked at Frederick Hospital along with long-time staff member Kim Picca. Jennifer has experience in the acute and homecare settings. Areas of emphasis have included care management, home health, orthopedics, and psychiatry. Jennifer worked as a solo Geriatric Care Manager for several years before joining our practice. She enjoys painting murals, decorating, reading, volunteering and spending time outdoors.
Amy Ullman, MSW, LCSW-C (since 2014)
Loretta Vitale, MSW, LCSW-C (since 2014)
Loretta Vitale, MSW, LCSW-C, earned her MSW (Clinical) from the University of Maryland in Baltimore and her BA from Brandeis University. For nearly 25 years, Loretta worked in academic settings, most recently at the Catholic University of America in the National Catholic School of Social Service where she was Director of Field Education. Loretta worked closely with the students to help them identify career interests and goals, and find suitable internships. While at CUA, Loretta served as a part-time therapist in the University Counseling Center for an academic year. Volunteer activities include involvement in her synagogue’s ‘visiting the sick’ committee, working on developing a Village in her community, and serving as a Friendly Visitor to a Holocaust survivor. Loretta volunteered at Iona Senior Services in Washington, DC and later filled a temporary social work position there. She is a member of the Prince George’s County Senior Provider Network. Loretta enjoys spending time with her husband, their two sons and their families (4 granddaughters), photography, travel, and knitting.
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)
- LISW – Licensed Independent Social Worker (in DC)
- BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing
- RN – Registered Nurse
- MPH – Masters of Public Health
- MSN – Masters of Science in Nursing
- MS – Masters of Science
- NHA – Nursing Home Administrator
- JD – Juris Doctor
- CDP – Certified Dementia Practitioner