Front row, L-R: Liz Zarate, Joseph Lerner, Edith Boteler, Teresa Boring, Darcy Newell, Barbara Girolami, Claire Grabowski, Sheila Maffay-Tuthill. Back row: Tim Feresten, Scott Brown, Kathy Wellborn, Jenni Coopersmith.
Darcy Newell, BA, MS, is the lead coordinator of the Debbie’s Angels (Concierge Companion) Program and works closely with Teresa Boring, MSW, LCSW-C, Associate Director of Care Management, who supervises the program.
Darcy Newell, BA, MS (since 2017)
Debbie’s Angels Coordinator
Darcy Newell, BA, MS, is from the Midwest. She received her Master’s Degree in clinical psychology from Fort Hays State University, located in Hays, Kansas. Darcy has lived in the D.C. area for over 12 years, with the exception of a two year stint in Cambodia. She has worked as a child and family therapist, a clinical care reviewer, and was a community liaison officer for the U.S. State Department while living in Cambodia. In addition to her role as Debbie’s Angels Coordinator, she also helps with client intakes and administrative work in the business office. Darcy’s interests are exercise/running, sports, reading, and volunteering as a co-facilitator for a grief support group.
Edith Boteler, MA (since 2016)
Edith Boteler, MA, completed her undergraduate degree at Goucher College in Towson, MD with a major in psychology and a minor in music. She went on to earn her MA at Johns Hopkins University in cognitive studies and focused her research on language deficits in stroke victims. She worked as an administrator in human resources in a Violence Against Women Unit and enjoyed her hobbies of playing violin, singing, and riding horses. As her family grew, Edith became a community volunteer as a Girl Scout leader, MOMS Club International local chapter president, Sunday school teacher, and church orchestra member. Edith treasures quiet moments to read, crochet, walk the dog, bake, or share a cup of tea with a friend.
Scott Brown, MA (since 2017)
Scott Brown, MA, completed his Master’s degree in anthropology at George Washington University, Washington, D.C., with a focus on human evolution and museum studies. After graduation, he worked at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum as a museum exhibit researcher and also helped repatriate Native American skeletal remains back to indigenous tribes. In 1991, he began a career as a medical journalist. In 2006, he stopped working to care full-time for his elderly mother, helping her remain active and engaged for the last 10 years of her life. That experience made him keenly aware of the need for eldercare services to decrease isolation among the elderly. Scott volunteers with his church to feed the homeless and is involved with his local community “village,” part of a nationwide effort to help seniors age in place. In his spare time, he enjoys music, computers, hiking, and being with family.
Jenni Coopersmith, BS (since 2018)
Jenni Coopersmith, BS, received her education from Burlington College in Vermont where she double majored in education and psychology. She traveled extensively while working with an international resort company which fostered her interest in cultural anthropology and the experiences of others.
She is a former public school teacher and worked primarily with profoundly disabled students. She is a tireless volunteer both in politics and in her religious community. She sincerely enjoys “being of use” and is committed to Tikkun Olam (healing the world). Jenni also enjoys meeting new people, listening to live music of varying genres, reading about world history from diverse perspectives, art, language and beyond.
Tim Feresten, BFA, MFA, CNA (since 2013)
Tim Feresten, BFA, MFA, CNA, was educated at Massachusetts College of Art and Yale University. He is a photographer with work in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and has many other collections around the world. While living in New York, Tim was employed as an art therapist working with homeless, recovering drug addicts in a residential recovery facility. Eventually, he went back to school to earn his geriatric nursing assistant certification. Though he continues to travel and photograph internationally, he feels his job with Debra Levy Eldercare is one of the most satisfying positions he has held. He rides a Harley Davidson, enjoys skydiving, plays guitar and piano, writes poetry and is a gourmet cook.
Barbara Girolami, BM (since 2015)
Barbara Girolami, BM, earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from The Catholic University of America in D.C. In April of 2015, Barbara retired from 15 years as a music teacher and Director of Liturgy and Music at her parish. She created a social group for seniors at her church, and recently assisted in the institution of a group supporting the disabled of the parish. She is also involved in volunteer work that feeds those in need. Barbara’s interests include playing and listening to music, jewelry making, reading, and spending time with her husband and two children.
Claire Grabowski, BS (since 2017)
Claire Grabowski, BS, grew up on Long Island and earned a BS in Education at the Franciscan University of Steubenville (OH). She has worked as a teacher, a math tutor, an administrative assistant, a nanny, and a companion for older adults. She is also an author and speaker at national and local conferences on family issues and a regular guest on a national radio show. Claire has five adult children and is expecting her third grandchild. In addition to enjoying her own family, she and her husband have worked together for over twenty years preparing couples for marriage and have led a marriage enrichment ministry in their church for the last eight years.
Joseph Lerner, BA (since 2018)
Joseph Lerner, BA, was born in Baltimore Maryland, grew up in Baltimore County, and attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where he studied English Literature, Journalism, and Creative Writing. Joe has worked for many years as a writer, small press editor, and photographer. In 1979 he cofounded The Washington (D.C.) Book Review, Inc. His stories, poetry, and essays have appeared in Gargoyle, 100 Word Story, The Mojave River Review, and elsewhere, and he has received writing/editing grants from the Washington (D.C.) Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Zellerbach Family Fund, and the BankAmerica Foundation. From 2002 to 2011 he worked as program coordinator at the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) in Seattle, WA, where he assisted in the rollout of UWMC’s new EMR (Electronic Medical Records) system. After taking early retirement from UWMC, Joe taught creative writing to seniors at OLLI-HSU (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute-Humboldt State University), in California, and at SOMOS (Society of the Muse) in Taos, New Mexico.
Sheila Maffay-Tuthill, BA (since 2017)
Sheila Maffay-Tuthill, BA, received her BA in History in 1991 from The University of Maryland, and has spent most of her career working in the museum field, specializing in education. Sheila hopes to resume work on a Master’s Degree soon. She is an avid traveler, and recently lived for a year in the southwest of France with her youngest son. She also speaks some German, as her mother was from Germany. Cooking German specialties is an interest she has explored for many years. Sheila loves music, and has performed music in a variety of ways for most of her life. She is the mother of three, and enjoys spending time with her sons, walking, bicycling, making music, talking politics, and raising happy pets.
Andy Robbins, BA (since 2019)
Andy Robbins, BA, is a native New Yorker who came to Washington DC to attend American University. Andy graduated with a double major in education and business. He taught for two years in the local Montgomery County Public School system. After teaching, he found his true passion and began a career in the automotive industry. He sold vehicles on a retail level and then worked in automotive finance with both Ford Motor Credit Company and Volkswagen Credit. His business career helped him develop strong interpersonal and communication skills. During this time Andy made a commitment to volunteerism and has been a Hospice and Transitions volunteer with Jewish Social Services Agency, JSSA since 2007. Andy wanted to give more of his time, since retiring, to supporting families whose needs include spending time with an elder family member. Andy has two adult daughters. Since retirement, Andy fills his time with his enjoyment of music, attending concerts, film, and reading.
Kathy Wellborn, BA (since 2016)
Kathy Wellborn, BA, grew up on a dairy farm in western Maryland. She attended University of Delaware and earned a BA in Art. Following graduation, she worked as an art therapist in a nursing home/hospital in Baltimore, MD, eventually becoming the director of the Creative Arts Department, where she continued working with older adults and other creative arts therapists. She left this job to raise her children and take care of aging family members. Kathy also teaches part time at the local elementary school. In her spare time, she enjoys music, painting furniture and spending time with her family.
Liz Zarate, MS (since 2013)
Liz Zarate, MS, received her MS in Applied Gerontology from Towson University in December 2014. She received her BA in Sociology from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2007. Liz enjoys working with older adults and helping people is her passion. After earning her MS and in recognition of her hard work with our clients she also took on the role of Associate Care Manager, and is the Assistant Director of our WellSenior Program. She also helps with client intakes and administrative work in the business office. In her spare time, she loves to sing and spend time with family and friends.
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