Debbie’s Angels

Seated, L-R: Darcy Newell, Teresa Boring. Standing, L-R: Liz Zarate, Tim Feresten, Sheila Tuthill, Rick Lohmeyer, Claire Grabowski, Kathy Wellborn, Katie Smeltz, Scott Brown, Barbara Girolami, Edith Boteler. 

Teresa Boring, MSW, LCSW-C, is the lead coordinator of the Debbie’s Angels (Concierge Companion) Program and works closely with co-coordinators Darcy Newell, BA, MS, Bree Baldwin, MS, and Amy Ullman, MSW, LCSW-C in supervising our Angels 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.

Tim Feresten, BFA, MFA, CNA (since 2013)
Tim Ferenstens
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.

Richard Lohmeyer, BA (since 2015)
Rick Lohmeyer
Richard R. Lohmeyer, BA, studied at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA, at Maharishi International University in Isla Vista, CA, and graduated from Washington International College studying sales and marketing communications. In the 1970’s Rick used early word processors for research and writing, and fell in love with computer technology. He has provided computer system design and support, focusing on imaging, graphics and video since 1981. Since retirement in 2009, Rick has provided computer training and support for seniors and people with disabilities. His specialty is computer security, and recent research and practice interests are accommodations of technology for people with cognitive, physical or emotional impairments. He has been active in church and community activities all his life, including one term as District of Columbia Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for ANC-4B02. Rick started and ran a public interest group, Plain Talk, dedicated to requiring public documents to be written in plain language (simple and easy to understand.) Rick uses his technical skills in his church AV Ministry, providing audio, video and computer support for all kinds of events.

Katie Smeltz, LGSW (since 2017)
Katie Smeltz, LGSW, completed her undergraduate degree at Penn State University in State College, PA with a major in speech communications and a minor in English. She went on to earn her Masters in Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA with a focus in Aging. Katie has worked at the National Cancer Institute, NIH, Wills Eye Geriatric Psychiatry Unit and Support for Older Women’s Network as a social worker.  Recently, Katie has been working with seniors with Dementia and children with special needs, especially Autism.  Katie loves to write, learn, participate and lead groups in all areas, especially life review and social skills. She is very active in her synagogue and the Jewish special needs world. She loves learning Yiddish, Hebrew and Spanish languages. Thrift stores, spending time with her family and walking with friends are among her favorite pastimes.

Sheila Tuthill, BA (since 2017)
Sheila 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.

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