Susy Elder Murphy
Susy Elder Murphy, BA, CMC joined Aging Well Eldercare (formerly 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. Currently, she serves a member of the National Board of Directors of the Aging Life Care Association. 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 and their spouses. She recently became a grandmother for the first time and enjoys spending time with her precious granddaughter.
Kim Picca, RN, BSN, CDP
Director of Nursing
Kim Picca, RN, BSN, CDP, 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. She worked as a medical-surgical nurse at a local hospital. Kim joined the Aging Well Eldercare (formerly 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.
Teresa Boring, MSW, LCSW-C, LICSW
Director of Care Management
Teresa Boring, MSW, LCSW-C, LICSW, 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.
Susan Lilly, LMSW, C-ASWCM
Assistant Director of Care Management
Susan Lilly, LMSW, C-ASWCM, received her Master’s in Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work. She obtained a Post Master’s Certificate in Aging from Hunter College – Brookdale Center on Aging. Susan’s 30-year social work career has specialized in addressing the issues faced by older adults and their families. Previous positions include director of social services for a long-term care and sub-acute rehabilitation facility, director of a medical adult day program and director of geriatric care management services for a non-profit geriatric center. She is an Advanced Professional member of the Aging Life Care Association (ALCA) and a member of the National Association of Social Workers. Susan recently moved to Maryland from New Jersey to be near her two daughters, son-in-law and two toddler granddaughters. She enjoys swimming, hiking, museums and socializing with family and friends.
Debra Levy, (1953-2012) dedicated over 30 years serving the elderly and disabled in home health care, adult day care, nursing home and hospital settings. She founded Debra Levy Eldercare Associates in 1988 and was one of the area’s longest practicing Professional Geriatric Care Managers.
Debra started DLEA as a solo practitioner working out of her home office while raising her young family. She built her business, practice and referral sources one client at a time. She joined “head and heart” to combine expert knowledge with caring and compassion for older adults while building a warm, competent staff and supportive work environment.
She received her BA in Psychology (Magna Cum Laude), a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a Master’s Certificate in Aging, all from the University of Maryland. She was certified by the National Academy of Geriatric Care Managers. She served for many years on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers. In 2011, Debra was awarded the Adele Elkind Award, a distinguished award given to one member each year for extraordinary contributions of service and commitment to the profession of geriatric care management and the NAPGCM. Debra was appointed to the Professional Advisory Board of the University of Maryland School of Social Work and served on the Professional Advisory Council of the Jewish Hospice.
Her mission to provide families and seniors the best in caring, individualized and effective support as they face the challenges of aging will continue through the work of the dedicated Debra Levy Eldercare leadership and staff. Our Debbie’s Angels program was named in her memory and honors her desire for the best quality of life possible for clients. Our Angels carry on her passionate work of love and service to the community by improving the lives of older adults and people with disabilities through social engagement and companionship.