"My gray hair is my ticket to ride! The senior bus has left the garage and is on it’s way. I invite others to jump on board as we make our way to creating an age friendly Island."
Cindy is the Board Chair of Healthy Aging MV. In addition to her commitment to addressing issues facing the Island’s growing senior population she is particularly interested in matters relating to youth, particularly youth substance use prevention. Since moving to the Island in 2000 she has spent her time volunteering for a number of nonprofit organizations including the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard, MVYouth, the Youth Task Force, the Martha’s Vineyard Nonprofit Collaborative and as a trustee of her family’s foundation. She is a former Head Start teacher, children’s librarian, independent school development director, architect’s assistant and mental health counselor. The mother of two daughters and the grandmother of one granddaughter, she lives with her husband in Chilmark.
In 2013, Paddy founded the Healthy Aging Task Force as a grass roots advocacy, planning and consensus-building organization to raise island awareness of the needs and strengths of the burgeoning elder population. As a result of her leadership, HAMV
has been accepted into the World Health Organization’s (WHO/AARP) network of Age-Friendly Communities, is supported by all six towns, and has become a leading voice of elders on the island. Before moving to the island in 1974 with her husband Ben and six sons, she managed state programs for women and children in New Jersey and Mass, and facilitated national consensus-building processes on health care coverage for the uninsured and on the national crisis shortage of health care providers with geriatric training. She recently received a Vineyard Vision Fellowship to plan for an integrated health and social services delivery system for in-home care to support Aging at Home.
"Collaboration and consensus-building to serve island elders and their families is the bedrock principle of Healthy Aging. Come join us in this work!"
Marge is excited for the opportunity to bring her decades of experience as a lawyer, strategist and organizational change consultant to help propel the work of Healthy Aging MV to its next level. She has lived in West Tisbury since 1994, and whether it was weekends, seasonally, or full-time, it has always been home. Now recently retired, Marge is happily here year round and eager to join this active Board in championing the interests of older adults and strengthening the capacity of the island to support them. She enjoys pilot gig rowing in Vineyard Haven harbor, cycling in the State Forest, and kayaking in the Lagoon.
(Administrator, Council on Aging, Edgartown)
Lyndsay is a clinical social worker who became the Administrator of the Edgartown Council on Aging in September 2020 after serving as the Coordinator of Senior Services at MV Community Services. She is a contributing member of the Island Food Equity Network and the Age-Friendly Healthcare Network of MV. She is also a board member of PAWS of MV (Pet Adoption and Welfare Service of MV). Lyndsay is a member of the SailMV rowing club and she kayaks on Vineyard waters any chance she gets. She lives with her family in Vineyard Haven.
"After years working as a clinician for older adults on the island, I'm excited to work with Healthy Aging to strengthen and expand the network of resources for this growing, vital segment of our community"
"As one who worked in elder care in an earlier life, I understand the need for high quality, well-coordinated, and multi-faceted resources for older adults. I am energized by the great work and impact of HAMV and honored to be a part of it."
(Chief Executive Officer, MV Community Services)
Elizabeth “Beth” Folcarelli, Ph.D., brings nearly 30 years’ experience in community-based nonprofit organizations, with specialization in behavioral healthcare, youth and family services, and elder care. Prior to assuming her role as chief executive officer for Martha’s Vineyard Community Services in 2020, Folcarelli served as chief operating officer for Gosnold, Inc. in Falmouth, MA, chief executive officer for Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc. in Worcester, MA, and chief operating officer for Fellowship Health Resources, Inc., a national nonprofit behavioral healthcare organization with headquarters in Lincoln, RI.
Iris C. Iris Freeman
(Social Worker and Educator in Elder Justice)
Iris C. Freeman, MSW, is a longtime advocacy leader and educator in public policy for older
adults. She divides her time, roughly equally, between a home in Edgartown and an apartment in Minneapolis. From 2011-2020, she actively served on the Board of Martha’s VineyardCommunity Services. She is the Founding Board Chair of the Minnesota Elder Justice Center. Related board work includes the National Adult Protective Services Association Board, the National Network of State Elder Justice Coalitions Steering Committee, the Trellis (MN Metro Area Agency on Aging) Board, the Care Providers of Minnesota Board of Trustees (a scholarship arm of the professional association), continued work with the Minnesota Elder Justice Center and, now, HAMV. As an educator, she has taught Elder Justice and Policy classes at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law and the University of Minnesota MSW Program, both in St. Paul, MN. She has been recognized with awards from state and national professional organizations in Aging.
“I join the Board with commitment to HAMV’s mission, more than four decades of career experience in advocacy for elders, and a habit of rolling up my sleeves to work.”
"My service represented a commitment to advocate and promote the welfare of our most vulnerable citizens."
(Professor Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh)
Leon is a retired professor of Nonprofit Management and administrator at the University of Pittsburgh, Leon has written a number of books- nonfiction and fictional. For over twenty-five years, he has been a summer resident of Oak Bluffs.
Robert Laskowski, M.D.
(Retired Geriatrician and Hospital System Administrator)
Bob is a volunteer, writer, consultant, educator and retired health system CEO. He is a board chair for the University of Vermont Health Network, as well as an active member of the Dukes County Health Council. Bob is board certified in internal medicine and geriatrics. He co-edits a blog www.yourhealthperspectives.com, writes poetry and runs the occasional half-marathon. He lives in Oak Bluffs.
"Healthy Aging MV speaks to vital community needs and demonstrates the enormous power of a grassroots organization. It is both a wonderful opportunity and a joy to be a Board Member."
Healthy Aging Martha's Vineyard plays an important role in our community by planning and advocating for the services and infrastructure needed by our Older Adults. Often acting as a "connector" HAMV brings organizations together to collaborate on identifying service gaps and new programs and building consensus around key priorities. I am delighted to share my expertise as a healthcare practitioner and community member to move forward this cause.
( Previous Administrative Director, Clinical & Perioperative Services and Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital)
Thaddeus Thompson has 25 years of experience spanning work as a clinician, consultant and administrator with organizations throughout the United States. His work is focused on healthcare operations improvement and business development. Thaddeus has demonstrated success developing and implementing strategic initiatives in large health systems, academic medical centers, community, specialty and critical access hospitals as well as improving patient satisfaction, business performance and staff engagement.
He is board-certified in healthcare management as a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executive; a member of the National Association of Health Services Executives and a licensed physical therapist. He received his Master in Healthcare Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Florida A&M University.
(Executive Director, Martha’s Vineyard Commission)
Adam Turner works at the Martha's Vineyard Commission and is responsible for the overall management of the agency including the planning and regulatory activities, staff, finances, as well as relations with public entities, the media and the public.
"Because as an individual I have a Mother who requires a wide range of services and because at MVC we focus on planning, I want to make certain that we are serving the needs of our older adults here on the island, now and in the future."
“I’m drawn to the Board of Healthy Aging MV because it promotes a critical “all island” conversation in considering how to better serve our aging population and because this is an organization with a keen eye on action and results.”