At Home on the Sound was created in 2010 through a grass roots effort by local residents who feel passionately that they and others like them should have a support system to help them continue to enjoy a vibrant lifestyle while remaining in their homes in the Larchmont-Mamaroneck community. Aging-in-place initiatives are continually gaining national attention and support.
This innovative not-for-profit organization is based on the successful model created by Beacon Hill Village in Boston. Gramatan Village in Bronxville, Staying Put in New Caanan and At Home in Greenwich are similar organizations that are active in the Westchester vicinity with which we are networking and from which we have gained valuable operational insights. Since our inception we have been guided by The Center for Aging In Place.
A founding member and first secretary of At Home on the Sound, Teddi was an executive recruiter and human resources specialist formerly working at Heidrick & Struggles and Macy's New York. She has lived in Larchmont with her husband for more than 51 years, raising both of their children here. She has a Master's degree in Human Resources from Cornell University and a B.A. in Economics from Brooklyn College. Before returning to the for-profit work force, she was active in her elementary and middle-school PTAs and served on the Mamaroneck School Board Selection Committee. She currently serves as a board member of Friends of the Larchmont Library, and was editor of the Friends Newsletter for six years. She is also on the advisory committee of the Cancer Support Team. Past Board service includes Westchester Jewish Community Services and The Larchmont Mamaroneck Summit, where she served as secretary for several years. Teddi is committed to the idea of helping aging adults remain in their homes in the community and believes that their contribution to the fabric of Larchmont-Mamaroneck community life is of value, enriching and enhancing the quality of life of all residents, regardless of age.
John KippaxVice President
John Kippax moved to Larchmont in 1982 and with his wife, Helen, raised their three sons here. A native of Swarthmore, PA, he was attracted to Larchmont because it reminded him of the many positive community elements of his hometown. John is a graduate of Rollins College, earning a B.A. in Economics and English with a minor in German Language Studies.
A licensed FINRA Broker-Dealer, John has recently retired from a 42-year career in banking at ING where he was a Managing Director of four industry sectors. John is an Elder of the Larchmont Avenue Church, a volunteer at Habitat for Humanity, and a newly-appointed board member of Preserve Larchmont. He has been involved in New York City public school tutoring programs, as well as managing Idaho land development interests. Currently, he is engaged as trustee in several private investment trusts. In his free time he enjoys sailing, cycling and gardening.An accomplished woodworker, John received a U.S.patent for a respirator product, an invention born from his concern for workers like himself inhaling byproducts of paint and wood dust.
John appreciates the mission of At Home on the Sound and his personal childhood experience in Swarthmore, where his grandmother shared their home, reinforces his interest. To John and Helen’s delight their middle son James and his wife Larissa have settled around the corner and have two granddaughters in town. Staying in Larchmont has a very special meaning for the Kippax family.
Christine RandolphVice President at Large
Christine Randolph has been a Larchmont resident for 32 years.She is a member of the Greenwich Hospital Board of Trustees. as well as Past President of the hospital Auxiliary. In addition, she has served as Oncology Volunteer Coordinator since 2013.
Combining her interests in healthcare and seniors, Christine also serves as a patient advocate and Medicare counselor with the Westchester Senior Benefits Information Center.
Over the years, Christine has played many active roles in the community.She is a member of the Junior League of Westchester on the Sound.In addition to being an active parishioner at St. Augustine’s Church, Christine also has served as Chairman of the Larchmont Traffic Commission and as a member of the Board of Assessment Review.She also previously served as Vice President of Larchmont Friends of the Family.
Christine is a graduate of Tufts University.She and her husband, Gregory, have three daughters.
Marion GindesVice President, Development
Marion Gindes grew up in Brooklyn. She attended Smith College and was graduated from Barnard College. She studied Clinical Psychology and received her PhD from Columbia University. She served on the faculties of Brooklyn College, the Einstein College of Medicine, Penn State University and the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology of Yeshiva University. She was the Director of Psychological Services for a mental health center in New York City and a co-founder of a psychiatric hospital in Pennsylvania. Marion and her late husband moved to Larchmont in 1993.
Marion was on the Board of the New York Women’s Agenda and its Vice President for Membership, as well as serving on its Domestic Violence Committee. She has also served as a member of the Executive Board of the Westchester County Psychological Association and is a past president of the Division of Media Psychology of the American Psychological Association.
Marion is now retired and finds herself busier than ever. She takes watercolor painting classes and enjoys museum- and movie-going, reading, and the theater. She is an avid knitter and loves searching for treasures at tag sales. She is an active At Home on the Sound volunteer. She enjoys the interchange with other volunteers and is glad that she has been able to participate in the good that At Home on the Sound does.
Michael joined the At Home board in July of 2019. A graduate of Brown University, with a B.A. in Biology, and of NYU with an MBA in Accounting, he and his wife moved to Larchmont in 1983 with their three children, all of whom went through the Mamaroneck School system. Mike is currently a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee at SIGA Technologies. For the majority of his career he was affiliated with KPMG LLP, where his assignments and responsibilities ranged from the Consumer Products Practice to the High Technology Practice to Risk Management. Mike’s volunteer activities in the Larchmont Mamaroneck community represent a broad range of interests: he currently unloads groceries for the Mamaroneck Food Pantry; he served as a board member on the Larchmont Mamaroneck Center for Continuing Education. Additionally, he was a member of the School Board Selection Committee and the Larchmont Shore Club Board Selection Committee. Mike was attracted to At Home on the Sound because of its mission – helping older adults to remain active and in their community, and also because of the opportunity to work with others who share the same commitment.
Simon is a founding board member of At Home on the Sound. He and his family have lived in Larchmont since 1984 with both of their children following the Murray Avenue/ Hommocks/MHS educational route. Born in England, Simon holds a degree in economics from University College, London;he graduated fromThe Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program and completed the International Management Program at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. In his corporate life Simon worked at BBDO Worldwide,responsible for multinational client business development. He is an internationalist and has worked and lived in Europe, Australia, Japan and the U.S. Since leaving the corporate world, Simon has established Alpha Accelerators LLC, a consulting firm counseling enterprise leaders who seek to transform and improve the world we live in.He has also contributed to the enhancement and development of the strategic platform driving the success of The Center for Continuing Education Larchmont/Mamaroneck as a long time Board Member. Simon is drawn to the mission of At Home on the Sound through his observations on the personal experience of his parents, who live in Sydney, Australia and the significant importance to them of living in their own home as they aged.
Patty BavePatty Bave was raised in Yonkers, the youngest of six children. A graduate of The Master’s School in Dobbs Ferry, Trinity College in Hartford, CT, and Fordham University School of Law, she has been practicing law since 1985, working part time from 1991 to 2005 to raise her two children, Matthew and Marie. Patty is a partner in the firm of Kommer Bave & Ollman LLP where she specializes in elder law, estate planning, will and trust drafting, and estate and trust administration. She is a member of the New York State and Connecticut bars. Patty is a frequent lecturer on topics relating to estate planning, guardianship and elder law. For many years she lived in Northern Westchester where she raised her family, but moved to Mamaroneck in 2012 and fell in love with it. As a volunteer, Patty also devotes time to her church, St Thomas in Mamaroneck, where she sits on the Vestry.
Alice Brofman was born in the Bronx, raised in White Plains and then lived in Manhattan until moving to Mamaroneck in 1983 with her husband and son. As a youngster, her son attended Westchester Day School and graduated from Mamaroneck High School. A graduate of NYU with a B.S. in Education and a Master’s degree in Communication, Alice started her career as a teacher in special education in New York City. She then went to work in her family’s business, supplying gaming and gambling supplies to churches, temples and other non-profit civic organizations to be used for their fund-raising efforts. Subsequent to this two-decade affiliation, Alice became the office manager for Rosetta Radiology, a medical group that specialized in radiation oncology. Alice was attracted to At Home on the Sound because it offered such a variety of opportunities for community residents to meet others and stay engaged.
Paul Connolly was born in Dublin, Ireland. He graduated from Kevin Street College of Technology and went to work for Apple in Dublin, serving as Technical Services Manager until 1990, when he relocated to New York. Paul went on to hold a variety of technical, training and logistics management positions at several well-known companies in New York City. He moved to Mamaroneck in 2010 where he is now a semi-retired investor. In his spare time Paul maintains an active interest in all things technology and internet related.
Paul has been involved with At Home on the Sound since 2014, coming on board as a volunteer, providing transportation and technical support services to members as well as serving on its Volunteer Committee. Contributing to the mission of At Home on the Sound and connecting with the local community through it continues to be a rewarding and enriching experience for Paul.
Susan Keating is an Aging Life Care Professional, more commonly referred to as a geriatric care manager. She has been working in aging services since 2001. She is a founder and president of Honora Care Management & Consulting, based in Mamaroneck. The company is dedicated to helping older adults navigate decisions related to aging.
Honora is named after Susan’s grandmother, Nora (Honora) Harrington, a longtime resident of Larchmont. Susan was raised in Hawthorne, NY, and now calls Larchmont home. In addition to her B.S. in Social Work from Adelphi University, Susan holds an Advanced Certificate in Long Term Care from Long Island University. She has Care Management Certification from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers and is an Advanced Professional member of the Aging Lifecare Association. Prior to launching Honora, Susan’s previous roles included positions at The Osborn Retirement Community and Burke Rehabilitation Hospital.
Susan is a member of the Larchmont Chamber of Commerce and Rye City Lions Club. Over the years Susan has had the good fortune of serving At Home on the Sound in focus groups and she has had clients who have benefited greatly from their membership in the organization. Susan feels privileged to engage in her work with older adults and their families.
Penny ObergPenny and her husband, Tim, have lived in the community since 1977. Both of their sons attended Mamaroneck schools. Penny is a retired guidance/college counselor. She worked in public schools in Hastings-on-Hudson and Chappaqua and later at Rye Country Day School. She served on the Mamaroneck School Board from 1990-96, the last two years as President. She has served on the board of the Larchmont Avenue Church, the Community Counseling Center, and the Summit, and was formerly a volunteer college counselor with the Hispanic Resource Center. She is a graduate of University of Michigan and Teachers College, Columbia University.
Janet K. O'ConnellImmediate Past President
Janet went to Mount Holyoke College and has an MBA from NYU's Stern School of Business. She worked on Wall Street for about 10 years before becoming a financial administrator, paying bills, balancing checkbooks and handling financial matters for families, individuals and elderly people, including filing withholding taxes for housekeepers and home health care attendants. She is married to Ryan O'Connell who is a fixed income analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence. They have two grown children. Janet has been interested in issues related to the elderly since she was a teenager and worked as a "Nader's Raider." With six high school classmates, she wrote a book entitled Old Age: The Last Segregation.
Valerie Moore O’Keeffe, Esq., served as Town Supervisor for the Town of Mamaroneck from 2000 to 2011 and Councilwoman for the Town of Mamaroneck from 1994 to 2000. She has previously held a number of countywide and local offices including President of the Westchester-Putnam Association of Town Supervisors; President of the Westchester Municipal Officials Association; and Trustee of the Westchester Joint Water Works. She has served as Chairperson of Rosalie Hall Inc., Home for Young Mothers; Secretary of Corporation for Manhattanville College; and President of the national Associated Alumnae of the Sacred Heart (AASH). Among her many awards are the Washingtonville Lifetime Achievement Award; “Nuestra Madrina Award” from the Hispanic Women Leaders of Westchester; the Sunny Award from LMC-TV; and the Distinguished Alumna Award from Manhattanville College. A resident of Larchmont, O’Keeffe is a graduate of Manhattanville College and received her law degree from The George Washington University Law School.
Harold Sandstrom was born and raised in Yonkers. He and his late wife moved to Larchmont in 1968 with their two children, both of whom went through the Mamaroneck school system. Hal graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Economics. He went on to earn a master’s degree in Economics from Columbia. Most of Hal’s working career was in Wall Street-related firms, most notably Kidder Peabody, Merrill Lynch, Bankers Trust and lastly Sandler O’Neil. Hal has been a trustee, treasurer, and member of the Session at Larchmont Avenue Church. He is an avid bridge player and was a keen tennis player and golfer.
Rabbi Jeffrey Sirkman
Rabbi Jeffrey Sirkman is the Senior Rabbi of Larchmont Temple, serving the congregation for more than 30 years. Rabbi Sirkman has partnered with the Reverend Bill Crawford of Larchmont Avenue Church and Bishop Wayne Powell of Strait Gate Church, and other clergy, fostering interfaith dialogue and mutual understanding. Bishop Powell and Rabbi Sirkman have commemorated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in an annual interfaith exchange that began more than 20 years ago, and has led to other ongoing joint efforts.
Rabbi Sirkman was ordained by Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion; he received his B.A. in Religion and his M.A. in Theology with a focus in Modern Jewish Thought from Boston University. He and his late wife Susan have four children.
The “Rabbi’s Fireside Chats” is an award-winning series addressing the questions and concerns of interfaith families. Rabbi Sirkman has served as President of the Westchester Board of Rabbis, Chair of the Program Advisory Committee for Eisner Camp Institute for over a decade, board member of the Westchester Jewish Conference, member of the Admissions Committee of Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion and is currently the Rabbi Stephen Wise Visiting Scholar there, teaching fifth-year rabbinic and cantorial students, their year-long course in professional development.
John VerniJohn A. Verni is a relative newcomer to Mamaroneck, purchasing his house in 2013 and moving into it in April of 2014, but he has lived in Westchester County as a child and in adulthood. He and his wife Karina raised their four children in New Rochelle. A lawyer, John worked for the Office of the District Attorney for Westchester County, handling prosecutions throughout the County; for many years he served as the ADA assigned to the Sound Shore communities of Mamaroneck, Larchmont, Harrison and Rye. He is currently a partner at the law firm Kent, Hazzard, Wilson, Conroy, Verni & Freeman, with offices in White Plains. John specializes in real estate and land use matters. He has also done extensive pro bono work on behalf of many not-for-profit groups. Concurrently, he is a partner in Verco Properties LLC, in Mamaroneck, a family real estate investment, redevelopment and management company. His company opened real estate offices in Mamaroneck in June 2012. The firm recently renovated the Mamaroneck Train Station into a restaurant and professional offices. John has volunteered his services to a variety of community organizations, some of which he has founded. These include Iona Prep, New Rochelle Youth Court, WVOX Community Radio, S.T.O.P. (School transportation Organization of Parents), the Organization of Westchester Residents Against IKEA, Holy Family CYO, New Rochelle Little League among them. John received his undergraduate degree in Economics and Government from Georgetown University and his J.D. from Fordham.
Barbara T. WerberBarbara Traub Werber moved to Mamaroneck with her husband Fred in June of 1959. They raised their two children here and educated them locally. Barbara worked as a speech pathologist at the Hudson River Speech Center before going into private practice while she raised her children. She became a consultant in speech pathology in the Pre-K program for the New Rochelle School District as well as at the Sarah Neuman Nursing Home. She went on to become the Director of Placement at the Katharine Gibbs School in New York before moving to the Duncan Group in New York as an Executive Recruiter. Barbara has had numerous community-focused volunteer roles, serving on many committees for the Mamaroneck schools, two terms for the Recreation Board, the board of the Harbor Island Conservancy since its inception, the funding committee of Friends of the Emelin Theatre, and member of the fund-raising board for the addition to the Mamaroneck Library. Barbara received her undergraduate degree from Hunter College and her Master’s degree from the University of Michigan.
Elaine Weingarten, LMSWExecutive Director
Elaine is a licensed social worker with more than 25 years of service in the not-for-profit world. She is the former executive director of a UJA-Federation agency serving children and senior adults. Elaine has lived in Westchester for over 25 years with her husband and two sons. She feels strongly about community support and involvement. She is enthusiastic about the work of At Home on the Sound because it is important to "create family" within one's community, especially when family members no longer live nearby.
Jilana Van MeterCommunications & Administration Manager
Jilana joined the staff of At Home on the Sound in 2012. She has a background in arts administration, non-profit management, event planning, and fundraising. She has worked for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, the Hudson River Museum, the American Dance Festival, Affiliate Artists, and Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, among other organizations. Jilana is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and has lived in the Rye Neck section of Mamaroneck since 1995. Contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marnie Foster-MarksGraphic Design
Charles SetonPhotographer, for use of Harbor Island Park photo