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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.

Board of Directors


Officers


Janet K. O'Connell  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

Janet K. O'Connell
Amy Tenney Levere  Vice President

Amy Levere has lived in Larchmont with her husband, David, for over thirty years.  She “retired” from the practice of corporate law after 14 years, to devote her time to raising her three children, all graduates of Mamaroneck High School, and to community activities. While her children were in the school system she was very active in the local PTA’s and schools, serving, among other capacities, as treasurer and president of the Murray Avenue PTA and co-president of PT Council.  She went on to serve on the school board for 6 years, her last year as its president.  Amy has served in a number of other volunteer positions both locally and in the greater NY metropolitan area, many of them focused on improving children’s lives.  Among other roles, she has been a CASA volunteer for more than 7 years, has been on the board, including a recent 3 year term as treasurer of Breakthrough NY, and been on the board of Main Idea for nearly 10 years.

Amy Tenney Levere
Christine Randolph  Vice President at Large

Christine Randolph has been a Larchmont resident for 31 years.  She is President of the Greenwich Hospital Auxiliary and is a member of the Hospital Board of Trustees.  In addition, she has been the 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 25-year 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 previously has served on the board of Larchmont Friends of the Family. Christine is a graduate of Tufts University.  She and her husband, Gregory, have three daughters.

Christine Randolph
Marion Gindes  Vice 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.

Marion Gindes
Jackie Paré  Secretary

Jackie Paré has lived in Larchmont for the past 20 years and never wants to leave her home on the Sound. She and her husband, Terence, raised two children here.  Jackie has been on the board of the Friends of the Larchmont Library as head of programming for practically the entire time she has lived here. Jackie graduated from Antioch College and has two master’s degrees, one in Italian from Middlebury College and another from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She was an associate editor at Fortune magazine for 13 years and wrote for several other publications. She has worked as an independent filmmaker for the past 10 years and is currently directing her third documentary—Aces & Knaves—about the game of bridge. She learned to play bridge from her late mother, who was physically and mentally vibrant into her 90th year and she has joined the board of At Home on the Sound as a tribute to her mother. She sees its value in helping people live long, satisfying lives surrounded by an extended family of community members, committed to their intellectual and physical well-being.

Jackie Paré
Kathleen Savolt  Treasurer
Kathleen Savolt was born in Mamaroneck, raised in New Rochelle, and 26 years ago, returned to Mamaroneck with her husband. She received her undergraduate degree from Iona College and her master’s degree in Psychology from the College of New Rochelle. Most of Kathy’s career has been with governmental agencies and large not-for-profit organizations. She focused on health care administration and spent 20 years in progressively more responsible roles in this arena. Interested in strategic planning, Kathy served as Director of Strategic Planning for Westchester Medical Center, moving to Columbia University Health Sciences as Assistant Vice President for Financial Planning. In tandem, as an adjunct professor, she taught Health Planning and Marketing at the NYU Wagner School of Public Service. She went on to open her own consulting firm, serving small businesses and not-for-profits. Subsequently, she worked as Executive Director of the Beczak Environmental Education Center in Yonkers.

Kathy has volunteered as a naturalist and board member at what is now Sheldrake Environmental Center, as well as on the Village of Mamaroneck Budget Committee. She was a Village Trustee and served as Mayor of the Village of Mamaroneck from 2007-2009.

Kathleen Savolt

Directors


Patty Bave  
Patty 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.

Patty Bave
Alice Brofman  

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.

Alice Brofman
Ellen Freeman  
For the past 35 years Ellen has been involved in the education field. She began as a learning specialist, became a staff developer and then a school administrator. She has worked in both public and Independent schools and has taught at the college level as well. Ellen served on the Mamaroneck School Board as a Trustee for six years.  Ellen is a docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, leading school children, grades 4-12. She has lived in the Larchmont/Mamaroneck community for 32 years. Her husband, David, is an environmental lawyer; their son, Matt, is a professor at Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University; their daughter, Julie, is a lawyer in Manhattan. As a family, the Freemans have long been involved in helping the elderly in our community: David, his father, and his grandfather have served on the board of the Jewish Home Lifecare – and in addition - Sarah Neuman. The family also sponsors a music program which includes concerts as well as music therapy for the residents.
Ellen Freeman
Susan Keating  

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.

Susan Keating
John Kippax  

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.

John Kippax
Harmon C. McAllister  
Harmon was born in Durham, NC and attended the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, graduating with a BS degree in Chemistry. He earned his Ph.D. in the Biochemistry Department of the Medical School there. In 1967, he joined the faculty of Wayne State University in Detroit in the Biochemistry division of the Chemistry Department. He and his research group performed basic research funded by grants from the NIH, NSF and the American Heart Association. He also co-authored an introductory Chemistry textbook; he taught Biochemistry to undergraduate, graduate and medical students. Gradually he became more involved in the central administration at Wayne State, eventually becoming the Director of its Office for Institutional Research. In 1983, he joined the staff of a biomedical research funding organization in New York City. Several years later he assumed the added duties of membership on its Scientific Advisory Board and was named Scientific Director and Vice President for Research. Since retiring in 2000, he has given numerous scientific lessons to children in grades K-5 through the Museum Without Walls program of the Westchester Children’s Museum. He has recently joined the Larchmont/Mamaroneck STEM Alliance, which is dedicated to increasing the participation of students K-12 in projects relating to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Harmon has lived in Larchmont since 1992 with his wife Beverly, who is the Educational Program Coordinator of the Children’s Museum Without Walls Program. They are members of the Larchmont Avenue Church where Harmon has served as deacon, elder and Clerk of Session. His two grown sons live in Seattle; one is CEO of an advertising agency, the other is a software engineer at Microsoft in its games division.
Harmon C. McAllister
Penny Oberg  
Penny 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.

Penny Oberg
Valerie O'Keeffe  

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.

Valerie O'Keeffe
Harold Sandstrom  

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.

Harold Sandstrom
Mary Schwartz  

Mary Schwartz, a Chicagoan by birth, has been a resident of the Larchmont-Mamaroneck communities since 1984, when she moved here with her now late husband and daughter.  A graduate of Baruch College with a B.A. in Psychology, she earned a M.S.W. from Hunter College, with further advanced work in Child and Adolescent Therapy at Fordham and Leadership Training at Columbia. Mary’s career spans banking  -– as a commercial lending officer at Manufacturers Hanover Trust, counseling -- as a school social worker, special education -- as administrator and director of special education programs in the Brewster Central School District, and senior adults -- as the assistant director of the senior adult program of the 92nd Street Y. Mary’s post retirement life has been filled with volunteer work, including being a certified mediator for the Westchester Mediation Center and a Court Appointed Special Advocate for New York State Family Court. She is currently on the board of The Calshire cooperative in Larchmont. Mary’s interest in At Home on the Sound is two-fold: she wanted to do something for the people in the community in which she lives; and she wants to be prepared for her own life going forward.

Mary Schwartz
Rose Silvestro  

Rose was born in Italy and came to the United States at age 10. Initially living in Schenectady, she has lived in Mamaroneck since 1960. She was married to Joe until his death in November 2015 and has two children - a son and a daughter. She has worked in banking for her entire career, starting with the County Trust Company,which later became the Bank of New York. She left that bank in 2006 and came to Hudson Valley Bank in 2007, hired specifically to open a branch in Mamaroneck. In early 2016 she was hired by Orange Bank & Trust to open a branch in Mamaroneck. She is a committed volunteer: she has worked with church groups at St. Vito's and was the president of Mamaroneck Avenue School PTA. She served as co-treasurer for all but one of the Harbor Fest street fairs and treasurer of the Mamaroneck Chamber of Commerce. She is past president of the Chamber and current director and past president of the Mamaroneck Lions Club. She was chair of the Mamaroneck Avenue Task Force, has served on the Budget Committee and the Wayfinding Steering Committee  in the Village of Mamaroneck. Rose was recently appointed to the Larchmont- Mamaroneck Summit Board. In her spare time, she enjoys exercising, gardening, reading, cooking and playing with the family Cocker Spaniel, Maxine.

Rose Silvestro
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.

Rabbi Jeffrey Sirkman
John Verni  
John 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.

John Verni
Barbara T. Werber  
Barbara 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.

Barbara T. Werber

Staff


Elaine Weingarten, LMSW  Executive 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.
Elaine Weingarten, LMSW
Jilana Van Meter  Communications & 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: ahots.jilana@gmail.com.

Jilana Van Meter

Consultants


Marnie Foster-Marks,  Graphic Design
Marnie Foster-Marks,
Cindy Goldstein,  Attorney
Cindy Goldstein,
Charles Seton,  Special thanks for use of Harbor Island Park photo
Charles Seton,

  
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