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ElderNet of Lower Merion and Narberth is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1976 by representatives of community and religious and governmental groups. ElderNet serves adults of all ages, especially frail older or younger disabled persons with low to moderate incomes who reside in Lower Merion or Narberth.
ElderNet helps older neighbors remain independent and provides a variety of free, practical services so they have access to healthcare and an improved quality of life. ElderNet also provides information to individuals who need assistance with housing, nursing care, or other necessities.
ElderNet is staffed by professional social workers and trained volunteers. ElderNet receives funds from community residents, Montgomery County Office on Aging, Lower Merion Township, the Borough of Narberth, national foundations, businesses, churches, synagogues and other groups.
ElderNet is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. A copy of our official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling the toll free number, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement. See ElderNet's 990 here.
Meet the Team
ElderNet is staffed by licensed social workers and degreed professionals. All staff are available for information and referrals. Marisa Ferst and Nora Buck are on call to Lower Merion Police to help with homeless issues.
Marisa Ferst, M.S.S., M.L.S.P., L.S.W.
Lisa Schilansky, MSS, LSW
Social Worker and Grant Writer
Food Pantry Coordinator
Nora C. Buck, M.S.S., L.S.W.
Board of Directors
ElderNet is currently accepting nominations for potential Board Members. ElderNet strives to have a Board comprised of Board Members who each deliver a unique set of skills. To complement the capabilities of our dedicated board, we are actively looking for individuals with an interest in the following:
Development: Corporate sponsorship and major donors
Advocacy: Issues generally related to seniors
Marketing: Educating constituents and volunteers about our mission
The Board meets on a monthly basis (with the exception of the summer) and works via a committee structure providing guidance in areas of professional expertise. If you or someone you know is a good candidate for the ElderNet Board, we would love to hear from you. Nominations may be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the individual's name and contact information.
Ms. Carol Boslet
Public Relations Volunteer & Community Advocate
Ms. Martha Buccino
Retired Healthcare Executive & Volunteer
Ms. Sharon Carson
Community Advocate & Volunteer
Ms. Jane Carton, Vice President
Retired Retail & Public Relations Special Events Director, Community Advocate; Volunteer
Ms. Patricia Cosgrave, President
Real Estate, Community Advocate & Volunteer
Ms. Jessica Cone Coss
Attorney, Community Advocate & Volunteer
Ms. Janine Dusossoit, Secretary
Business Owner Senior Services & Volunteer
Ms. Stacia Duff
Retired Educator, Volunteer
Ms. Kathy Esibill, Chairperson of Volunteer Committee
Retired Educator, Community Advocate & Volunteer
Mr. Ralph Grasso
Business Owner, Community Advocate & Volunteer
Dr. Maureen A. Hennessey
Director of Community Health Services at Bryn Mawr Hospital
Ms. Carol Irvine
President and CEO of The Abramson Center for Jewish Life
Mr. William Gross, Treasurer
Retired Banker, Community Advocate & Volunteer
Ms. Leslie Hoover
Community Advocate & Volunteer
Dr. Robert Vacchiano
Retired Educator and Financial Consultant, Volunteer
Ms. Cynthia B. Wishkovsky
Ms. Angela Zager, Second Vice President
Educator at Cabrini College, Community Advocate