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Board of Directors

William Kincaid


William L. Kincaid, MD, MPH is a graduate of Washington University and St. Louis University School of Medicine, Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology and holds a Masters of Public Health degree from the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston. Bill is retired and now lives in Washington DC with his wife, a retired ophthalmologist. The Kincaids have been members of the Foggy Bottom West End Village for 5 years. He currently serves as the Village treasurer. Bill spent most of his career in the St. Louis area as a local health officer, hospital board member, managed care medical director, and mental health and children’s services tax board member. He has also served on the boards of several St. Louis not for profit agencies. He has always been interested in the development of local community collaboratives that address community needs and special at-risk populations. He has a longstanding interest in community health and the maintenance of public health infrastructure and systems. Most of his career was spent in implementing programs aimed at children and youth, but with advancing age he has (of necessity) also become interested in the health and wellbeing of older Americans and the Village movement.

Hilary Simmons

Vice President

Hilary Simmons, MPH, is the Executive Director of A Little Help, a village connecting neighbors to help seniors thrive throughout Colorado. Hilary has over 11 years of experience as a director for various organizations and businesses, including six and a half years as the Program Director and one and a half years as the Board Treasurer with A Little Help before rejoining the team as the Executive Director in January 2020. Previously, Hilary served as the Vice President of Finance for a software startup and as a Senior Consultant. In addition to her professional experience, Hilary founded an LLC to perform financial analytics services for over five years, has served as a board member for several organizations, and has been active in her community. Hilary earned her bachelor’s degree from Duke University in Psychology and English and earned her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

Pazit Aviv


Pazit Aviv works at Montgomery County Area Agency on Aging as a Village Coordinator. She consults grassroots community organizations on nonprofits startup and developments and facilities the growth of all active and developing Villages in the County. One of her top priorities is capacity building for aging in place in diverse communities. Prior to this position, Pazit worked at Montgomery County’s housing authority, where she developed innovative programs for independent low income older adults through partnerships and collaborations. Pazit holds a Certificate of Nonprofit Management from the George Washington University, an MSW degree from Salem State University with a focus on Aging and end of life care and two undergraduate degrees from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem: one in Social Work and one in East Asian Studies and Communication.

Larry Toy


Larry is in his second year as president of Lamorinda Village, in the SF Bay Area. The last decade of his career was as the founding President/CEO of the Foundation for California Community Colleges, the statewide foundation supporting the over 100 community colleges and 2,000,000 students in California. He grew the foundation to one of the largest operating foundation in higher education. Prior to that he was a professor of astronomy at Chabot College for 28 years. Larry served on the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, and was Board president. He served on the California Council of Science and Technology, and was a founding member of the Chabot Space and Science Center Board. Larry has been honored by two California Assembly Resolutions and the first Outstanding Faculty Award for the California Community College System. He received the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Harvard Club of San Francisco. Larry has a Bachelor’s Degree from Harvard, and Master’s and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, all in astronomy.

Eram Abbasi

Eram Abbasi

Board Member

Eram Abbasi is the LTSS Public Policy Analyst at LeadingAge. A nonprofit organization that advocates for providers that serve older adults. Eram tracks state and national policy trends in legislation and regulations. She also supports the grassroots efforts of LeadingAge. Prior to joining LeadinAge, Eram worked for Maryland Department of Aging where she helped implement the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC), locally known as Maryland Access Point (MAP) statewide and created the resource directory with over 17,000 providers. Eram also co-founded the Golden Age Village located in Baltimore County under the umbrella of the Islamic Society of Baltimore. The Golden Age Village offers socialization opportunities, visitation, daily check-ins, transportation, and meal delivery to seniors in the community. Eram holds a bachelor’s in health administration and Policy and Masters in Management in Aging Services from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).

Velma Carter-Dryer

Board Member

Velma Carter-Dryer is a licensed social worker with more than 40 years of experience in the fields of mental health, aging, healthcare, and advocacy. Throughout her career, Velma has integrated her clinical and management skills and understanding of organizational dynamics with her growing knowledge of issues related to social work, process improvement, ethics, diversity, equity, leadership, advocacy, and social justice. Past positions have included Executive Director of the PA Council on Aging, an Associate Regional Director for AARP, Geriatric Social Worker/Educational Coordinator at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ (now Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine) and Transplant Social Worker at Penn State Health. Her current volunteer service includes co-chair for the DEI Upstanders, a standing board committee for the American Society on Aging and an appointment by the Governor to the PA Council on Aging. She holds a BS from Penn State University, a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania, an ACSW, and is a certified Financial Social Worker.

Isabel Friedenzohn

Board Member

Isabel Friedenzohn has worked in health policy for over 20 years. Recently, she has been a consultant with Burton Policy, delving into how Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) to help address the social needs of patients. As the primary caregiver for her elderly parents, she is acutely aware of the challenges in helping older adults thrive in their communities. Ms. Friedenzohn has a B.A. in Spanish and Latin American Literature from the University of Michigan, and a Master's of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.


Jennifer Hanley

Board Member

Jennifer Hanley serves as the Executive Director of Carquinez Village, overseeing operations in the cities of Benicia & Vallejo within the San Francisco Bay Area. With over 25 years of experience in communications, marketing, and executive administration, Ms. Hanley embarked on a dynamic and successful career path following her studies at Chico State University. Having spent nearly a decade as a 911 Dispatcher and Training Officer, Jennifer made a pivotal decision to transition into the private sector where she has since held positions in finance, C-level executive office administration, program coordination and political campaign management. Raised in the spirit of public and community service, Jennifer finds her greatest fulfillment and success in roles that contribute positively to her community. This innate drive led her naturally to the nonprofit sector, where she continues to make a meaningful impact.


Brittany Kearney

Board Member

Brittany Kearney, MBA, MA, CDP, is the Community Outreach and Enrollment Director at PACE of the Southern Piedmont, with over 13 years of experience working with older adults. She earned her Master of Arts in Gerontology from University of North Carolina at Charlotte and her Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management from Liberty University. Brittany became a Certified Dementia Practitioner in 2018 and a Credentialed Professional Gerontologist in 2019. Brittany’s extensive education has enabled her to become a strong advocate for the aging population across diverse and multifaceted settings. As a dedicated community leader, she encourages collaboration among various organizations to create a supportive and thriving environment for seniors, enriching their lives, and fostering a sense of community. Brittany is the Past-Board President of Charlotte Village Network; Adjunct Lecturer in the Gerontology Department at UNC Charlotte; Executive Board Support Associate for Sigma Phi Omega, the International Academic Honor and Professional Society in Gerontology; and Facilitator of FOCUS of Greater Charlotte (Fellowship of Communities Uniting Seniors), a professional education group serving over 1000 professionals that work with or on behalf of older adults.


Gerard Pappa

Board Member

Gerard is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, project manager, and process improvement specialist who is a leader in driving change, strategic planning, and cultural transformation. He has over 20 years’ experience with Lean Six Sigma, Gerard has extensive customer service experience with a strong skill set that can lead process improvement methodology and project management deployment and has specialized knowledge of CPI within healthcare, pension, and public organizations. He has a passion for improving services, so people have increased access to the help they need in both healthcare and the public sector.


Andrew Pollock

Board Member

Andy Pollock has a B.S. from Penn State in Business and an MBA from the University of Maine. Andy grew up on a farm in Dartmouth Massachusetts where he and his husband currently reside. He became Executive Director of a start-up village in Dartmouth and Westport Massachusetts. Currently, Coastal Neighbors Network is a flourishing Village with over 150 members, 100 volunteers, and 45% of service members below the poverty line. He cochairs the Massachusetts executive director/board of director meetings; he sits on the LGBTQ+ inclusion group for the national Village to Village Network and has presented to the national convention.

Edgar (Eddie) Rivas

Board Member

The New York Times once listed Eddie as one of the six most powerful aging-policy lobbyists in Washington. As part of a long career, he served on the staff of the U.S. House Select Committee on Aging and also held positions at state and area offices on aging and national aging organizations including AARP. Eddie is a planner and policy analyst with project management skills and hands-on experience in advocacy and coalition building, with an emphasis on working on behalf of underserved communities, as well as extensive experience in the aging and disabilities field. He is a board member of his local Village, Potomac Community Village.

Leigh Sempeles

Leigh Sempeles

Board Member

Leigh Sempeles is currently a Del Mar Encore Fellow, working for The Dayton Foundation and in partnership with Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC) on establishing Age-Friendly initiatives in the southwest region of Ohio, as part of the Institute for Livable and Equitable Communities. Trained as an attorney, with more than 20 years in leadership roles in legal information services at LexisNexis and Bloomberg L.P., she has applied her corporate experience to the nonprofit sector capitalizing on business strategies that keep critical social services missions moving forward. Leigh served as the Executive Director of St. Vincent de Paul in the Dayton community and as the Executive Director of the Foggy Bottom West End Village in Washington D.C. She has remained active in the Village Movement holding positions as Treasurer and President of the Board of the Washington Area Villages Exchange (WAVE). As she resided in the DC area, Leigh was also an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) in the MBA program teaching leadership and management concepts as well as business ethics, legal principles and corporate social responsibility. She earned her BA in History from Wright State University, possesses a Masters in Management from Antioch College, received her JD from the University of Dayton and is licensed to practice in the state of Ohio.

Wendy Zenker

Board Member

Wendy Zenker is the Executive Director of Arlington Neighborhood Village, a Village providing services, support and engagement activities to 230 members in Arlington, Virginia, a suburb of Washington D.C. Prior to joining Arlington Neighborhood Village in 2017, Wendy was the Senior Vice President for the National Council on Aging, where she directed the implementation of nationwide programs to improve the health and financial well-being of older adults, especially those with low incomes; and had a 30+ year career with the Federal Government, her last position as the Chief Operations Officer of the Corporation for National Service, which oversees the AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs.