Board

Tracie Tokar – President

Program Manager
Premier Washington Adult Day Center
724-250-7096

Tracie has worked the field for 23 years, starting as an activity assistant in a long-term care facility and the past 15 years in Adult Day Services. She has served on the PADSA Board as the Western Regional Representative, Western VP, and is currently the President of the Board.

Her long term care experience includes working as an Activities Coordinator prior to working with Adult Day Programs. She is currently the program manager for Premier Washington Adult Day Center. She has a BS in Therapeutic Recreation from Slippery Rock University.

Tynetta Alston – Immediate Past President

SarahCare of the Lehigh Valley
7010 Snowdrift Road, Suite 100
Allentown, PA 18106
Phone: (610) 391-1576

Tynetta M. Alston has been the Executive Director/owner of SarahCare of the Lehigh Valley (SCLV) since 2012 where she has worked with her team to establish SCLV as a leader in customer satisfaction and care. Prior to her work in adult day services, Tynetta has acquired over 30 years of health care and consumer and industrial products experience. Her background has been primarily in the area of sales and marketing, with extensive experience with managed care customers in the pharmaceutical industry through her work as a National Account Executive for Merck’s US Human Health Managed Care. Through her work with companies, Tynetta has had experience as a product manager, business development manager, customer and economic market research analyst, and a production manager. Tynetta earned her MBA in Marketing and Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and her BS in Chemical Engineering at Wayne State University. She has won numerous awards throughout her career including 15 Awards for Excellence and a Customer Marketing Award. She is committed to community service and has helped to raise SCLV’s involvement with local organizations and she has organized Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service activities for over 15 years within her community.

Hiren Patel, Treasurer

Shanti Gardens Adult Day Care

Hiren Patel owns and oversees the operation of Shanti Gardens Adult Day Care. Shanti Gardens ADC has provided adult day services to the aging population in lower Bucks County for over 5 years. Hiren has been involved in the adult day services industry since 2009 and continues to stay active in the industry.

Hiren is committed to helping Seniors age with dignity. In addition to handling all of technology and financial management at Shanti Gardens ADC, Hiren assists the Program Director with Quality Assurance, internal audits, and with writing policies and procedures. He actively works with his Activities coordinators to plan meaningful activities that will benefit participants.

Hiren has a Bachelors Degree in Finance from Baruch College in New York and has worked in Information Technology sector for over 18 years, designing and managing enterprise class systems for financial and technology companies.

Hiren is married and has three children. When not working, Hiren enjoys playing volleyball and spending time with his eight-­‐year old son and five year old twin daughters.

Leslie Gilman – Eastern VP

PO Box 120
Flourtown PA 19031
Tel: 215-779-1010
Fax: 215-233-0615

Leslie has started up and managed multiple adult day programs in the SE and NE Pennsylvania areas as well as in DE and MD. She has over 30 years of health care management experience including hospital, long term care, consulting, and for the past 20 years, exclusively adult day. She has served as a PADSA Board member in the past as well as on various civic and community association boards and currently serves on the Long Term Care Advisory Committee of the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging.  Leslie earned both her BS in Psychology and her MBA in Health Administration from Temple University and she also holds a PA Nursing Home Administrator license. Leslie currently resides with her family in Montgomery County, just outside Philadelphia.

Nicole Pruitt – Secretary

Inglis Day Program
2600 Belmont Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19191
Phone: (215) 581-0730

www.inglis.org

Nicole Pruitt is the Program Director of the Inglis Adult Day Program in Philadelphia. Nicole has been with the Inglis organization for 15 years, the last 8 of which have been with the Inglis Day Program.

At Inglis, Nicole is responsible for the oversight of all operations of the Day Program, as well as Inglis’s Employment Services Program. Inglis Day Program serves a young population of adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. Nicole has led the Inglis Day Program through many physical and programmatic changes; including increasing census and establishing a recreational program that attracts consumers across many generations and with many different abilities.

Nicole is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, and a Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist. She obtained her AAS from Harcum College, and BS in Business Administration from Holy Family University.

Lori O’Brien – Western VP

Anathan Club
300 JHF Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Phone: (412) 422-9454

Fax # 412-421-7750

Lori O’Brien has work in the adult day field for 20 years, first as a certified activity director, then as a site manager.  Prior to that, she was an assistant manager for Turtle Creek Valley MH/MR evening recreational program for mentally challenged adults.  She serves as a caregiver support group coordinator with the Alzheimer’s Association, on the PADSA board as a regional representative and has been active in Special Olympics as well as the Easter Seals youth program.

 

Vlada Rubarkh, RN, BSN – Southeastern Regional Representative

Program Director
Northeast Adult Day Care Inc.
11048 Rennard St.
Philadelphia, PA 19116
(215)671-0200

www.northeastadc.com

Vlada Rubarkh is the Program Director and Owner of Northeast Adult Day Care, which has been successfully serving seniors since 1999. Vlada’s background as both clinician and business leader has enabled her to support the senior community of Northeast Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Vlada is a pioneer in the delivery of state-of-the-art adult day services targeted to diverse ethnic populations. She strives to provide her clients with a warm, home-like atmosphere which enables her clients to receive benefits well beyond their medical needs.  Vlada holds a BSN degree from Thomas Jefferson University School of Nursing. She has over 20 years of experience in acute and community-based long-term care settings and geriatrics. Vlada’s diverse expertise spans across general management, administration, staffing, sales and operations as well as nursing, dietary, educational, therapeutic needs and social programming.

Judy Gawlas – Southwest Regional Representative 

Seton Senior Center

Pittsburg, PA

Rachael Davidson – Northeast Regional Representative

Lehigh Valley Adult Services

Easton, PA

Vickie Johnson – Central Regional Representative

Liberty Manor

Muncy, PA

Christina Haeusler – Delegate

Garden Spot Village

New Holland, PA

Christina Haeusler has worked in the human services field for 9 years. She started her career as a Therapeutic Staff Support (TSS) for children with autism before making her transition into the long-term care field. She currently serves as Director of Adult Day Services at Garden Spot Village (7 years). In this role, she is passionate in serving her clients in Adult Day Services with a person-centered approach in order to maintain their autonomy while continuing to encourage a purposeful life.

Christina also enjoys serving as a guest speaker at various events such as Caregiver Support groups. Most recently, she was a guest panelist for the ELANCO Dementia Friendly Community workshop for local businesses in order to help educate and raise awareness on dementia and the difficulties that are often times faced by not only the individual, but also the families/caregivers.  She received her bachelors of Sociology at Millersville University and her Masters of Strategic Leadership at Elizabethtown College. She continues to pursue educational opportunities in order to ensure she is providing the best quality care possible.

Jane Alwalah – Delegate

Westminster Village

Allentown, PA

Richard Bigg – Delgate

Older Adult Program Manager

Avenues Eldergarden

2 Park St.

Pottsville, PA 17901

Phone: (570)622-7920

Richard Bigg is the manager of the older adult programs for Avenues. He manages three locations in Schuylkill and Lebanon Counties. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Psychological Services and a minor in Philosophy through Penn State University, Richard worked in residential programs, therapeutic support, and vocational development. He has been manager of Avenues Eldergarden and Eldercare facilities since August 2016.