Board of Directors
United Methodist Services for the Aging
Steven Albert, Ph.D.
Professor of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
University of Pittsburgh
As leader of the public health and aging effort at Pitt's Graduate School of Public Health, Dr. Albert and his team are working to determine how the aging services network and related clinical services can function as a public health intervention. Current areas of focus include primary prevention of falls in a state-wide pragmatic clinical trial, assessment of end-of-life decision making among the very old and prevention of late-life mood disorders. Prior to joining the university in 2005 Dr. Albert served as associate professor of Public Health (Sociomedical Sciences), associate professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences and Neurology and assistant research scientist at Columbia University. He is a member of numerous local, national and international professional organizations, including the Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging's Advisory Council, the American Cancer Society's Study Section and the Behavioral and Social Sciences Section of the Gerontological Society of America. Dr. Albert received his doctorate from the University of Chicago.
Ms. Audrey Burgoon (Assistant Secretary)
Mr. Daniel Wolf (Assistant Corporate Treasurer)
David Johnson (Chair)
Thomson, Rhodes & Cowie, P.C.
Admitted to the Pennsylvania bar in 1977, David's practice areas include hospitals and physicians, toxic substances, employment law and more. He has served as lead counsel in more than 110 jury trials in both state and federal court in Pennsylvania and several other states. David is a member of the Pennsylvania Society of Healthcare Attorneys of the Hospital Association, a fellow of th e Pennsylvania Bar Foundation and a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Laura Magone, MBA
Organizational Development Consultant
For the past nine years, Laura has been self-employed, which has allowed her to work with a multitude of clients ranging from non-profits to entrepreneurial ventures to Fortune 100 and 500 corporations. She has assisted companies in the areas of customer service, team building, direct marketing, management and leadership development and marketing strategy development. Laura is affiliated with a variety of organizations including the American Marketing Association and t he American Society for Training and Development.
John H. Mather, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Masters Programs
Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University
At Carnegie Mellon Universtiy (CMU), John directs two Masters degrees including the MBA and MS in Computational Finance and manages a Masters staff for the planning, development and execution of admission, services and career placement for all Masters students in these programs. In addition, he teaches numerous marketing courses. John is active in technology-based start-ups and local area incubators, providing advice on marketing strategy and business planning and is active in the not-for-profit sector. Prior to joining CMU, he served as an executive vice president for Marketing Information and Strategy at Ketchum Communications where he spent more than 20 years.
Mr. Richard W. Purnell (Treasurer)
President and Executive Director
Treasurer & Chair of the Finance Committee,
United Methodist Services for the Aging
Rick is the president and executive director of the II-VI Foundation, a private charitable foundation located in Bridgeville, Pa., which encourages and enables students to pursue careers in science, engineering and/or mathematics. In addition, he is the treasurer of United Methodist Services for the Aging and chair of the Finance Committee.
Mr. Kenneth Schultz
Shannon Construction Company
Ken began his career at Shannon Construction Company in 1976 where he worked as a union laborer, union carpenter, estimator and project manager before moving to Houston, Texas. In Texas until 1983, he worked as a project controls specialist at Bechtel Inc. and a product estimator and scheduler at C.E. Crest. Ken accepted a position as vice president at Shannon taking responsibility for project estimation, proposal development and management of budgets, subcontractors and project schedules. Today, he is the acting senior project manager on larger projects and the chief technology officer, conceptual estimating and operations manager.
Martin has extensive experience in the design of residential care environments for aging adults. Since he joined the firm in 1990, Martin’s responsibilities have included planning, design, construction, supervision, and project direction for some of the firm’s most challenging senior living projects. Martin has led projects across the full continuum: supportive housing, CCRCs, assisted living, long-term care and chronic-care hospitals. His approach to architecture is based upon the integration of nature, sensitive site design, and sustainable building design. Martin has been active in the culture change movement in long-term care – leading pioneering projects for clients such as Hebrew SeniorLife|NewBridge on the Charles in Boston, The Jewish Home and Hospital in New York, St. Ann’s Community in Rochester, New York, The Overlook at Northampton in Massachusetts, and Albright Care’s Riverwoods Community in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Philip Sweeney (Vice Chair)
When corporations, entrepreneurial ventures and non-profit organizations undergo critical transition stages, Philip Sweeney has provided forward thinking vision, smart growth strategies, progressive change management and decisive financial expertise to achieve growth, diversification and sustainability.
Mr. Sweeney has collaborated with investors/shareholders, Boards, CEOs and senior leadership in clarifying business strategies, adopting strong business models and building high-performance organizations. With a history of fiscal leadership, Mr. Sweeney has influenced value creation and business monetization through venture start-ups, business commercialization, privatization and ESOP creation/management, as well as highly accretive strategic transactions, recapitalizations, debt/equity investments and buy/sell-side M&A. He has also been a catalyst for sound financial, accounting, treasury, risk management, audit, regulatory compliance and reporting practices.
Mr. Sweeney has a 20+ year track record of success as a Corporate Director, Business Advisor and C-Suite Executive within the business services, education, energy, government contracting, healthcare and high-tech sectors. He currently serves as a Board Member / Business Advisor to small businesses and non-profits including, Cleopatra Resources, Celtic Healthcare, Asbury Heights and Winchester Thurston School.
Previously, Mr. Sweeney served as a Co-Founder, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Corporate Development of US Investigation Services (USIS), now Altegrity, and as a Sector & Division Controller, Corporate Finance Manager and Auditor with DynCorp International.
Mr. Sweeney is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelors Degree in Accounting, and completed Executive Education and Financial Management programs at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford Business School.
Mr. Richard Zahren
Richard Zahren is retired from PPG Industries where he was vice president of automotive coatings. Rich also held executive positions in planning, purchasing and compensation/benefits during his career. Since retiring, he has been active on boards of several non-profits whose missions relate primarily to children. He and his wife live in Mt. Lebanon. Rich has a BS in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.
Mr. John J. Zanardelli (Ex officio)
President & CEO
United Methodist Services for the Aging
John has worked for the United Methodist Services for the Aging as president and CEO of Asbury Heights for more than 15 years. He has a special interest in evidence-based medicine and in improving the management of not-for-profit organizations. John earned his B.S. in education from California State College in Pennsylvania, an MPH with a major in health care Administration from the University of Pittsburgh and a certificate in accounting also from Pitt.