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See what our residents and staff say about life at Martins Run



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People are why Martins Run is so special

You won't find a friendlier retirement community than Martins Run. When the residents talk about the atmosphere, the word they use most often is "warmth." The residents enjoy welcoming new people and making new friends, and the staff knows everyone by name. The management is guided by Jewish values, and they are committed to keeping Martins Run the comforting, safe and enjoyable community it has always been. We thought you'd like to meet some of them.

      Linda Sterthous, Chief Executive Officer              
Linda has been with Martins Run in the capacity of CEO since 1998.   She has more than 20 years of experience in health care administration and planning. Before coming to Martins Run, Linda was Vice President of The Partnership Group, consultants who assist employees dealing with eldercare issues. She has also been Program Director of Geriatric Rehabilitation at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia .
"I often tell people this is the best job I've ever had. The diversity of the work, the chance to work with a great staff and board is terrific, but the best part of this job is the residents. The residents are a warm and wonderful group of people. I love talking with them and hearing their stories. They inspire me every day."
   Lorraine DellaFranco, C.A.S.P, Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing Services
Lorraine, who has been at Martins Run since 1996, is a past president, board member and service honoree of the Marketing and Public Relations Society of Pennsylvania. She is also a special evaluator for the CCAC, the organization that accredits continuing care communities, including Martins Run. Lorraine also served on the Executive Board of the Care Consortium of The Main Line. She is a frequent speaker and panelist on industry topics.
"I feel privileged to be able to do what I love for a living. And being able to help older adults experience a more vital and active life is very rewarding. Too often seniors are dismissed, and people seem to forget that their stories are our history. We must remember that their age is a triumph, not a defeat. The best part about working with the residents every day is that we become an extension of their families."
   Steven Wisniewski, Chief Financial Officer
Steven has more than 18 years experience in senior living finance and administration. Before returning to Martins Run in November 2008, he served as vice president of finance for a senior living organization that provides continuing care and affordable housing to more than 2,600 residents in 25 communities.  He has also been employed by a management company dedicated to providing affordable senior independent living apartments, long term care and community outreach programs.  Steven has served on the Marriott Senior Living National Foundations of Leadership Cadre, traveling the country while teaching start up communities the core values of aging services, and has served on the foundation’s board of Union Hospital in Elkton, Maryland.

A graduate of Widener University, Steven holds a B.S. in Accounting with a minor in Business Administration.
"I have always thrived in organizations whose mission is to enhance the quality of life of seniors, meeting their needs through housing, health care and other programs.  I have never considered my role in finance to be a conflict with my desire to serve others.  An organization, no matter how benevolent, needs to be financially sound in order to attain the goals and vision it has set for itself and to serve those who have entrusted it with their lives."
      Irene Kane, Vice President, Health Services 
Irene has been with Martins Run since 2003.  She is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, and was a Nursing Home Administrator for a private health care company located throughout Pennsylvania.  Irene is well versed in all aspects of Lifecare beginning with her career as a Director of Therapeutic Recreation in a wheelchair community followed by Director of Clinical Services for a Head Injury and Recovery center.  She has also been a part time professor at Temple University. 
"I enjoy interacting with people and find that I always learn something new and interesting from my contact with the residents and their family.  The warm and friendly atmosphere at Martins Run has made me feel very welcome."
   Meryl Crean, Community Rabbi and Chaplain
Rabbi Meryl Crean serves our community as both Rabbi and Chaplain. Rabbi Meryl received her ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1996. She is a member of the Marple Newtown Clergy Association and is certified as a Jewish Chaplain by the National Association of Jewish Chaplains (NAJC).
"My dual interests in chaplaincy and the pulpit find expression and fulfillment here at Martins Run. Community is at the heart of what defines my rabbinate and the people at Martins Run. Both residents and staff really understand the meaning of community, of being there for each other. Everyday I am blessed to grow and learn along with our residents. Always, I am awed by how much wisdom, friendship and caring is shared."

    Marian Levine, Vice President,  Human Resources
Marian came to Martins Run in 1995.  She began as development director, eventually adding external affairs to her portfolio before switching to human resources.  She is also Martins Run's corporate compliance officer.  Marian has extensive experience working professionally and as a volunteer in the Jewish community, including the Jewish Community Relations Council, Akiba Hebrew Academy, Congregation Beth Am Israel and the Community Hebrew Schools of Greater Philadelphia. 

"I love working at Martins Run!  I enjoy learning and my roles here have allowed me to develop not only professionally but also personally.  Over the years, I've learned so much from the residents and staff.  The people I work with are caring professionals who look out for the residents and each other and the people on whose behalf we work have showed me how one can age gracefully."

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