Meet NVN’s Board Members
The Board of Governors provides ongoing oversight and management of NVN. Responsibilities include operational and strategic planning, financial review, and coordination and oversight of committees.
The Board is made up of members elected at the Annual Meeting for three-year terms, with a maximum of three consecutive terms. The members of the Board of Governors are listed below. Feel free to contact them if you have questions or concerns. They look forward to hearing from you!
President: Barbara Adolphe
Treasurer: Tom Garrabrant
Secretary: Nettie Scott
Board Member Bios:
Barbara Adolphe moved to Mt Airy in 2016, upon retirement from a career in NJ as the Executive Director of a non-profit agency. In 2018, she detoured for a year in North Carolina with her daughter’s family after which they all moved to Chestnut Hill. Barbara’s focus is on family here and in NYC. She is also a Certified Personal Trainer and is taking piano lessons and tap dancing classes. Other interests include vegetarian cooking, contra dancing and hiking.
Sara Allen taught English at Springside for 33 years and lived in Mt. Airy over 50 years. She was on the Board of Northwest Interfaith Movement. She is an active photographer and has been taking photos of NVN Members since 2014.
Ann Cullinan is a former social worker and hospice volunteer.
Tom Garrabrant has been a resident of East Mt. Airy since 1985 and worked in biochemical and pharmaceutical research. Since retiring, he has been studying and playing chamber music at two Settlement branches and is a volunteer docent, leading tours of Grumblethorpe, the historic home of the Wister family.
Florence Jenkins has been a resident of West Mt. Airy for 26 years and worked in retail as assistant buyer/manager. She has also worked as a training supervisor for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She sings in the Senior Choir at Grace Baptist Church.
Lois Kauffman – a resident of Washington, DC, for 45 years – has lived in West Mt Airy since 2015. After spending most of her life in education, she has become interested in support groups and facilitates our Embracing Loss Group.
Hope Punnett has lived in West Mt. Airy for 54 years. Hope was Director of the Genetics Laboratory at St Christopher’s Hospital for Children for over forty years. Retirement has given her more time for gardening and, until recently, traveling and visiting her grand- and great-grandchildren.
Claire Robinson is originally from Connecticut with most of her schooling in New England. She first came to Philadelphia in 1975 for medical school and remained, becoming a physician of obstetrics and gynecology until retirement in 2018. She has lived in Germantown and Mt Airy for almost her entire time in Philadelphia. Her enthusiasms include cooking (eating), gardening, technological ventures. Her time is also devoted to her work for the community, which now includes being on the Board of Planned Parenthood as well as, most recently, the NVN Board.
Nettie Scott moved to Philadelphia from Alaska where she had lived and worked for thirty years as a cross cultural mental health and addictions clinician, non-profit administrator, community organizer, curriculum developer and trainer of human services workers, and later as a University of Alaska social work faculty member. Personal interests include nature and gardening, any kind of artisanal activities, community volunteering, writing, and five decades of trying to learn to play the mandolin.
Mary Segal is a member of the Marketing/PR committee and the Technical Group. She has lived in Wyndmoor for 30 years. Mary was engaged in health care research and health promotion advising. Now she is involved with social justice activities.
Sue Sussman is a seasoned executive coach and coach trainer with clients in business and government.