Executive Team

Paul Downey , President and CEO

Paul Downey became President & CEO of Serving Seniors in 1995, after volunteering for the organization for nearly ten years. Since becoming President & CEO Paul has steadfastly guided Serving Seniors’ innovative efforts to keep low-income seniors healthy and independent. In addition to building and opening a 200-unit, low-income, senior housing complex called Potiker Family Senior Residence in downtown San Diego and a 150-unit affordable housing complex for seniors in City Heights, Paul has overseen the agency’s wrap-around wellness servicesnutrition program, public relations and advocacy efforts. Paul served as Chair of the California Commission on Aging, the principal advisory board to the Governor, State Legislature and state, federal and local departments and agencies on issues affecting older adults. He is also the past President of the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP) based in Washington DC and serves on the Public Policy Committee for American Society on Aging (ASA). Additionally, Paul serves as San Diego Supervisor Dianne Jacob’s appointee on the County of San Diego’s Social Services Advisory Board and is past Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Committee for the College of Health and Human Services at San Diego State University. In 2015, Paul was invited by President Obama to participate in the White House Conference on Aging. He was also appointed by Congresswoman Susan Davis as a delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging. Paul is a graduate of San Diego State University with a degree in journalism, and has also completed a certificate program in Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management from Harvard Business School.
Rick Roark , Chief Financial Officer

Rick oversees the financial management of the organization including grant compliance, accounts payable and receivable, purchasing, payroll, banking, internal controls, budgeting, cost allocation, general accounting, investments, and more. He is also responsible for the strategic analysis of current and potential agency operations from a financial perspective. Rick has a strong financial background and has held director and officer positions in the nonprofit sector for more than 12 years.
Lori Gremel , Chief Development and External Affairs Officer

Lori oversees agency advancement by providing leadership in identifying, cultivating and soliciting philanthropic support from community members, corporations, foundations and other individuals. The relationships this office helps create and steward aim to advance the agency’s mission and strengthen its ties with the community. Lori has over 10 years of experience in strengthening institutional networks and in fundraising.
Melinda Forstey , Chief Administrative Officer

Melinda manages all business models and program evaluation to drive business performance throughout the organization. She analyzes outcomes of various programs for operational and program planning and works with each department to improve business processes and increase efficiency. Melinda also oversees all of the IT, data and technological projects within the organization.

RN, CNS, Director of Nursing Geriatric Health Services and Research
MSW, Clinical Team Lead
MFT, Director of Supportive Services
RN, Psychiatrics
Director of Integrated Services
Supportive Housing Manager
BSW, Home Delivered Meals Social Service Case Manager
Care Navigation Manager
Social Services Case Manager (Mandarin-speaking)
Social Service Case Manager
Food Service Director
Home Delivered Meals & Site Manager
Lemon Grove & East County Sites
South Bay Sites
HDM Support Services Coordinator
Food Service Lead
Dining Room Coordinator
IT Manager
Data Manager
Building Manager
Safety & Security
Development Officer
Communications & Special Events Manager
Associate Director of Development, Corporate & Foundation Relations
Director of Human Resources
Payroll & Accounting Specialist
Director of Activities and Volunteers
Board of Directors
Every member of our Board of Directors financially supports Serving Seniors.
Executive Committee
President and CEO
Paul Downey
"My favorite and most gratifying moments involve simply walking through our facilities. Invariably, I will be stopped by a senior who tells me that Serving Seniors has been a lifesaver. These moments are the reason I am proud to be a part of this organization."
Arlene Prater, Board Chair
Best Best & Krieger LLP
Paul Sanit, Finance Chair
Vice President / Senior Financial Advisor
Merrill Lynch
Karen Kolnes, Governance Chair
Millman Search Group
Gwenmarie Hilleary
Sr. Administrative Analyst
UCSD Health
Jerry Schneider
Business Consultant & Philanthropist
Marcus DiFiore
Senior Commercial Banking Relationship Manager
US Bank
P. Vien Nguyen
Manager of Planned Giving and Major Gifts
Board Members
Carole Lindsey
Executive Director
Superior Home Care Services, Inc.
Jarvis Mueller
New Business Development
Meridian Home Care & Placement Services
Lowell Potiker
HSP Group Inc.
Dale Isaacs
Reid, Sahm, Isaacs & Schmelzlen LLP
Betty McIntyre
Philanthropist and Retired Social Worker
Department of Social Services
Jordan Meyers
Project Manager
Aira Tech Corporation
Marjorie Fox
Nonprofit Management Consulting
Laura West
Executive Director
Atria Senior Living
Simon Silva
Deputy City Attorney
Chula Vista
Robert Borthwick
Vice President and General Counsel
Sempra Infrastructure, LLC