WHO WE ARE Board of Directors
Board Chair
Molly Cartmill
Director – Corporate Social Responsibility, Sempra Energy
"For me, it is such a privilege and honor to be able to serve seniors. A growing number of seniors are falling into poverty and I believe it is our collective responsibility to help provide for them. At Serving Seniors, our support usually begins with the provision of a nutritious meal – and that meal often then provides the gateway to lifesaving wrap-around services, such as housing, health and social services."
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."

Executive Committee
Arlene Prater
Best Best & Krieger LLP
Jerry Schneider
Business Consultant & Philanthropist
Gwenmarie Hilleary
Sr. Administrative Analyst
UCSD Health
Sam Sherman
Paul Sanit
Vice President / Senior Financial Advisor
Merrill Lynch
"I’ve been involved with Serving Seniors at the old Broadway Center since 1994. In our society, seniors have not yet gained the same status and level of respect they do in other countries and I’m passionate about honoring them. I’ve wanted to become more involved with the organization to help them continue to provide quality and compassionate services to our aging population." - Dale Isaacs
"Lessons for the future are often found in the shared stories, experiences and examples of our seniors. I see seniors as an untapped resource of common sense and wisdom that might have a little twist of reality that can be learned from. Providing seniors with a sense of personal value and enhancing their quality of life is an important measure of a compassionate community. I am committed to finding ways that we can engage seniors as an active part of society. There is an importance in the role of being served as being of service. Participation in the Board will allow me to experience truly serving the seniors in San Diego. " - Gwenmarie Hilleary
"Since retiring from full time employment, I have been looking to join an organization that helps seniors with the basics of life. Serving Seniors provides a critical service to our community’s senior citizens that makes their lives healthier, more productive with less demands on our public healthcare services. Interacting with the seniors that come to our facilities is very purposeful for me; I can see in their eyes how important our services are to them." - Jerry Schneider
Karen Kolnes
Millman Search Group
Marcus DiFiore
Senior Commercial Banking Relationship Manager
US Bank
P. Vien Nguyen
Manager of Planned Giving and Major Gifts
Betty McIntyre
Philanthropist and Retired Social Worker
Department of Social Services
Jordan Meyers
Senior Software Engineer
Martha Guy
General Counsel
H.G. Fenton Company
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

100% of our Board of Directors financially support Serving Seniors.

Executive TeamTo email any member of our team just click on their name.

Paul Downey , President and CEO
Paul became President/CEO of Serving Seniors in 1995 and has guided the agency’s innovative efforts to provide supportive services focused on keeping low-income seniors healthy and independent. In addition to 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 services, nutrition program, public relations and advocacy efforts. Paul serves 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).  Paul serves as San Diego Supervisor Diane 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.  In 2005, he was 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.  In July 2010, he 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 over 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.
Our StaffTo email any member of our team just click on their name.

Health & Supportive Services Team
RN, BSN, PHN Nurse Case Manager
RN, CNS, Director of Nursing Geriatric Health Services and Research
MSW, Clinical Team Lead
Social Service Case Manager
Social Services Case Manager (Mandarin-speaking)
BSW, Home Delivered Meals Social Service Case Manager
Supportive Housing Manager
MFT, Director of Supportive Services
Director of Integrated Services
Care Navigation Manager
Nutrition Team
Food Service Director
Home Delivered Meals Coordinator
Lemon Grove & East County Sites
South Bay Sites
Lifelong Learning Team
Director of Activities and Volunteers
Development Team
Development Officer
Director of Development, Annual Giving
Human Resources
Human Resources Manager
IT Manager
Data Manager