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. Read Full Bio >
Melinda Forstey , Chief Operating 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.
Sue Schaffner , Chief Financial Officer

Sue oversees the financial management of the organization including grant compliance, accounts payable and receivable, purchasing, payroll, banking, internal controls, budgeting, cost allocation, general accounting, and investments. She is also responsible for the strategic analysis of current and potential agency operations from a financial perspective. Sue has more than 20 years of nonprofit financial and executive management expertise.  
Edith Glassey , Vice President of Philanthropy

Edith provides leadership and overall strategic direction for the agency’s philanthropic programs and initiatives, as well as oversight of public relations, marketing and communications.  Edith brings 25+ years of experience as a consummate philanthropy professional and a dedicated nonprofit executive.
Giselle Beets , Vice President of Operations

Giselle oversees the agency’s human resources, operations, nutrition, and social ventures. She is responsible for strategic plan that ensures that compensation, professional development, retention are all aligned with the company's strategic objectives and goals. Giselle has 20 years of progressively responsible management experience, her focus is on employee growth and development of the organization.
Jennifer Sinnott , Vice President of Clinical Services

Jennifer is responsible for the integration of social work, nursing, dental, and wellness services. She also provides clinical direction and supervision to program staff and supports the growth of programs and services through collaborative community partnerships in a community-based setting that emphasizes a “whole-person” care approach.

Nurse Case Manager
Home Delivered Meals Support Services Coordinator
Information and Support Specialist
Nurse Case Manager
Director of Supportive Services
Social Services Case Manager
Supportive Housing Manager
Care Navigation Manager (Spanish-speaking)
Social Service Case Manager (Spanish-speaking)
Administrative Support Specialist (Spanish-speaking)
Home Delivered Meals & Site Manager Potiker
Food Service Director
Home Delivered Meals & Site Manager Oceanside
Lemon Grove & East County Sites
South Bay Sites
Food Service Lead
Dining Room Coordinator
Senior Lead
IT Manager
Building Manager
Safety & Security
Development Officer
Special Events & Communications Officer
Director of Institutional Giving
HR Generalist
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."
Lina Ericsson, Board Chair
Vice President and General Counsel
Senior Resource Group
Robert Borthwick
General Manager
Sempra Renewables
Simon Silva
Deputy City Attorney
Chula Vista
Board Members
Joy L. Delman
Professor Emerita
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Deborah Linggi
Executive Communications Lead
Lowell Potiker
HSP Group Inc.
Matthew Strauss
Senior Counsel
Jordan Meyers
Project Manager
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Laura West
Executive Director
La Vida Del Mar Assisted Living
Ted A. Lange Sr., CFP
Financial Planner
Joni Low
Community Volunteer
Dale Goldman
Community Volunteer
Mary Gendron
Nicole Hagaman
TW2 Marketing
Arlene Prater
Best Best & Krieger LLP
Gwenmarie Hilleary
Sr. Administrative Analyst
UCSD Health