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 >
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.
Giselle Beets , Vice President of Operations

Giselle oversees the agency’s human resources, operations, nutrition, and social ventures. With 20 years of progressively responsible management experience, her focus is on employee growth and development of 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.  

Nurse Case Manager
Director of Nursing, Geriatric Health Services and Research
Director of Supportive Services
Director of Integrated Services
Supportive Housing Manager
Care Navigation Manager (Spanish-speaking)
Social Services Case Manager (Mandarin-speaking)
Social Service Case Manager (Spanish-speaking)
Senior Care Navigator
Administrative Support Specialist (Spanish-speaking)
Food Service Director
Home Delivered Meals & Site Manager
Lemon Grove & East County Sites
South Bay Sites
Home Delivered Meals Support Services Coordinator
Food Service Lead
Dining Room Coordinator
Senior Lead
IT Manager
Data Manager
Building Manager
Safety & Security
Development Officer
Special Events & Communications Officer
Associate Director of Development, Corporate & Foundation Relations
Associate Director of Development, Annual Giving
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
Vice President
Comerica 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
Laura West
Executive Director
Atria Senior Living
Simon Silva
Deputy City Attorney
Chula Vista
Robert Borthwick
Vice President and General Counsel
Sempra Infrastructure, LLC
Carl Shi
Vice President of Engineering
Karolina Ericsson
Vice President and General Counsel
Senior Resource Group