WAVE Quarterly Meeting

February 25, 2019

Hyattsville Town Hall

Program Notes

Outreach to and working with the LGBTQ community. Susan Messina, Deputy Director for Senior Services at IONA House and member of the board of Mt Pleasant Village.

Members of this community fear discrimination from villages that do not clearly advertise friendliness. Villages should be sure all communication materials clearly show welcoming approach, including a formal non-discrimination policy on the website, and an “other” category for gender on membership or other sign-up forms, as well as photos showing same sex couples.  Race and ethnicity add to this fear.  Social isolation and lack of family support is a serious issue for older LGBTQ people.  While some do not want special programs, others are looking for activities geared to them.  She suggested creating a task force to identify issues and opportunities and participating in gay pride events (month of June).  IONA offers five peer-support groups for LGBTQ seniors, including Maryland.   She provided two handouts, one on IONA peer support groups [Click here] and the other on resources, including a film [Click here].

The president suggested that WAVE consider having a table at the DC Gay Pride event.   

Advocacy:  Forecasting and being ready for long term care needs.  Mary Proctor and Elizabeth Cabot Nash of Capitol Hill Village.

Capitol Hill Village, founded 12 years ago, has 500 members with median age of 75, 40% of whom live alone. It has a staff of 6.  There are currently no senior residences or care facilities on Capitol Hill; hence the need to find new ways to care for seniors in the community. 

A slide presentation, From Aging in Place To Aging in Community [Click here], was shown.

Statistics.   Nationally, 52% of Americans reaching 65 will need long term care (LTC).  19% will need 1 year LTC; 8% 1-2 years; 11% 2 - 4 years; 14% 5 or more years.  48% will need none. 

Sharing our advocacy experience and how we got here.

  • Establish structure for discussion and decisions, e.g. advocacy committee of the Board , Housing committee, advocacy corps of community at large.
  • Recognize members will need more than village can offer.
  • Get to know your members
  • Create settings for talking about hard issues of aging
  • Encourage planning, use experts and best practices. E.g. Chevy Chase has small apartment called “The Stories” with special quality of life concierge.  All units are universal design; there are community rooms.
  • Assess capacity of community support; evaluate anticipated needs vs available DC services, housing and caregiving resources.
  • Define goals and objectives; identify care and housing options; health care workforce needs.
  • Advocate at DC council

What we have learned about gaps in DC for middle income residents.

  • DC doesn’t cover people with incomes between 30% and 100% of annual median income (AMI).
  • Only 850 assisted living units anywhere in DC; mostly in Ward 3 upper DC. No subsidy. Affordable for those with highest 20% of income.
  • Adult day programs. Only IONA has 1 for middle income residents.  There are only 200 subsidized day care slots available. 
  • Workforce issues: Not enough certified home health aides vs 4-5 years ago. Not keeping up with retirement of existing aides and growing demand. DC not thinking strategically about need for workforce or other support. 

Working with other community stakeholders, government agencies, DC council, Metro Council of Govts.  The Village will convene DC boards or advocacy groups in Spring 2019.


  • The roles of villages with hospitals? How to calculate the actual contribution of villages to health outcomes.
  • Promote universal design.
  • How to prevent physical and mental disability? Set up one level housing including an RN so health care is within the building.   VT has SASH program, 100 buildings like this. 

Pazit Aviv, Montgomery County Village Coordinator:  important to recognize that middle income people fall between the cracks. Need advocacy to include them, but recognize some of them have never and do not want to avail themselves of services. Montgomery County is compiling report on gaps on aging services. She will share it with villages who can call out the gaps.  Identify partners for advocacy across sectors.  Recommends a presentation to WAVE about long-term care (LTC) benefits. Congress may hear proposals for catastrophic LTC insurance.

Advocacy Breakout Groups Discussion Topics

What insights and issues are most compelling?  What does this make you think about; what was hard to understand?  Next steps: how well is your jurisdiction doing in support of aging in community?  Who are natural partners in your jurisdiction?  What might we pursue together, as WAVE, clusters of villages or other?

Break outs by jurisdiction: Report Out

VA:   Would like focus on LTC options for the home.  What can villages do?   What is AARP’s advocacy role?  Need to address zoning barriers to senior housing options.  Bring in new partners in VA for advocacy, including policy-oriented groups/individuals.  This can be a recruiting tool for villages--pull in policy wonks. 

MD:  Discussed how position of Montgomery County village coordinator was created and how Prince George’s County could get one.  Discussed housing, accessory dwelling units (ADUs), and zoning issues.  State level approaches might work on some issues, e.g. village insurance. Talk with county and state representatives.   Workforce issues--inadequate training, certification, pay. Reach out to other service communities, e.g. churches.  How best to approach them; must build trust.  Remember need to be inclusive; creative approaches needed.  Perhaps “summit” of leaders of various communities.

DC:  One level housing with health support, i.e. a concierge and an RN.   Meeting in April/May with woman who began SASH in VT to work with Medicare to pay for RN in buildings with subsidies up to 140% of AMI.  This meeting can be opened to others. Thinks MD is also developing something along these lines (housing + health care).  Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs) could include prevention-oriented activities to keep people out of LTC.   LTC and housing are separate/related issues.  Perhaps a middle level living--beyond a home that lacks one level living, but not yet LTC.  Could villages play a role?  Housing with care available  reduces demand for LTC.  Longevity with healthy living is goal--prevent or postpone disability.  Co-housing for seniors --30 units for seniors on Capitol Hill; 2 units for the caregivers themselves. 

Pazit Aviv:  Silos of county, state, federal agencies is issue.  Federal government could make greatest savings.  It’s hard to prove that counties and states would actually save any money from village activities.  Need “big boy numbers.”  WAVE should demonstrate cost savings for CMS.

Miriam Kelty:  Transportation is important, especially where there’s a mix of rural and urban space. 

Wrap up.  Members were asked to send ideas to Pat Clark or Gail Kutner. 

WAVE Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 12:30-2:30 pm

Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria VA


(See Minutes Below)

    Board Composition:  Current Outgoing - Terms ending 12/31/2018, 2019 Members, and Founding Emeritus Members

    DC:  Patricia Clark, Leigh Sempeles, Patricia Scolaro, Peggy Simpson

    MD:  Mary Jo Deering, Don Moldover, Eddie Rivas, Denise Snyder, Miriam Kelty - term ending 2018, then Founding Emerita Member, Eva Cohen - term ending 2018

    VA:  Sharon Canner, Cele Garrett, Gail Kutner, David Prescott, Virginia Hodgkinson - term ending 2018, then Founding Emerita Member

    1. WAVE mission and/or roles:  discussion and clarification

    2. WAVE succession planning: review slides from CA regional group on succession planning

    3. Determine Board member terms: stagger them appropriately

    4. A. Dates for quarterly meetings in 2019:  Feb 25 MD, April 22 VA, Sept 9 DC. and Nov 18 MD (Annual Meeting, elections)

        B. Dates for future meetings: Jan, April, July, Oct, plus Board meetings

    5. Review of WAVE dues – costs, reminder email, follow-up, etc.

    6. By-Laws review: Board vote on by-law changes

    7. Feb 2019 Member Meeting agenda

        A. Board members will participate in suggesting and determining agendas/topics for WAVE Member meetings.

        B. Board members should reach out to villages for ideas, speakers, membership concerns, etc.

        C. Agenda items postponed from October:  Susan Messina, Iona, on LGBTQ; Mary Proctor, Capitol Hill Village, on advocacy 

    8. Board members sign Conflict of Interest statement (who will create this?)

    9. Identification of WAVE documents to be archived:  Denise Snyder and Pat Scolaro agreed to review documents and recommend which need to be archived: Pat S. will review documents from 2012-2014; Denise S. will review 2015-2018.

WAVE Board Meeting

Tuesday, 27 Nov. 2018


In attendance:   

Sharon Canner           Miriam Kelty      Pat Scolaro  

Pat Clark               Gail Kutner       Leigh Sempeles     

Mary Jo Deering         Don Moldover      Peggy Simpson      

Cele Garrett            Dave Prescott     Denise Snyder

Virginia Hodgkinson     Eddie Rivas

The meeting opened with a discussion re: Kate Hoepke/CA Villages presentation at the VTV National Gathering. 

  • Questions arose about the motivations for the CA villages to organize; acknowledging that their grant funding made it possible to hire two staff members.
  • Is it a way to unify their villages, share experiences and pursue a research agenda?
  • The conversation evolved to whether WAVE should consider organizing a platform for open communications with our members, but recognizing that WAVE incorporates three state jurisdictions in the DC area.
  • It was suggested that WAVE canvass its members to determine their needs/wants, e.g. community calendar, village newsletter depository, place for each village to tell its story, or to “brand the village movement!”
  • This discussion led to a motion to review the WAVE mission, etc.

Voted Unanimously to accept the mission as is, to be revisited in six months.

The next discussion centered on WAVE dues. Dues will remain at their current levels. 

Voted Unanimously to add to the Annual Membership Dues form new fields asking for member, volunteer and participant statistics. 

Denise Snyder requested holding the next WAVE Quarterly Member meeting in Prince George’s County to recognize the villages in the county. All agreed and offered suggestions on how to proceed.  The tentative date was set for Monday 25 Feb. 2019.  Both Miriam and Peggy will have conversations with Mary Proctor in Capitol Hill to see if she’d be willing to be the speaker addressing the ABCs for Aging Advocacy. 

Lastly, we decided that we’d meet as a board again in January 2019; the date to be determined by a poll. 

WAVE Board of Directors Meeting

October 18, 2018, 1:30-3:30

IONA Senior Services, DC  

Fox Conference Room


(See Minutes Below)

1.  Introductions and Welcome new Board members

2.  Report on by-laws review - This may be helpful to new Board members

              A.  Review of officers’ roles

3.  Election of Officers 

4.  Discussion of Barbara’s keynote: Mission/ Role of WAVE.

5.  Policy documentation

              A.  Compilation of WAVE archival documents

6.  Meeting topics for coming year

7.  Plan Winter meeting in Maryland

              A.  LGBT and villages (Iona)

              B.  Advocacy-Cap. Hill Village + program

              C.  Sponsor (breakfast)

8.  Report on VtV meeting

9.  New Business


WAVE Board Meeting

Thursday, 18 Oct. 2018


Board Members Present:

Virginia Hodgkinson, Miriam Kelty, Leigh Sempeles, Pat Scolero, Pat Clark, Sharon Canner, Gail Kutner, Eddie Rivas;  [Taking Office in Jan. 2019: Denise Snyder, Mary Jo Deering, Dave Prescott, Cele Garrett]

Unable To Attend:  Peggy Simpson and Don Moldover

Board Actions:

WAVE By-Laws Review, Administrative changes and topics for further discussion and action at future meetings

  • Voted unanimously to approve a motion to create one new Vice President position, and affirmed a previous decision to have two Secretary slots (Recording and Correspondence).

Discussion and Decisions.  The President, First Vice President and Second Vice President will collectively be from villages in DC, VA, and MD.

The First VP serves as primary backup or stand in for the President, in the absence of the President, and a Second VP who would be the next Board member to back up or stand in for the President.

When the Past President is available, that person may serve as an informal advisor to the President.

The Recording Secretary is responsible for taking minutes of all meetings; the Correspondence Secretary will prepare communications to WAVE members and interested parties, with assistance from Board members as appropriate.

  • Voted unanimously to approve a motion to create two non-voting Emeritus Founding Board Member slots for the two remaining founders of WAVE, Miriam Kelty and Virginia Hodgkinson.
  • Voted unanimously in favor of a motion that only one board member from any WAVE member village may serve on the board at a time, i.e. no village may have two or more members serving on the WAVE Board at the same time. Those currently on the Board and are from the same village may stay.  No new Board Members may be from the same village as another Board Member. 
  • Administrative Decisions.

All Board members will participate in suggesting and determining agendas/topics for WAVE Member meetings.

Noted that we need to have all board members sign Conflict of Interest statements.

Noted that Board members should be more proactive in reaching out to villages for ideas, speakers, membership concerns, etc. 

  • Quarterly Meetings of the WAVE Members – voted unanimously to return to quarterly meetings. Meetings will be scheduled in Jan., Apr., Jul., and Oct. when possible.
  • WAVE Archives – Two board members will review documents to determine which documents need to be saved for archiving purposes: Pat Scolero will review documents from 2012-2014; Denise Snyder will review 2015-2018.
  • Upcoming Meetings:

After an initial report from the By-Law and Sustainability Committee, the Board decided that, at a future meeting, this committee will suggest by-law changes, for review and decisions of the Board.

  • By-law and Sustainability Committee (Leigh Sempeles, Pat Clark, and Miriam Kelty) will prepare a red-lined review document of the revised by-laws for the Board’s final approval process.

After a brief discussion of the things learned at the Village to Village National Gathering, the Board decided that, at a future meeting, the Board will review, discuss, and make recommendations and decision about the purpose and future of WAVE.

2019 Meetings Scheduled:  25 Feb 2019 – MD; 22 Apr 2019 – VA; 09 Sep 2019 – DC; 18 Nov 2019 – MD, Annual Member Business Meeting

Election of Officers – voted unanimously in favor for the year 2019

President                                Patricia Clark            DC

1st VP                                     Gail Kutner               VA

2nd VP                                    Mary Jo Deering       MD

Recording Secretary                Eddie Rivas              MD

Correspondence Secretary        Dave Prescott          VA

Treasurer                                Leigh Sempeles       DC

Next WAVE Board Meeting – Tue. 27 Nov 2019, 12:30-2:30 pm, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria VA

     Agenda:      By-Laws review

                        Feb 2019 Member Meeting agenda

                        WAVE mission and/or role discussion & clarification

                        Review of WAVE dues – costs, reminder email, follow-up, etc.

Washington Area Villages Exchange

Triannual Meeting

 Monday, October 1, 2018

Foggy Bottom West End Village

2430 K St N.W.

Washington, DC.

(Foggy Bottom Metro)


Refreshments by Georgetown Home Care


See pictures taken during the meeting here:

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Today’s Program

(See Minutes Below)

9:30 - 9:45 a.m. - Mix and mingle breakfast

9:45 – 10 a.m. - Annual Business Meeting

  • Acceptance of Minutes
  • Elections
  • Dues
  • IT Work Group Update
  • New Business

10 to 10:05 a.m. - CEO, John Bradshaw, owner, Georgetown Home Care

10:06 a.m. to 11 a.m.

LESSONS LEARNED: A Decade of WAVE Villages: Opportunities, Challenges and Failures.

Keynote: Barbara Sullivan, Executive Director, Village to Village Network and former ED for Mount Vernon At Home Village.

Additional comments:

Mary Rojas, president, Mount Pleasant Village (DC)

Peggy Gervasi, president, Silver Spring Village (MD)

Q&A from the floor

Village activists are encouraged to add to this conversation. What were pivotal turning points?

What course corrections did you make along the way? What programs help you expand your reach, which other villages could emulate? What are stumbling blocks today? We will provide index cards for your comments.

11:00 – 11:10:   Break

11:10 – 12 noon:  Discussion groups

** Continuation of “Lessons Learned” conversation

** Developing & Operating Villages

** IT Workgroup: Voice Activated Devices


12 noon: Adjourn. 


Board Nominations Solicitation 2018

Each village that has paid its dues for the 2018 fiscal year (January to December), has one vote on any business matters at the annual meeting October 1, 2018.  Below is a list of villages who have paid their 2018 dues.

At the annual meeting there will be an election of directors to the WAVE Board.  There are twelve seats on the WAVE Board, four from each local jurisdiction, DC, MD, VA. 

The WAVE Board is asking you to consider nominating yourself or a person you know who is engaged in the village movement and who is interested in serving on this Board.

Board Seats and Terms                 

Board Terms Expiring January 1, 2019
Election October 1, 2018



Terms Served


Nominations Thus Far


Patricia Scolaro


Will run for reelection

Patricia Scolaro, others?


Peggy Simpson


Will run for reelection

Peggy Simpson, others?


Leigh Sempeles


Will run for reelection

Leigh Sempeles, others?


Eva Cohen


Is resigning from the Board effective 10/1/2018.

Mary Jo Deering, others?


Miriam Kelty


Served maximum term

Denise Snyder, others?


Don Moldover


Will run for reelection

Don Moldover, others?


Sharon Canner


Will run for reelection

Sharon Canter, others?


Virginia Hodgkinson


Served maximum term

Dave Prescott, others?





Cele Garrett, others?

Board Terms Expiring January 1, 2020



Terms Served




Patricia Clark


In mid term



Eddie Rivas


In mid term



Gail Kutner


In mid term


We will vote on nominees to fill vacancies at the October 1 meeting.  Some of the incumbents are eligible for another term, and some of those will run again.  Some slots are vacant because the incumbents have served the maximum time allowed in our by-laws, do not wish to run again, or have left the area.  The Board is planning to limit each village to one person on the Board at a time.

Board terms are two years; some of the original Board Members served an initial first term of one year, to stagger the board, some people have been appointed mid term and are now being elected by the WAVE members.

Any Director may serve a maximum of 3 consecutive terms or 6 straight years.

The Board considers operational issues, organizational policies, financial matters, and future programs.  Board members may prepare responses to correspondence and inquiries from individuals, other villages and organizations and share them with other Board members before speaking for the organization.  WAVE is completing its first decade.  In the upcoming terms, the Board plans to address succession and sustainability, current and future needs of WAVE Villages and of the Village Movement.

We welcome the input of our member villages and encourage you to become involved as a Board member or to serve on a committee.  Please send Board member nominations to our Secretary, Eddie Rivas (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by September 15, 2018.  Nominations will be accepted from the floor at the October 1 meeting.  We will post the list of nominees on the website a week before our October 1 meeting, and will present the list at the meeting.



WAVE Triannual Meeting

Monday, 01 Oct. 2018


This meeting opened with thanks to Georgetown Home Care for providing breakfast. John Bradshaw, their President, provided short remarks about how they see villages fitting into the total continuum of care. 

Thanks were also accorded to Peg Simpson, VTVN Board member, for organizing the agenda and support for this meeting; and to Leigh Sempeles, Foggy Bottom-West End Village, for hosting the meeting.

WAVE Business Meeting & Announcements

The minutes to the spring Triannual meeting as posted on the WAVE website were accepted without changes.

The Treasuerer reported that WAVE currently has $1,059.00 in our bank account. She also reminded everyone that 2019 dues will be collected starting in January 2019. This led to a very brief discussion and recommendation that the Board reconsider the low dues amount being charged to entities (for- and non-profit) who are interested in WAVE membership and can easily afford higher dues than $45/year. 

Shannah Koss of Community Development announced that Montgomery County MD was in the process of studying how to use medical/health data to help improve overall community health.  While this project is starting in the Silver Spring & Takoma Park áreas exploring data collection, over time they hope to expand and compare to other health data sets in Maryland and beyond.  She is available for further discussion. 

Board Members – Board members nominated for the 2019-2020 term were elected unanimously as follows:

DC – Pat Scalaro, Leigh Sempeles, Peggy Simpson

MD – Denise Snyder, Mary Jo Deering, Don Moldover

VA – Cele Garrett, Sharon Canner, Dave Prescott

Continuing to serve out their two year terms for 2018-2019 are Pat Clark (DC), Gail Kutner (VA), and Eddie Rivas (MD).

Officers will be elected by the Board at their next meeting, as per the bylaws.

The IT Workgroup reported that they continue to explore voice controlled/activated devices in the village context and the use of village software packages such as Club Express and Helpful Village.  They hope to organize a Train the Trainer session in the future for these efforts; tbd. They reminded all present that they meet in quarterly conference calls that are open to all WAVE members. 

Pazit Aviv announced that there was still time to register for the 2018 Montgomery County MD Village Gathering on 22 Oct. 18 in Gaithersburg MD. 

Guest Speaker: Barbara Sullivan, VtVN Executive Director

Barbara discussed the founding and history of WAVE and the lessons learned over its eight years of existence. 

She expressed that some of the successes of WAVE and the area’s villages were WAVE’s ability to serve as a meeting place to share learnings from each other; success in having over 70 villages in the DC-MD-VA región; and proving that villages are a successful model for aging in one’s own community.

Opportunities for growth for villages include becoming more involved in research, technology, policy developments/lobbying and sharing knowledge through presentations.

Challenges mentioned that are for all villages nationwide include increasing membership and leadership, growing staff resources, increase board and volunteer participation to support staff and loss of members and/or participation.

Barbara also mentioned that the national VtV Network was exploring new relationships with potential national partners such as Amazon, AARP, Mather Lifeways and the Campbell Soup Company. 

WAVE Board Meeting - Agenda and Minutes

Thursday, August 2, 2018

11 am – Noon

Agenda (Amended)

  1. Initial Recommendations of WAVE By-laws Review Group
    1. By-Law Compliance Issues
      1. To comply with by-laws provision that members elect Board of Directors, designate fall meeting as Annual Meeting.
        1. Currently, the Annual Meeting is held in January. Dues notices go out in January, the beginning of our fiscal year.  Since only voting members (delegates from villages) vote and few villages have paid dues in January, only those few villages are eligible to vote.  Thus either those few eligible vote, or WAVE allows those who haven’t paid dues to vote.
        2. Moving the Annual Meeting that is required in the By-Laws, to a fall general meeting, would maximize participation of voting villages. It would lessen the probability of non-compliance with our by-law provision that member villages only are eligible to vote for Board members.
    2. Schedule an in-person meeting prior to October 1 meeting to review changes to by-laws, policies and other recommendations of the by-law review committee
  2. October 1 Meeting in DC
    1. Meeting will be at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Foggy Bottom Village, , 2430 K Street, NW
    2. Discussion of Agenda
      1. Panel: Lessons Learned - Peg
      2. Request by IONA staffer Susan Messina to discuss outreach to LGBTQ community (15 minutes)
        1. Board was surveyed about this request and favored it as agenda item
      3. Request from Mary Proctor of Capitol Hill Village to talk about DC villages engagement in advocacy activities
  3. New Business


  • Minutes       

  • On Call:  Peg S., Gail K., Pat C., Eva C., Miriam K., Virginia H., Leigh S., Dave P. & Eddie R.

    Unable to attend:  Sharon C., Don M. & Pat S.

    Opened discussion on the WAVE ByLaw recommended changes from Leigh and Pat C’s initial efforts (outlined in the Amended Agenda (see above).

    • Leigh and Pat will review § 2.2 Membership Classes, to assure that we address small non-profits’ dues and voting status.
    • Eva caught numerous typos noted during the call.
    • Everyone agreed to the recommended changes including moving the Annual Business Meeting with Board elections to the Fall meeting and creating two non-voting Emeritus Founding Board member slots on the Board for our outgoing officers.
    • In order to be transparent and solicit Board nominations from the WAVE members, Miriam offered to prepare an email memo to the membership with help from Pat C., Dave and Eddie, which would also be posted on the WAVE website.
    • Board seats open for election include 3 VA slots, 3 MD slots and 2 DC slots. [Virginia & Miriam will transition to Emeritus slots; Pat S and Barbara S no longer wish to serve; Eva, Don, Peg and Sharon can be reelected for another 2 year term.]
    • Potential candidates include Candace Baldwin/DC, Cele Garrett/VA & Dave Prescott/VA. Other candidates will be solicited both before the meeting as well as accepted “from the floor” during the Business Meeting.
    • Election of Board Officers will occur during the late Fall Board meeting, date to be determined using an online Doodle poll.

    Document retention was discussed and agreed to by all. Dave Prescott will collect all electronic and paper documents (for scanning) during the late Fall board meeting, to be saved on one external disk drive. He will also make a recommendation for potential cloud storage of these materials. 

    Leigh will investigate any legal issues around the transfer of Treasurer responsibilities outside of WAVE’s state of incorporation – Virginia.

    After a long discussion regarding the subject of the Fall 01 Oct 2018 WAVE Business Meeting, it was agreed that Barbara Sullivan will be a keynote speaker on lessons learned over the years from the Village movement. There will also be opportunity for a few respondents taking no more than five minutes; their names to be provided beforehand by Peg S., who has organized the meeting. Thanks to Foggy Bottom/West End Village for providing the meeting space. 

    Call/meeting ended.

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