Meet NVN’s Board Members
The Board of Governors provides ongoing oversight and management of NVN. Responsibilities include operational and strategic planning, financial review, and coordination and oversight of committees.
The Board is made up of members elected at the Annual Meeting for three-year terms, with a maximum of three consecutive terms. The members of the Board of Governors are listed below. Feel free to contact them if you have questions or concerns. They look forward to hearing from you!
President: Barbara Adolphe
Vice President: Tom Garrabrant
Assistant Vice President: Barbara Torday
Treasurer: John Evans
Secretary: Andrea Parry
Assistant Secretary: Mary Segal
Board Member Bios:
Barbara Adolphe moved to Mt Airy in 2016, upon retirement from a career in NJ as the Executive Director of a non-profit agency. In 2018, she detoured for a year in North Carolina with her daughter’s family after which they all moved to Chestnut Hill. Barbara’s focus is on family here and in NYC. She is also a Certified Personal Trainer and is taking piano lessons and tap dancing classes. Other interests include vegetarian cooking, contra dancing and hiking.
Carol Aronoff grew up in Hillside NJ, lived most of her adult life (and raised 2 daughters) in NYC, and moved to Chestnut Hill in 2003. She was one of 7 women to graduate in the Penn Law class of ‘66, and worked in DC for the Civil Rights Division of DOJ 1967-69. For 25 years she was an in-house attorney for an international commodities company. Carol has 4 grandkids, aged 14-20, and a fabulous but old and ill dog named Lola.
Tom Garrabrant has been a resident of East Mt. Airy since 1985 and worked in biochemical and pharmaceutical research. Since retiring, he has been studying and playing chamber music at two Settlement branches and is a volunteer docent, leading tours of Grumblethorpe, the historic home of the Wister family.
Barbara Hoffman moved to Philadelphia in 1986, and in 1993 became a Faculty Member at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University where she was engaged in cancer research and education. After switching to a half-time appointment in 2018, she took a more active role in NVN, chairing the Membership Committee, and joined the Board in 2023. Barbara is an advocate for various political causes, enjoys film, theater, dining out, and most importantly, hanging out with friends and meeting new people. She shares her home with her senior dog Sweet Pea and visits often with her daughter’s family.
Florence Jenkins has been a resident of West Mt. Airy for 26 years and worked in retail as assistant buyer/manager. She has also worked as a training supervisor for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She sings in the Senior Choir at Grace Baptist Church.
Hope Punnett has lived in West Mt. Airy for 54 years. Hope was Director of the Genetics Laboratory at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children for over forty years. Retirement has given her more time for gardening and, until recently, traveling and visiting her grand- and great-grandchildren.
Claire Robinson is originally from Connecticut with most of her schooling in New England. She first came to Philadelphia in 1975 for medical school and remained, becoming a physician of obstetrics and gynecology until retirement in 2018. She has lived in Germantown and Mt Airy for almost her entire time in Philadelphia. Her enthusiasms include cooking (eating), gardening, technological ventures. Her time is also devoted to her work for the community, which now includes being on the Board of Planned Parenthood as well as, most recently, the NVN Board.
Mary Segal is a member of the Marketing/PR committee and the Technical Group. She has lived in Wyndmoor for 30 years. Mary was engaged in health care research and health promotion advising. Now she is involved with social justice activities.
Sue Sussman is a seasoned executive coach and coach trainer with clients in business and government.
Barbara Torday, originally from Boston, moved to East Falls to be close to her children and grandchildren. She spent most of her career in education, teaching and working for a publishing company. She loves walking, reading and connecting with friends.