Woods CEO receives top honor

Woods has announced that President and CEO, Diana L. Ramsay, is one of this year’s Brava! Award Recipients. The Brava! Awards celebrate the distinguished achievements of 40 of Greater Philadelphia’s top women business leaders.

Diana was named President and CEO of Woods Services in 2011, and in 2014 became President and CEO of Woods, the parent company to Woods Services. Under Diana’s leadership, Woods has grown from a family of two organizations, Woods Services and Brian’s House, to a network of five affiliate organizations, as she oversaw the addition of Archway Programs, Allies, Inc. and Tabor Services.

Prior to joining Woods, Diana led operations integration and clinical redesign for Johns Hopkins Health System. She established herself in the mental health services field as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Sheppard Pratt Health Systems, located in Baltimore.

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CHC names Colleen Miller Executive Director

Colleen Miller has been named executive director of Child, Home and Community (CHC), a non-profit social services agency that educates and supports young parents and their babies.

“Colleen brings a wealth of experience with her in nonprofit administration, business development and leadership,” said Maxine Romano, CHC’s Board President. “She has the ability to think creatively and strategically, and her references speak well of her skill in carrying out new strategies and reaching out to new funding sources with sensitivity to stakeholders.”

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Child, Home & Community receives grant from Philadelphia Foundation

Child, Home & Community, Inc. has received a $28,000 grant for general operating support from the following funds managed by The Philadelphia Foundation: Edward M. Story Memorial Fund in memory of his father; Edward Walter Clark Fund; and Malinda R. Farrow Fund. Announcement of the grant was made by R. Andrew Swinney, President of the Foundation, whose Board of Managers approved the grant on April 9th.

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HealthLink welcomes Dr. Michael Schelkun to Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of HealthLink Dental Clinic has welcomed its newest member, Michael Schelkun, MD, DDS. Dr. Shelkun has been a HealthLink volunteer since 2001 and specializes in oral and maxillofacial surgery. His private practice has three local offices serving residents of Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Schelkun is also an active staff surgeon for both Holy Redeemer Hospital and Abington Jefferson Health.

Schelkin joins the Board of Directors as the organization is in the midst of expanding its free dental clinic for low-income adults.

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Seniors can stay connected with great programs in Bucks

submitted by Amanda Mayer, Bucks County Area Agency on Aging

Senior centers are a great way to stay connected. For many people, the term “senior center” is synonymous with adult day-care center. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Visit a senior center near you and you’ll find very active adults in their 60s, 70s even 80s who are redefining what it means to be retired. As we age, the desire for a social life doesn’t diminish. In fact, there are health risks associated with social isolation. Among those are depression, high blood pressure, dementia, increased risk of re-hospitalization, an increased number of falls and shorter life expectancy.

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Bucks County Children’s Advocacy Center installs new director

With the re-accreditation process underway at the Bucks County Children’s Advocacy Center, new director Nimisha David knows exactly what will be occupying most of her working hours over the coming weeks.

“Our re-accreditation application is due this October,” says the licensed social worker who began her new responsibilities in May, “so I started working on that my second day here. It’s 400 pages, very detailed, and is taking most of my focus right now.”

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NOVA Thrift Shop manager retires, new manager comes on board

After 14 years overseeing NOVA Thrift Shop operations and helping establish it as a superior fundraising entity and an “ambassador” for Network of Victim Assistance’s services, Karen Corbett, the shop’s first manager, has retired.

Todd Bozes has already stepped into his role as manager, overseeing the five part-time paid employees and 60-some dedicated volunteers who keep the shop going seven days a week for shoppers and donations.

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Consumer Troubleshooter

submitted by Bucks County Consumer Protection Agency

Q: I recently purchased a used car from a local dealership. It appeared to be in good condition and to run well. Imagine my disappointment when, after driving the car for no more than two hours, the car broke down.

I took it to an auto repair shop and was told that the car needed a new transmission. I contacted the dealership to let them know about the break down and was told that, since I bought the car “as is”, they are under no obligation to make repairs. Isn’t there a used car Lemon Law in the state of Pennsylvania?  B.T.  Bensalem.

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Volunteer openings available for Renaissance Faire

One of our community’s grandest accomplishments is how a small library, can produce an authentic Renaissance Faire, that attracts 9000 visitors annually. HOW? Volunteers!

Founder and volunteer Faire Director Ken Hone cannot rave enough about how the Faire has grown as a result of community support from business donations, sponsors, and of course the priceless donation…hundreds of volunteers who help everyone take a step back in tyme every September by spreading the word, performing, or staffing the Faire.

He says, “Although our Faire family is big, everyone feels welcomed, valued and knows they are making a difference, as the Faire is for a cause – the public library and its year round free programs.”

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Focus on Food – Glorious imperfection

submitted by Cathy Snyder, Founder/Director, Rolling Harvest Food Rescue (www.RollingHarvest.org); Board member, Bucks County Foodshed Alliance (www.BucksFoodshed.org)

Ah, the glorious fruits and veggies of summer, finally here in abundance at our local farmers markets! In my extended family, the corn, tomatoes and peaches especially, are elevated to almost cult status of reverence for the fleeting moment we get to delight in them.

Such a gratifying time for our local farmers, too, who absolutely love providing for their local communities, sharing the intense tastes, pleasures and nutrients of locally-grown food that simply can not be replicated by any mass-market, styrofoam-packaged produce.

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