Leadership Committee

GenPhilly’s Leadership Committee is made up of members that guide the policy and administration of the group. Listed alphabetically.

Chair: Katie Young
Vice-Chair: Sarah Shrimplin & Suzanne Sztul


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Katie Young | Chair | Email

Katie Young, MSG is currently working as a Planner for Policy and Program Development at Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA).  In addition she teaches online undergraduate courses on aging and related issues for two universities.  She discovered her passion for working with the older adult population while working in an assisted living as a nursing assistant.  Katie has worked in a variety of settings including higher education, assisted living, and community programming. She holds a Master of Science in Gerontology from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BA in Liberal Arts from West Chester University. top


Lucas Asher | Member| Email

Lucas Asher is a project manager with NewCourtland Senior Services, an organization that provides affordable housing and community-based health care for low-income seniors. In his role, Lucas supports housing development and operations. Lucas is passionate about improving the lives of older adults through innovative and holistic models of care. He graduated with a B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin where he studied aging and health care policy, completing an honors thesis on the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).   top


Katie Block | Member| Email

Katie is a Victim Advocate at the Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE), where she helps to ensure older adult victims of crime have access to justice, compensation programs, and support services. Along with other advocates at CARIE, she works to make systemic change and develop programs that address issues related to access to services, ageism, justice, and quality of life. Prior to joining CARIE Katie worked for 7 years as a social issues marketing consultant, developing marketing strategy, and communications materials for social service agencies and non-profits in the Philadelphia area.  Katie holds an MSW and MPH from Temple University, and a BA in Sociology from the University of Rhode Island. top


Brooke Schipporeit | Member | Email

Brooke is the Region 11 (Philadelphia County) Regional Housing Coordinator (RHC) for the Self-Determination Housing Project of Pennsylvania (SDHP), promoting self-determination and control in housing for people with disabilities and older adults across the Commonwealth. As an RHC, she works to bridge the gap between the systems of housing and social services by convening and educating providers in these fields; providing information, referrals and technical assistance for a variety of resources; and advocating for the preservation and expansion of affordable, accessible homes that are integrated into the community. Brooke serves as the lead for the Philadelphia Visitability Committee and is involved in various other groups related to housing, accessibility and aging. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. top

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Bob Theil | Member | Email

Bob Theil is the Government Affairs Manager for NewCourtland Senior Services, a position he has held since February of 2015. At NewCourtland Bob oversees the government affairs department and is the liaison for all City, State and Federal elected officials. Bob also represents NewCourtland in their interactions with many government agencies including the PA Department of Human Services, the Office of Long Term Living and the Mayor’s Commission on Aging. Bob comes from the political world and worked for City Councilman Jimmy Kenney, State Senator Vince Fumo and State Senator Larry Farnese. Although his background is in politics, Bob focused on community relations while working for both Senator Fumo and Farnese and it is in this capacity that he interacted with each offices’ senior constituency. This interaction led him to look deeper at the issues facing seniors today and he eventually landed at NewCourtland working on senior housing and healthcare. Bob holds a BA in Political Science from Temple University. top


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Sarah Shrimplin| Co Vice-Chair | email

Sarah Shrimplin serves as a Public Health Advisor for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, in Region III, located in Philadelphia.  In this capacity, she implements prevention related activities in the region, including serving as the Regional Women’s Health Coordinator.  Prior to joining HHS, and in addition to having spent time working with non-profits, Sarah spent six years working in various capacities for the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health.  Ms. Shrimplin obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Texas State University and completed her Masters of Public Health at West Chester University. top


Suzanne Sztul| Co Vice-Chair | email

Suzanne Bass is a social worker at Mercy LIFE, an all-inclusive health care program for older adults.  Through collaboration with an interdisciplinary team, she prevents nursing home placement by helping seniors remain in their homes.  She provides support to her clients as well as family caregivers who are balancing many responsibilities.  She holds a B.A. from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Social Work with a geriatric concentration from the University of Pennsylvania. top


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Jennifer Russell | Member | Email

Jennifer is the Director of Programs at Ralston Center, an organization whose mission is to improve the health and quality of life for older adults in Philadelphia.  There, Jennifer oversees coordination and administration of existing and emerging programs, with a special focus on Ralston’s emerging Age-friendly West Philadelphia initiative.  Jennifer has a longstanding personal commitment to serving the needs of older adults.  Prior to Ralston Center, Jennifer worked with SeniorLAW Center and Legal Aid of Southeastern PA.  Her work has included representing seniors facing homelessness, grandparents raising their grandchildren, and protecting the rights of older adults in guardianship proceedings.  Jennifer has a J.D. from Temple University, Beasley School of Law, and a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts. top


Kate Clark | Former Chair, Founder | Email

Kate Clark is the Assistant Director of the Jefferson College of Population Health’s Center for Population Health Innovation. Formerly she was Planner for Policy & Program Development at Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) where she developed two nationally award-wining programs, Age-friendly Philadelphia and GenPhilly and served as a 2013-15 Atlantic Philanthropies Health and Aging Policy Fellow with the Office of the Surgeon General and HHS Region III. Previously, she initiated and managed the City of Syracuse’s first public art program; directed the City of New York’s Historical Signs Program; and served as a Fulbright Scholar in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Art in Geography and Archaeology from Clark University.top

Brian Gralnick

Brian Gralnick | Former Vice Chair| Email

Brian is Director of the Center for Social Responsibility at Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia where he manages over $4 million in grants related to healthy aging, food insecurity, self-sufficiency and volunteerism. Brian is also President of the Jewish Social Policy Action Network (JSPAN) and is active in various community groups. His work on behalf of older adults has included time with the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania and the state Department of Aging. He has a Master of Science in Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Criminal Justice from The George Washington University. top

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