Administration

Board of Directors

Raymond T. Dietz, Chairman
S. Eugene Herritt
Thomas Gamon
Jeffrey M. Wonderling
Mark A. Haines
Jeffrey W. Coy

William H. Dickey
Adam C. Heese
David L. Reiner
Bruce A. Robinson

Kevin C. McCann
Kim W. Jeffreys
John F. Pyfer, Jr.

Joseph E. Murphy, Chief Executive Officer

Joseph Murphy

Joseph E. Murphy joined the Masonic Villages in 1974, and he served as executive director/CEO for the Masonic Villages from January 1983 to December 1997. He currently serves as chief executive officer of the Masonic Villages’ operations at Dallas, Elizabethtown, Lafayette Hill, Sewickley and Warminster, Pa. He is also CEO of Ashlar Creative Solutions, a consulting and management firm owned and operated by Masonic Villages.

Mr. Murphy earned his bachelor of business administration degree at the Pennsylvania State University. He is a licensed Pennsylvania Nursing Home Administrator.

Mr. Murphy was appointed by the governor and served on the Intra-Governmental Council on Long Term Care from 1998 to 2005 and on the Pennsylvania Senior Care and Services Study Commission from May 2008 to November 2010. He is a past president of the Masonic Communities & Services Association; he served as a member of the House of Delegates for LeadingAge; and is a past president of the board of directors for LeadingAgePA.

Mr. Murphy is a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and an honorary member of the Elizabethtown Rotary Club.

He is a member of Abraham C. Treichler Lodge No. 682, Lancaster Lodge of Perfection, Harrisburg Consistory AASR, the York Rite and Zembo Shrine. He is a past president of the Elizabethtown High Twelve Club and served on the Advisory Board of the Elizabethtown Chapter of DeMolay. He received the Chapel of Four Chaplains Humanitarian Award in 1988, the 33rd degree in Freemasonry in August 1996, the Pennsylvania Franklin Medal in December 2005, and the LeadingAgePA Paul P. Hass Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.

Beth Bossert
Beth A. Bossert has been employed at the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown since 1993, first as staff development assistant, then assistant director of nursing services, director of nursing and administrator of health care services.

Recently promoted, Ms. Bossert serves as the chief operating officer of health care services for all Masonic Villages locations. She provides leadership and administrative oversight for setting objectives, planning, staffing, implementing and directing the activities for all health care services across the organization. She also consults for Ashlar Creative Solutions.

Prior to her employment with Masonic Villages, Ms. Bossert served as a registered nurse, nurse supervisor and director of nursing for multiple health care facilities from 1987 to 1996.

Ms. Bossert earned her bachelor’s degree in 1987 from the University of Pittsburgh, where she majored in nursing and minored in communications. During college, she worked as a student research assistant at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh. She is a licensed nursing home administrator.

Ms. Bossert is a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Directors of Nursing Administration. She and her daughter, Hillary, reside in Lititz.

Ray Tierney
Raymond E. Tierney joined the Masonic Villages in 1981. He was promoted to the position of chief operating officer – retirement living services for all Masonic Village locations in April 2003 after serving as administrator of retirement living for the Elizabethtown campus since 1988. He provides leadership in determining, implementing and benchmarking best practices in services and marketing for the retirement living areas at the Elizabethtown, Sewickley, Lafayette Hill and Dallas locations, and consults for Ashlar Creative Solutions.

Mr. Tierney earned his bachelor’s degree from Elizabethtown College and his master’s degree in public administration from the Pennsylvania State University. He is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator and a certified Retirement Housing Professional Fellow (RHPF) through LeadingAge.

He is a former board member of the Elizabethtown Public Library and the Elizabethtown Economic Development Corporation board of directors, where he served as finance committee chair. Mr. Tierney’s Masonic memberships include Abraham C. Treichler Lodge No. 682, Elizabethtown; Lancaster Lodge of Perfection; Zembo Shrine; Masonic Village High Twelve Club; Donegal Area High Twelve Club; and Harrisburg Consistory, where he currently serves as trustee. He received the 33rd degree in Freemasonry in August 2007.

William Prazenica
William J. Prazenica is chief financial officer for Masonic Villages and Ashlar Creative Solutions.

He had been employed by Masonic Villages as controller from 1979 until May 1992, and has served in his current position since that date.

Mr. Prazenica received his bachelor’s degree in 1976 from Clarion University in Pennsylvania.

He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Mr. Prazenica serves as a board member and treasurer for the following: Ashlar Creative Solutions, LLC, Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation, Northwest Emergency Medical Services, Inc., I.L.C. Corporation, PA Acacia Insurance Company (Vermont Captive) and Acacia Services, LLC.

He is a member and trustee of the Abraham C. Treichler Lodge No. 682, Elizabethtown. He is a member of Harrisburg Consistory and Lancaster Lodge of Perfection. He received his 33rd degree in Freemasonry in August 2010.

Beverly Sweigart
Beverly A. Sweigart has been employed with Masonic Villages since 1986 and was promoted to chief administration officer in 2011. She is responsible for the planning and organizing of the administrative functions for the executive level, and for the day-to-day operations of the administration department, board of directors, office of the chief executive officer, public relations, gift planning, information technology and event planning offices. She also consults for Ashlar Creative Solutions.

Mrs. Sweigart is a member of Mount Joy Mennonite Church, where she volunteers as vice-chair of the church board.

Alvin Blitz
Alvin H. Blitz is chief gift planning officer for the Masonic Charities of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, which consist of the Masonic Villages, the Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation, the Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania and the Masonic Charities Fund. He joined the organization in 2001 and is responsible for designing, planning and executing short and long-range fundraising programs for each of the Masonic Charities. He also consults for Ashlar Creative Solutions.

Prior to joining the Masonic Charities, Mr. Blitz served as general counsel and director of gift planning for the American Heart Association since 1999. Before that, he worked as an attorney for the law firms of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC, and Hetrick, Zaleski & Pierce.

Mr. Blitz holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton, a master’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a juris doctorate from Dickinson School of Law.

He has been treasurer since 1997 for St. John’s Episcopal Church, Carlisle, Pa.; is a past president of the Estate Planning Council of Central Pennsylvania and is a past board member of the Greater Philadelphia Planned Giving Council. He was a speaker on the subject of estate administration at the National Committee on Planned Giving Annual Conference in 2003 and the Association of Fundraising Professionals International Conference in 2005. He is a member of Cumberland Star Lodge No. 197.

Debra A. Brockman has worked at the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown in 2004 as director of outreach, later assuming responsibility for marketing, admissions and other community outreach services. Her most recent position was vice president of human resources for Ashlar Creative Solutions, a consulting and management firm owned and operated by the Masonic Villages.

Ms. Brockman chairs the organization’s human resources leadership team and is responsible for the overall strategic direction of employment, compensation, benefits, organization development and training. As chair of the corporate wellness committee, she leads Masonic Villages’ wellness initiative and strategic planning. She also consults for Ashlar Creative Solutions.

Ms. Brockman earned her bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation from York College. She completed a master’s degree in health administration from Penn State University. She served on the Elizabethtown Chamber of Commerce Board and school board for both St. Peter’s Parochial School and Brittney’s Hope Foundation.

Patrick Sampsell
Patrick J. Sampsell joined the Masonic Villages in 2006 as the chief environmental and facilities officer. He is responsible for assisting all Masonic Village campuses in successfully completing planning and construction-related activities. Additionally, he originated and continues to oversee the Masonic Villages’ energy efficiency initiative and plays a prominent role in promoting sustainability within the organization. Other duties include the acquisition of real estate and the evaluation of facilities for merger or acquisition. As a member of the executive team, he plays a substantial role in setting future priorities for the organization. He also consults for Ashlar Creative Solutions.

Prior to joining the Masonic Villages, Mr. Sampsell spent 15 years in private practice as a professional engineer and planner. During that tenure, he received multiple awards for his comprehensive planning efforts. Mr. Sampsell has been published in national planning journals and has given numerous presentations to technical and community bodies. He retired from the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in 2011 with the rank of Major after having served 20 years, including one tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Mr. Sampsell holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pa. He also holds a juris doctor in law from Widener University in Harrisburg, Pa. He obtained his Professional Engineer Certification in 1997, was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 1998, and received his AICP certification in planning in 2001.

He is a member of the Pennsylvania and American Planning Associations. Additionally, he is a member of Abraham C. Treichler Lodge No. 682, Elizabethtown, and volunteers his time to coach soccer and basketball for multiple local recreational leagues.

Donald Johnston
Donald Johnston joined Masonic Villages as chief information officer for the Masonic Villages in 2011. He is responsible for providing vision and leadership for all aspects of the organization’s information and telecommunications technology initiatives. He identifies opportunities for the appropriate and cost-effective investment in information technology systems and resources, including staffing, sourcing, purchasing and in-house development. He also consults for Ashlar Creative Solutions.

Mr. Johnston previously held various leadership positions with Lancaster General Health, Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, DE; Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia; and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Prior to joining Masonic Villages, Mr. Johnston served as a principal healthcare consultant for Hayes Management Consulting, Inc., in Newton, Mass.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in computer science, both from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. He is a member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, and is a 2007 graduate of the Society for Information Management regional leadership forum.

Jennifer Schwalm
Jennifer S. Schwalm joined Masonic Villages as chief mission development officer in January 2013. Ms. Schwalm is responsible for leading the evaluation, development and implementation of strategic initiatives to grow the organization while supporting its core mission. Also, as president of Ashlar Creative Solutions, she serves as Masonic Villages’ liaison with outside organizations interested in pursuing project developments, mergers, acquisitions or joint ventures.

Prior to joining Masonic Villages’ corporate executive leadership team, Ms. Schwalm was a partner with ParenteBeard, overseeing the Senior Living Services Consulting Group. Her career also includes approximately 12 years at KPMG in the senior living services practice.

Ms. Schwalm earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Shippensburg University and is a certified public accountant in Pennsylvania.

Ms. Schwalm was selected as one of Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business for 2009. She has spoken before professional and educational groups at numerous conferences, including LeadingAge, and various other state associations and provider affiliation groups.

Executive Directors

Cindy Phillips
Cindy Phillips was named executive director of the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown in March 2014. Prior to joining Masonic Village’s leadership team, Dr. Phillips was an executive coach and management consultant with Leadership 4 Change Consulting, serving all industries including health care. Additionally, she has more than 17 years of direct leadership experience in transportation, telecommunications and financial services.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Towson University, a master’s degree in business from St. Joseph’s University and a doctorate at the Fielding Graduate Institute, where her research interests included leadership development and organizational change.

Dr. Phillips is an active member of the S. June Smith Center board.

Eric Gross
Prior to being named executive director for the Masonic Village at Sewickley in 2009, Eric L. Gross held various leadership positions for Erickson Retirement Communities, lastly serving as senior vice president, Mid-Atlantic, Mid-West Regional, where he was responsible for operations at eight retirement communities.

Mr. Gross earned bachelor’s degrees in both management and psychology from the University of California at San Diego.

He has experience as a Continuing Care Retirement Community Surveyor for the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission /Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CCAC/CARF). Prior to moving to Pittsburgh, he served as president of the board of directors for The Arc of Baltimore and as a board member since 2004. He currently serves as a board member of the Valley Care Association.

Adrienne Staudenmayer
Adrienne M. Staudenmayer has worked at the Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill, formerly the Masonic Home of Pennsylvania, since 1988. A licensed Nursing Home Administrator, she has served as executive director since 2001.

Ms. Staudenmayer earned her bachelor’s degree from Gwynedd Mercy College.

She is a member of LeadingAge, a national association of not-for-profit senior services providers, and LeadingAgePA. Ms. Staudenmayer was a 2008/2009 participant of the LeadingAgePA Consumer Education Task Force, has served on the Public Policy Committee and was a participant in the 2007 and 2012 Distinguished Service Awards Task Force. She has also been an advocacy member for the past several years.

Ms. Staudenmayer served on the Time and Place Committee for Masonic Communities & Services Association from 2002- 2003 and served as secretary to the board of directors of the Masonic Home of Pennsylvania.

Noah Davis
Noah P. Davis has served as executive director for the Masonic Village at Dallas and Irem Clubhouse since 2010.

He received his bachelor’s degree in hotel, restaurant and institutional management from Pennsylvania State University and his master’s degree in public administration, health care policy from Binghamton University. He is a Northeast Public Health Leadership Institute Scholar.

Mr. Davis has worked in the long-term care field for 27 years. Before his employment with Masonic Village, he worked for the New York State Department of Health as the assistant administrator at the New York State Veterans’ Home at Oxford. Previously, Mr. Davis was the general manager for Sodexho Senior Services for 19 years.

Kelly Weaver serves as executive director of the Masonic Village at Warminster, where she is responsible for managing all facets of the community’s operations including ensuring all residents needs are met and providing leadership to staff in service enhancement, quality improvement and regulatory compliance. She previously served as assistant executive director for the Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill from 2012-2016.

Ms. Weaver earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from DeSales University, Center Valley, Pa., and her master’s degree in counseling psychology and human service from Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia. She is a licensed nursing home administrator and personal care home administrator.

Prior to joining Masonic Village, Ms. Weaver worked Manatawny Manor, Pottstown, Pa., where she progressed to the position of executive director. She was also previously employed by DeSales University, Center Valley, Pa., and Via of the Lehigh Valley, Bethlehem, Pa.