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Serving Seniors, Inc.

For nearly half-a-century, Serving Seniors Inc. has responded to urgent needs of older adults in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Helping long-term care facility residents to assert their rights, assisting compromised adults with decisions concerning their life and finances, and empowering those recovering from injury or illness to recover at home – Serving Seniors is there to advocate for older adults with professionalism and compassion.

Our team works closely with county area agencies on aging, long-term care facilities, health care providers and the robust network of community organizations that serve older adults.
Together we help all live productive, dignified lives.

Join With Our Volunteer Team

As a volunteer ombudsman, you work with our professional team to improve the quality of life of older adults in long term care facilities in your area. We provide the training, guidance and support you need to make a contribution. We currently serve Luzerne, Lackawanna, Wyoming, Pike, Wayne and Monroe counties in Pennsylvania. 

Our Staff 

Serving Seniors, Inc. Team

At Serving Seniors Inc., we strive to provide professional, compassionate, individualized attention. Everyone is entitled to live in dignity at every stage of life.

Linda Korgeski

Linda Korgeski

Ombudsman Coordinator

Linda is the Ombudsman Program Director at Serving Seniors inc. overseeing the Ombudsman Team covering six counties in the northeast. She has been a PA Long Term Care Certified Ombudsman since 2008 and has 46 years’ experience in long-term care. She attended Luzerne Community College, has a vast understanding of the PA Department of Health and PA Department of Human Services regulations for Personal Care and Skilled Nursing Facilities.

She has been recognized for her work with the Resident Council and Volunteers by the PA State Ombudsman Office. She is a member of the Lackawanna County Elder Justice Multi-Disciplinary Task Force and remains dedicated to the resident in long term-care. She is a ADC- Activity Director Certified. She resides in Jessup.

Melinda Rispoli

Melinda Rispoli

Wayne / Pike / Monroe County Ombudsman

Melinda Rispoli was born and raised in New York City and graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 1994 with a BA in Behavioral Science.  Following graduation, she changed from a Civil Service career to Social Services and has, since then, been a strong advocate for the underserved. Her career path allowed her to work closely with individuals dealing with Mental Health issues, Drug and Alcohol addiction, homelessness, and Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities.  Prior to certifying as a Long-Term Care Ombudsman, Melinda managed the Ronald McDonald House of Central and Northern New Jersey, located in New Brunswick, NJ, providing services for families of seriously ill children. She loves serving as an Ombudsman, as it provides her with the opportunity to meet, spend time with and assist the most delightful people each day.

Dorothy Taticchi

Dorothy Taticchi

Patient Advocate

Dorothy joined Serving Seniors Inc. as a patient advocate in December 2022 after retiring from the Visiting Nurse Association Home Health and Hospice of Lackawanna County.

Dorothy saw the patient advocate program as an opportunity to continue to serve our seniors population as they access community resources.

After graduating from Penn State University with bachelor’s degree in social welfare, she earned her Master of Social Work, MSW, from Marywood University. Dorothy was a practicum instructor for the Marywood School of Social Work for many years.

Dorothy is a lifelong Scranton resident. She is married and has two sons, daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren.

Teresa Dubas

Teresa Dubas

Lackawanna County Ombudsman

Theresa resides in Olyphant and has 2 adult sons Joshua and Luke she also has two cats Figaro and Freyja, and a Boston Terrier Winchester.

She volunteers at her local fire station Excelsior #1 in Olyphant and is an advocate at Veterans Promise in Dickson City where she helps vets and brings awareness to suicide prevention.

Theresa was a certified nursing assistant for 34 years before coming to Serving Seniors as an ombudsman for Lackawanna County where she advocates for residents in Nursing Homes, Older Adult Daycare Centers, Assisted Living and Personal Care Homes as well as studying to train residents and staff in nursing homes and personal care homes.

Megan Derenick

Megan Derenick

Guardianship Program Director

Megan Derenick has served as Guardianship Program Director at Serving Seniors, Inc. since August of 2022.

Prior to working as the Guardianship Program Director, Megan worked with Lackawanna County Juvenile Probation.. Before starting her career with Lackawanna County, Megan worked at Geisinger LIFE Day Health Center from 2012 until 2014. Megan is the official representative for Serving Seniors, Inc. on the Older Adult Advocacy Center steering committee.

Megan has completed 13+ hours of training towards her National Guardianship Certification exam.

Outside of her role with Serving Seniors, Inc. Megan is a volunteer for Taylor’s Miracle on Main Street annual Christmas event and Jacob’s Journey. Megan is also fluent in sign language and is always eager to share her knowledge of sign language with others.

Megan is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies and is currently pursing coursework in Integrated Social Sciences from Pennsylvania State University World Campus.

Megan is a lifelong resident of Taylor, PA where she resides with her husband, their three daughters and two dogs.

Jennifer Kurtz

Jennifer Kurtz

Luzerne County Ombudsman

Jennifer has served as a full-time Luzerne County ombudsman since December 2023 following four years as a volunteer certified ombudsman. She was a member of the PA Ombudsman Volunteer Task Force and has written several articles for The Advocate, a PA ombudsman newsletter. She has a passion for advocating for the long-term care consumers of her community.

Prior to joining Serving Seniors Inc., Jennifer worked in several fields, including long-term care as a resident life associate; education as a substitute teacher; mental health as a case worker, group therapist, and adult daily living skills counselor; and publishing as a social sciences journal production editor/proofreader.

She holds a B.A. in psychology from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre.

Raymond Ferarrio

Raymond Ferarrio

General Counsel

Ray has proudly represented Serving Seniors, Inc. for many years. 

He regularly practices elder law and other areas of civil law before all the courts and Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Admitted Pennsylvania Bar and Pennsylvania U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania, and Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in 1981; Ray was also admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1982, and the U.S. Tax Court, 1989.

Graduated Pennsylvania State University  with distinction, 1978, Ray went onto earn his Juris Doctor from Temple University in 1981.

His office is in Scranton.

David Falchek CAE IOM

David Falchek CAE IOM

Executive Director


J.P. McGowan

J.P. McGowan

Guardian of Estate, Case Manager

J.P. McGowan serves as the  Case Manager within the Guardianship Program,  handling Guardian of Estate matters and assisting the Guardianship Program Director as needed  with Guardian of Person clients . J.P. came to Serving Seniors, Inc. in 2016, following a 34 year career with the PA Office of Attorney  General , in which he oversaw the Scranton  Regional office of the Bureau of Consumer Protection and was responsible for investigating and  prosecuting consumer fraud cases over a 17 county area.  He is a graduate of the University of Scranton and the Dickinson School of Law. In his spare time, J.P. is involved with local community theater and is a past president of Actors Circle, a  non profit theater group located in Scranton. He resides in Moosic, with his wife, Jeannine.


Marcia Gabrielle

Marcia Gabrielle

Luzerne Wyoming County Ombudsman

Marcia Gabrielle is an Ombudsman serving the counties of Wyoming and Luzerne Counties. She is committed to empowering residents in achieving the highest quality of life wherever they reside.

Marcia’s work focuses on educating residents and their families on their rights under the state and federal law.

Prior to becoming a long-term care Ombudsman Marcia was the General Manager of the Pocono Powerhouse Eatery.  Marcia also volunteers for Hospice of the Sacred Heart, is an INELDA educated End of Life Doula, and is on the board of directors for Glen Summit Company.

Marcia’s education includes a Bachelor of Social Work focusing on Geriatrics as well as Master of Social Work coursework on Social Welfare Policies.


Bernice Tully

Bernice Tully

Patient Advocacy Coordinator

Bernice Tully joined Serving Seniors in August 2022 as Director of the Patient Advocate Program.  In this capacity, she is responsible for overseeing a program which provides vital support to patients and families during their transition from a hospital or healthcare facility to home. The primary focus is to assist families in navigating the challenges of decision-making, connecting patients and families with appropriate medical, social and personal support services.

Bernice holds a B.S. degree from the University of Scranton and a M.Ed. from Lehigh University. She has over 30 years of experience in health care operations management and business development in Northeastern and Central PA.

A life-long resident of Lackawanna County, Bernice resides in Clarks Green with her husband and two children.

William Harrington

William Harrington

Patient Advocate

Bill joined Serving Seniors in October 2022 as a Patient Advocate, bringing over 45 years of experience as a professional social worker.  Bill worked at Allied Services Rehabilitation Hospital for nearly 40 years.  While at Allied, he also worked for several home health agencies in both Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties.  Bill is excited to serve as a Patient Advocate, bringing his years of experience to help a vulnerable population.

Bill holds a BA degree from Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg, MD and a Master of Social Work Degree from Marywood University. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a member of the National Social Work Honor Society.

Bill is a life-long resident of Lackawanna County, where he resides with his family.


Our Leadership Team

Our volunteer board and our executive director are committed to the mission of Serving Seniors Inc.  

Mark J. Lynn, President

Mark J. Lynn, CLU, President of Abington Planning Group, has been a Financial Planner for 37 years in the greater Scranton area. The majority of Lynn’s clients are of retirement age, and therefore many of the recommendations given deal with matters concerning seniors.


Mr. Lynn earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Penn State in 1983 and has served as President of the Kiwanis Club of Scranton and Treasurer for the Arc of NEPA Foundation. Lynn resides with his wife, Jodi and daughter, Nicole in South Abington Township.

Marybeth D’Andrea, Vice President

Mary Elizabeth D’Andrea is a senior vice president at Community Bank, where she worked in commercial banking for two decades. Prior to that she worked at PNC Bank and as an accountant at Penn Medicine-University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia.


She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a masters of business administration from the University of Scranton Kania School of Management.


She has served on the boards of The Arc of Northeastern Pennsylvania and United Cerebral Palsy of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Madeline “Midge” MacArthur, Treasurer

Madalyn “Midge” MacArthur, VP/Community Office Manager, is the Manager of the Main Office of FNCB Bank, Dunmore PA, where she has worked for 35 years. Prior to that she worked at Third National Bank   as a Customer Service Representative and assistant
Branch Manager.

She attended Marywood University before beginning her career in
Banking. Ms. MacArthur is on the Board of Scranton Kiwanis.

She resides in Scranton.

Dr Virginia Dikeman, Secretary

Ginny Dikeman is a Licensed Psychologist and Program Representative with the Department of Human Services, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Bureau of Community and Hospital Operations.

 She was an original member of the Keystone Pride Recovery Initiative Leadership Board and is a trainer for LGBTQI Cultural Competence and Principles and Practices for Clinicians Working with LGBTQI Individuals.  She is a trainer for the Crisis Intervention Teams for the Police and first responders in Lackawanna County and surrounding areas

She is certified in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), having responded to the 9.11 attacks and hurricane Katrina.  Ginny has served on the PA Adult and Older Adult Suicide Prevention Plan Advisory Committee and serves on the board of directors for the Pa Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services.

Howard Evans

Howard Evans has served as director of Serving Seniors Inc, since 2020 and chairs the and governance and bylaws Committee.

He taught English at Scranton high schools for more than 30 years. He owned and operated a The Barn at Finch Hill from 1982 to 1996.


He serves as president and officer of Scranton Fed. of Teachers Retirees which has been an active supporter of long-term care facility residents, the NEPA Teenage Youth Center, and LGBTQ students from the Scranton School District.


He graduated from East Stroudsburg University with a degree in English.

Carol Fisher

Carol Fisher taught at Scranton School District for 36 years.


She was graduated from Marywood University with a degree in Secondary Education, she completed graduate work in Marywood University and the University of Scranton.



She currently serves as a director of the Century Club and Dunmore Senior Center. She is on the advisory group of Interim Health Care Professionals.

Rosemary Broderick

Rosemary Broderick, retired Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives is the former CEO of Summit Peak Associates, a planning and organizational development consulting service, and Advanced Imaging Specialists. Broderick previously served as Chair of the board of The Scranton Area Community Foundation, United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA and The Healthcare Management Association of NEPA and the executive committees of numerous non profit boards including the Chamber of Commerce, the Women’s Resource Center, the Lackawanna County Regional Planning Commission, and the American Cancer Society. Broderick chaired the first Regional Komen Race for a Cure, developed the first elderly day care center in Lackawanna County and respite care service for caregivers of the elderly.

Joseph Garvey, CPA

Joseph Garvey of Scranton is an associate at Barbetti -McHale LLC. In a long career in finance, he served as vice president for finance and administration at Marywood University and Keystone College.  He worked as CFO for Rowan & Blewitt and Blewitt  & Cefalo, advertising enterprises.

He served on the Scranton School Board and the boards of several nonprofits.

Alice McDonnell

Alice McDonnell, RN, BSN, MPA, Dr.PH is a Professor at Marywood University.

Dr. McDonnell is the Program Director for the MHSA and Gerontology.  Dr. McDonnell serves as an Administrative Consultant for Interim Healthcare where she has focused on marketing and quality improvement. She also served as a nurse supervisor/administrator in long term care skilled facilities. Dr. McDonnell completed her Doctorate in Public Health and nursing degree from Columbia University with an MPA from Marywood University. Her research has been in Hospice care and Gerontology having published textbooks in both areas. She has served as a director of the Alzheimers Association, PA Hospice, and other organizations.

Mary Ann O’Boyle


Cathy Patrick DO

Catherine Patrick practices Family Medicine in Dunmore PA.


She earned a Bachelor’s Degree at The University of Scranton and went on to obtain her Doctorate at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. She resides locally with her family. She is dedicated to serving the needs of others in her career and as a volunteer.

Her interests include gardening and volunteering in the community.

Dan Penetar III

Daniel L. Penetar III Esq., of Scranton, is a partner in the law firm Gazda Penetar.


He serves on the board of directors for the Young Lawyers Division of the Lackawanna County Bar Association.



Ellen Strauskulage

Ellen Strauskulage is a retired English teacher.  She worked for Marywood University as a student teacher supervisor. Prior to that she worked at Wallenpaupack Area School District, where she taught for over thirty years.  For 30 years, she served as yearbook advisor and initiated Youthprints, a publication which showcased and published student writings. She and another teacher also began the forensic program at Wallenpaupack Area High School.  Ms. Strauskulage also taught at Delaware Valley Central School and Port Jervis High School.  She is past president of Phi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international society of key women educators.

Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas has served as CEO of the Scranton Public Libarary since 2019. Prior to that he worked in the library profession for three decades in public service, technology, grant writing, budgeting, fundraising and non-profit administration. He holds a BA in Literature from Bard College, a Masters in Library of Science from Columbia University and a Masters in English from the University of Scranton. Since 2019 he has served as the CEO of the Scranton Public Library. He holds a Certificate of Merit from the Pennsylvania Library Association. In addition, he has published and continues to publish poetry in several journals. He resides in Dunmore, PA.

Marilyn Vitale Flynn 

An educator, Marilyn Vitale Flynn attended Marywood College where she majored in Elementary education with a minor in English. She continued to further my studies at Penn State, University of Scranton and Misericordia College.

Ms. Flynn taught in the Scranton School District in elementary, intermediate and the gifted program from grades K to 8. She served as Tax Collector for the City of Scranton.

She has served on the education and political committees for the AFT and the AFL-CIO. She was the secretary treasurer of the Scranton Federation of Teachers, and as the vice president of the Scranton Central Labor Union.