Supporting people through the challenges
                and opportunities of aging since 1975.

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Supporting people through the challenges
and opportunities of aging since 1975.

About Iona

Form 990 and Audit

To view Iona's current Form 990, click here.


To view Iona's current Audit, click here.


Super Senior

Iona's Mission

Iona supports people as they experience the challenges and opportunities of aging.  We educate, advocate, and provide community-based services to help people age well and live well.


Iona's Vision Statement

We envision a community that celebrates, values, respects, and protects the contributions and possibilities of every individual.


4 Myths and a Truth about Iona










Iona in the News

IONA SignDuring a time of a great blossoming of community organizing in Washington, DC, Iona was founded by four faith communities in Tenleytown with the purpose of ensuring that their neighborhood would celebrate, value, respect, and protect the contributions and potential of older people.

The early founders could not have imagined the leadership role Iona would eventually come to play in modeling best practices in aging services and in advocacy for older people for the entire metropolitan region. The definition of Iona's community began to grow beyond the Tenleytown neighborhood as first, in 1982, Iona was named a lead agency with the DC Office on Aging. This grant helped to build robust mid-day lunch programs, an Adult Day Health Center, and a best-practices case management and counseling program at Iona to add to already vibrant cultural, arts, and wellness activities.

In April 1997, thanks to generous donations and successful fundraising efforts, Iona moved to its current location at 4125 Albemarle Street, NW, in Washington, DC. In addition to welcoming people who need support as they experience the challenges of aging, the Isabella Breckinridge Center is a place where people experience the opportunities of aging through activities at Iona, engaging educational workshops and a robust volunteer corps.

Today, Iona serves the entire metropolitan region and responds to calls from around the world with information and referrals thorough our Helpline. The Wellness & Arts Center, named a Center for Dementia Care Excellence in 2008 and again in 2013 by the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, now welcomes people from all over the city and close-in suburbs of Maryland and Virginia. Fee-for-service programs in family consultation and care management serve families from all over the region and even nationally, and helps to subsidize the DC Office on Aging and philanthropic care management that remains a core service at Iona. The Active Wellness midday program at St. Alban's welcomes people from all over the city for a weekday lunch, education, and exercise. Iona's recent emphasis on positive aging through education and the arts continues to widen the geographic, racial, ethnic, and age diversity of our circle of friends and people we serve through the Gallery at Iona, arts and wellness classes and workshops, exercise classes, and special events.

Thanks to supportive friends, partners and funders, Iona's programs and services have grown exponentially as the needs in the community have increased, changed and become increasingly complex.

Management Team

Sally White, MS
Executive Director

Sally White is the Executive Director of Iona Senior Services. Sally is honored to have worked for Iona for the past 28 years in numerous program areas and to serve as Executive Director for the past five years.  While working with Iona in 2006-07, Sally also served as the Executive Director for the Greater Washington Partnership for Palliative and End-Of-Life Care.  Ms White Co-Chairs the DC Senior Advisory Coalition (S.A.C.) advocating to improve the quality of life for and with older adults in the District of Columbia, and she serves on the Program Committee of Generations United.  She holds a B.A. degree from the University of Virginia and a M.S. in Family and Community Development with a Certificate in Gerontology from the University of Maryland. Contact Sally

Deborah Rubenstein, MSW, LICSW
Director of Consultation, Care Management, and Counseling

Deb Rubenstein, MSW, LICSW is Director of Iona's Consultation, Care Management and Counseling Services. Deb, who is a licensed clinical social worker and an attorney, has 20 years of experience as a geriatric care manager and psychotherapist. She leads workshops in a variety of settings, including workplaces, for the public and professionals on a wide range of topics from "How to Help a Senior Who Doesn't Want Your Help" to "Legal and Financial Planning for Retirees and Caregivers". Deb holds an M.S.W. from The Catholic University of America and is currently enrolled in their doctoral program in social work.
Contact Deb

Sharon O'Connor
Director of Iona's Adult Day Health, Wellness, and Arts Center

Sharon O'Connor

Sharon is the Director of Iona's Wellness & Arts Center. She has been a health care professional for 16 years, focusing the last ten years in senior care. Sharon directed special care units for older adults with memory impairment in the assisted living setting. Most recently she has been the Associate Executive Director for several Sunrise Senior Living communities. Sharon holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Contact Sharon

Susan A. Messina, MSS, MLSP, MS, CFRE
Director of Development

Susan, Iona's Director of Development, has more than 20 years of fundraising experience for a wide variety of health and human service organizations.  Prior to joining Iona, she was with the National Hospice Foundation, which is the fundraising arm of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.  Susan holds two master's degrees from the Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work & Social Research (in social work , and law and social policy) and an additional master's in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She is a Certified Fund Raising Professional (CFRE).  Contact Susan

Lylie Fisher

Director of Community Engagement

Lylie is Iona's Director of Community Engagement. As a communications and program specialist, Lylie designs, plans, and implements unique initiatives that support dynamic civic engagement for Iona. Lylie has over 25 years of experience forging partnerships with Fortune 500 companies, non-profits, and government agencies in Australia and the US. Lylie is a practicing visual artist and art educator. In 2009 she completed a life coaching program at California's Sofia University, and holds an advanced coaching certification.
Contact Lylie

Board of Directors

Board of Directors PicThe Board of Directors is the governing body for Iona. The members are volunteers who oversee the management and finances of the organization. The Board meets regularly to review the status of agency finances and progress toward strategic goals. They are selected on the basis of their community involvement, professional experience, and dedication to the mission of Iona.


Sharon Smith
First Vice President, Investments,
Wells Fargo Advisors

Debra Yogodzinski
Partner, Rogers Yogodzinski, LLP
Vice President

Sam Kilpatrick
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Rita Killian

Paul Anderson, Vice President of Communications Strategies and Public Outreach, AARP

R. Peter Fitzgerald, Executive Vice President, National PACE Association

Jeff Gordon, Caregiver, Community Volunteer

Richard Lake, Principal, Roadside Development

Susan Linsky, Linksy Group

Mary Frances McGuiness, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Nii Holdings, Inc.

Steven Monteiro,  Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton

Elizabeth O'Hara, Principal, O'Hara Federal Strategies

Ann Marshall Schweitzer, Liaison with Board of Associates

Kathleen Stack, Senior Strategist for Segmentation and 50 Plus Insights, AARP

Robert Todero, Partner, KPMG

Jim Williams, MD, General Practitioner, Sibley Memorial Hospital

Board of Associates

The Board of Associates are past members of the Board of Directors who continue to offer support and advice to Iona.  Current members of the Board of Associates:

  • John Goodman, Chairman
  • Sam Alward
  • Wendy Feldman Block
  • Lois England
  • Deb Englert
  • Elizabeth S. Fox
  • John Giacomini
  • Mary Lou McGee
  • James Nathanson
  • Joe Oppenheimer
  • Susan Rodgers
  • Frank Ross
  • Ann Marshall Schweitzer
  • Richard W. Snowdon
  • Sid Spencer
  • Armond Spikell
  • Elinor Stillman
  • Chapman Todd

Sources of Funding

Iona relies on the generosity of friends, funders and corporate partners to provide vital services to older people and family caregivers in the community.

Iona is committed to good stewardship and to transparency. For copies of our recent audit and annual report please contact the Development Office at (202) 895-9416.

FY 2013 Statement of Activities (unaudited)

2012-2013 Sources of Funding Expenses 2012-2013 Sources of Funding Revenue

Employment Opportunities

Want to join the staff at Iona?


Iona Senior Services is a not-for-profit organization now celebrating its 39th year of operation.  Iona supports people as they experience the challenges and opportunities of aging.  We educate, advocate, and provide community-based programs and services to help people age well and live well.  Iona's family of services include: Wellness & Arts Center; Care Management, Consultation, and Counseling; Community Programs; and Advocacy.  We are located in Washington, DC, just minutes from the Tenleytown/AU Metro (on the red line).

We are always looking for bright and talented individuals to join our diverse team. Iona offers challenging career opportunities, a dynamic work environment and generous employee benefits.

We frequently have opportunities for individuals with experience in social work, nursing and recreational therapy. Iona is committed to diversity within its staff, and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. Send cover letters and resumes to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax: (202) 895-0236.


Current Openings:


Thank you for your interest in Iona Senior Services.  There may be times that no current job openings at Iona will be posted.  Please visit us again  in the future to learn of other opportunities.

Iona Senior Services is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.  - Adopted by Iona's Board of Directors on November 20, 2013.


IONA Video Gallery


Iona's most recent Art of Caring Luncheon was held on Friday, May 9, 2014. 

Click here to see to meet Oscar, Wes, and Netty, all of whose lives have been enriched by Iona.

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