Leadership

  • Sally S. White, MS

    Sally S. White, MS

    Executive Director

    With more than 30 years of experience, Sally White is a leader in the field of aging and champion of the rights of older adults and their caregivers. A graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Maryland, where she earned a M.S. in Family and Community Development with a Certificate in Gerontology, Sally joined Iona as an intake specialist in 1986. Since that time, she has worn many hats including deputy director of programs and services, director of Iona’s adult day health center, director of quality management and — since 2009 — executive director. Under her leadership, Iona has added new programs to meet the growing needs of older adults (such as the Take Charge/Age Well Academy for retirees) and continues to expand its care management services and its adult day health center. With a strong commitment to advocacy and improving the quality of life for all older residents of the District and beyond, Sally is instrumental in the leadership of the city-wide DC Senior Advisory Coalition, which she co-chairs, and the DC Coalition on Long Term Care. She also serves on the Program Committee of Generations United and is a member of the 2014 class of Leadership Greater Washington.

  • Deborah Rubenstein, MSW, LICSW

    Deborah Rubenstein, MSW, LICSW

    Director of Consultation, Care Management, and Counseling

    Director of Consultation, Care Management, and Counseling
    Deb has been on staff at Iona for more than 20 years. She has worked as a care manager, psychotherapist, and support group facilitator, and has served as Director of Iona’s Consultation, Care Management, and Counseling Services since 2005. In her current role, Deb oversees a staff of social workers and nurses who provide direct support to older adults and their families. Deb also leads workshops in a variety of settings, including workplaces, for the public, and professionals on a wide range of topics from “How to Help an Older Adult Who Doesn’t Want Your Help” to “Legal and Financial Planning for Retirees and Caregivers.” A former attorney, Deb holds an MSW from The Catholic University of America where she is a doctoral candidate.

  • Sharon O'Connor

    Sharon O'Connor

    Director of the Wellness & Arts Center

    With more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare field and a primary focus on senior care, Sharon expertly leads Iona’s compassionate Wellness & Arts Center team. Prior to joining Iona’s staff in 2010, Sharon served as an associate executive director in the assisted living arena. Under her leadership, the Wellness & Arts Center has earned a Dementia Program of Distinction Award from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. A passionate volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association, Sharon annually leads a team in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s fundraiser. She also facilitates support groups for older adults and their family members. Sharon holds a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. When not at Iona, Sharon may be found in her garden, at the beach, or in Annapolis spoiling her grandchildren.

  • Susan A. Messina, MSS, MLSP, MS, CFRE

    Susan A. Messina, MSS, MLSP, MS, CFRE

    Director of Development and Communications

    Susan 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 also a Certified Fund Raising Professional (CFRE). When not at Iona, Susan enjoys curating discussions on Facebook, reading, and spending time with her wife and teenager.

  • Nina Austin

    Nina Austin

    Director of Administration

    Nina joined Iona’s team in 2009, working on our Resource Guide publication and then as an Executive and Communications Assistant. She has been Director of Administration since 2011. In this role, Nina is responsible for human resources, technology, building operations, and security. She also supervises administrative staff, including our friendly front desk receptionists. Nina has more than 15 years of business management, retail, and administration experience, including eight years managing her own interior decorating and custom design business. Nina is also an avid volunteer, and has more than 30 years of service and advocacy in the community with PTA and children’s reading programs. Nina holds a BA in psychology from Denison University. Outside of Iona, Nina enjoys reading, sewing, gardening, and vacationing at the beach with her family.