Meet Iona’s New Staff

August 31, 2021

Meet Iona’s staff members who joined us over the summer!

Angela Buchanan—Licensed Practical Nurse

A former DC firefighter in the late 1980s, Angela quickly found a knack for the medical runs, which led to a career in nursing. She is thrilled to be grand ma-ma to twins and is looking forward to her journey at Iona.

Frances Bucien—St. Alban’s Site Manager

Frances joined Iona in August 2021 after directing Congregate Nutrition programs and an Aging in Place program in New York and New Jersey. She is delighted to be back in Washington, where she grew up, and working at such a highly-regarded, and arts-oriented, organization.

E.A. Casey–Dementia Navigator/Resource Specialist

E.A. Casey—who goes by Casey and uses they/them pronouns —just finished their clinical master of social work in May 2021. They are thrilled for the opportunity to work closely with community members through Iona after more than a decade of managing grants and research projects in the aging services field.

Aida Čavalić—Senior Director of Initiatives and Operations

Aida joined Iona in July 2021 and brings two decades of Finance and Operations experience to her role, both in the nonprofit and corporate sectors. She previously served as the Director of Finance and Administration at FairVote, where she led an overhaul of Accounting and HR systems and was in charge of management, oversight, and strategic analysis of finance, operations, and HR.

Arlene Lutenegger—Front Desk

Arlene has been participating in Iona’s programs since she and her husband moved to DC in 2017.  After a long career in social services and counseling, working for Iona feels like coming home for her!

Cassandra Moran—Individual Giving Manager

Cassandra comes to Iona from the Cleveland History Center, where she served as Advancement Manager.  The challenge of helping her elderly parents live independently gave Cassandra a firsthand appreciation of how Iona helps seniors and their caregivers, in addition to a desire to work in this field raising funds to support Iona’s mission.

Saudia Roberts—Activity Program Manager

Saudia is a native Washingtonian who loves music and pets (she has a large cat and very small dog). She has worked in senior care for over 15 years, with most of her experience in nursing home long term care, skilled nursing, and memory care. She is excited to be a part of such an amazing organization and team.