The Episcopal Retirement Homes Board of Directors makes serving the ERH mission a priority. They lead the commitment to enrich the lives of older adults in a person-centered, innovative and spiritually based way.
In today’s blog, we’ll be introducing you to a few of the gifted individuals who have volunteered their time and talents to serving our community.
Representative to the Board,
Chairman of Resident’s Council
Dr. Williams is a retired professor of gerontology and developmental psychology who has always been interested in life’s golden years.
“I once taught the subject,” she says, “now I am the subject!”
With a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, specializing in gerontology, Dr. Williams has brought her professional expertise into play in articulating the opinions and concerns of the Episcopal Retirement Homes communities’ residents during her two years on the Board.
ERH is not her only experience serving on a senior-focused board. Before moving to Cincinnati to be near her daughter who lives in Mariemont, Dr. Williams served on committees for many older adult organizations in Grosse Point, Michigan— including the senior living community of the Presbyterian Villages of Michigan.
Dr. Williams has never regretted her decision to move into the Deupree House in 2010.
“The Deupree House is a great place to call home,” she says. “They do a good job of providing a comfortable senior living experience. I especially enjoy the beautiful swimming pool.”
When she isn’t serving her community by working on the Board or assisting with the resident newsletter, Dr. Williams and her husband can be found out in the community, enjoying their golden years.
Whether attending adult classes at the University of Cincinnati or picnicking at nearby Ault Park, the Williams know what it means to live well.
RICHARD “DICK” ADAMS
Member of the Board of Directors
& ERH Foundation Board
As a former Procter & Gamble professional with 35 years of experience, Dick Adams is bringing financial and investment expertise to the Episcopal Retirement Homes Board.
Mr. Adams is one of the most dedicated Board members our community could ask for. He’s been serving Episcopal Retirement Homes for thirty years. He originally joined the Marjorie P. Lee Advisory Committee to get involved in the community where his father-in-law was an active resident.
“My father-in-law was a Marjorie P. Lee resident and a member of the Memorial Homes Board," says Adams.
Service has become something of a long-running family tradition with his wife and sisters-in-law getting involved as volunteers, and Mr. Adams finds that serving our extremely well-run organization with its many lovely residents is particularly rewarding.
“It gives me great pleasure to help the Cincinnati area community through affiliations with organizations like ERH, he explains. “In the past, I’ve had the opportunity to work with the Church of the Redeemer, Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Hyde Park Center for Older Adults, Families Forward, The Cincinnatus Association, Cincinnati State, The University Club of Cincinnati, and Cincinnati Public Schools.”
When he isn’t working, Mr. Adams enjoys a day out on the links improving his golf game or relaxing at home by reading a book. A fan of the arts, he and his wife regularly attends performances at Cincinnati Music Hall and Cincinnati Playhouse in The Park. The Adams also enjoy visiting their summer home on Georgian Bay in Ontario, Canada or stopping in to visit their grown sons as well.
Director of the Board,
Former Chair of the Board
As an attorney with practice concentrations in health care and finance and 10 years as co-chair of Baker Hostetler’s national healthcare practice, Thomas Kahle knows the innerworkings of continuing care retirement communities.
His understanding of senior living finance and knowledge of how healthcare reform and regulation can impact Episcopal Retirement Homes has been a boon to our organization and a gratifying experience for him. He has been able to see, first hand, how much of a difference we are able to make in the lives of older adults throughout his more than 15 years of service on the ERH Board.
“I firmly believe in the value of the ERH mission,” he says. “It is exhilarating to work alongside a group of talented people who share the same passion.”
Besides being an avid cyclist, which provides him with a distinct perspective of the Greater Cincinnati area, Kahle is a history buff. He’s recently been learning more about the history of our city, and has a particular interest in the steamboat building industry that flourished in Cincinnati’s East End during the 19th and 20th centuries.