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Heidi Whear, President and Founder

Heidi Whear holds a Masters Degree in Public Health from Boston University and has worked developing and running programs serving elderly populations in home settings, adult day health  programs, affordable housing communities as well as in assisted living facilities.  Volunteerism is prominent throughout her life from Peace Corps, to being the first Volunteer Coordinator at My Brother's Table to recently founding the first ElderAct Club through Rotary International.  She serves on many boards including Swampscott Council on Aging, Swampscott for All Ages and the North Shore Hearing Foundation. Heidi was born in Swampscott and is happily married to a Header, Bruce Whear.  Heidi is thrilled to bring her passion for serving elderly together with developing community through Seaglass Village.

 

 

 

Joan McCormack, Vice President

Dr. Joan McCormack has many years of experience bringing hearing health care services to older adults as the owner and Director of Atlantic Hearing Care and founder of the North Shore Hearing Foundation.   She volunteers with many groups to enhance quality of life and support healthy aging.  She is a member of the Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor, serves on the Board of the Entheos Audiology Cooperative and is active in the Swampscott for All Ages Committee.  Joan is delighted to be part of this team to help our neighbors age in place and stay safely in their homes.

 

 

 

 

   
 

 

 

 

   

 

Alyce Deveau, Treasurer

Alyce Deveau is the Director of the Swampscott Public Library. As Library Director she has hosted many programs for senior citizens including book groups, knitting groups, ukulele groups and AARP tax help. She is a member of the Swampscott For All Ages Committee and is also a member of the action team to make Swampscott a Dementia Friendly Town.  

           

 

Doreen Hodgkin, Secretary

Doreen Hodgkin moved to Swampscott in 1986 with her wife Linda Jones.  They raised their son, Andy, who went to Swampscott schools.  Doreen recently retired from Khoury College of Computer Science at Northeastern University, where she was the Associate Dean of Students working closely with administration, faculty and students.  She knows first-hand the need and importance of people staying in their homes as she helps care for her 94-year-old mother, who still lives in her home in Maine.  Doreen is excited to be a member of this team as we work towards creating a stronger community in the area towns.

 

     
 

Izzy Abrams, Director

Izzi Abrams is a librarian at the Swampscott Public Library working with both children and adults.  She is also the president of the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore.  She is married to Dr. Howard Abrams and has two children and four grandchildren. She is thrilled to be involved with Seaglass Village and helping to enrich the lives of Seniors

     
 

Catherine M. Doherty, Director

Catherine is a practicing attorney who has volunteered for local non-profits, including the Marblehead-Grasse Sister City Exchange, Salem Cyberspace, teaching English as a Second Language for Mock Trial Participants, and most recently, Sailing Heals.

She has been a Marblehead resident for more than twenty five years and looks forward to collaborating with the Seaglass community to foster connections for socialization and elder independence.

           
           
           
           

 

Judy Gates, Director

Judy Gates moved to Marblehead in 1965 just out of college.  She and her late husband raised their children here. Her involvement in the community began as President of the Gerry School PTA and has branched out in many directions from Abbot Public Library Trustee to the founding of the Three Voices organization helping seniors address their needs. She is delighted now to be involved in Seaglass Village that will open up new ways to connect to seniors to foster their health as well as their social interactions. 

           
           

 

 

 

 

Betsy Morris, Director

Betsy and her family moved to Marblehead in 1967; her kids attended Marblehead schools, scouts, clubs, camps, and sports teams.  During that time, while owning and managing a design/develop/build company with her husband, she returned to school and got an MBA at Simmons.  She went to work at Bank of Boston and retired in 1993 as head of Corporate Marketing in order to go sailing.  They spent five years sailing from Newfoundland to South America, including most ports in between.  Returning in 1998, she has followed the volunteer path at the Peabody Essex Museum, North Shore Medical Center, North Shore Community Mediation, and Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute, where she has been a Board member, head of the Curriculum Committee, and head of Development.

     
           
           
 

Anne Waymouth, Director

Anne is originally from in Marblehead.  Anne graduated from Cornell University.  Anne lived and worked as a CPA in Wisconsin for over 30 years and has now returned to Swampscott.  She knows firsthand the needs of the elderly as she returned to this area to help her 94-year-old father continue to live in his own home in Marblehead.   Anne has been active with not-for-profit agencies in her career and served on the Board of Directors of the Community Action Coalition of South-Central Wisconsin.  Anne currently works as the parttime Accounting Manager for the Jewish Journal.  Anne looks forward to bringing her skills to Seaglass Village to support creating community connections for the elderly to live independent fulfilling lives.