NATURAL PATHWAYS TO LIVING WELLCharming, historic Medford, NJ, was founded in 1847 and was selected by National Geographic as one of the nation’s “small town treasures.” Lumberton, founded in 1683 and incorporated in 1860, was originally named for its timber industry and sawmills. Medford Leas is an accredited Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), spread across over 250 acres and two campuses, providing a uniquely fulfilling living experience to adults age 55 and older. Medford Leas also gives back to the community in many ways, click here to learn more.
QUAKER ROOTS, VALUES & CONNECTIONSMedford Leas is sponsored by The Estaugh, a Quaker-related not-for-profit corporation founded in 1914 to serve the needs of older adults. Their purpose was to create a special community in which the principle of loving concern would guide their common effort. Medford Leas was born of that early vision and has grown in scope and in stature on The Estaugh’s stable foundation. The Estaugh is guided by the teachings and beliefs of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), particularly the basic tenet that there is ‘That of God’ in everyone and the respect for the sanctity of every individual inherent in that belief. The Estaugh is further guided by the following values: community, stewardship, life balance, human resources and excellence
BOARD OF TRUSTEES & LEADERSHIPThe vision of Medford Leas is achieved by a highly respected and engaged board of trustees. The all-volunteer board is comprised of a maximum of 15 members and requires that a majority shall be Quakers and that at least one member shall be a resident of Medford Leas. No individual has any equity or beneficial interest in the community.The leadership team is comprised of senior living professionals providing residents and staff a welcoming atmosphere of mutual trust and respect.
Patricia Meller – President
Patricia Meller earned her MBA summa cum laude at Philadelphia University, her BS at Pennsylvania State University, and her certification in human resources from the Society for Human Resource Management. Since 2008, she has worked as vice president of finance and administration at the Philadelphia Foundation, a $325 Million community foundation serving southeastern Pennsylvania. Prior to that, she served as chief financial officer of the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation and as vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of Public/Private Ventures, Inc. a nonprofit, nonpartisan, social research and policy organization, established to improve the effectiveness of policies, programs and community initiatives – especially as they affect vulnerable communities. Pat also sits on the board of Urban Promise in Camden as well as the finance committees of Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Foundation and the Pennsylvania German Society. She was also past member of the boards of Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, The Burlington County Community College, where she was a past chair, and the Public Telecommunications Financial Management Association. Pat currently serves as President of the Estaugh Board of Trustees and is Chair of the Leadership Development Committee and the Executive Committee.
Davis Henderson – Vice President
Davis Henderson grew up in a Quaker family in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania and Silver Spring Maryland. He graduated from Westtown School and Hamilton College. Following his graduation from Hamilton, he joined the Peace Corps, where he served as volunteer in Ecuador, a staff member in Washington DC and later country director in Malaysia. Returning from overseas, Davis became human resources director at the American Red Cross national headquarters in Washington, DC. Davis continued his career with the Red Cross as European operations manager in Stuttgart, general manager of the Chicago chapter and finally as chief executive officer of the Tampa and Houston chapters. Davis became a resident of the Lumberton campus of Medford Leas in 2011 and is a regular attender of the Mt. Laurel Friends Meeting. He currently serves on the Estaugh Board of Trustees as Vice President, and is on the Arboretum, Executive, and Chair of the Development Committee.
Haley Driscoll, Secretary
Haley Driscoll, a Moorestown Friends School alumna, studied interior design at Syracuse University, attended the architecture department summer program at Cornell University, and earned her BS in interior design from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is a lifelong resident of Moorestown and member of Moorestown Monthly Meeting, where she serves on the property committee. Haley served as a member of the board of Cadbury at Cherry Hill for six years. She also serves on the board of directors of Colestown Cemetery. Currently she is an associate and the healthcare interior design practice leader at NORR, an international architectural and engineering firm in Philadelphia. She has been designing healthcare interiors for over 20 years and in 2008, led the design team that earned the International Interior Design Association award for best healthcare spaces. In 2010, she was a member of the team that won the ASHE Vista Award for new construction. Haley serves on the Estaugh Board of Trustees as Secretary, Chair of the Long-Range Planning Committee, and on the Executive Committee.
Francis (Fred) Melroy – Treasurer
Francis Melroy is a member of Medford Monthly Meeting, Medford resident and active volunteer. Fred spent the majority of his career in Hospital Financial Administration, most recently NYU Medical Center from which he retired in April 2015. Fred is an active volunteer for Quaker organizations and brings a deep understanding of Quaker business practices. He serves as Treasurer for Medford Monthly Meeting, as Treasurer for the Friends Journal board, on the Finance Committee for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and is also on the YMCA Camp Ockanickon board. Fred also served on the board and as Chair of the Board at Cadbury Senior Services Cherry Hill, until their sale. Fred holds a degree in finance from Rider University. He was recruited out of college by Dow Jones and is a Vietnam veteran. Fred is also an avid golfer and strong supporter of the Medford Leas Golf Outing. Fred Currently serves as Treasurer of the Estaugh Board of Trustees, Chair of the Finance Committee, and on the Executive and Development Committee.
Walter Evans served as vice president in business development for 29 years with First Fidelity Bank (now Wachovia). Prior to retirement, he was a real estate sales representative for Edgar Realty in Moorestown, NJ where he received recognition for his sales accomplishments. He served as an active volunteer firefighter in Moorestown for 37 years and during his tenure he served as the chairman of the board of fire commissioners for 21 years. As a member of Relief Engine Company, he also served as the treasurer for over 20 years. For over 30 years, Walt has served on the Moorestown Township Board of Assessors – and as chairman for 20 years. In 1996, he was named citizen of the year for Moorestown. He is a member of the Moorestown Monthly Meeting and serves on various committees. Walt has been a member of the Estaugh Board of Trustees since 1989, and currently serves on the Finance Committee.
Ferrill (Lefty) Alderfer
Ferrill (Lefty) Alderfer
Lefty Alderfer graduated from Juniata College, in 1957. Upon graduation, he received a grant from the Ford Foundation for liberal arts graduates administered by Temple University. This program led to certification and a master’s degree in education. While working towards his certification and master’s degree, Lefty began a career teaching mathematics at Octorara Area High School in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Later, he joined the Cherry Hill School System where he taught mathematics, became the chairman of the mathematics department and coached baseball. He attended graduate school at Rutgers University and taught courses at Pierce Junior College, Rutgers University and later supervised the Cherry Hill East Adult School. Lefty became a resident of the Lumberton campus of Medford Leas in 2008 and is chairman of the tennis committee. He served on the Medford Leas Resident Association Council and is a past president. Lefty currently serves on the Estaugh Board of Trustees Leadership Development Committee.
Marlene Hall possesses more than 25 years of comprehensive human resources experience in the public and private sectors, specifically manufacturing and social service industries. She is currently the Corporate Human Resources Manager for The Stonhard Group, responsible for shaping the culture, recruiting, training and retaining a high performance engaged workforce, through effective leadership, development and HR practices and strategies. She grew up in Moorestown, attending the public schools. Marlene holds a Master of Science in HR Management, Minneapolis, MN. She is the current president of Moorestown’s Farmdale Civic Association, a nonprofit neighboring civic league. Marlene currently serves on the Estaugh Board of Trustees Leadership Development Committee.
Marianne Johnston Esq.
Marianne Johnston, Esquire
Marianne Johnston is an elder law attorney; personal experience inspired her to practice in this area of the law after enjoying a long career as a corporate litigator with a large Philadelphia-based law firm. She has been recognized as a versatile, analytical problem solver with excellent writing and interpersonal skills. A graduate of Lafayette College for her undergraduate studies, Marianne worked in banking for a number of years before deciding to go to law school. She graduated from George Washington University Law School with honors before joining the litigation team of a Philadelphia law firm. Marianne is currently with the firm Price and Price, LLC in Haddonfield, NJ. Marianne is a member of the Elder Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association and an active member of a local church where she teaches Sunday school. Marianne currently serves on the Estaugh Board of Trustees as Chair of the Quality and Safety Committee.
Naoji Moriuchi brings to the Medford Leas board strong ties to South Jersey and Burlington county. He is a member of Moorestown Monthly Meeting and is co-owner and Broker Associate with Keller-Williams – Moorestown. Naoji grew up in Moorestown, graduated from Moorestown Friends School, and played on Moorestown’s soccer and lacrosse club teams. Prior to joining Keller Williams Realty, Naoji spent 10 years at BT Edgar & Son Realtors. Over the course of his career he has obtained his Accredited Buyer’s Representative designation, Graduate Relator Institute and is a licensed NJ real estate Broker. He is also a member of the Burlington Camden County Association of Realtors, NJ Association of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors. Some of his accomplishments include: Features in MONEY Magazine, CNN.com and HGTV as a local real estate expert. In addition to receiving numerous sales awards and accolades for his real estate accomplishments, he served a four-year term, appointed by the Supreme Court of NJ, on the District IIIB Ethics Committee. Naoji is active in the community. He is currently a member of the Moorestown Breakfast Rotary and previously served as president and secretary.
Richard (Rick) W. Bell, Jr.
Richard (Rick) W. Bell, Jr.
Rick is President and Founder of Planning Capital Management Corporation, a wealth management, investment advisory services firm that for over 25 years has developed and managed strategies for its clients. He has over 30 years experience working in both national brokerage firms and independent firms providing investment strategies and asset management solutions. His background also includes working in insurance and estate planning.
Rick majored in Finance and Economics and has completed the Certified Financial Planning program at the College of Financial Planning. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Cherry Hill Regional Chamber of Commerce, Rowan College of Burlington County, and Previous Chairman of the Ambassadors Club, Cherry Hill Education Foundation, and the Cherry Hill Planning Board. Rick has also been a member of the Citizen’s Advisory Board, Economic Development Advisory Committee and a Trustee of the Camden County Work Force Investment Board. Rick has also been active with charitable organizations such as the South Jersey Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and currently serves on the Estaugh Board of Trustees Finance Committee.
Scott R. Jones
Scott R. Jones
Scott Jones is a retired president of Forest Capital Partners, a forest investment firm he cofounded in 2000. Prior to joining Forest Capital Partners, he was president and CEO at Timberland Growth Corporation; director of business development and acquisitions at John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company; and currently is a director with the publicly traded timberland REIT, Rayonier.
Upon completion of his graduate studies in forestry from Duke University, Jones first pursued a career as a field forester in Florida with a pulp and paper company. He later attended Northwestern University and earned a master’s degree in business administration. Scott is one of our country’s foremost experts in the field of forest investment and has acquired millions of acres over his career on behalf of institutional investors. His company, Forest Capital Partners, was fifth largest private landowner in the country.
Scott holds an undergraduate from the Elizabethtown College, a master’s degree in forestry from Duke University and a master’s degree in management from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University. He also serves on the Board of Visitors of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.
Scott and his wife, Barbara, have four children and reside near Boston, Massachusetts. He is a lifelong member of Medford Monthly Meeting as well as attending Wellesley Meeting near his Boston home. His mother, Irene Jones, and uncle, Earl Evens, are residents of Medford Leas.
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Abby M. Loftus
Dr. James D’Amico
DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES
CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER
ACCREDITATIONS & AFFILIATIONS
Guided by Quaker principles and a leader in quality care, Medford Leas’ membership in professional organizations, such as: LeadingAge, Continuing Care Accreditation Commission, Accreditation Commission for Health Care, Peace Church Risk Retention Program, FSA Compliance and Risk Management and Friends Services Alliance is testimony to the commitment to support residents in living an engaged life.