Meet the Peter Becker Community Senior Leadership Team
When you choose our Harleysville, PA, community, you can be sure that you will be served by a compassionate, integrated team of professionals and caregivers. In addition to specialized training, team members in all areas complete ongoing continuing education programs designed to augment and broaden their skills. Beyond the skills required in caring for residents, our caregivers – RNs, LPNs, nursing assistants, therapists, dietary specialists, resident engagement and housekeeping personnel – possess a remarkable level of dedication and sensitivity to their residents’ well-being.
Suzanne Owens was hired as the President/Chief Executive Officer of Peter Becker Community in January of 2015. She has over 23 years of experience in the management of senior living communities. Suzanne has been active for years in advocating for residents' rights at both the state and national levels through senior living associations. She is passionate about providing quality customer service to all residents and guests of Peter Becker Community. Her goal at Peter Becker Community is to ensure that the community remains a wonderful place to live and work. Suzanne is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator (LNHA) and holds a Pennsylvania Personal Care Home Administrator certificate.
Prior to Suzanne's role at Peter Becker Community, she served as an Operations and Marketing Consultant for MHS Alliance | Consulting. ln this role, Suzanne worked with senior living organizations to enhance operational performance through the identification and implementation of strategies that helped improve operational efficiency. Suzanne also served as Senior Vice President of Operations for a Pennsylvania-based senior living organization for over 20 years. ln this role, she provided operations oversight for five sites that serve over 1,000 residents in Pennsylvania and Maryland. She hired, trained and supervised Executive Leadership teams for the five campuses and managed annual operating budgets that totaled more than $48 million. During her tenure, she led the development and implementation of repositioning strategies on several campuses.
Suzanne has presented at many state and national meetings for senior living providers and served on the following boards and committees: North Penn YMCA board and executive committee, lndian Valley Chamber of Commerce, CHAPA board, Lifespan Board of Directors, Lifespan PAC, Lifespan Policy Committee, Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA), and Pennsylvania Assisted Living Association (PALA). Suzanne earned a Master's degree from Penn State University in University Park, PA and a Bachelor of Science degree from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, AR.
Marina Hacking began her service at Peter Becker Community in August of 2020. Although new to Peter Becker Community, she has over 25 years of experience in the health care field and holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Management and Psychology. She is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and Personal Care Home Administrator, overseeing all levels of living. Marina is very passionate about quality of care, staff development and ensuring that our residents live their best lives possible.
Catherine Symanski was hired by Peter Becker Community as the Vice President/Chief Financial Officer in December 2021. She has extensive financial management experience. She oversees the business strategy, operational funding, and financial administration aspects of the organization.
Prior to joining Peter Becker, Cathy spent more than 20 years working for a mid-size nonprofit senior living organization in Massachusetts. Cathy earned her BSBA in Accounting from Western New England University and in 2021 completed her certificates in Executive Leadership and Performance Leadership from Cornell University.
Barbara A. Keller
Barbara Keller joined the Peter Becker team in June of 2013. She is responsible for planning, managing and implementing the marketing sales and communication functions of the organization. She has over 30 years of experience in community, regional and corporate marketing roles in senior living with a strong focus on nonprofit organizations. Barbara serves on the Professional Advisory Committee for Grand View Hospital Home Care and is a member of the lndian Valley YMCA Board of Managers. She is a member of the Tri-County Community Network and the Marketing and PR Society.
David A. Merrick
David Merrick is Vice President of Mission Support at Peter Becker Community. David joined Peter Becker Community in April of 2016. David oversees the strategic planning, development, implementation and administration of Peter Becker Community’s fundraising programs and activities. His management and oversight of the Advancement staff and Mission Support Committee lead the effort to secure sustained support for Peter Becker Community and all the people it serves.
David has over 35 years of experience in fundraising in a broad range of senior development and management positions in secondary and higher-education institutions, senior resident communities, nonprofit and corporate organizations. Special areas of focus include capital campaign planning and implementation through knowledge of development programs and operations; strategies for cultivating and engaging leadership gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations; assessment of development and communication programs to determine the most effective structure for an organization’s advancement operations and for engaging leadership, staff and volunteers in creating and sustaining a culture of giving.
David received his degree in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Planned Giving Council of Greater Philadelphia.
Jonathan Simon was hired by Peter Becker Community as the Vice President of Facility Operations in September of 2020. As a formal Regional Director of Operations for 26 buildings, Jonathan currently oversees the daily facility operations, renovations, regulatory requirements and construction at Peter Becker Community. Jonathan has over 25 years of experience with day-to-day CCRC operations, construction, regulatory requirements and emergency planning. He is detailed-oriented and thrives on customer satisfaction and communication. His door is always open, and he encourages residents and staff to contact him with needs or concerns.
Meet Our Board of Directors
The leadership of Peter Becker Community is the Board of Directors, which is composed of ten members. According to the bylaws, Peter Becker Community shall be governed by a Board of Directors, which shall consist of no fewer than eight (8) and no more than eleven (11) members in good standing of the organization. At least two (2) members must be from congregations within the Atlantic Northeast District of the Church of the Brethren. Each director may serve three (3) three-year terms and then must go off the board for at least one year before being reconsidered for reelection to the board. Below are short biographies of the current members of the board.
John L. Frankenfield, BA
John is the former owner and currently an Employee Benefits Advisor at Franconia Insurance & Financial Services in Telford, where the focus is group insurance programs, business and advanced life insurance. He is a member of Blooming Glen Mennonite Church, where he has served as Chair of Church Council, Administrative Elder, choir member and Sunday school teacher. He has served on the Board of Directors of Peter Becker Community since 2004. He resides in Harleysville.
Stuart Suter, PhD, Esq.
Prior to his retirement, Stuart R. Suter served as Vice President and Patent Counsel for SmithKline Beecham Corporation (now GlaxoSmithKline Corporation) of Philadelphia where he was employed for over 27 years. He is an active member of Ambler Church of the Brethren and has served as the Chairman of the Board of Administration, a member of the Finance Committee, a member of the Personnel and Nominating Committee and as church Moderator. He also served on the Community Home Services Board. He received his B.A. from Bridgewater College; M.S. from the University of Michigan; Ph.D. from the University of Virginia; and his J.D. from Temple University. He has served on the Board of Directors of PBC for twelve years total and previously as the Chairman for five years. He resides in Ambler.
Thomas E. Nolan, AAS, BS, DVM
Thomas E. Nolan is retired from and former co-owner of Instech-Solomon Scientific of Plymouth Meeting, PA, and San Antonio, TX, which markets biotechnology to the biomedical research industry. Formerly, he served as Senior Veterinarian at Merck Research Laboratories, where he was employed for more than 22 years as research surgeon and primate veterinarian. He has authored or co-authored more than 50 scientific publications and lectures. A long-time, active member of Salford Mennonite Church, he has served as a Director of Peter Becker Community since July 1998 and as First Vice Chairman for two years. He is married and resides in Harleysville.
Lon Seitz is a Certified Public Accountant and a shareholder at DunlapSLK, a large local CPA firm. In addition to Peter Becker Community, he is a current or former board member of a number of nonprofit organizations including the North Penn YMCA, Rotary Club of North Penn, and The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Montgomery County. Lon is married and lives in Lansdale.
Lon Clemmer is a Harleysville native. Lon is with Sanford Alderfer Real Estate & Auction Company and has been in the auction and real estate business since 1987. He is a graduate of Christopher Dock Mennonite High School, Mendenhall School of Auctioneering, Certified Auctioneers Institute, as well as earning several designations from the National Auctioneers Association. Lon is active in various professional organizations, including the National Auctioneers Association (NAA), the Pennsylvania Auctioneers Association (PAA), and the Lehigh Valley Society of Auctioneers (LVSA) and is a member of the Rotary Club of Harleysville. He is a licensed real estate salesperson in Pennsylvania and is a member of the Montgomery County Association of Realtors (MCAR), Pennsylvania Association of Realtors (PAR) and National Association of Realtors (NAR). Lon and his wife Michelle reside in Upper Salford Township and have three sons, two of which are recently married, and they both enjoy spending time with their family and friends in the mountains of Northern PA in their spare time. Lon and his wife are active members of Indian Creek Church of the Brethren in Vernfield and both currently serve as deacons. Lon is also currently serving as the Leadership Team Chair.
Margaret Longacre, Ph.D., M.S.H.E., is the Chair of the Public Health Department and MPH Director as well as Assistant Dean of Research for the College of Health Sciences. She has a doctoral degree in Health Policy from the University of the Sciences (Philadelphia, PA). Dr. Longacre also received an M.S. in Health Education from Arcadia University and a B.A. in Psychology from Wake Forest University. She teaches courses in health care systems and public health policy as well as research methods and capstone advising. Her research interest revolves around informal or family caregiving, including understanding health system impacts. She is currently funded by the American Cancer Society for a project assessing the feasibility of an integrated-caregiver portal system with colleagues at Fox Chase Cancer Center. She has also been involved in collaboration with the National Alliance for Caregiving for various projects, including a recent report on "Sandwich Generation Caregivers" (those providing care to an adult and have children in the home).
Cynthia Limbert, RN, BSN
Cynthia Limbert serves as Director of Clinical Information Systems at Grand View Hospital, where she has been employed in a variety of capacities since 1977, including significant experience in nursing management. She is an active member of Indian Creek Church of the Brethren and has served on the Board of Directors of Peter Becker Community since 2003 and as Second Vice Chairman for four years. She resides in Quakertown.
Terry recently retired from teaching digital art and photography at North Penn High School in Lansdale. Previously, she had worked in administration and activities at Peter Becker Community before accepting a teaching position in 2003. As a watercolorist and oil painter, she is eager to pursue both painting and illustration after her retirement from teaching in June 2014. Terry is the granddaughter of Anna and Lincoln Nyce – founders of Peter Becker Community. She and her husband of 39 years live in Vernfield.
Donald P. Bryant, BS
Don Bryant was appointed to the board in 2013 with his term beginning in 2014. Don graduated from Temple University’s Business School with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. Don worked in the Information Technology field for more than 47 years at several companies primarily related to the manufacturing and service industries. Don and his wife, Susan, are members of the Quakertown First Church of the Brethren. Since joining the Brethren denomination in 1980, Don has served as a Deacon; taught Sunday School; served as Treasurer, Moderator, Vice Chair; and is currently the Chairman of the Church Board. Don and Susan live in Colmar, Hatfield Township. They have two children and three grandchildren.
Christine Stenner is a German native but relocated with her family to the U.S. in 2012. She has lived in Harleysville since 2014 and has become a citizen. Christine is a German-trained attorney from the University of Konstanz in Germany and Master of Laws (LLM) from Temple University in Philadelphia. She is still an active member of the German Bar Association and also admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania as a foreign legal consultant. In addition to running her law firm with a focus on international clients in the life science industry, Christine is founder of Steuben Consulting LLC and promotes apprenticeships as an education pathway for middle-skills jobs. Christine was educated at a Moravian Boarding School in the Black Forest, founded by Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf, which taught her the importance of actively participating in her community.
Wendy Feiss McKenna
Wendy Feiss McKenna is a graduate of La Salle University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History, and Temple University Law School. She practices law in Montgomery County, specializing in municipal law, land use and zoning.
Wendy grew up in Upper Southampton, PA and has lived in the Indian Valley for over 25 years, where she has raised three daughters. She enjoys travel, hiking, fitness, decorating and spending time with family and friends. Wendy joined the Peter Becker Board of Directors in 2021 and also serves as PBC representative for the Indian Valley YMCA.
Jacki Howenstein was appointed to the Board in 2021 with her term starting 2022. She is currently the Senior Director of Project Management at Grand View Hospital in Sellersville, PA. She has a Master of Science in Nursing from Drexel University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Gwynedd Mercy College, and an Associate Degree in Applied Sciences from Montgomery County Community College. Jacki is a Certified Emergency and Trauma Nurse. She is married and lives in Harleysville, PA.