For Immediate Release

Contact: Jean Papaj
Director of Communications & Marketing
jpapaj@ralstoncenter.org / 215-386-2984

Ralston Center Expands Leadership Team

Organization focused on making west Philadelphia Age-Friendly adds key staff members

Philadelphia, PA, May 21, 2015 – Ralston Center, Philadelphia’s oldest nonprofit nondenominational organization focused on quality of life for older citizens added John Federico, MFA, Jean Papaj, MBA and Jennifer Russell, Esq. to its leadership team as Directors.

John Federico, Director of Development, planned, executed and supervised annual, capital and comprehensive campaigns raising more than $50 million for the mission-critical activities of performing arts organizations and service organizations in Pittsburgh prior to coming to Philadelphia.

Jean Papaj, Director of Communications and Marketing, developed and executed unique and successful sales, marketing and communications programs for profit and nonprofit organizations in education, healthcare, publishing and information in the Philadelphia area prior to joining Ralston.

Jennifer Russell, Director of Programs, manages the Ralston Wellness program and has a special focus on Ralston’s Age-friendly West Philadelphia initiative. Prior to Ralston Center, Jennifer worked with Senior LAW Center and Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania providing direct legal services to seniors.

“Ralston was established almost 200 years ago and has thrived over time by being sensitive to the changing needs of aging Philadelphians and evolving to meet them. With the population of citizens older than 60 years of age growing in Philadelphia, we knew we needed to add team members to meet new and as yet undiscovered opportunities to serve seniors. I believe Jean, Jennifer and John add the talents, skills and experience we need to meet the demands of the future,” said Joseph A. Lukach, Ralston Center’s CEO.

The Ralston Center includes Ralston My Way, Ralston Wellness with fitness, social and other programming; Joseph J. Hill Ralston Mercy- Douglass House, a 55-unit independent living apartment building for seniors developed in partnership with the HUD 202 Supportive Housing Program; Ralston Awards for Caregivers and Gerontology Student Nursing Excellence; Ralston House, its historic facility and former residence for elders on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the Ralston Age-Friendly West Philadelphia Initiative.