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    We are champions for all people in their later chapters of life, regardless of socio-economic status, education-levels, religious affiliations, sexual orientation or race. We provide education for students looking to enter the booming industry of eldercare. We are committed to providing education and resources not only for senior citizens, but for any individual or organization who supports them. All that we do is built on a foundation of spiritual, mental, financial and physical health, and we work tirelessly to create the same strong foundation for all seniors.


    Who We Serve

    According to AARP, nearly 10,000 adults turn 65 every day. As technology, healthcare and society continues to evolve, our senior community is vital to our cultural health and economic growth. Roughly 70% of all disposable income in the United States will come from seniors over the next 5 years, and will have 47 times the net worth of their younger counterparts.


    We are committed to providing resources and outlets to foster spiritual, financial, physical and mental health, as well as help all seniors continue evolving as people. We will help elder Americans find purpose and reinforce their personal identities and sense of self, regardless of their income level, geography or background.

    Why Le Moyne?

    This exploding population provides multiple avenues for Le Moyne College to play a vital role across our country. Career opportunities abound for students focusing on older generations in one of the most fertile areas of national job growth. Le Moyne College’s Jesuit beliefs and strong sense of social justice have positioned the Heights to become transformational in this arena, not only for our students, but for this growing sector of our population.

    Meet Our Team

    Click on any name to read more about our team members.

    Kathryn Tovar '05 (Director)

    Kate Tovar ('05) is a passionate ambassador for the aging community. With over a decade in the Human Services field, she had dedicated herself to being a resource and conduit for change. Prior to leading the establishment of CARE, she spent the last 10 years helping better the Greater Central New York community as a Case Manager for the Onondaga County Department of Social Services. In addition to her experience and leadership in community and social service, she is a certified Ombudsman through the New York State Office of Long Term Care and fervent supporter and regular volunteer for the Meals on Wheels program in Onondaga County. Driven to make real, positive change, she is committed to leading CARE to engage and support the aging community.

    Lynn McMartin & Michael Madden

    For more than two decades, Mike Madden has made immeasurable contributions that helped his alma mater achieve unprecedented levels of success. In 2012, his long-standing support for business education at Le Moyne was recognized when the Madden School of Business was launched. Le Moyne's first named school was made possible by a $7 million gift - the second largest single donation in College history.

    A member of the Le Moyne College class of 1971, Mike is the co-founder and managing partner of BlackEagle Partners, LLC, a private equity firm whose mission is to invest in businesses that can benefit from its operational expertise. Prior to co-founding BlackEagle, he was a senior partner at Questor Management Company, another private equity firm that focused on special situation investing. He also served as a partner of Beacon Group Holdings, a merchant bank acquired by JP Morgan Chase and Co., and as vice chairman and a member of the board of directors and executive committee of PaineWebber Inc. Earlier in his career, Mike worked as an executive managing director of Kidder, Peabody and Co., where he was responsible for all investment banking and capital market activities worldwide, and was co-head of worldwide investment banking at Lehman Brothers Holdings.

    A graduate of Le Moyne and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business, Mike has often pointed to the crucial role the College has played in his professional development and success. In addition to his $7 million naming gift, he has generously given back to his alma mater as a former member and chair of the board of trustees, co-chair of the Tradition With Vision Campaign, and founder of the Madden Institute for Business Education; this was made possible by the first $1 million gift in the history of the College.

    Lynn McMartin, SPHR, established the Human Resources Department at Le Moyne College and retired after 30 years in 2013. As Associate Vice President, she was responsible for developing and implementing HR policy and oversaw compliance, employee relations, union negotiations, recruiting, benefits, compensation evaluation and more. At various times, she also served as the college’s sexual harassment Officer and Affirmative Action Officer.

    Her career has also included management and consulting positions with large, mid-sized, and small companies in various industries. These included research, manufacturing, insurance, healthcare, restaurants and publishing with companies such as GE, Smith Corona, ETL Testing Labs and Erie Insurance Exchange.

    Lynn has played an active role in the Syracuse community with her involvement with RLS (Regional Learning Services), Francis House and the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Community.

    After leaving Le Moyne College, Lynn joined BlackEagle Partners, LLC where she provides HR consulting and analysis of outsourcing services. She also assists in deal analysis and execution.

    Lynn graduated from Champlain College and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

    Dr. Norb Henry (co-founder)

    Dr. Norbert Henry received a Certificate in Gerontology in conjunction with his doctorate at Syracuse University. His dissertation dealt with quality of life issues for elders. At Le Moyne College, he mentored a strong national Elderhostel program. He helped develop a graduate course on aging and taught this graduate course at Syracuse University, Columbia College, and Elmira College. Dr. Henry is helping in the development of the Partnership for Aging Enrichment at Le Moyne College. 

    Dr. Roger Hiemstra

    Dr. Roger Hiemstra, Professor Emeritus, Syracuse University, and Adjunct Professor (retired), Le Moyne College, has a long history of working with older adults. Beginning with ground-breaking research pertaining to older adult learners in Nebraska in the mid-1970s, he worked with an aging project in Iowa in the late 1970s. When he joined the Syracuse University faculty in 1980, he began working with students who obtained the University's gerontology certificate, supervised doctoral students doing aging-related research, and developed an educational gerontology course that he taught there for several years. When he began as an adjunct professor at Le Moyne College, he taught the Educational Gerontology course offered through the Education Department. For the past two years, he has served on an advisory committee related to the current Partnership for Aging Enhancement and also serves the partnership in a consulting role.

    Matt Read

    Matt Read teaches advertising, public relations and creative advertising at Le Moyne College. His expertise is borne from a career in the advertising and communications industry - starting out at Ogilvy & Mather in New York City, he has worked at Eric Mower + Associates and most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Digital Hyve. He has experience in eldercare marketing, and a passion for helping the Le Moyne Community deliver on its mission. He has worked with a wide range of brands across a variety of B2B and B2C industries, including the American Dairy Association, Unilever, Aveda and Nationwide Insurance.

    Shawn L. Ward, Ph.D.

    Shawn L. Ward, Ph.D., completed his doctorate in developmental psychology from Temple University. His research interests include social cognition, gender differences, and adolescent decision-making behaviors. Current projects include an examination of the transformational effects of global experiences particular to the ego identity development. For the past 30 years Dr. Ward has taught at Le Moyne College as an Associate Professor of Psychology. During his time at the college Dr. Ward also served as the Vice President for Student Development for nine years. Dr. Ward has taught a variety of courses including aging and adult development, child and adolescent psychology, and human sexuality. In 2000, Dr. Ward was awarded the Rev. Msgr. A. Robert Casey Teacher of the Year by his teaching colleagues, in 2001, he received the Rev. Robert E. O’Brien Service Award, and in 2014 received the Dr. Beatrice Robinson Advisor of the Year. In 2016, in recognition of his service to mission and identity, the College bestowed the Ignatian Mission Award to Dr. Ward. In addition to his teaching and research, Dr. Ward serves the College as the Faculty Athletic Representative, an NCAA position bridging academics and athletics on the Heights.

    Msgr. J. Robert Yeazel


    Meet Our Partners

    Any strong community relies on partnership and a shared vision. Below is a look at some of our valued partners.

    InterFaith Works has a 30-year history of serving seniors by addressing issues of isolation and loneliness in aging. The Senior Services Department organizes community-based services that promote activity, socialization and life-long learning, in order to empower older adults to age with dignity. In keeping with the mission of the agency, Senior Services programming reaches a broad spectrum of ethnic groups, builds bridges of understanding among the wide diversity of seniors in the community, and promotes respectful care for our elders. Our services include:

    Senior Companion Program: Senior Companions are volunteers ages 55 and over who make a difference by providing assistance and friendship to adults who have difficulty with daily living tasks, such as shopping or paying bills. Senior Companions give families or professional caregivers a much needed time off from their duties, run errands, and often provide friendship for their clients. There is no cost to have a Senior Companion; income-eligible volunteers receive a tax-free stipend and mileage reimbursement. 

    One-to-One Program: One-to-One matches trained volunteers with isolated nursing home residents, to provide regular weekly visits, alleviate loneliness and strengthen residents’ circles of care.

    To become a volunteer, or to make a referral for our services, contact Lori Klivak, Director of Senior Services, at 315-449-3552 x109 or

    Oasis is a national education organization dedicated to enriching the lives of adults ages 50 and older. Oasis creates opportunities for people to continue their personal growth and serve their communities by offering intellectually stimulating programs in the arts, humanities, health, science, technology, volunteer opportunities as well as intergenerational tutoring opportunities. Sponsored locally by Upstate Medical University, Oasis is a place where people can stay active and engaged, helping them to age well. Membership is FREE. Class fees range from free to reasonable. For more information, go to our website

    Community Living Advocates (CLA) is an online directory for caregivers, seniors and people with disabilities in Central New York. The website has a searchable listing of services, organizations, events, classes, housing, jobs and volunteer opportunities. Nancy Aureli, BS, RN​, owner​ of Community Living Advocates, is also the lead organizer of Caring Community Advocates (CCA), a local Onondaga County group of senior service providers that meets monthly to network and learn about senior services in our area. To join CCA email Nancy:

    SJFS is the area's go-to agency for broad expertise on issues of aging, which they define as "a developmental process starting at birth." Thus their team of caring professionals serves children, adults, older adults, families, groups, other professionals, and the community at large with our services, coordination of care, and education and training.

    The clinical and case management team, backed up by the longterm and home-based nursing and housing capacities of Menorah Park, provides holistic, integrated human services featuring counseling and mental health services, care management, brain health programming, advocacy, volunteering, outreach, and educational programming for the Jewish and general public, aging services and health care professionals.

    SJFS also offers clinical internships, research, and field work opportunities through accredited local programs.
    Explore their programs

    Catholic Charities of Onondaga County helps people in need regardless of their religion, race, ethnicity, or nationality. They assist over 19,000 people annually through programs for people of all ages and stages of life. They believe that all people have infinite value and are worthy of our respect and compassion. Above all, they are committed to creating hope and transforming lives.
    Explore their programs

    The Onondaga County Office for Aging is the federally designated Area Agency on Aging (AAA) for Syracuse and Onondaga County. As such, we assist seniors and caregivers by providing the services and benefits that older adults need to live independently.

    • Offers services both in the community and in the homes of seniors who live in Onondaga County
    • Is a focal point for information related to healthy living and/or care in the home
    • Helps seniors and their caregivers to get the services they need
    • Provides services directly as well as through partnerships with local community-based organizations

    Touching Hearts at Home is a non-medical home care company that began in St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1996. We see the opportunity to provide caregiving services to seniors as a privilege that must be met with great integrity, always putting empathy and the belief in the dignity of all people at the forefront of our work.
    This philosophy originated from the natural compassion of Touching Hearts' founder Renae Peterson, who received such a strong example of caring, kindness and concern from her mother, Melvina Peterson, that it continues to fuel her passion in our work to this day, and that we refer to as our legacy of love.
    The need for care and companionship has grown dramatically in recent years as needs continue to rise, and Renae & her staff responded in 2007 by expanding through a network of franchised offices nationwide. Current family caregiver statistics show that more than 50 million people provide care for an ill, disabled or aging family member each year. 

    Learn more about their services

    The Ombudsman Program is an advocacy program that protects the health, safety, welfare, and civil rights of people living in nursing homes and adult care facilities. Our Certified Ombudsmen advocate for residents’ rights and ensure that their unmet needs and complaints are resolved.
    Learn about their services

    Syracuse has established itself as one of the many population centers within the Ignatian Volunteer Corps. Although we are smaller than some of the larger metropolitan areas, we do have similar community needs and perhaps an even greater proportion of those in need.

    IVC has partnered with the Jesuit Community at Le Moyne College and with Catholic Charities of  the Diocese of Syracuse to provide skilled volunteers to agencies that offer services to the materially poor.

    If you are retired or semi-retired, we invite you to share your skills, time and talents and become an Ignatian Volunteer in the Syracuse area.

    Learn more about their opportunities



    For More Information
    Our office is located in the Noreen Reale Falcone Library, Room #165




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