Whether we’re giving or receiving help, each one of us has something valuable to bring to this world. That’s one of the things that connects us as neighbors—in our own way, each one of us is a giver and a receiver.

—Fred Rogers

We are grateful to our council of advisors for their contributions to Empowering the Ages.


Susan Barranger, retired principal, Montgomery County Public Schools

Ronna Cook, community advocate

Susan Gardner, community advocate

Shahab Kiavani, marketing and strategic alliance community leader

Agnes Leshner, community advocate and retired Director of Montgomery County Child Welfare Services

Lesley Romanoff, director and lead teacher, Takoma Park Cooperative Nursery School

Chuck Short, retired Special Assistant to Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, community advocate and leader