Peter Stinson graduated with a B.A. from St. Joseph’s University in 2007. He has many years of nonprofit experience including serving as Senior Director with Operation Homefront, a national military veteran’s organization where he oversaw operations throughout the Northeast for over ten years. Most recently, Stinson was Executive Director of Greater Harleysville and North Penn Senior Services, a nonprofit that operates two senior adult activity centers in Montgomery County. It was during his tenure at Operation Homefront that he first learned of Twilight Wish while taking part in a wish granting for a World War II veteran who wished to attend the reunion of the Sixth Marine Division one more time. Stinson currently volunteers his services on the Executive Committee for Delaware Valley Veterans Consortium, an organization that unites military and veteran service organizations. In addition, he has taught CCD to 7th and 8th graders at Our Lady of Mount Carmel for over 14 years. He resides in Doylestown with his wife. In his spare time, Stinson enjoys being with his family and friends, working out and volunteering at his local parish, Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
Director of Business Development
Donna DeQuila received her B.S. from Wagner College in 1979. She has over 30 years of experience as an accountant and office manager, most recently with the Law Offices of William J. Courtney, LLC. DeQuila, who joined Twilight Wish in 2019, is responsible for increasing donor engagement by communicating with donors and building relationships. She enjoys vacations with her husband in their motorhome and spending time with her granddaughter.
Director of Community Relations
Mary Farrell received her B.A. in Advertising from Temple University in 1989. Farrell has more than 20 years’ experience in advertising and public relations. Farrell joined the staff in March 2007. She is currently the Director of Community Relations responsible for public and media relations, grant writing, and social media for Twilight Wish Foundation. Farrell resides in Buckingham with her husband and their three rescue dogs. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching football and traveling.
Director of Wish Management
Cheryl Gustafson recently joined Twilight Wish as Director of Wish Management. She is responsible for all aspects of our wish granting program and assisting our chapters. Gustafson received her B.A. in Communications from California State Fullerton and has over 10 years of experience working for nonprofit organizations in Pennsylvania. She lives in Furlong with her husband and two dogs. When she isn’t granting wishes, she enjoys cooking with her husband, getting together with her family and friends, and watching ice hockey.
National Director of Chapters
Randie Duretz joined Twilight Wish in January of 2021 as National Director of Chapters. She has over 35 years of experience as an Activities Director is several long-term care facilities and most recently was Activities Director at Luther Woods Nursing & Rehabilitation. During her time there, Duretz collaborated with Twilight Wish to grant wishes to several of her residents there. In both 1998 and 2018, she was voted Activities Professional of North America by the National Association of Activity Professionals. Duretz, a resident of Ocala, Florida, will be responsible for overseeing chapter management and growth.
Chief Financial Officer
Thomas Hunt recently joined Twilight Wish as Chief Financial Officer. As a CPA and an Enrolled Agent, he has extensive experience in accounting and bookkeeping. He has spent many years in public accounting, working at a variety of firms. Currently, he runs his own tax advisory practice, specializing in IRS resolution work and other complex tax cases. Hunt is a 2008 graduate of Penn State University and is currently licensed by both the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Department of the Treasury.
Twilight Wish Board of Directors
James CiervoMary MeisterRuth Anne
GrahamJane Leopold-LeventhalDaniel StephensJonathan
Miller Jerry RothkoffBarbara TraubLori Woodward
Chairwoman of the Board
Cass Forkin founded Twilight Wish Foundation, the first national wish granting organization focused on the needs of seniors, in 2003. Today, in our 19th year, she continues to serve Twilight Wish as the Chairwoman of the Board and national public speaker. Forkin was awarded the 2018 Humanitarian of the Year Award from The Chapel of Four Chaplains in Philadelphia and is the recipient of many academic, political, business, and community awards. She received her B.S. in accounting and her MBA in Healthcare Administration from LaSalle University in Philadelphia. Forkin resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, Bill Belknap, and they have four children, one grandson and a dog named “Rosie the Riveter.”
Vice Chairman of the Board
James Ciervo holds an AAS in Recreation Therapy and Leadership, Phi Theta Kappa, from Suffolk Community College and a B.S. in Human/ Community Service from Empire State College. Ciervo started his career as a Therapeutic Recreation Aide at Smithtown Healthcare Facility in the early 1990s. Most recently he worked for over 16 years as Therapeutic Recreation Director at Water’s Edge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Port Jefferson, NY. Ciervo has served on boards and committees on Long Island for over 20 years including serving as Planning Director for Intergenerational Strategies (NYSIGN); Planning Committee Member, Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce; Member of the Board of Trustees, Smithtown Historical Society; and Past President, Therapeutic Recreation Association of Suffolk County. Ciervo’s life goal of enhancing the quality of life for the aging is ongoing. His continued pursuit of higher education in this field and his endeavors to create community awareness regarding the increase of memory-impaired individuals is not only an asset but a welcome gift to his colleagues and those who benefit from his knowledge. In his spare time, Ciervo explores the Northeast on two wheels with his motorcycle club and travels the world, eager to learn about new cultures.
Mary Mannix Meister
Mary Mannix Meister is a retired public utility safety professional. A lifelong political activist, Meister founded an advocacy group credited with the successful passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act. This activism led to her producing and hosting a local radio program for work/family issues that was honored with an AIR Award. Meister’s volunteer involvements include Habitat for Humanity, serving as a local director for the Miss America Organization, and as a trustee for her local library. She also currently serves on the Board of the Upper Moreland Education Foundation.
Ruth Anne Wood
Ruth Anne Wood is the founder of Scripting for Success, a leadership training and production company. For over 20 years, Wood has helped many professionals with book and product creation, goal achievement and executive leadership training. Along with her husband, Jason, Wood has been a donor to Twilight Wish for many years, attending many fundraising events. She also served as a volunteer helping to grant several wishes for seniors who wished to publish their books. Wood resides in Doylestown with her husband.
Ken Leith has over 40 years of experience in the wealth management and financial advisory field working with family business owners to improve performance for their financial assets, operating companies and intergenerational estate plans. He currently is a Principal at Asymmetric Business Ventures and also is owner of a financial planning and advisory firm, Leith Group. Philanthropic planning, with an emphasis on sustainability, has been a strong focus in his work with his clients. Mr. Leith has been involved with the Boards of over 40 charities and is active in advising charitable organizations of all sizes. He received his B.A. in Economics and International Relations from Swarthmore College and a Masters in Finance from the American College.
Lisa Graham has many years of experience in both the corporate and nonprofit worlds and started her entrepreneurial career as co-owner of Tumbling Dice Entertainment with her husband in 1992. Author of the Healing Hearts book series for children, Graham launched Empower Kids, LLC, seven years ago to empower children through her picture books and support stuffed animals.
In addition, Graham founded Empower Kids for Literacy in 2021, a nonprofit whose mission is to promote literacy and mental health in underserved communities. She is also a motivational speaker and the producer and host of the podcast series “Tell Me” which celebrates one’s power and our ability to create moments that can change lives for the better. Graham graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Journalism/English and lives with her family on a farm in New Jersey.
Jane Leopold-Leventhal, Esquire
Jane Leopold-Leventhal, Esquire, currently serves as Chief Legal Counsel to all of Bohler Engineering’s office locations. Bringing more than 32 years of legal experience to Bohler, Leopold-Leventhal began her career as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Phyllis W. Beck of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. After her clerkship, she worked in the litigation department of Duane Morris’ Philadelphia office before joining the law firm of Eastburn & Gray in Doylestown.
During her tenure at Eastburn & Gray, she managed complex commercial transactions, construction litigation, commercial and residential construction litigation, and real estate, employment and business matters. For two decades, Leopold-Leventhal also represented various suppliers in the construction trade and clients within the architectural, engineering and healthcare sectors. In addition, after becoming a Partner/Shareholder at Eastburn & Gray, Leopold-Leventhal served for several years on the firm’s Management Committee.
After serving as legal counsel to Bohler’s Pennsylvania’s offices for several years, Leopold-Leventhal accepted a position as their general counsel in 2012. There, she is responsible for oversight of commercial litigation, contract negotiations, all lease negotiations and employment matters. After several years with Bohler, Leopold-Leventhal was promoted to Chief Legal Counsel. In 2018, she was awarded the Women of Influence Award by the Real Estate Forum Magazine.
Leopold-Leventhal graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania and received her J.D. from Temple University School of Law, also magna cum laude. While at Temple, she served as staff writer and editor for the Law Review. Leopold-Leventhal resides in Buckingham, Pennsylvania with her husband of 37 years.
Daniel Stephens is Senior Vice President for the CHAP (Community Health Accreditation Partner) Center for Excellence. Prior to CHAP, Stephens was Vice President of Business Development for a national home health and hospice company for nearly 14 years, leading a large sales team across 15 states to quadruple annual revenue. He has extensive experience in business development and sales leadership in the healthcare industry, focusing on DME/respiratory, home infusion, home health, hospice and palliative care. In his current role, Stephens works with community-based healthcare advocates to increase their impact and ability to help more patients receive the care they need.
Stephens graduated with honors from Liberty University with a focus in healthcare management. When he’s not working, he enjoys volunteering at his church and spending time with his wife and two sons.
Jonathan Miller began his insurance career in the mid 1980s as a captive agent in the senior market of long-term care and Medicare supplements for Life & Health Insurance Company of America (LHA), advancing from Regional Manager to Vice President/Operations Manager. While at LHA, he developed the agency of Management Underwriters (MU) which provided supplemental products to the existing LHA sales force. In 2016, Miller co-created a new company, Longevity Income Solutions (LIS), which challenges long-held ideas on how to pay for senior care, especially when a medical crisis occurs. LIS offers a revolutionary annuity solution to protect assets and cap the cost of care, addressing the concerns of both those needing care and those providing care. Because of this groundbreaking approach at supporting the care journey, LIS and Genworth Financial, a leading long-term care insurance carrier, formed a strategic alliance to promote their educational resources in the Greater Philadelphia, Florida and Chicago areas. LIS is currently developing annuity products to create guaranteed monthly income to families experiencing a care journey.
Miller currently serves as a Board Member on the U.S. Committee Sports for Israel, a nonprofit entity working to build Jewish pride and community strengthening through sports. He has also served on the Board of Boystown Jerusalem, a school for underprivileged refugee children relocating to Israel as well as the Board of the Albert Einstein Medical Center. Miller and his wife currently reside in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania with their three children.
Jerry Rothkoff, Esquire
Jerold E. Rothkoff, a practicing New Jersey and Pennsylvania attorney, is the Principal of the Rothkoff Law Group, where he dedicates his practice to serving clients in the areas of elder law, life care planning, asset protection, veterans benefits, estate planning, and long-term care advocacy.
Rothkoff has been and continues to be, an outspoken advocate for the rights of the elderly and disabled. He writes and gives presentations regularly to attorneys and other professionals about elder law. He is a frequent lecturer, speaker, and author for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Education, as well as non-profit and professional organizations. He is the former co-host of SeniorTalkRadio on AM 860 WWDB. He has made numerous other radio and television appearances in which he discussed legal rights of the elderly.
Rothkoff is the author and founder of the Rothkoff Quarterly, a newsletter of current news and issues concerning the elderly and disabled. He is also the author and editor of the South Jersey Guide to Senior and Disability Resources, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Guide to Senior and Disability Resources, as well as co-editor of Law Points for Senior Citizens, published by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Division on Aging, 2003 Edition.
He is Past President of the NJ Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and Past President of the Life Care Planning Law Firm Association. He is also the former Chair of the New Jersey Bar Association Elder and Disability Law Section, as well as a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Elder Law Section and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.
Community activities include being a member of the Board of Directors of the Twilight Wish Foundation and the Delaware Valley Stroke Council. He also is involved with the Alzheimer’s Association, as well as numerous other advocacy groups.
Rothkoff is a 1986 graduate of Syracuse University. He obtained his Juris Doctor degree in 1993 from the Widener University School of Law and began work at a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania law firm. In February 2000, he opened his own elder law practice.
Outside of his elder law practice, Rothkoff and his wife, Erica, keep busy with their five children, eighteen-year-old identical twin girls, Liza and Julia, fourteen-year-old fraternal twin boys, Evan and Gregory, and six-year-old Aitan.
Barbara Traub worked for 50 years at Holland Enterprises, Inc., for her father, C.W. Schrenk, a builder and developer in Bucks County and the surrounding areas. She handled multiple duties including secretary, job supervisor, directing of construction crews and meeting with customers in customizing the home of their dreams. At the end of 2017, the business came to a close and she retired, to a point. Traub is a very involved person and has also worked at Freedom General Contracting since 2008 as a payroll and financial secretary. She currently serves as a Board Member on The C.W. Schrenk Family Foundation which is a tri-state foundation helping to better the lives of children and families who are physically, mentally, socially, financially and religiously deprived for reasons beyond their control. In October of 2006, Traub received a House of Representatives Citation and Governors Award as an outstanding citizen recognizing her volunteer service with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. In addition, she also traveled twice to Mississippi to assist with rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Katrina and to help the survivors put their lives back together. Traub has served on the Twilight Wish board since early 2010. She has lived in the Doylestown area for 41 years.
Lori Woodward has been a sales and marketing professional in the senior housing industry since 1992 and is currently Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Public Relations of ACTS Retirement-Life Communities. Prior to her position at ACTS, Woodward was C.E.O. of Hamlyn Senior Marketing. She is a past board member of the New Jersey Assisted Living Council and a past committee member of the New Jersey Association of Not-For-Profit Homes for the Aging. Woodward lives in Yardley, Pa., with her family.