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Executive Director, Board Member
Mike Aichenbaum has a multi-faceted educational and employment background. Prior to 1989 when Mike received a bone marrow transplant as treatment for Leukemia, he had received a law degree from the University of Michigan, lived in Israel and served as President of Colonial Lamplighters, an outdoor yard lighting firm located in Detroit, Michigan; subsequent to his recovery he has been a buyer at Boscov’s Department Stores in Reading, Pennsylvania, received Masters degrees in Jewish Education and Jewish Studies from Gratz College in Philadelphia, PA and served as Educational Director of Congregation Or Shalom in Berwyn, Pennsylvania. He has directed HfH since its founding in 2000.
Patient-Family Placement Specialist
Barbara joined HOSTS for HOSPITALS in July of 2017 and is proud to be working for an organization that makes a meaningful impact in the Greater Philadelphia medical community. Barbara received her bachelors degree at University of Delaware and has worked in a variety of industries, including sports & entertainment, telecommunications and a global testing company. She is a skilled project manager and her ultra-organized attention to detail helps her excel in her role for the organization. Barbara was born and raised in Philadelphia and currently lives in Wayne, PA with her husband and 3 children.
Cathy was born and raised in Philadelphia and currently resides in West Mount Airy with her husband and 3 daughters. Working for years in the apparel industry, Cathy has an undergraduate degree in Fashion Merchandising and a Masters in International Business from Philadelphia University. She is a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill where she co-chaired the outreach committee for 5 years. This gave her the opportunity to work with Hosts for Hospitals as well as many other local non-profit organizations. Cathy organized the annual events such as “Stop Hunger Now’, the Advent Fair, and the Holiday Giving Tree. She is passionate about the annual rummage sale at St. Paul’s which generates over $40,000 then distributed to aid hunger and homelessness locally. Cathy and her family have been hosting for HFH for over 10 years and intermittently also host international students for local colleges. “Hosting families in need made every day a teaching moment in our home. Our children witnessed how people all over the world become unified when faced with challenging medical situations. They realize what a difference everyone can make showing kindness and hospitality to others we don’t’ even know.”
Girish Patwardhan is a Financial Services Representative with First Financial Group, a General Agency of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual). Prior to joining MassMutual, Girish worked in pharmaceutical marketing research arena for 25 years. During this time he worked at Strategic Marketing Corp & IMS America. In 2005, he cofounded a boutique market research firm Data Quest Analytics, LLC. In 2010, he started his own company Idea360 Market Research, LLC.
Girish graduated from University of Pittsburgh with a Ph.D. in Statistics. He has taught statistical courses at The Penn State University at Altoona, Immaculata University, St. Joseph University, and Drexel University. He serves on boards of Hosts for Hospitals and Hope Charities, Inc.