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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.”
I have almost 30 years’ experience working in the chemical industry, in Europe and in the United States, mainly in sales and procurement roles, but also in Information Systems. I grew up in the South of France, my parents are both from the UK. My husband is French so I’m perfectly bilingual, and so are our kids. We moved to the Philadelphia region in 2009, after spending 13 years in Michigan.
Moving to the US opened my eyes to the volunteer engagement in this country, and I wanted to find a volunteer cause that would match what I liked to do, which is to create relationships with people from all walks of life, all races, all religions, share my house, share my passions for cooking and hospitality. Since the move to Philly, I struggled developing friendships outside of work, so I thought that the best way to meet people is to invite them to my home. Host for Hospitals seemed to match my wish list and I became a host 5 years ago. I realize now that hosting for HFH is even more fulfilling than what I signed up for, it has given me a sense of purpose to touch people’s lives when they need it the most, and that is the most rewarding part of the journey.
Host for Hospitals really fit perfectly what I was looking for as a non-profit volunteer and I’m ready to take the next step to join the board and help this team with my skills.
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.
Leanne Cimato RN, BSN serves as the Family Services manager at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She has over 25 years of experience working with children, youth and families as a nurse leader in the organization. She currently collaborates with an array of departments in the organization to assess family needs during a child’s hospitalization and collaborates with resources in the community to help coordinate supportive systems to address these needs
Jeff first heard about Hosts for Hospitals ten years ago and knew when the opportunity was right, that he would not only become a host, but serve in any capacity that the organization needed. Jeff became a host in 2018 and joined the Board in 2019. As President of RTD Financial in center city Philadelphia, Jeff has been passionately providing fiduciary financial planning and investment advice to individuals and families since 1985. A resident of center city Philadelphia, Jeff enjoys walking to the office whenever possible. He is passionate about sports, working out, skiing, the Jersey shore and frequenting some of the great restaurants/BYOB’s this city has to offer. Jeff’s corporate life and volunteer life are aligned with both having the goal of helping others alleviate stress and so they can focus what really matters – living a healthy and fulfilling life.