CEO, Mature Resources.
Kathy Gillespie currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Mature Resources Area Agency on Aging, Inc., a private, charitable nonprofit 501(c)(3). As a licensed nursing home administrator, Kathy has worked with elders all of her career in skilled nursing facilities, personal care homes, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, and most recently in-home and community-based services. Having a sincere passion for working with individuals living with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias, Ms. Gillespie spearheaded the creation of the first secured dementia unit in central Pennsylvania and served as a charter member of the Dementia Specialty Council.
A Certified Eden Associate, she has facilitated culture change in facilities in West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. In July 2018, the MRAAA, under the direction of Ms. Gillespie placed the first Elder Cottage Housing Option (Accessible Dwelling Unit) in Sabula, Pennsylvania and is currently developing a second unit that serves as a dwelling for seniors in close proximity to their families, while enabling each to have their own privacy. A shared home was also created by the MRAAA that afforded an option for three elders to transition from institutional living into a shared home in the community. Providing options in the community for elders to receive the right care, at the right time, in the right place is a core mission of the MRAAA, and Mature Resources Foundation.
Recognizing the increasing numbers of individuals and families living with Alzheimer’s Disease, the early onset of cognitive impairment, elders providing support for adult children with disabilities, and the increasing number of grandparents and great grandparents raising grandchildren children was the impetus for the development of Village of Hope, Inc. in order to provide community support for those specific demographics and to create options for supportive housing for individuals in need. Years of experience in long-term care defines what benefits seniors and their families and what individuals want and need as they journey through aging.
Through his work with Organic Health Investments, Gary intends to transform healthcare via disruptive business models in housing, wellness delivery, local food production and other innovative methods.
He believes the combination of sustainable local food production, preventative healthcare delivery via the direct primary care model, and housing innovations can result in the development of communities that improve people's wellness and longevity.
Currently contracted to advise/manage the development of the Village of Hope, Gary brings 40 years of experience in real estate development, senior living and residential construction and his current work with Avenue Development - one of the largest senior living development firms in the Country. Gary has been involved with the Village of Hope project for over 2 years.
President, Hess & Fisher Engineers, Inc.
Wilson Fisher, Jr. serves as the president and principal engineer at Hess & Fisher Engineers, Inc. located in downtown Clearfield, PA. Dedicated and passionate about the work he does, Fisher has served in several leadership positions throughout his career, whether in the field or through professional affiliations.
Wilson came to Hess & Fisher Engineers, Inc. in 1979 and has been serving the Clearfield community ever since. His primary focus areas include civil, municipal, environmental, geotechnical and mining engineering and surveying. Additionally, he is a Certified Sewage Enforcement Officer and has certification in EPA Radon Measurement Proficiency.
Prior to his work in the Clearfield community, Fisher served as senior scientist and project director at HRB Singer, Inc. in State College from 1966 – 1976. Following his time at HRB Singer, Inc., he served as president and principal engineer at Geotechnical Engineering Associates, Inc. in State College from 1976 – 1979.
Wilson is highly involved with the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging, Inc. serving not only as a board member but also with his involvement in Village of Hope, Inc. Wilson has a passion for the village, as he understands the importance of a feasible community for those with disabilities to live and prosper even after family can no longer care for them.