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Board and Leadership

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Meet the visionaries behind The Hickman: a dedicated board and leadership team whose combined expertise and commitment shape our community’s thriving present and bright future.

Our Mission Statement:

The Hickman is a senior living community located in the heart of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Guided by Quaker principles and traditions that value all life and welcome diversity, The Hickman offers individualized care allowing older adults the opportunity to enjoy a productive life and to explore the richness of all of life’s possibilities.

Vision Statement:

The Hickman will be the heart of a comprehensive program of care and services for older persons. The quality of the personalized care that characterized The Hickman for over a century will continue as we expand our facility and range of services.

Our Diversity Statement:

The Hickman believes that its community, composed of board, staff, and residents, is enriched by its diversity. Quaker values lead to a policy of inclusion, of seeking out diversity, and of nondiscrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, age, ability, or sexual orientation.

Our commitment to diversity flows from our common Quaker identity and values. Friends believe that each human life is sacred – that there is “That of God in every person.” This conviction has led to more than three centuries of Quaker action to promote equality, respect for difference, and the dignity of all people. The Hickman is committed to making its community a part of this heritage.


S.P.I.C.E.S or Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Stewardship—captures our core Quaker principles, called testimonies, and serves as a guide to everything The Hickman does.

Board Of Directors

  • Betsy Stratton, Chair
  • Stephen Olsen, Esq., Vice-Chair
  • Nancy Pine, Esq., Secretary
  • Matthew Krasney, Treasurer
  • Martha Boston, Ph. D
  • Evelyn Brownlee
  • Richenda Davison
  • Diana Hodgson
  • Hank E. Schellenger
  • Gwynne Ormsby
  • Basel W. Frens


  • Toni Kelly, Executive Director
  • Ian Barnett, Director of Facilities
  • Rita G. Brouwer-Ancher, Director of Advancement
  • Rodney Sykes, Director of Culinary and Nutritional Services
  • Joel Necowitz, Director of Finance
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