Gina Zarra Blum named new executive director of Aging in Place+Gallivant

Aging in Place+Gallivant has appointed Gina Zarra Blum as the executive director of the recently merged local nonprofit which helps Darien seniors to remain in their homes as they age. Services include information, transportation and referrals to vetted service providers and nonprofit agencies.
Aging in Place+Gallivant has appointed Gina Zarra Blum as the executive director of the recently merged local nonprofit which helps Darien seniors to remain in their homes as they age. Services include information, transportation and referrals to vetted service providers and nonprofit agencies.Contributed Photo

Aging in Place+Galli-vant has appointed a new executive director to run the recently merged organization. Gina Zarra Blum assumed her new position on June 13.

Blum will be responsible for the overall planning and management of the local nonprofit which serves older adults who want to remain in their homes and community as they age.

She will direct fund raising, volunteer coordination, communications, financial and office management, and interfacing with donors and other service providers in the community.

"Most importantly, Gina will respond to inquiries from the public and will work with seniors and their families," said Kaye Barker, president of Aging in Place+Gallivant.

"We had an impressive response when we advertised the new executive director position," said Diana Kalman, Aging in Place+Gallivant vice president and chairman of the personnel committee. "We reviewed and interviewed a slate of highly qualified candidates, but we selected Gina because we were confident that she would draw on her past achievements and work with seniors to help build our new organization."

Blum served as assistant to the director of the Stamford Senior Center, where she worked on program development, marketing and fundraising.

Previously, she held positions as chairman of the Fairfield County Women's Center at Norwalk Community College, administrator of the Collaborative Alliance of Fairfield County (an association of nonprofit agencies) and president of the Junior League of Stamford-Norwalk. Blum holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity College in Hartford and lives in Stamford with her husband and three children.

Blum succeeds Alyssa Israel, who has served as the part-time coordinator and consultant to Aging in Place in Darien for the past three years.

"Alyssa has been instrumental in working with the Community Fund of Darien to develop Aging In Place, which was designed to meet the needs of the increasing population of seniors," Barker noted said. "We are very pleased that she will continue to be available on a consulting basis to Aging in Place+Gallivant."

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Israel is a certified public health specialist. She has applied her knowledge, research, hard work and sensitive leadership to the development of Aging in Place in Darien since its inception. Since its recent merger with Gallivant, which provides senior transportation services, she has played a critical role in the expansion of the organization.

Aging in Place+Galli-vant is a nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to help older adults in Darien to live independently, comfortably and with dignity in their own homes for as long as possible.

For information about Aging in Place+Gallivant's services, or to volunteer, call 203-585-4094, email director@aginginplacegallivant.org, or visit www.aginginplacegallivant.org. To arrange transportation with Gallivant call 203-655-2227.