I was invited to join At Home shortly after its creation by local retired nurses who recognized that staying in one’s home, despite the challenges of aging, enhanced a senior citizen’s physical and psychological health. I felt a special connection to a group such as At Home as a daughter whose mother lived to the age of 105. Living as independently as possible was her daily goal. My initial work with At Home was defining appropriate services, creating the best language for a brochure, and trying to find our niche among the other groups used and needed by seniors. Since those early days, I have seen steady growth in membership, fine-tuning of services, and increased outreach to the greater community. As a member of Sunapee’s Selectboard and the NH House of Representatives, I see the hurdles faced by senior citizens in areas such as transportation and health care. Promoting local solutions such as “At Home”, is one way to take action.
Born in New London, raised in Elkins, working and living here for 58 years is a testament to the fact that community is extremely important to me. After graduating from the Kearsarge school system, I attended two years of vocational/technical school in Manchester, ending up with an associate’s degree in applied science. I started working full time in the family business in 1978 and never looked back. I never imagined that 40 years later I would still be working in the same place and living in the same community. The realization that as you get older, those community bonds and the network of friends and relationships that you create are so important to happiness. My wife Carla and I have both worked and raised our two (now grown) daughters here. Apparently, they feel the same as we do about community, because they both work, live, and raise their own families right here. The mission of At Home, helping people stay in their own home and community, among their friends and families to thrive for a long as possible on their own terms is an organization that I can relate to and am proud to be a part of.
Lydia Sarnevitz, Secretary Board of Directors
Care and consideration for the well-being of others has always been a passion of mine. Pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education and Honors History, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration from Castleton State College allowed me to pursue this passion. My desire to help others lead me on a gratifying career path. I have served as the Director of Education for the Upper Valley Jewish Community located on Dartmouth College’s campus. Also, I have served as the Strategic Planning Coordinator and later Federation Coordinator for the Jewish Federation of Greater Wilkes-Barre. Likewise, my service for the past two years with the Board of Directors for At Home has been rewarding in many ways. I reside in Sunapee, New Hampshire and have three beautiful children Andrew (18), Jacob (16), and Ziva (7). Along with substitute teaching at Sunapee Middle High School and being a Beachbody Coach, my family and I care for my 86-year-old mother at home. For 2 years At Home assisted my family in the care of my mother. Only through their help was she able to remain living in the comfort of her own home. Our family is forever in gratitude for the continued service with Mom. Recognizing the importance of At Home’s role in our community, it is with great pride I assumed the role of Board Member, and most recently, as Secretary to our Board.
Tom Cooper, Vice-president and Treasurer Board of Directors
Tom has a passion for giving back to the community. He believes that there are many ways to help and using the skills developed during your working career is one. Tom has a background in technologies from programming to technology planning. He retired from AT&T in 1999 as District Manager responsible for the technical planning and support of HR systems. Tom has received awards from Bell Labs on technical architecture development, authored papers for IEEE and developed strategies on how best to implement software applications globally. He and his wife Karen live in New London. They have four daughters, 11 grandchildren and a recent great grandson.
Robert was a graduate of New London High School in 1958, received his Bachelor of Arts from Ohio Wesleyan University, and his Master’s Degree in Financial Services from American College. He is the proud father of five adult children, the grandfather of 19 (counting spouses), and the great grandfather of 7. He has served as an agent and broker in the life insurance business since 1966. Also, Robert currently serves as a Selectman of the Town of Sutton. He has previously served on the following boards: Secretary of the continuing Education Advisory Council, Blaisdell Lake Protective Association, President of the Board of trustees of Presidential Oaks retirement Community, and the Sutton Historical Society. He is an avid endurance athlete being a seven-time completer of the “Iron” man triathlon in Kona, Hawaii and 18 time completer of the Boston Marathon