Cathy Bollinger, Managing Director of Embracing Aging
As Managing Director of Embracing Aging, Cathy Bollinger is honored to carry on the legacy of Anna Gardner, who over 100 years ago gifted her estate to be used to care for older single women in York County and has now evolved into York County Community Foundation’s long-term Embracing Aging initiative.
With over 30 years’ experience as a strategic thinker and innovative problem-solver in both for-profit and non-profit settings, Cathy works with community stakeholders to improve how people experience aging in York county. She develops strategies and leads Embracing Aging’s grantmaking to disrupt negative views on aging, increase the understanding and caring about the needs of older adults, enhance quality of life for older people, increases age-friendly public policies and physical environments, and help older people plan for how they want to age in community.
Passionate about creating a York County that is inclusive and respectful of all generations, Cathy has presented at national aging conferences and webinars, appeared on regional radio and television shows, and contributed articles to regional publications. At the invitation of Chairman Collins and Ranking Member Casey, she was one of four witnesses selected to present testimony at the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging in May 2017.
An avid fan of competition shows on the Food Network, wine tastings, travel, and theatre, Cathy treasures being with family and looks back fondly on the time spent with her grandparents, as each taught her valuable lessons about their aging that she carries with her today.