ALEXANDRIA, VA—Last month, Goodwin Living, a not-for-profit, faith-based senior living and health care services organization in the National Capital Region, announced that Joan Renner has been elected chair of the Goodwin Living Foundation board of directors. Renner is a senior consultant at Renner and Company, CPA. She succeeds Gant Redmon in the position. Redmon, who is a managing partner with Redmon, Peyton and Braswell, LLP, served as chair of the Goodwin Living Foundation board of directors from 2005 to 2022.
“We are grateful for Gant Redmon’s 17 years of leadership as chair of the board. He has worked tirelessly to serve, build and grow the Goodwin Living Foundation,” said Renner. “Today, the Goodwin Living Foundation supports a caring community, embracing not only our residents, members and patients, but also our caregivers and those in a wider sphere. I am excited to support the work of the Foundation as we continue to build our capacity to make a difference and seek to serve the broader horizon that is our future.”
Renner previously served on the Goodwin Living Foundation board of directors as vice chair and chaired the governance committee. She is a past chairman of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Alexandria Rotary and active supporter of many local not-for-profit organizations. Renner earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Virginia.
“We are excited to welcome Joan as the new board chair, and we extend heartfelt gratitude to Gant for his years of service to the Goodwin Living Foundation,” said Valerie Burke, chief philanthropy officer of the Goodwin Living Foundation. “We are grateful to have such dedicated and experienced talent on our board of directors, along with our generous donors who help support programs and services for those we serve and those who serve, as we continue to be an employer of choice and a provider of choice in the National Capital Region.”
In addition to Renner, the following officers were elected:
- Robert Eiffert as vice chair: Eiffert was the former long-term care program manager at the Fairfax County Health Department.
- Kimberly Fiske as secretary: Fiske is an estate planning attorney and partner at The Fiske Law Group, PLLC.
- John Komoroske as treasurer: Komoroske is the retired vice president of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
Philanthropy is a core value of Goodwin Living. In 1989, Goodwin Living established the Goodwin Living Foundation, formerly the Goodwin House Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that supports Goodwin Living residents, team members and their families. Thanks to generous support from donors, the Goodwin Living Foundation offers financial assistance programs for team members, as well as initiatives for educational and professional development. Stepping deeper into this mission, the Goodwin Living Foundation expanded its citizenship program in 2022 to not only cover the cost of citizenship application fees for team members, but also offer citizenship application grants for up to two additional family members of any team member with at least one year of service.
The Goodwin Living Foundation also provides financial assistance to residents of its three senior living communities through its resident support fund, and makes possible a wide range of innovative programming, such as music and art therapy, to enhance resident quality of life. Extending its reach more broadly and with thanks to generous donors, the Goodwin Living Foundation makes it possible for all older adults across the U.S. to access the Goodwin Living StrongerMemory program at no cost. StrongerMemory is a breakthrough program that helps improve brain health for those who simply want to thrive as they age, as well as those with a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment. With simple exercises, StrongerMemory stimulates the part of the brain that helps retrieve memories.