Educational program for seniors nets new director

Ioannis Pashakis//November 4, 2019

Educational program for seniors nets new director

Ioannis Pashakis//November 4, 2019


Pathways Institute for Lifelong Learning welcomed Anastasia Petrovskaya as its new director.

An educational program jointly owned by two retirement communities welcomed a new director this month after one of its founders retired from the position.

Anastasia Petrovskaya will be taking over as director of Pathways Institute for Lifelong Learning, a program operated by Landis Communities in Manheim Township, Lancaster County and Messiah Lifeways in Upper Allen Township, Cumberland County.

The educational program offers classes ranging from seminars on history and the sciences to wellness and identify fraud at both Landis Communities and Messiah Lifeways to adults ages 55 and older.

Susan Stauffer, the program’s former director, helped create the program at Messiah Lifeways in 2005 and was a key part in taking the program to Landis three years later, the organizations wrote in a press release.

Petrovskaya is expected to take direction of the institute at both of its locations. Prior to joining Pathways, she was a service coordinator for the British Red Cross in the United Kingdom.

Petrovskaya has a doctorate in psychology from Yaroslavl State University in Russia and a master degree in practical theology and ministry from Training Christians for Ministry International Institute in Austria.

“It is a great honor and privilege for me to join such a successful lifelong learning program” she said. “Pathways Institute will always be a place where participants lead meaningful lives; staff, instructors and volunteers receive support and recognition; and the local community is encouraged and strengthened.”