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LeadingAge PA president and CEO to retire

Successor to start Aug. 20

Ron Barth, president and CEO of LeadingAge PA, is retiring at the end of June after nearly three decades at the helm.

LeadingAge PA board member Eva Bering will step in as interim CEO until Aug. 20, at which time, Barth’s permanent successor, Adam Marles, will take the reins.

Marles comes to LeadingAge PA from Phoebe-Devitt Homes, a senior living community based in Allentown, where he currently is senior vice president for advancement and strategic initiatives and corporate compliance officer.

Before joining Phoebe in 2012, Marles spent a decade in fundraising positions and as a practicing attorney with the law firm Stevens & Lee PC.

“Our commonwealth’s changing demographics make clear that quality services for older adults are a critical priority, and our association is privileged to represent the very best,” Marles said in a statement.

A Drexel Hill resident, Marles holds a master’s degree in public communication from American University in Washington D.C. and a law degree from Temple University Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia.

“Adam has a remarkable track record for solving the complex problems that senior care providers face. We welcome his fresh approach and look forward to working with him at LeadingAge PA,” Sue Drabic, the association’s chair, said in a statement.

Drabic also praised Barth for his leadership.

“Under his tenure, LeadingAge PA is now positioned for the next generation as the go-to voice for senior care in Pennsylvania,” she said.

Headquartered in Silver Spring Township, LeadingAge PA is a trade association representing more than 360 nonprofit providers of senior housing, health care and community services across the commonwealth.

Shelby White
Shelby White covers banking and finance, law and Lancaster County for the Central Penn Business Journal. For tips, email her at swhite@cpbj.com.

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