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SmartLife VIA Willow Valley shares the same Board of Directors as Willow Valley Communities. The Board of Directors is made up of professionals with a wide variety of business experience. The Board meets bi-monthly to discuss Willow Valley policies and ensure we are true to our mission and vision. The members of Willow Valley’s Board of Directors understand what it means to Live Life Forward – each is committed to innovation and growth in alignment with our core values.

James W. Hostetter, Sr., CPA, CFP
President
Leslie (Les) W. Brant
Vice President
Jill E. Gilbert, CPA
Treasurer
Jane R. Barley
Secretary
Joseph F. McDonald
Assistant Secretary
Richard L. Galloway
Board Member
Pastor John Stephen Smith
Board Member
Dr. J. Donald Kemrer
Board Member
Helen C. Foster
Board Member
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James W. Hostetter, Sr., CPA, CFP

President

James Hostetter, board President, is a self-employed, certified public accountant in the accounting firm of Hostetter and Hostetter, CPAs, with an office in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He also owns, lives on, and operates a 145-acre family farm. He and his wife, Mary Louise, attend Willow Street Mennonite Church and are involved with various church functions. Mr. Hostetter also serves on a local bank’s advisory board.

Leslie (Les) W. Brant

Vice President

Leslie (Les) Brant is a retired financial executive. Les’s professional experience includes 35 years at BNY Mellon. He progressed through the ranks to Senior Director, providing wealth management services. Year after year, he achieved solid results for BNY Mellon and built relationships with clients and community leaders. Les has served on various boards and committees as a volunteer, member, and as chairman of several professional organizations. He currently serves as the board chair of Wellspan Health Population Services and as a board member of the AAA of Southern PA, headquartered in York.

Jill E. Gilbert, CPA

Treasurer

Jill Gilbert has been an accountant with Trout, Ebersole and Groff, LLP since 1995 and a partner since 2007. She specializes in employee benefits, non-profit organizations, and audits of local governments. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with concentrations in accounting and finance from Elizabethtown College in 1995. Jill is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She is also a member of the Elizabethtown Rotary Club and the vice-chairman of the Elizabethtown Fire Company Endowment Fund Board.

Jane R. Barley

Secretary

Jane Barley, a graduate of Millersville University with a B.S. in Elementary Education, taught second grade in the Penn Manor School District for several years and was the business administrator for Star Rock Farms. She is active in the community and serves on the Superintendent’s Council for Penn Manor School District. A member of Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church, Jane is involved with a variety of church activities, and enjoys her fifteen grandchildren, as well as playing tennis and pickle ball.

Joseph F. McDonald

Assistant Secretary

Joe McDonald has had a rewarding career in the field of education. He taught in elementary schools, and has served as a Vice-Principal, Elementary Principal, and Assistant Superintendent. He also taught in Athens, Greece and was the High School Principal at the prestigious Nido De Aguilas International School in Santiago, Chile. Throughout his career, Joe has belonged to a number of professional organizations and has held various positions in his local communities.

Richard L. Galloway

Board Member

Richard Galloway’s diverse background includes owning and operating a chain of convenience stores, working in banking, and building a Christian TV station, as well as starting a computer company and a commercial real estate business. In 1989, Richard and his wife, Dixie, founded New York City Relief, a mobile ministry to the poor and homeless in New York City and New Jersey.

Pastor John Stephen Smith

Board Member

John Smith attended Juniata College, graduating in 1971. He then enlisted in the United States Marines Corps, and went on to teach at the community college level while simultaneously earning a master’s degree in counseling psychology. He began his professional career as a school psychologist working in a number of school districts in both Lancaster and Lebanon counties. John retired from his work as a school psychologist in June 2003. He also studied at Evangelical Theological Seminary, earning Master of Arts and Master of Divinity degrees, and earned a Ph.D. degree from Newburgh Theological Seminary in Christian Counseling. John was the pastor of Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church in Lancaster County, retiring in June 2012. He is married to Vicki Lehman Smith and has two daughters and six grandchildren.

Dr. J. Donald Kemrer

Board Member

Donald Kemrer is a physician, retired from his family practice in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. From 1999 to 2004, he served as President of the Willow Valley Communities Board of Directors. Donald is a member of Neffsville Mennonite Church.

Helen C. Foster

Board Member

Helen Foster is the owner and principal of Foster Strategy, L.L.C., a marketing and development consultancy specializing in 55+ consumers and age-qualified real estate. Based in New Orleans, LA, the firm serves a select base of clients across the U.S., many of which are “best in class” in their respective markets or business sectors. An active 55+ housing advocate, Helen serves as an advisor, speaker, editorial contributor, and awards judge for leading organizations including NAHB (National Association of Homebuilders), ULI (Urban Land Institute), PCBC (Pacific Coast Builders Conference), and ICAA (International Council on Active Aging).