PRESS RELEASE: ANV Announces New Executive Director

Wendy Zenker Takes Full-Time Role Following Interim Service

Zenker headshotArlington, VA: Arlington Neighborhood Village (ANV), a nonprofit dedicated to helping older residents of Arlington County continue to live in their own homes, has new leadership with the hiring of interim executive director Wendy Zenker to the full-time role.

Wendy’s career spans years of service to the community, where she dedicated herself to improving the lives of older adults. Prior to joining ANV, Wendy served as senior vice president for the National Council on Aging, where she directed the Implementation of nationwide policies and practices in support of programs and services for 60+ aged adults. Before that,

Wendy served as a Senior Executive in the Federal Service at the Office of Management and Budget, and as Chief Operating Officer of the Corporation for National Service, which oversees the AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs.

“Wendy’s experience with older adults and volunteers is a perfect fit with ANV’s mission,” commented Donna Pastore, ANV’s recently elected Board President. “She will be a great asset to ANV as we continue to grow in the Arlington community.”

Wendy is excited to take on the permanent executive director role, after serving as interim executive director since October. “I’m thrilled to continue my work with ANV’s officers, staff and volunteers, who are so committed to helping older Arlingtonians age in place,” says Zenker. “We will continue our work of enabling members to live in their own homes and communities, safely, independently, and with an enhanced quality of life, while expanding our membership and recruiting more volunteers.”

ANV came on the scene in 2014 as part of the growing “village movement” which seeks to help aging Americans stay in their homes and communities. ANV members pay an annual fee in return for support services and social programs delivered by a cadre of committed volunteers. Support services include rides to appointments, home technology support, minor household and yard tasks, and errands. Social activities include weekly gatherings, dining out, historical and cultural tours, health and wellness programs, and more.