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New Executive Director Begins at RSS

The Board of Directors of RSS - Riverdale Senior Services - is pleased to announce the appointment of Julie Dalton as Executive Director. RSS is a nonprofit focused on programs and services to support older adults in the Bronx. Julie succeeds Julia Schwartz-Leeper who left the organization in May to becomes Executive Director of the Visiting Nurse Service Foundation of Westchester.

“We are exceptionally pleased that Julie Dalton has taken on this leadership role,” said Board President, Rhea Dornbush, Ph.D. She is a seasoned professional dedicated to services for older adults and has all the attributes we seek in an Executive Director. She is a strong communicator, an effective manager, experienced in New York City and New York State contracting, and a thought leader in supporting older adults to remain in their community. As RSS enters its 45th year of service we know that Julie will be an effective voice for RSS in the community.

“For the next twenty years, an average of 10,000 people each day will reach 65. People are now often retired for thirty years or more, and RSS, with its focus on every aspect of wellness, offers so many options for staying healthy, developing and exploring new interests, friendships and ways to share skills,” says Dalton. “I am excited to work with an exceptional team to help the organization meet these challenges. I am committed to empowering our members and their families to live their best possible lives. The Center for Ageless Living is the place to be! “

Prior to assuming her role at RSS, Dalton was the founding Executive Director of Gramatan Village, an aging in community organization in Bronxville, NY. Gramatan Village supports aging-in-community with a network of volunteers, community partnerships and peer connections. Dalton guided the organization from start-up to its established position as a leader in the National Village Movement.

Earlier in her career, Dalton was the Vice President of Operations for Aging in America Community Services, a social service agency supporting the health and independence of the frail elderly. She was responsible for the effective delivery of home and community-based services to 5,000 elderly clients and their families. Dalton graduated from Syracuse University and completed The Executive Education Training Program of the Center for Nonprofit Leaders at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service.

About RSS
RSS is a nonprofit agency that champions older adults and their friends and families through our wellness approach and in every aspect of their operations and facilities. Services offered by RSS include programs and classes in a variety of subjects from exercise to art and gardening, as well as on-site services including benefits reviews, support groups, individual counseling and health counseling. RSS has an adult day program for early memory loss. RSS is funded, in part, by the NYC Department for the Aging.

For further information contact: Margie Schustack, Communications Director, 718.884.5900,

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