PALA Association Executive Director
The Pennsylvania Assisted Living Association (PALA) was established in 1995 to be the voice of the emerging assisted living industry in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The association is a 501 (c) 6 association that is governed by a Board of Directors and supported by membership dues and educational activities. PALA represents over 300 personal care and assisted living providers ranging from small to large communities offering diverse levels of care and amenities. PALA is the state partner and a focus state of Argentum. This leading national association is exclusively dedicated to supporting companies operating professionally managed, resident-center senior living communities and the older adults and families they serve.
The Association is active in the legislative process in Harrisburg and Washington, DC. PALA is supported by Commonwealth Strategic Partners, a legislative consulting firm, in advocating informing and educating legislators on the important role of personal care and assisted living in the long-term continuum of care. PALA directly works with the Department of Human Services Office of Long-Term Living Bureau of Human Services licensing to represent the membership on regulatory issues and concerns. The Association also has relationships with the Department of Health and the Department of Aging. In addition, PALA represents Pennsylvania personal care and assisted living providers on the Governor’s Long-Term Care Council.
A key component of the Association is to provide continuing education for the membership and providers at large. The annual Spring and Fall conferences offer the opportunity for providers to receive information for operation of their communities. Members also have the opportunity to attend a monthly webinar with updates on regulatory and legislative issues.
Margie Zelenak, PALA’s Executive Director for over 7 years, has announced her intent to retire in July 2023. Margie expanded PALA since 2016 and raised the Association to state and national recognition. The PALA Board of Directors have embarked on a search to recruit an Executive Director that will maintain and build the Association’s membership along with a focus on the Board’s regulatory and legislative agenda.
The PALA office is located at 205 Grandview Ave. Suite 406 Camp Hill, PA 17011
Telephone: 717-695-9734 Email: [email protected]
The Executive Director works closely with the 4-member Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. The Executive Director reports to the 19-member PALA Board of Directors. Four meetings are held annually, two are in conjunction with the Spring and Fall conferences. The Executive Director supervises the PALA Staff, Administrative Assistant and Education Coordinator. The Executive Director develops working relationships with administrators of PALA member organizations, state officials, executives of other national and state associations. As the state partner of Argentum, the Executive Director participates in meetings, conferences and advocacy on the behalf of Argentum and PALA.