Board of Directors


Abbie Stone,  President

Abbie has served as a board member for the past 6 years and serves as the vice chair with B’nai B’rith Center for Senior Services. She is a program director with The Fountains at La Cholla. Abbie brings years of experience and dedication in the fields of gerontology and wellness. She is committed to providing affordable, safe housing and engaging opportunities for individuals to realize their potential intellectually, socially and physically, fostering lifelong independence.

Michael Levy,  Assistant to the President

Michael Levy is past president of the Board of Directors and has served on the B’nai B’rith Covenant House Board for the past eight years. He is currently the branch manager of Tucson office of Merrill Lynch. Michael is dedicated to helping the Board create and develop services and programs not funded by HUD. He has enjoyed seeing the Wellness Center, Computer Lab, and Covenant Closet established during his board service. Mike & his wife Tracy have three children, and he is an avid Ohio State Buckeye fan.

Honey Manson, Vice-President

Honey has been on the Board since 1997 and has been a member at large helping in any way she could. She has done Blood Pressure readings(Honey is a retired R.N.) and has helped some of the residents with special needs. Honey is happy to contribute to this wonderful facility in any way that maintains the excellent standard of care.

Cathy Olswing, Treasurer

Cathy Olswing is Treasurer for Tucson’s Covenant with Elderly, Inc., the Board of Directors for B’nai B’rith Covenant House. Cathy moved to Tucson with her husband and two sons in 1990 and immediately began her volunteer life with her children’s schools and sports teams. She has been a member of this board for 4 years. Other boards Cathy currently serves on include the Desert-Mountain Region of Hadassah, Hadassah Southern Arizona, Congregation Young Israel, and 1st Rate 2nd Hand Thrift Store. Sharing her time and passion with the residents here at Covenant House brings indescribable joy and a sense of pride to Cathy’s life.

Marshall Herron, Secretary

Marshall is a licensed Fiduciary at Jewish Family and Children’s Services. He is a member of B’nai B’rith. the co-founder of the B’nai B’rith Covenant House and the longest serving member of the board. Marshall worked closely with the professional grant writer to get all the necessary requirements to be selected to receive both grants for Covenant House One and Two. He signed all the closing documents with HUD for Covenant House Two since Gerd was in the hospital with a heart problem. Marshall  has been a steadfast volunteer of time and services to the elder population we serve.

William B. Addison, Jr.

William B. Addison, Jr., has lived in Tucson since 1957. Bill is married to Barbara and is the father of two, grandfather of two and great-grandfather of 1. He started working at Evergreen Cemetery in 1962 just two years after his family purchased the cemetery.  In 1974 the family built a funeral home at the cemetery and the company became Evergreen Mortuary, Cemetery and Crematory. Bill has actively run the business and at the same time been very active in the community, serving on several boards holding many positions. Currently Bill is on the Northminster Presbyterian Church Planning Committee, Board Member of Jewish Children and Family Services, President of the America-Israel Friendship League (2nd time), Board member of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Board Member of B’nai B’rith Covenant House, Member of the Elder Care Council of Tucson, Board Member of the Arizona’s Children Association, Vice-President of Arizona Funeral Cemetery and Cremation Association Foundation for Children, on the Legal and Governmental Affairs Committee of the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association.

Jacques Gerstenfeld

Jacques has been a Board Member for over 10 years. He enjoys being on the Board because of the diversified issues that need to be handled. He is an architect by profession and  enjoys dealing with building issues. He gets calls from the maintenance staff when issues come up and tries to assist as much as he can.

Pattie Martin

I joined the Covenant House Board of Directors with a heartfelt invitation from a great friend, Michael Levy. My passion and career as Vice President of Community Services at Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona, is the wonderful opportunity to work with seniors. My goal is to share my love for seniors and offer any assistance that they need to feel more empowered and strong, so offering my assistance on the board was a natural fit for me! I acted as Board President from 2010 to 2013 and was blessed to learn much more about the Covenant House, the residents, B’nai B’rith and HUD. In my heart, I hope for all communities with seniors to have such a beautiful home as the Covenant House because it has everything that a person could need to live a life that is full, with lots of friendships, social opportunities, and benefits in a safe and comfortable environment.

Susan Hopkinson

Susan Hopkinson started her journey in elder-care as a hospice volunteer in 2000. She accepted a Community Liaison position with the Visiting Nurse Association, Omaha, Nebraska in 2004 and remained in that position till 2007. Looking for a warmer climate, Susan relocated back to Tucson where she spent her childhood and loved living in the desert. Susan also worked at Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Southern Arizona in Marketing and Development. Currently she is employed by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson, giving her an inter-generational perspective .

Past Presidents

Gerd Strauss (Founder) – 1995-2001

Morton Freedman – 2002-2003

Michael Levy – 2004-2010

Pattie Martin – 2010-2013