Our Team


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Claudia Warren-Taylor

Dr. Claudia Warren-Taylor is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner with over twenty years of service in the hospital, long term care, the healthcare industry. She has served the senior population for over thirty years. She is the founder and operator of a group of assisted living and a primary care house call practice in the DMV area. She lives in the Montgomery County area.

Evelyn Harkins


Evelyn Harkins has resided in Olney for 36 years. She is currently an employee of the DHHS of Montgomery County, MD in School Health. She has also worked in the hospitality industry for 45 years in different aspects; owning her own restaurant and catering company; working for executive chef @ Wolftrap Center for the Performing Arts; owner/investor in Hospitality Staff LLC, a company of 25 years supplying temporary help for the hospitality industry with five offices on the east coast. Evelyn graduated from Wheeling Jesuit University with a BS in Business Administration. She started driving for OHFL in 2012 while earning her CNA/GNA from Howard CC, and now is a friendly caller. She joined the board of OHFL in 2018.


Bill Isaacs

Bill Isaacs has been a resident of Olney for over 30 years and has lived in Montgomery County his entire life. Bill is the tax manager at Wight & Walsh, LLC located in Olney Maryland. He joined the Board of Olney Home for Life, Inc. in 2015 and serves as the organization’s Treasurer. He graduated from Frostburg State University in 1987 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting. Bill has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1994 and has been working in public accounting since 1987.

Darlene Gibecke

Board Member
Darlene is a retired Resident Nurse where she spent the last 23 years in an Oncology practice in Olney/Rockville area. She loved this chapter in her career and still think of the patients. She is also a Mimi to two grandkids Bradley and Mia. They bring such joy to her life. Her hobbies are exercising and reading. She has already read 22 books this summer due to covid. She has also volunteered at Montgomery Medstar which has been on hold due to Covid. 

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Frank Cottone


Frank Cottone has been a resident of Olney over 40 years. Frank retired in 2016 after 42 years of service with Pepco Holding Inc, which was the Holding Company for Potomac Electric Power, Delmarva Power and Atlantic City Electric. Frank held many positions over the span of his career. His last position with PHI was General Manager of Support Services, responsible for strategic planning and managing facilities and the company fleet operations. Frank was also involved with the company’s Emergency Management Services that was focused on restoring power to Pepco customers during major weather events. He now enjoys his retirement life watching the many activities of his 10 grandchildren. Frank became interested in Olney Home for Life after hearing about the organization from a friend who currently serves on the Board. Frank was a caregiver to his parents and looks forward to serving Olney senior residents as a Board member.


Tonja Paylor

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Pam Grant


Pam has lived in the Olney/Brookeville area for 35 years. Prior to joining Olney Home for Life (OHFL), she has 10 years experience volunteering in the area.

She was a Federal Government employee at the Food and Drug Administration for over 27 years. She served as Management Officer and Training Liaison; overseeing and directing personnel, recruitment, payroll, budget, facilities, travel, and staff training. In addition, she worked over 6 years in the private sector.

Pam attended Towson University and University of Maryland. She joined OHFL in 2017 as a volunteer driver and became an active member of the fundraising and outreach committees before joining the Board of Directors in 2019.

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Lynn Castagna is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to becoming the Director at Sentara Potomac Hospital, she was the Executive Vice President of the Food for All Seasons Foundation in Washington, DC, providing food to senior citizens in DC, MD, and VA. Lynn retired in 2011 from her full time career at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center. She ended her career there after serving as the Director and Office of Development and Volunteer Serviced from 1998 thru 2011. 


Larry Willett

Larry Willett has been living in Olney since 1975. He is the Director for Independent Living at Brooke Grove Retirement Village, where he began working in 2009. “Excellent service every time” is the motto at Westbrooke Clubhouse (where the independent living residents dine as well as take part in various activities) and sums up Larry and his team’s commitment to the residents of Brooke Grove. Prior to working at Brooke Grove, he worked for two restaurants, Equinox and David Greggory, in downtown DC. Preceding that, Larry had been an editor and productions manager for the International Commission on English in the Liturgy, a commission serving the English-speaking bishops in the Roman Catholic Church. He has a BA in Philosophy from Saint Mary’s Seminary and University, Catonsville, Maryland. Larry joined the Olney Home for Life Board in April 2017 and is very interested in helping seniors maintain their independence thus enhancing the quality of their lives.