Aviva Senior Living Welcomes New Board Trustees

The Giving Coast

Pictured: Meredith Dropkin, one of two new members joining Aviva's diverse group of trustees.

Aviva Senior Living, the area’s only not-for-profit, rental retirement community offering independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing for seniors who want a fulfilling environment and superior access to quality healthcare services, is pleased to welcome two new members to its Board of Trustees. Patrick Mulva and Meredith Dropkin will join a diverse group of trustees with expertise in business, marketing, healthcare, finance, and not-for-profit management.

Originally from Syracuse, New York, Dropkin is Director of Public Relations at the Sarasota-based marketing firm Grapevine Communications, a company that not only encourages, but celebrates community service and nonprofit involvement amongst its employees. As a public relations expert, Dropkin has helped companies and organizations achieve record-breaking profits and secure national and local press coverage.

Patrick Mulva, originally from Wisconsin, served as an executive at ExxonMobil, including his most recent role as Vice President, Controller and Officer of the Corporation for nearly 38 years. Mulva brings with him decades of business knowledge and strategy. In addition to his professional work, he is an avid supporter of not-for-profits, having served on many boards. After retiring from ExxonMobile in 2014, Mulva spent time in the state of Washington before relocating to Sarasota in 2018.

“There is a reason Aviva was named 2023 Best Retirement Community in Sarasota by SRQ Magazine,” says Dropkin, who loves what the organization offers to seniors. “I appreciate that Aviva has a continuum of care, from independent living to assisted living and memory care.” Through friends who had parents at Aviva, Dropkin had been very familiar with the vibrant community before becoming involved. She was impressed by the residents she met, including Ellis and Bernice Lasberg who raved about the programming, people and connections they’ve made since moving there over 8 years ago.

“Everyone on the Suncoast and beyond should know about Aviva and what it has to offer,” says Dropkin. “The nonprofit is built on a foundation of values that I espouse, and I’ll work hard to share its promise of giving seniors more of what they want and what they deserve.”

Mulva and Dropkin begin their terms on the Aviva Board of Trustees in early July.

Pictured: Meredith Dropkin, one of two new members joining Aviva's diverse group of trustees.

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