The Rev. Barry R. Galley began his CHHSM career in Allentown, Pa., during the bicentennial of the American revolution in 1976. There, Galley joined a revolution of his own — the sweeping changes in attitudes toward aging and senior living.
Galley has spent 36 years caring and advocating for seniors in the Keystone State. He plans to retire in June from his current position as vice president for operations of the senior living community he led and helped expand, Phoebe Berks near Wernersville in Berks County.
Galley will be among retirees whose long service will be honored on March 3 during the annual membership business meeting at CHHSM’s 74th Annual Meeting at the Crowne Plaza St. Louis-Clayton.
Lisa Fichera, chief operating officer for Phoebe Ministries, says of Galley: “He has dedicated his life to improving and advancing services for the elderly. He leads from his heart, and his vision, and dedication, is always centered with helping others.”
In 1990, Galley became administrator at Phoebe Berks, which provides skilled nursing, rehabilitation and personal care, along with residential living apartments and cottages, for more than 400 older adults. The community has seen great expansion during his tenure, particularly during recent years.
“Through each stage of the long-range planning, construction phasing, and new program development, Chuck has led the charge with a positive spirit," says Scott Stevenson, president and CEO of Phoebe Ministries. "In celebrating the opening of new programs and services, we are grateful to Chuck for his vision and dedication.”
Galley began his career as chaplain and director of admissions at Phoebe-Devitt Home in Allentown. He was promoted to assistant administrator for admissions and resident services in 1985, then led the Allentown campus until 1990. During his tenure, he guided staff and supported residents during three building expansion projects.
In addition to his daily work, Galley has committed himself to community outreach in support of quality elder-care services. He has educated families on elder care and healthy aging in Lehigh, Northampton, Berks and Schuylkill counties. Galley has used his community service positions to advocate for seniors and to stress the importance of enjoying a full life through healthy aging.
For his contributions, Galley received two Phoebe Ministries President’s Awards in 2006 and 2009.