OUR PEOPLEGet to know us.
Silverwise was founded by professionals in the fields of Gerontology, Nursing and Financial Planning with over 30 years of experience working with older adults. We are also adult children with first-hand experience dealing with the issues facing aging parents, friends and relatives.
Family Consulting and Spiritual Guidance
Meet Mary Nally Ternan, MSG
Mary has served as Director of Pastoral Care at Holy Family Catholic Church in South Pasadena for 26 years. Her experiences guiding families through the stages of the aging process are as varied as they are broad, ranging from mundane logistics to powerful personal connections—or as she calls them, “God moments.”
Mary attributes her affinity for seniors to her early exposure to older people, having grown up in a large family with 18 Great Aunts and Uncles and their spouses. Mary combined her love of the elderly and her innate spirituality to earn her Bachelor of Science degree in Religious Studies and a minor in Gerontology at Santa Clara University. She later completed her Masters in Gerontology at USC and is currently a member of both the American Society on Aging and the Aging Life Care Association®.
Silverwise is founded on Mary’s core belief that aging is a family experience that can be meaningful and uplifting for all members. The key is to communicate openly and plan thoughtfully.
Holistic Health and Nutrition
Meet Sue Feldmeth, RN, BSN
Earning her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from UCLA, Sue began her 27-year professional career as a Registered Nurse in the pediatric unit of Pasadena’s Huntington Hospital. Over the past seven years, she has assumed care of her mother who suffers from dementia and chronic pain. With her mother now living under her family’s roof, Sue’s attention has dramatically shifted to the other end of the age continuum.
Experiencing first-hand the challenges involved when a parent or loved one requires additional support and interventions to maintain a certain quality of life has been a true game-changer. With careful attention to her mother’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, Sue has been able to put together a plan to keep her mother safe and thriving. Bringing her assessment skills as a nurse along with her caregiver experience and understanding, Sue has been uniquely able to provide caring paths forward for families in similar situations, while pursuing her interests in painting, gardening and traveling.
Financial and Insurance Planning
Meet Ed Ternan, MBA
Ed is a graduate of Santa Clara University with a degree in Political Science, and an MBA from Pepperdine University. Ed met Mary as undergrads, and wisely married her. They have three adult children as well as three dogs, most of whom remain on the cell phone plan.
Ed’s professional background includes sales and marketing, small business management and financial advisory. His personal experience as a card-carrying member of the sandwich generation raised the questions that led to the founding of Silverwise:
“What if we merged Mary’s expertise with the advance planning tools we use in the financial business? Can we create a process that encourages families to get ahead of the aging curve and enjoy the ride?” (Hint: They think the answer is yes.)
At Silverwise, Ed helps families navigate insurance coverage and financial issues. He holds a Series 65 securities license and a California life and health insurance license (0E58045). He is also working behind the scenes to develop an online version of the Mindful Aging Plan®.
Logistics and Household Support
Meet Cindi Knight, BSW
Cindi Knight is the owner of Girl Friday Personal Assistant Services based in South Pasadena, CA. Established in 2012, Girl Friday provides support to families, senior citizens and small businesses in the greater Los Angeles area by providing them with customized resources and services. Cindi brings her wealth of local resources and personnel management tools to the Silverwise Partner program, matching our clients with qualified service providers for any number of services.
Cindi earned a degree in Social Work (BSW) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Cindi also serves as a Commissioner for the South Pasadena Senior Commission.