Barry Appelbaum, 62, from Lancaster PA, and Surf City NJ, is a Sales and Marketing Executive with 40 years of experience in this capacity, currently employed at The Hibbert Group in Trenton NJ, as a Business Development Executive.
Married to Susanne Appelbaum for 25 years, they raised 5 children, currently 35 to 23. His various passions include time with his 4 grandchildren, gardening, New York Yankees, antiques, 60’s music, working out, and the jersey shore.
Barry is currently on the board of both Temple Shaarai Shomayim, and Jewish Community Alliance of Lancaster.
Susanne had a massive stroke in December 2011, and further complications leading to a hemorrhage in emergency surgery, resulting in a severe brain injury, Aphasia and Apraxia, partial paralysis, and other stroke related deficits. She is home bound, requires round the clock support and speech, physical and occupational therapy.
Barry, after 3 years of non-stop focus on Susanne and her recovery, was desperately looking for support for himself. He found and joined Well Spouse in 2015, and immediately started attending Well Spouse groups when he could in King of Prussia, PA, Cherry Hill NJ and Baltimore MD, as well as most respites, and annual conferences.
Realizing a greater need for both himself and the Lancaster PA community, he decided to start a chapter in Lancaster where he resides. Now in their 3rd year, they have a core and committed group of 8.
Knowing Well Spouse has financial challenges ahead, Barry looks forward to joining the board, assisting in grants and fundraising, as well as other board related needs.