About Graceful Transitions
Graceful Transitions is a full-service move management company dedicated to providing services of the highest quality. We recognize that each client’s situation is unique and pride ourselves on our hands-on approach to your move. We tailor all of our services to meet your particular needs and, with your input, coordinate and manage the many details of your move.
We at Graceful Transitions value the relationship we forge with you and your family as we work through the move process together, and our enthusiastic team of move professionals derive great satisfaction from helping to create your new home.
Meet the Owner - John Newell
John Newell is the founder and President of Graceful Transitions Moving, as well as the owner of our Senior Move Management company, Graceful Transitions. Beginning in 2015, John started the moving and clear out company to assist clients with all aspects of their relocations, while providing an honest and compassionate approach. In 2020, the reigns of Graceful Transitions were passed from his aunt, Donna Eichelberger, founder of the company in 2007. The two companies have formed an amazing complementary relationship in five years, built on an amazing team of staff members.
John received a degree in Finance from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania in 2007. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, he spent 10 years working for a non-profit child abuse prevention agency in Pittsburgh, PA. While working at the agency he met his now wife, Maggie, who enjoys occasionally pulling him away from work for long weekends at a beach. Their cat and dog, Diesel and Marty, sometimes tag along, too!
Family Owned & Operated
Graceful Transitions was started in 2007 by Donna Eichelberger as a senior move management company. Donna started her business with _ employees who all shared her desire to grow the company while helping seniors and their families. In the ensuing years Graceful Transitions acquired more employees, an A+ accreditation with the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM), and many wonderful clients.
As a move management company, Graceful Transitions worked along side many moving companies for clients' jobs. This is where Donna's nephew, John Newell, saw an entrepreneurial opportunity. In 2015, John started GT Senior Services, a moving company specializing in senior moving. Graceful Transitions and GT Senior Services worked side by side, yet independently of each other for the next 5 years. The two companies complimented each other greatly and even began servicing clients of all ages.
In 2020, Graceful Transitions and GT Senior Services merged into one company, keeping the reputable name Graceful Transitions. Donna passed the torch to John who is now the owner of Graceful Transitions. Although responsibilities have shifted some, John and Donna still work together to continue to grow the company even further. Graceful Transitions now offers all of our original services, as well as those that had been supplied by GT Senior Services, to clients of all ages. Our goal is to provide you with all of your moving and transitioning services under one roof. Relax, we'll take it from here.
Donna Eichelberger - Senior Living Specialist
Donna Eichelberger is John Newell's aunt and the original founder of Graceful Transitions. Growing up in Mount Airy, MD, Donna always felt drawn toward helping people, and wanted to become a Social Worker. To translate this dream into a career, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in Gerontology from Hood College. In the ensuing years, she earned a Master’s in Education with a concentration in counseling from Old Dominion University, became a counselor in a university setting for 16 years, married her husband, Paul, and became the main caregiver for her aging parents.
Donna began researching what business might combine her social work and caregiver experience with her background in counseling and gerontology. She learned that as the population is aging, busy families are having difficulty meeting all the needs of their children, their careers and their aging parents. So, out of her own necessity and her desire to help seniors and their families, Donna started Graceful Transitions in 2007, and entered the growing field of move management and senior services.