Staff

Melanie Benjamin

Melanie Benjamin

Executive Director

Melanie works in partnership with the Board of Directors to maintain the integrity of The Center's mission and planning and ensure a sustainable financial base for operations and growth. She also works in the community to build relationships and partnerships in support of healthy aging for all.

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Danielle Bricker

Danielle Bricker

Marketing Manager

Danielle develops, implements, and executes strategic marketing initiatives to expand awareness of Center resources and the benefits of healthy aging.

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Jennifer Crews

Jennifer Crews

Program Director

As head of our program team, Jennifer ensures programs and operations are effective, efficient, and aligned with our mission and values. She is part of the leadership team responsible for organization-wide decision making and strategic planning.

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Kristine Critzer

Kristine Critzer

Office Manager/Bookkeeper

Kristine provides office and bookkeeping support to ensure The Center adheres to best practices for nonprofit business operations and reporting.

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Susan Gallander

Susan Gallander

Program Coordinator

As a member of our programming team, Susan helps develop and oversee a wide array of offerings across mulitiple dimensions of wellness.

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Lynn Divers

Lynn Divers

Philanthropy Assistant Director

Lynn helps individuals and corporations match their philanthropic goals with Center needs. She also works with volunteers to manage special events that advance our mission.

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Marquise Fordham

Marquise Fordham

Facilities Coordinator

With primary responsibility for day-to-day maintenance, repairs, and operation of buildling systems,  Marquise helps ensure an optimal enviroment for Center activites.

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Linda Hahn

Linda Hahn

Travel Coordinator

Linda has been with the Center since 1999. A licensed travel agent, she oversees The Center's travel program as well as individual travel for members and guests.

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Anna Grey Hogan

Anna Grey Hogan

Philanthropy Manager

Anna Grey handles many of The Center's fundraising efforts, processing and reporting gifts and stewarding our generous community of supporters.

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Liz Howard

Liz Howard

Program Coordinator

Liz is part of the programming team that develops and coordinates the many programs available to Center and community members.

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Bobbi Hughes

Bobbi Hughes

Coordinator of Volunteer Resources

Along with overseeing volunteer programs at The Center, Bobbi works with other nonprofits to provide volunteer resources, matching individuals with positions that suit their interests, skills, and talents.

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Alexandra Littlehales

Alexandra Littlehales

Graphics and Social Media Coordinator

Through design and production of print and digital communications Alexandra brings The Center’s brand to life to inform and engage a broad range of audiences.

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Gale Jackson

Gale Jackson

Welcome Desk Associate

Gale welcomes people to evenings at The Center, providing support for members and guests.

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Suzanne Orejuela

Suzanne Orejuela

Member & Visitor Services Coordinator

As a resource and advocate for members and guests, Suzanne is a primary contact for members and guests, helping ensure excellent customer service, communication, and engagement so that everyone’s Center experience is rewarding.

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Virginia Peale

Virginia Peale

Strategy & Communications Director

Virginia works to promote awareness of the organization and supports philanthropy, membership, and programs with print and digital communications from advertising to annual reports. She is also part of the leadership team that collaborates on special projects and strategic planning development.

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Dawn Ross

Dawn Ross

Rental Coordinator

Looking for a party, wedding, performance, or meeting venue? Dawn can help you choose from among the great options available at The Center at Belvedere! 

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Trevor Saunders

Trevor Saunders

Facilities Manager

As our Facilities Manager, Trevor oversees the maintenance of the building, its systems, and its grounds, ensuring that things look good and run smoothly. 

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Kim Shipley

Kim Shipley

Finance Director

Kim oversees the financial operations necessary for The Center's successful operation. Along with budgeting, analysis, and reporting, she monitors financial policies and procedures to ensure compliance with relevant statutes and regulations.

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LaQuanda Vest

LaQuanda Vest

Member & Visitor Services Director

As a resource and advocate for members and guests, LaQuanda fosters positive and responsive relationships to enhance engagement with and access to The Center's healthy aging programs.

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Alex Waltrip

Alex Waltrip

Fitness Coordinator

Alex plans and teaches fitness classes where individuals can work at their own pace to reach their health and fitness goals. 

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Olivia Watts

Olivia Watts

Program Coordinator

As a program coordinator, Olivia helps our programming team develop and oversee a wide array of offerings for The Center community.

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Are you interested in working at The Center? Our open positions are listed here.

Board of Directors FY24

Officers

Christine Thalwitz

Christine Thalwitz

President

Director of Communications, Madison House; Adjunct Faculty, PVCC

Jennifer King

Jennifer King

Vice President

CEO and CCO, Chase Investment Counsel Corporation

Larry Martin*

Larry Martin*

Treasurer

Consultant, Hantzmon Wiebel LLC

Mary Wilson*

Mary Wilson*

Secretary

District Manager for Child Support, Commonwealth of VA (ret.)

Directors

Beverly Adams*

Beverly Adams*

Associate Professor, Emeritus, Psychology Department, University of Virginia

Dan Brody

Dan Brody

President, Health Data Services, Inc.

Mark Brown

Mark Brown

CFO, Whirlpool Coporation (ret.)

Patti Cary

Patti Cary

Partner in Advisory Risk Management, KPMG (ret.)

Katie Caverly*

Katie Caverly*

Owner, IKOR of Charlottesville

Julie Christopher

Julie Christopher

Board Member of Piedmont CASA

Sean Greer

Sean Greer

CEO, Trove Home Care

Joyce Turner Lewis*

Joyce Turner Lewis*

Guidance Counselor, Albemarle County Public Schools (ret.)

Deidra Massie

Deidra Massie

Vice President Marketing, Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge

Peggy Slez*

Peggy Slez*

Attorney (ret.)

Shareef Tahboub

Shareef Tahboub

President of Park Street Senior Living, and Development Director of Assisted Living/Memory Care/Independent Living Communities

Cecil D. Thompson, Jr.

Cecil D. Thompson, Jr.

Major, U.S. Army (ret.); Charlottesville City Schools, Coordinator of Support Services (ret.)

Gregory Winston

Gregory Winston

Principal & Founder, Winston & Associates

* Center member

Board of Directors meetings are generally held the fourth Monday of every odd month from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.