Staff

Melanie Benjamin

Melanie Benjamin

Philanthropy Director

Melanie guides our philanthropy program, working to ensure we have the resources necessary to provide healthy aging programs to our community both today and in the future. She has more than 25 years of successful philanthropy leadership at organizations that include SMU, UVA, and The Center for Open Science, and is part of The Center's leadership team.

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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 also oversees our rental program and is part of the leadership team responsible for organization-wide decision making and strategic planning.

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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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Corey Fanning

Corey Fanning

Greenberry's Manager

Corey is the Manager of our Greenberry's Coffee Co. franchise. She oversees café operations as well as the Greenberry's staff.

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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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Scott Hilles

Scott Hilles

Director of Finance & Operations

Scott is responsible for financial management, human resources, IT, and facility management. He is also part of the leadership team that oversees the effectiveness of organizational goals and strategic planning development.

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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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Kay Jenkins

Kay Jenkins

Program Coordinator

Kay is an integral part of the program department, responsible as part of a team for the planning and execution of Center programming. 

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Carolyn Merrick

Carolyn Merrick

Program Coordinator

As a program coordinator, Carolyn plans and implements both online and on-site programs to meet the needs of The Center community.

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Virginia Peale

Virginia Peale

Marketing & 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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Deborah Poage

Deborah Poage

Administrative Assistant

As our part-time Administrative Assistant, Deborah offers office support and coordination. 

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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

Controller

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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Kiri Soprano

Kiri Soprano

Philanthropy Coordinator

Kiri is part of our philanthropy team. She provides support for all fund development, including donor correspondence and event logistics.

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Peter Thompson

Peter Thompson

Executive Director

Peter joined The Center as executive director in 1999. He works in conjunction with the Board of Directors to maintain the integrity of the organization's mission and plans and represents The Center on community organization boards, committees, and task forces.

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Alex Waltrip

Alex Waltrip

Fitness Coordinator

Alex is our Fitness Coordinator. He plans and teaches fitness classes where individuals can work at their own pace to reach their health and fitness goals. 

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KevReyl Wells

KevReyl Wells

Membership Coordinator

KevReyl recently joined The Center as our Membership Coordinator. She oversees the Welcome Desk and works closely with members and visitors, ensuring a welcoming experience for all. 

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Board of Directors 2021-2022

Officers

Jennifer King

Jennifer King

President

Chief Executive Officer & Chief Compliance Officer, Chase Investment Counsel Corporation

Larry Martin*

Larry Martin*

Vice President

CPA, Hantzmon Wiebel LLP

Patti Cary*

Patti Cary*

Treasurer

Partner in Advisory Risk Management, KPMG (ret.)

Rene Bond*

Rene Bond*

Secretary

LCSW, Bereavement Counselor, Hospice of the Piedmont

Directors

Dan Brody

Dan Brody

President, Health Data Services, Inc.

Mark Brown

Mark Brown

CFO, Whirlpool Coporation (ret.)

Katie Caverly*

Katie Caverly*

Owner, IKOR of Charlottesville

Sean Greer

Sean Greer

CEO, Trove Home Care

Jean Hart*

Jean Hart*

Independent Contractor in Information Technology (ret.)

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

Paul Matherne

Paul Matherne

UVA Professor Pediatrics, Adjunct Professor Darden School of Business

Steve Peters*

Steve Peters*

Officer, US Navy (ret.)

Peggy Slez*

Peggy Slez*

Council President, Attorney (ret.)

Christine Thalwitz

Christine Thalwitz

Educator (Spanish), Charlottesville City Schools and PVCC

Bill Tucker

Bill Tucker

Founding Partner, Tucker Griffin Barnes P.C.

Mary Wilson*

Mary Wilson*

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

Larry Terry

Larry Terry

Executive Director, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia

* Center member

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