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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Izzy Menchero

Izzy Menchero

Member & Visitor Services Director

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

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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

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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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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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 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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Board of Directors 2022-2023

Officers

Christine Thalwitz

Christine Thalwitz

President

Director of Communications, Madison House, Adjunct Faculty, PVCC

Larry Martin*

Larry Martin*

Vice President

CPA, Hantzmon Wiebel LLP

Patti Cary*

Patti Cary*

Treasurer

Partner in Advisory Risk Management, KPMG (ret.)

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.)

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

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.)

Shareef Tahboub

Shareef Tahboub

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

Larry Terry

Larry Terry

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

Bill Tucker

Bill Tucker

Founding Partner, Tucker Griffin Barnes P.C.

* Center member

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