Who We Are
Melanie BenjaminAdvancement Director
Melanie Benjamin joined The Center as Advancement Director in April 2019. Her role of guiding our philanthropy program encompasses dual responsibilities along with ensuring we have the resources necessary to provide healthy aging programs to our community today, she is leading the effort to close the campaign for The Center at Belvedere. Melanie, who has more than 25 years of successful philanthropy leadership at organizations that include SMU, UVA, and The Center for Open Science, is part of The Center's leadership team.
LaMarke ChapmanCustodian/Event Facilitator
Marke helps maintain the building and assists with program and event set-ups.
Jennifer CrewsProgram Director
Jennifer joined The Center in October 2013. As Program Director, she ensures programs and operations are effective, efficient, and aligned with our mission and values. Jennifer, who also oversees the rental program, is part of the leadership team responsible for organization-wide decision-making and strategic planning.
Emily EvansPhilanthropy Coordinator
Emily joined the staff in September 2017. She provides support for operating and capital fund development, including donor correspondence and event logistics.
Margaret FitchProgram Coordinator
Margaret joined the staff in 2008. Now part-time, she plans and implements fitness programs and special events.
Kirstin FritzPhilanthropy Director
Kirstin joined The Center in June 2013. She develops and coordinates programs to expand philanthropic support for operating funds and supports our capital campaign. Kirstin is part of The Center's leadership team that works on organizational planning and sustainability.
Judy GardnerMember & Guest Relations Coordinator
As Member & Guest Relations Coordinator, Judy is the primary liaison for Center members and visitors, working to ensure positive experiences and great communication. She also oversees our Welcome Desk.
Linda HahnTravel Coordinator
Linda has been with the Center since 1999. She oversees the travel program as well as individual travel for members.
Scott HillesDirector of Finance & Operations
Scott joined the staff in May 2017 and is responsible for financial management, human resources, IT, and facility management. He is also part of the leadership team that oversees the effectiveness organizational goals and strategic planning development.
Lani HozaProgram Coordinator
Lani joined the Center in August 2018. As a program coordinator, she plans and implements programs in lifelong learning, the arts, and more to meet the needs of The Center community. She also oversees the Financial Wellness Series, a new partnership with CFA Institute.
Bobbi HughesCoordinator of Volunteer Resources
Bobbi joined the Center in March 2019. She plans and implements volunteer programs and works with other nonprofits to provide volunteer resources. She also teaches beading!
Zach MayerFacilities Coordinator
Zach is responsible for cleaning and maintaining the building and grounds, conducting safety reviews, and managing contracted facility service relations.
Virginia PealeMarketing & Communications Director
Virginia joined staff of The Center in June 2009. She 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.
Deborah PoageAdministrative Assistant
Shannon joined the staff in June 2019. As Controller, she will oversee the financial operations necessary for the successful operation of The Center. Along with budgeting, analysis, and reporting, she monitors financial policies and procedures to ensure compliance with relevant statutes and regulations.
Peter ThompsonExecutive Director
Peter joined the Center in 1999. A resident of Charlottesville for more than 30 years, he received his undergraduate degree from UVA and his MPA with a concentration in nonprofit management from VCU. While serving from 2006–2012 on the National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) Delegate Council, a part of the National Council on Aging (NCOA), Peter chaired a national task force on New Models of Senior Centers; the resulting report was published in the Journal for Applied Gerontology. He serves as a NISC accreditation reviewer and standards trainer. Recently, he worked with a small group of his peers to found the Virginia Association of Senior Centers within the Virginia Recreation and Parks Society. This association gives senior centers a greater voice in helping Virginia and its localities prepare for the age wave. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UVA, and Madison House. He was a founding director for the Virginia Network of Nonprofit Organizations (VANNO), serving two years as chair, and for the Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) in Charlottesville. In 2010, the United Way Thomas Jefferson Area selected Peter for the Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership award.