Who We Are
Eileen BarberMarketing Coordinator
Eileen joined the The Center in November 2019. As a member of the marketing team she works on communications across multiple platforms and handles all of our social media.
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.
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 Assistant Director
Emily joined the staff in September 2017. She provides support for operating and capital fund development, including donor correspondence and event logistics.
Corey FanningGreenberry's Manager
Corey joined the Center as Greenberry's Manager in March 2020. She oversees cafe operations as well as the Greenberry's staff.
Judy GardnerMembership Director
As Membership Director, Judy is the primary liaison for Center members and visitors, working to ensure positive experiences and great communication. She oversees our Welcome Desk, and she is also part of the leadership team that collaborates on special projects and strategic planning development.
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.
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!
Carolyn MerrickProgram Coordinator
Carolyn joined the Center in February 2020. As a program coordinator, she plans and implements programs in lifelong learning, the arts, and more to meet the needs of The Center community.
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
Deborah joined The Center as temporary staff in January 2017, then transitioned to Administrative Assistant in November of the same year. She offers part time administrative support to all in the office.
Kim joined The Center in March 2020. As Controller, oversees 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.
Stephanie SpargurGreenberry's Assistant Manager
Stephanie joined The Center in February 2020 as the Assistant Manager of Greenberry's. She plays an important role in the opening and ongoing success of the cafe.
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.
Vincent WalkerFacilities Manager
Vincent joined the staff in January 2020. He supervises the facilities and janitorial team and assists in day to day operations. Vincent brings great enthusiasm and warm personality to the team.
Alex WaltripFitness Coordinator
Alex joined The Center in December 2019. As Fitness Coordinator, Alex plans and teaches fitness classes where individuals can work at their own pace to reach their health and fitness goals.