Meet Our Leaders

Board Advisors

The Board Advisors serve as strategic thought leaders, collaborators and catalysts for action representing Creative Aging Network-NC (CAN-NC).  The members help further the mission by providing CAN-NC with their professional expertise; knowledge of older adults, their connections to local, statewide or national resources, their philanthropic support or other forms of assistance. The Board Advisors have no governing function within the organization.

Lia Miller and Jim Weikel

Lia Miller and Jim Weikel

Jim Weikel (1924-2016) was involved with CAN-NC since it originated in 2008. As one of the first Board Members and then a Board Advisor, he provided guidance to both the executive director and the board, assisted with fund development, and coordinated informational presentations on creativity and aging with colleagues and friends. In 2014, Jim made a significant contribution to CAN-NC forming the Jim Weikel Network Fund, a working capital fund to help better establish CAN-NC as the state resource for arts and aging. Jim also played a major role in establishing the successful interfaith nonprofit organization Shepherd’s Center of Greensboro (SCG) in 1986. He led the original Task Force during the research and start-up phase and was named President of the first Board of Trustees, a position he held for five years. He worked diligently with the trustees, executive director, representatives and volunteers to develop bylaws and establish structure for SCG. Jim was honored as Senior Citizen of the Year from the city of Greensboro for his work with Shepherd’s Center and served as a Trustee Emeritus of SCG as well as a board member for Adult Center for Enrichment. Jim also served on the National Board of Shepherd’s Centers of America as Representative for Region 2. He remained a National Representative for eight years and served as vice-chair the last three. Prior to his work with SCG, Jim established a successful family business, now managed by the third generation of Weikels. The business, founded in 1948, has represented manufacturers in the gift, collectible and home decor industries and has grown to include five locations. His business was also instrumental in forming one of the largest road sales forces in the Southeast. Jim truly embodied the servant leadership role, assisting others through mentorship and paving the way for future generations of leaders. He is greatly missed!

Anita Brock-Carter graduated from Western Carolina University in 1976 and received her Bachelor in Social Work from UNCG in 2006. She has served as Family Caregiver Specialist for Adult Center for Enrichment since 1995. Brock-Carter is a strong advocate for caregivers and positive aging in the Greensboro Community. She enjoys art, music, cooking and good books.

 

 

 Julie Richardson graduated from Wake Forest University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in Latin.  She obtained a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in Latin and Classical Humanities.  After teaching high school level Latin and Greek at a small private school in Spartanburg, South Carolina for 3 years, she applied to the Business School and Law School at Campbell University.  Julie graduated from the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business in 2008 with a Masters degree in Trust and Wealth Management and from the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law in 2009 with a Juris Doctorate.  She now practices law in Kernersville, North Carolina at Coltrane, Grubbs & James, PLLC, focusing her practice on Estate Planning, Estate Administration, Real Estate Law and Elder Law.  She is currently on the Board of the Kernersville Kiwanis Club as Vice President.  She enjoys baking, baseball, and teaching.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for planning and policy development; community and organizational development; and, fundraising and support development. The Board meets monthly and currently has 3 standing Teams: Executive Team, Fund Development Team and Program Development Team. The entire Board is responsible for Board Development and is currently seeking to add new members who can bring additional expertise, diversity, and resources to advance organizational growth.  Please contact Lia Miller at lia@can-nc.org or 336-253-0856 to learn more.

 

ThelmaThelma Branson is Director of Long Term Care at Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science, Nursing from UNCG in 2000. Branson has more than 20 years of experience ranging from direct patient care to a variety of leadership roles in hospitals, nursing homes and hospices.

 

 

 

margarett-photo-smlMargaret Brown is currently the Executive Assistant for the Adult Center for Enrichment and has held many roles within the agency since 2006 including grant writing, marketing and volunteer coordinator. She began working in the aging services industry in 2001. Margaret earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Minor in Marketing from Winthrop University in 1992 and received her Masters of Science in Gerontology in 2008 from UNC-Greensboro. She has served on the North Carolina Adult Day Services Board and the Guilford County Nursing Home Community Advisory Committee. Margaret enjoys music, exercise and pet sitting.

 

Jenise smallJenise Horton Davis is the Aging & Adult Services Division Director at the Guilford County Department of Social Services. She has 25 years of professional Social Work administration experience with aged and disabled adults in many capacities including mental health and social services.  She is described as having “a heart for service.”  Jenise has received many awards in the community. She has a reputation of “getting the job done” through proactive planning, strategic implementation and transparent integrity.  She has served on the North Carolina Adult Services Executive Committee, Greater Church of Deliverance Deacon Board and the North Carolina Social Services Association Executive Board. Jenise received the 2013 Pacesetter Award from the University of North Carolina School of Health & Human Services.   She is a recipient of the Dean Edmiston Guilford County Chapter NCSSA Member of the Year Award, NCSSA Membership Increase Achievement Award, NCSSA North Piedmont District Member of the Year Award, GCMH/DD/SA Dedication Service Award (and) Outstanding Young Women in America Award. She was initiated a member of Alpha Rho Chapter of Alpha Delta Mu National Social Work Honor Society at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 

 

SteveHSteve Hayes, Secretary is the Executive Director of the Guilford Nonprofit Consortium. Prior to this role, he served as Community Relations Officer at Guilford County Department of Social Services where he was responsible for community education programming, media relations, and grant administration.  He joined Guilford County in 1988 as a Caseworker.  He has worked as an Adoption recruiter, Research Associate, Child Welfare Trainer, Human Resources Manager and Assistant Director of Child Welfare Services, Clinical Social Work Services, Aging and Adult Services, and Economic Services.  Steve is also a trainer in many areas of Child Welfare, System of Care, Family Centered Practice and Human Services Administration.  He serves on Guilford County’s Workforce Development Board, and the Guilford County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council.  Steve has spent four summers in Lithuania with a team from UNC-Chapel Hill training in Child Protective Services issues in that country.  Steve holds a BA from Clemson University in Economics and a Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

 

Nancy Lenk, Chair has over 20 years of senior management experience with non-profit organizations. She possesses excellent interpersonal skills in successfully building relationships, interfacing with diverse groups, committees and boards of directors. Nancy graduated with a BSW from UNCG in 1978.  She lived in Atlanta, Georgia for 30 years before returning to Greensboro in 2010. In addition to her volunteer work with CAN-NC, she is on the Steering Committee for the Glenwood Time Exchange and is active in her neighborhood association.  Lenk is also co-owner of The People’s Perk, a coffee shop in the College Hill neighborhood.

 

 

christina-pChristina Peoples received her B.A from Winston-Salem State University in 2011 and is currently working toward the Master’s in Gerontology with a concentration in Aging and Business. Since she was child, Christina has always admired older adults and had the desire to be around them. Her goal is to develop a programming center geared toward intergenerational activities to create unity among the community.

 

 

 

DoraDora L. Som-Pimpong worked at North Carolina A&T State University for 30 years. She has worked in the Department of Biology as a microbiology research assistant and public health specialist for the “Genetic Epidemiology of Alzheimer’s Disease in African Americans” research study, and the Center for Outreach in Alzheimer’s, Aging, and Community Health (COAACH). Her duties included recruitment for study participants, speaking engagements related to Alzheimer’s disease, providing outreach opportunities through her participation in health-related conferences, planning and coordinating activities for educational conferences on Alzheimer’s disease, coordinating community health activities, and establishing relationships in local communities. She received support group training through the Alzheimer’s Association and was the facilitator for the Alzheimer’s Disease Support Group at the university for two years prior to her retirement on September 1, 2014. She has received training in dementia care, activity based caregiving for Alzheimer’s patients, and has participated in a number of other training workshops for caregivers. She has been the primary caregiver for three family members with dementia. She currently cares for her 90 year old mother who has been living with Alzheimer’s for 17 years.

 

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Libby Stafford, Treasurer received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Greensboro College. She works at Stearns Financial Group providing an elevated level of client services to assist clients as they work through arising conundrums – specifically intelligent aging resources and career/life reinvention.  Libby has worked in the financial services industry for over 15 years. She is a Certified Senior Advisor and Registered Paraplanner who embraces the thought of enhancing the lives of seniors.  Her hobbies include sewing, knitting, exercising and cooking.

 

Staff

Lia Miller, Executive Director received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Video from Savannah College of Art & Design in 1990, where she also studied in England and Italy. Miller worked for TV news and ad agencies for 7 years before switching careers to find more fulfilling work as a recreation assistant at a nursing home. Seeing the need for more meaningful engagement, Miller co-founded the Evergreens Renaissance Program in 2003 to provide creative classes and continuing education for the nursing home residents. This led to the establishment of the Creative Aging Network-NC (CAN-NC). As co-founder, Miller worked with various aging service providers in Greensboro while simultaneously launching CAN-NC. In 2012, Miller began working full-time with CAN-NC and enjoys developing visual arts programs such as ARTmail for older adults.  She serves on panels and facilitates sessions on creativity and aging at conferences throughout the state. Miller also provides training, consultation, educational presentations and workshops in the field of creative aging for healthcare staff, artists, older adults and those closest to them. She is a Master TimeSlips Trainer and has received training in national programs such as Memories in the Making, Alzheimer’s Poetry Project, Poetry for Life and Meet Me at Moma. Contact Lia at lia@can-nc.org.

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