Mission: The Center for Volunteer Caregiving is a private, nonprofit, faith based organization formed in 1992. Our mission is to provide volunteer services to help Wake County seniors, family caregivers, and adults with disabilities maintain independence, dignity and quality of life.
Vision: The vision for the Center for Volunteer Caregiving is to serve as the link between formal and informal service providers, mobilizing the faith community and other community partners to provide volunteers to care for seniors, family caregivers and adults with disabilities.
Values: In everything we do, we will conduct ourselves with integrity, caring, and compassion.
Lynn Templeton became Executive Director of The Center for Volunteer Caregiving in 2005. Lynn brings a strong interest and background in the non-profit community and in particular those non-profits that serve older adults and adults with disabilities. She has a BA degree from UNC –Chapel Hill and a MA degree from the University of Virginia, both in Special Education. In 2008 she completed the Management Development Program at the University Of Virginia Darden School Of Business. She is a former teacher, worked for The United Way of the Greater Triangle for five years and was Assistant Executive Director for the Council for Senior Citizens in Durham.
Susan Meador has been the Program Manager of The Center for Volunteer Caregiving since 2007, joining the staff in 2006. Working with The Center, she has trained and coordinated the service of volunteers, and helped develop and implement volunteer training and evaluation materials. Susan has a BA in Psychology from Wake Forest University and a Master of Divinity degree from Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, Virginia.
Lou Paules has been Caregiver Support Coordinator for The Center for Volunteer Caregiving since 2001. Lou received her Master of Social Work degree from UNC-CH. She has worked in a variety of health related settings including Duke Cancer Center, Chapel Hill Home Health and WakeMed Rehab. Currently Lou trains and matches volunteers to provide respite care and leads quarterly educational workshops on dementia.
Julie Keely joined The Center for Volunteer Caregiving in 2010 as Transportation Coordinator. Julie’s belief that Transportation Volunteers are love in motion is founded on shared experiences with hundreds of volunteers while caring for those in crisis, assisting local organizations with communications and public relations or supporting the performing arts. Highlights of Julie’s career include building a Customer Service Department for Health America that served 60,000 HMO members and fundraising for The United Way of the Greater Triangle. She is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill.
Martha Grove Hipskind joined The Center for Volunteer Caregiving as the Services Coordinator overseeing the In-Home Connections Program in May 2013. She has a master's degree in health policy and administration from UNC Chapel Hill and a BS in gerontology from the University of North Texas, Martha Grove enjoyed over ten years in the area as an eldercare consultant providing direct care management services, educating on topics related to aging and caregiving, and consulting with faith communities. Her relationship with The Center began with client referrals and has continued over the years serving together on community boards and initiatives.
Linda Gaviria joined The Center for Volunteer Caregiving team in June 2013 as Administrative Coordinator. Linda has worked part-time in office administration since relocating from New York to Cary in 1995 and has a degree in business administration. She has been a committed volunteer with The Center since 2002 doing light housekeeping, assessments, and transportation.
Sharon Murphy , Chair (2011-2014)* Human Resources Director - Wake Med
Charles W. Crutchfield, Vice Chair (2012-2015) CEO, Accountable Document Solutions, LLC
Lois Eure, Secretary (2012-2015) Compliance Specialist, Wake Med
Hudson Smelcer, Treasurer (2010-2013) Partner - TriSure
J. Blair Biser (2013-2016) Attorney, Hardison & Cochran, PLLC
Suzanne LaFollette-Black (2013-2016) Associate State Director, AARP North Carolina
Nicole Duggins (2012-2015) Data Base Administrator, North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts
Drew Duncan, PHR (2011-2014) Director, Human Resources - Eisai, Inc.
Renee Hammel (2012-2015) Transportation Volunteer
Doug Jessee (2011-2014) Retired United Methodist Pastor
Glenda J. May (2013-2016) Administrative Coordinator-Sports Medicine, NCSU
Angela Nelson (2013-2016) Director, Client Services, Manning, Fulton & Skinner
Tayo Ogundipe (2012-2015) Entrepreneur
Helen Papageorgiou, Board Advisor
Vice President, Finance - WakeMed
N. King Prather
Vice President of Legal Services - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
Board Leadership, Historian
President, Resources for Seniors
John Meares, Sr. (Posthumously)
Founding Visionary Leader
*Indicates Second Term