About Us

Mission: The mission of The Center for Volunteer Caregiving is to engage the community in providing volunteer services to improve the lives of seniors, caregivers, and adults with disabilities.

Vision: The vision of The Center for Volunteer Caregiving is a community where people of all ages are connected, valued and cared for.

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. 

Mary Gelinne became the Services Coordinator for the In-Home Connections Program in Spring 2014.  From her previous work with seniors, adults with disabilities, and volunteers, she has developed energy and passion which she brings to her position with The Center.  Mary has a BA in Sociology with a minor in Gerontology from UNC-Charlotte and received her Master of Social Work degree from NC State.

Linda Gaviria joined The Center for Volunteer Caregiving team in June 2013 as Administrative Coordinator. Linda has worked 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 (2013-2016)  Partner - TriSure

J. Blair Biser (2013-2016)  Attorney, Hardison & Cochran, PLLC

Lisa Balcerak  (2014-2017)  Sr. Director, Global Risk Management, Quintiles

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

Dave Gouveia (2014-2017), Sr. Director, New Product Initiatives, Eisai, Inc.

Renee Hammel  (2012-2015)  Transportation Volunteer

Leon Harris (2014-2017) Retired IBM, USAF, Deacon, Wake Chapel Church

Glenda J. May (2013-2016)  Administrative Coordinator-Sports Medicine, NCSU

Sharon Nell (2014-2017)  Supply Chain Management, Deere & Co.

Angela Nelson (2013-2016)  Director, Client Services, Manning, Fulton & Skinner

George Reichert (2014-2017)  Chief Information Officer, Genworth Mortgage Insurance Corp. 



Helen Papageorgiou, Board Advisor


Rebecca Andrews
Vice President, Finance - WakeMed

Honorary Board

N. King Prather
Vice President of Legal Services - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

Doug Richmond
Board Leadership, Historian

Dave Cottengim
President, Resources for Seniors

Marla Dorrel
Community Advocate

John Meares, Sr. (Posthumously)
Founding Visionary Leader


*Indicates Second Term