Staff

The Center’s Staff mobilize Volunteers to perform specific services for qualified Care Receivers.


Rick Carnagua - Financial Coordinator

Rick is retired from a corporate career in accounting and business management. He now keeps himself busy by sharing his skills with the non-profit sector and with his ongoing civic engagement through Rotary International.

Nancy Francis - In-Home Connections Program Coordinator

Nancy makes the matches between Care Receivers and Volunteers who provide a variety of services including friendly visits, light housekeeping and other non-medical support in the home. Nancy has a Master of Science in Applied Gerontology, Juris Doctor, and a Master of Science in Comparative Psychology. Prior to her work at The Center, Nancy was a Research Intern for the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).

Shantel Hernandez - Community Engagement Coordinator

Shantel works to spread the word about the Center and trains new volunteers. Teamwork is “dreamwork” according to her! Shantel has over 10 years of experience working in local senior living communities to coordinate activities and volunteers and to plan events. She has a BS in Recreation Therapy from NCCU.

Susan Meador - Program Director

Susan is The Center’s Program Director. She first joined the staff at The Center in 2006 and became Program Manager in 2007. She also served as Interim Executive Director for several months in early 2018. During her time, Susan has trained and coordinated the service of volunteers, helped develop and implement training and evaluation materials and our database, and written grant applications, funding reports, and service process documents. Susan has a BA in Psychology from Wake Forest University and a Master of Divinity degree from Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, Virginia.

Renee Myatt - Caregiver Support Program Coordinator

Renee supports caregivers by providing opportunities for respite and information on self-care. Renee received her Master of Public Health degree from UNC Chapel Hill and a masters degree from the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She has an extensive background in project coordination and management. Most recently, Renee was a public health consultant coordinator with the Center for Outreach in Alzheimer’s, Aging and Community Health (COAACH) at NC A&T.

Elaine Whitford - Executive Director

Elaine joined the Center as Executive Director in June 2018, bringing 20 years of nonprofit leadership to The Center. Immediately before joining the Center, she worked for more than eight years as the Director of Development at Disability Rights North Carolina. As a volunteer and a professional, Elaine has led many successful nonprofit communications, development, and events activities. She has served on multiple nonprofit boards in the Wake County community. Elaine’s professional and volunteer leadership experience, along with 16 years practicing law, well qualify her to successfully lead the Center in supporting the growing needs of Wake County seniors and adults with disabilities. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and received her juris doctorate from the University of North Carolina School of Law.