Staff

The Center’s Staff recruit and train volunteers to perform services for the care receivers and caregivers who participate in the three programs operated by The Center.


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.

Shantel Hernandez - Community Engagement Coordinator

Shantel works to spread the word about The Center’s programs 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.

Lisa Hoskins - Caregiver Support Program Coordinator

Lisa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Social Work. Her career focus has been working in healthcare and aging settings serving those in hospice care and the ALS community. During that time she worked with both patients and family caregivers and is a strong advocate for self-care, respite services, and living the best life one can.

Elaine Whitford - Executive Director

Elaine joined The Center as Executive Director in June 2018, bringing 20 years of nonprofit leadership. 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.