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.
Cynthia Bridges - Caregiver Respite Specialist
Cynthia is retired from the U.S. Army and U.S. Postal Service. She has been a volunteer with The Center for Volunteer Caregiving since August 2020. She has enjoyed her volunteer visits with care receivers and looks forward to helping even more in this temporary staff role.
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.
Kelly Collins - Caregiver Respite Specialist
Kelly Collins is a certified birth and postpartum doula and family consultant. She has been working as a professional family caregiver for nearly 24 years and enjoys supporting families in various capacities. Originally from Georgia, she has called Raleigh home since 2003 when she arrived to attend college. Kelly is actively involved in the community as a volunteer with several organizations, and she teaches Zumba. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and baking, skating, paintball, hitting golf balls at the driving range, connecting with nature and spending time with her husband and son.
DeAnne Dotson - Caregiver Respite Specialist
DeAnne is a native North Carolinian who has lived and traveled all over the world. She has backpacked across 60 countries and all 7 continents, enjoying the food, the culture, and the people she encountered along the way. Her commitment to nonprofits began at a young age, watching her mom lead Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops for her and her brothers. After graduating from UNC-G, she volunteered with Americorps, The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, the USO, and USCRI. In her free time, she reads way too much true crime and travels every chance she gets.
Caley Henley - Volunteer Coordinator
Caley joined The Center in November 2022. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor of science in Psychology and a minor in Education. When she isn’t working, Caley loves to bake, spend time outdoors, and cheer on the Tar Heels!
Lisa Hoskins - Caregiver Support Program Manager
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.
Caroline McLean - Transportation and Special Projects Coordinator
Caroline McLean joined The Center in May 2021. She graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Arts in History and International Studies with a minor in Spanish. Caroline has experience working with older adults as a volunteer and has event planning experience. When she’s not working, Caroline loves to explore nature and watch Virginia Tech football games.
Brian Silver - Caregiver Respite Specialist
Bri joined The Center as a volunteer in April 2022 and as temporary respite staff in October 2022. She greatly enjoys working with older adults and individuals with special needs. She moved to North Carolina in 2021 and previously volunteered as an EMT. Bri’s hobbies include hiking, crafts, cooking, and playing with her two cats.
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 was 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.