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.

Elizabeth Jordan - In-Home Connections Program Coordinator

Elizabeth joined The Center in June 2019. She coordinates our In-Home Connections Program to assist our care receivers to remain healthy and safely in their home. Elizabeth received her bachelor’s degree from UNC-Greensboro in Human Development and Family Studies in 2017. She also received her Masters of Science in Gerontology from UNC-Greensboro in 2019. Prior to joining The Center, Elizabeth interned and worked within the aging field, bringing several years of experience and advanced knowledge to The Center.

Sean Lanham - Transportation Program Coordinator

Sean joined The Center in June 2018. He schedules volunteers to provide transportation to care receivers for doctors’ appointments, shopping and bank trips, and other essential errands they are unable to do alone. He also assesses and enrolls potential care receivers who request The Center’s services. Prior to working at The Center, Sean worked in local government in his hometown of Washington, NC. He is a 2014 graduate of East Carolina University where he received a bachelor’s of science degree in Political Science.

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. 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.