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.

Heidi Holmes - Volunteer Coordinator

Heidi has years of nonprofit experience working for an Area Agency on Aging, Habitat for Humanity, and the Girl Scouts. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in gerontology from the University of North Carolina and a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina. She has a passion for engaging volunteers to serve the needs of older adults and at-risk individuals.

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.

Peyton Rigsbee - In-Home Connections Program Coordinator

Peyton joined The Center in May 2021. She received a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Public Health from Meredith College and a master’s degree in Social Work from North Carolina State University. Peyton has experience in hospice care, as well as resource coordination for the aging population. In her spare time, Peyton enjoys hiking with her dog and photography!

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.