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Tracy Ash New Hanover County Senior Resource Center and Wes Davis Pender Adult Services


Tracy Ash – New Hanover County Senior Resource Center

The New Hanover County Senior Resource Center is  a State recognized “Senior Center of Excellence”.  They are located at 2222 South College Road with the focus on senior issues, needs, and services our top priority.  Open Monday thru Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (except holidays, special evening, and weekend events). Individuals fifty-five (55) years of age and older are welcome to participate in activities at the Senior Center. To participate in grant funded programs (i.e. nutrition, transportation, etc.) require the seniors be at least sixty (60) years of age.  Tracy Ash is the Senior Corps Program Manger or Volunteer Services.

Wes Davis – Pender Adult Services

Wes is the Executive Director, Pender Adult Services, Inc., a community based nonprofit organization providing health related and other services to residents of Pender County with a total staff of approximately 165. Programs include Home Care, Senior Center Programs, Personal Care, Transportation, Congregate and Home Delivered Meals, and Community Alternatives Program. Responsible for development and implementation of agency’s $3 million annual budget funded primarily through county, area Council of Governments and Medicaid funds. Accomplishments to date include implementation of computerized accounting/payroll system, maximizing Medicaid and other reimbursements, reorganization of agency structure, expansion of agency facilities, improved employee benefits program, significantly improved financial status, developed capital construction projects totaling approximately $5 million. Developed full service fitness and wellness center providing facility and programming to the local community.

Rick Richards CEO Elderhaus Pace Wilmington NC


Rick Richards – CEO Elderhaus Pace, Inc.

Rick Richards was named the new CEO of Elderhaus PACE Wilmington NC.  Richards has more than 20 years of experience with community based health care administration and development experience, and most recently helped to establish a start-up phase of a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) in Gastonia.

Elderhaus Inc. offers both adult day care and the PACE Program to help seniors 55+ stay independent in their homes.  In families with aging seniors, eventually questions begin to arise about their physical well being, their living conditions and their quality of life. As those conversations begin, Elderhaus has always been an alternative offering adult day care services.  Elderhaus‘ PACE Program provides an alternative to nursing home care for those 55 years of age and older.  It supports independent living while at the same time promoting community and quality of life by providing medical care, adult day care, on-going rehabilitative therapies, in-home care services, transportation and counseling.

Amanda Jordan Brainard with The ADR Center and George Holston with Cape Fear Lions Club

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Amanda Jordan Brainard – The Alternative Dispute Resolution Center

Amanda Jordan-Brainard, has worked with the ADR Center since 2003 (with the exception of the three years she lived out of state).  Amanda is a mediator, facilitator and trainer with the Center.

The ADR Center has provided community mediation services to the Cape Fear Region for 21 years.  Services include family mediation (anything from child custody and visitation to elder care decisions), District Court mediation in New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick counties, Teen Court in New Hanover and Pender counties, variety of mediation and conflict resolution skills trainings and HOA (home owner association) mediations.  If there is a conflict, large or small, the staff at the ADR Center are happy to help!

George Holston – Wilmington Cape Fear Lions Club

Founded in 1917, Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with 45,000 clubs and nearly 1.35 million members in 200 countries around the world. Its motto is “We Serve.” The international headquarters is located in Oak Brook, Illinois, United States. Membership is by invitation.
Lions Clubs are community-based organizations with programs designed to fit individual communities. Our primary quest is to end blindness in the world with help for those visually blind or challenged. Services include individual vision care, eye research and independent living education. 100% of funds raised by Lions Clubs from the general public are used for charitable purposes, with administration costs kept strictly separate and paid for by members.North Carolina Lions Clubs are leaders worldwide with activities throughout the state with ongoing community projects for youth and the betterment of each community. North Carolina Lions Clubs are proud of our statewide traveling Vision Van offering free eye screenings at schools, community centers, or wherever it’s needed, our Camp Dogwood for the Blind on Lake Norman and ongoing assistance with regional eye research centers such as Wake Forest University Eye Center, Duke University Eye Center and UNC-Chapel Hill Youth Diabetic Eye Research Center

George Holston retired from the New Hanover County Schools where he served as a teacher and Computer Resource Teacher/Technology Facilitator. He has a total of 42 years of experience working in the public schools and higher education. He served as President of the Wrightsville Beach Lions Club and two terms as President of the Cape Fear Lions Club.  He was named Lion of the Year by both clubs.  He is a Melvin Jones Fellow and Jack Stickley Fellow.  He received the International Presidents Certificate of Appreciation in January of 2006 and the International Leadership Medal in 2007.  He has served all club offices but treasurer.  He also served as Zone Chairman (three terms), Regional Chairman, Deputy Dist. Gov., District Membership Chairman, NC 31 State Membership Chairman, District 31-H Camp Dogwood Chairman, and other positions.   George served as District Governor for District 31-H, Lions Clubs International 2006-2007. He continues to be an active member of Lions Clubs International just completing a term as 31-H Cabinet Secretary.  He currently serves as Secretary for the Wilmington Cape Fear Lions Club.  George is married.  His wife’s name is Sharon; they have two grown daughters and six grandchildren.


Paul D’Angelo Wilmington Housing Authority -Choice NeighborhoodsNC and Joyce Edwards Coastline Mixed Mediums and Senior Advisory Board

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Paul D’Angelo – Wilmington Housing Authority

Paul D’Angelo is the Planning Manager for the Wilmington Housing Authority and heads the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, which transforms distressed communities with public and assisted housing into viable and sustainable mixed-income neighborhoods of opportunity.  Choice Neighborhoods requires an organized holistic effort to include local and regional leaders, stakeholders, government officials, non-profits and residents.  We currently work with over 80 partners and have an email list of contacts and collaborators of nearly 400.  Areas of importance in the revitalization effort include job training and employment, economic development, investment, affordable housing, infrastructure, parks & recreation, income opportunity, access to healthy foods, and place-making.

In addition, Paul is the WHA representative for the Tri-County Homeless Interagency Council (TRI-HIC), the Cape Fear Housing Coalition (CFHC), the Lower Cape Fear Regional Sustainable Communities Consortium (FOCUS), City of Wilmington Comprehensive Plan, New Hanover County Comprehensive Plan, Cape Fear Commutes 2040, 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness, City Council and the Hillcrest Community.  At the WHA, Paul has also gained experience and expertise in the daily operations of a Public Housing Authority, as well as experience in Section 8, resident relocation, tax credit development, mixed financing, Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD), and grant writing.

Paul received his Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Delaware with a minor in Management Information Systems (MIS), a Bachelor of Arts in Film & Video with a minor in Journalism from Georgia State University, and his Masters in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a focus on Urban Planning & Preservation.  He has been a resident of Wilmington, NC, for over 10 years.

Connect with Paul on Facebook

Joyce Edwards – Coastline Mixed Mediums, Senior Advisory Board

A native of Southeastern North Carolina, born into military life at Camp Lejeune, I was
predestined to trek across the US throughout childhood & my adult career. I bring a 20+ year
extensive background in corporate sales & marketing.

In the spring of 2004, I sought out the roots of my childhood with a strong desire to give back for
all I’d been blessed with. Pine needles in the sand, the rhythm of the sea… and I feel right at
home! Throughout my career, I picked up a love of photography & writing. Currently I’m working
on several children’s books, (stories & illustrations)… my day job? Contract Sales & Marketing,
which offers an opportunity to meet new people along the way, & enjoy the creative side of life.
I own a Wilmington, NC based contract marketing service business; CoastLine Mixed Mediums. I
assist companies who do not have a marketing department, yet want to have a solid brand
presence in the community. Over the past few years I have worked with folks like the Elder Law
Firm of Andrew Olsen, family owned Cape Fear Pharmacy & Compounding Center (formerly
Medicap Pharmacy), local franchise of Senior Helpers and am in the process of helping to launch
the 2014 CarefinderZ Guide, designed as a child and elder care referral service resource. In
2013, I produced the Saturday morning radio show; “Are we there yet?” with Todd & Helayne on
Port City Radio.

I recently joined the Marketing Team at the Hampton Inn-Medical Park. I am thrilled to be on
board. This is a locally owned and operated facility that lives up to the term “giving back to the community” in every way… from Ownership to “Team Hampton,” which participates in numerous
non-profit events throughout the year.

I am a member of the Elder Abuse Prevention Network, Co-coordinator of the Wilmington Wine &
Chocolate Festival (Annual Fundraiser for NHC Senior Centers), ALZ-WALK Committee, Co-
Chair for Senior Advisory Services, and a member of NHC & Brunswick County Healthcare

Connect with Joyce on LinkedIn

Jane Roberts with Carolina Move Managers and Lisa Polanski with Plantation Village Retirement Living Community

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Jane RobertsCarolina Move Managers and Senior Home Transitions

Jane grew up in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, in the midst of a large and gregarious extended family.  As a child, her favorite aspect of regular family gatherings was sitting near enough to the “grown ups’ table” to hear all the tales of their many and varied life experiences.  It still is.

After graduating with honors from the University of South Carolina, Jane worked in small business administration and corporate finance for two decades. Since moving to Wilmington, NC in 2000, Jane has served faithfully through various ministries and leadership roles at St. James Episcopal Church. Wanting to find a way to help others in a more personal way, she eventually became a trained Stephen Minister and then a Stephen Leader through her church, where she often witnessed elders in a variety of crises with no appropriate assistance available to them.

Recognizing the need of our elders for emotional, physical, and practical assistance through late-in-life residential transitions, Jane undertook comprehensive industry-specific training as a Senior Move Manager in 2008.  Jane is the owner and hands-on chief operator of Carolina Move Managers, offering invaluable guidance through the multi-layered processes of moving later in life.  Since its inception, Carolina Move Managers (originally founded as Senior Home Transition Services) has indeed become the Cape Fear region’s premier senior move management company.  Jane remains active in the National Association of Senior Move Managers as well, giving her a network of professional support and guidance from more than 700 members/colleagues worldwide.

Jane has been married for more than thirty years, with two grown children who are independently forging their own life journeys.  Her parents still live in South Carolina, although not in their family home.

Connect with Jane on Facebook and LinkedIn


Lisa PolanskiPlantation Village Retirement Living Community

Lisa Polanski is the Marketing Director at Plantation Village since 2010.  Plantation Village is unique in being being Wilmington’s first and only continuing care community celebrating over 26 years.  Residents enjoy a maintenance free lifestyle with many additional services and social activities.  Residents have guaranteed access to the Davis Community Assisted and Skilled communities at a discount.

Lisa has been a Wilmington resident since 1991 and enjoys working at Plantation Village.  She can be reached by calling 910-772-3188 or


Jennifer DeLong-White with Services for the Blind, DHHS NC

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Jennifer DeLong-White – Services for the Blind, DHHS NC

The North Carolina Division of Services for the Blind (DSB) has a long and rich history of services to the blind and visually impaired citizens of the State.

They are able to offer these services through cooperative efforts from Federal, State and County resources. Blind and visually impaired people as well as people with vision and hearing loss have benefited from their long partnership with the Lions Clubs and other consumer and advocacy groups throughout the State. The Division provides services statewide through staff in seven DSB District Offices and Social Workers for the Blind located in all North Carolina counties.   Jennifer DeLong-White is the social worker for New Hanover County.

Marianna Stacy and Jerry Cooper with Liberty Healthcare and Rehab Services


Liberty Healthcare and Rehab Services Representatives:

Marianna Stacy- Brightmore of Wilmington 

Brightmore of Wilmington provides a continuum of care and wide array of services and amenities designed for active senior living.  Our property connects three main communities that cater to residents’ specific needs:

Independent Apartment Homes at Brightmore Independent Living

Assisted Living Apartments at The Kempton

Personal and Memory Care Residences at The Commons

Jerry Cooper-Carolina Bay

Carolina Bay at Autumn Hall, a planned continuing care retirement community (CCRC) offers seniors a full continuum of lifestyle choices, including independent living, assisted living, and skilled care. Located on 24-acres within Wilmington’s charming Autumn Hall mixed-use community, Carolina Bay will feature a range of services and amenities, including various dining venues, a market, beauty salon, fitness center and indoor pool. This walkable senior community is minutes from Wrightsville Beach and the historic port of Wilmington, which is home to numerous retail, dining and entertainment options.

Carolina Bay is backed by Liberty Healthcare and Rehab Services and its 125 years of providing quality care and premium services to senior adults. Stop by our Information Office and you’ll quickly see why Carolina Bay at Autumn Hall is the perfect choice in luxury retirement living.

Mark Nabell and Scott Winslow with Nabell Winslow and Adam Shay CPA


Mark Nabell- Nabell and Winslow

Mark takes a definitively proactive approach to financial services. His commitment is to identify the most cost effective investment and planning strategies for each client. To accomplish this, Mark is both a student of the changing industry as well as someone who is constantly in touch with his clients’ changing goals and needs. It is through building strong relationships based on trust and professionalism that the best solutions can be identified and implemented for clients.

Mark has a specific expertise in retirement income planning and advanced planning strategies. For more than 20 years, Mark has been serving clients in the financial services industry at banks and institutions. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. Mark holds the Series 7, 24, 53, 63, 65 securities registrations and has Life, Accident and Health insurance licenses.

A competitive swimmer in college, Mark is active today with surfing, hunting and fishing and is a member of Christ Community Church.

Scott Winslow

Scott is known for proactive, straightforward advanced planning advice. His area of expertise is in advanced planning and structuring for business and private clients that includes investing, retirement income planning, tax planning, capital transfer, life insurance, and estate planning. He is committed to highly personalized service for each of his clients.

Scott has been in the financial services industry since 1996. He began his career at Jefferson Pilot, worked at GE Financial, and then joined First Citizens Bank where he was Senior Vice President, Wealth Strategist in the Private Wealth Management division. Scott is widely recognized for his expertise and is regularly contacted by CPA’s and attorneys for advanced investment and financial tax planning advice. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Business Management from Mount Olive College. Scott holds the Series 6, 7, 63 and 65 securities registrations and has Life, Accident and Health insurance licenses as well as the Chartered Financial Consultant®(ChFC®).

A former collegiate soccer player, Scott continues to play on two soccer teams. He has one son, Colin.

Adam Shay CPA

Adam Shay, CPA (NC License Number 35961), MBA, is an accountant dedicated to helping clients make intelligent financial decisions and to legally minimize their tax liability.

Adam earned a Bachelor of Business Science degree in Commerce from the University of Virginia. He then went on to earn his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Maryland. He is entrepreneur in residence- accounting for SeaHawk Innovation Management and serves as volunteer with the Cameron Executive Network at UNCW. In his spare time, Adam enjoys cooking, a variety of outdoor activities, and spending time with his wife Sarah, sons Wagner and Garrett, and dog TJ.

Carolyn Jones and Cindy Dressler with Senior Helpers Wilmington

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Carolyn Jones, Community Liaison for Senior Helpers Wilmington

Carolyn Jones, Community Liaison for Senior Helpers, is originally from Snow Hill , N.C. and has lived in Wilmington for 13 years working as the Marketing Manager for The Woods at Holly Tree Retirement Community and Lake Shore Commons Retirement Community then was the Admissions Director for Silver Stream Health and Rehabilitation Center.  Prior to Wilmington she spend 8 years in retirement community management in Ky., RI., Oh., Ga., Fl., & Alabama.  She also worked in the banking industry for 13 years in Nashville, Tn.

Cindy Dressler, RN, Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care & Skills Trainer

Cindy has been in nursing for over 30 years.  She has a wealth of experience both as a hospital-based RN and as a Home Health RN specializing in Alzheimer’s and Dementia care.  Cindy is our Trainer at Senior Helpers on Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care using the Teepa Snow Gems Program.  In addition she conducts home visits for those with the disease to educate the families and their loved ones to obtain a better understanding as to what to expect and offers suggestions as to how to handle daily and difficult situations. We are excited and proud to have her as part of our Senior Helpers team!

Ashley Miller and Renee Jones with The American Heart Association

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The American Heart Association

Ashley Miller- Director of Corporate Relations 

The American Heart Association is the largest voluntary health organization working to prevent, treat and defeat heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. These diseases, the Nation’s No.1 and No.4 killers, claim more than 813,804 American lives a year. Thanks to all our walkers, donors and volunteers who have accepted the challenge to help fight heart disease and stroke. We cannot achieve our mission without each one of you!

Renee Jones

The Cape Fear Heart Walk

Ms. Jones is a very involved volunteer for AHA and has been part of the Cape Fear Walk for several years.

Community Teams are made up of friends and family committed to making a difference in the fight against Heart Disease and Stroke. Often not connected to a company’s fundraising efforts, many Community Teams are formed to raise money in honor or memory of a loved one.

Family and friends throughout the nation are forming teams through their family, neighborhood, church, service clubs, colleges, survivor groups, etc. The stories told by our Community Teams are the reason WHY WE WALK!