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Meet the VirginiaNavigator Staff

			
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Adrienne

Adrienne Johnson

Executive Director, Gerontologist, Initiative Manager, The Lindsay Institute for Innovations in Caregiving

 

A leader in Virginia’s aging network, Adrienne joined the VirginiaNavigator team in 2004 and has held various aging related positions in her career.  As Executive Director, she works in partnership with the public, non-profit, and private sectors and is responsible for the development, marketing, board oversight and operational management of VirginiaNavigator.  Prior to becoming Executive Director, Adrienne served as a member of the organization’s Leadership Team while performing her duties as Director of Website Operations.  As Director of Website Operations, she was responsible for the oversight of the VirginiaNavigator and its Family of Websites and management of website content and data based on consumer needs and current issues in aging.  Additionally, she has served as project and grant manager for several of VirginiaNavigator’s major initiatives.  

Adrienne earned her Master’s degree in Gerontology with a concentration in Health Administration from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Connecticut. She serves on the board of the Virginia Quality Healthcare Network (VQHN); as Secretary of the Virginia Elder Rights Coalition (VERC); is on the VGEC Plenary Committee and the VCoA Advisory Committee as well as a host of other coalitions and committees serving the aging and disability communities throughout Virginia.

 

Katie

Katie Benghauser

Director of Operations, Gerontologist

 

Katie began working for VirginiaNavigator while the site was still in development. As the Director of Operations, she is responsible for the oversight of the VirginiaNavigator Family of Websites and management of content and data based on consumer needs and current issues in aging, as well as the daily operations of the organization. Katie spent 23 years in the financial services industry before returning to school to earn her Masters in Gerontology from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University. 

 

Jessica Burdett

Jessica Burdett

VeteransNavigator Specialist and Marketing Assistant

 

Jessica joined VirginiaNavigator in June of 2016 as the VeteransNavigator Project Manager. Jessica is passionate about helping our Veterans and her volunteer spirit is what drew her to Virginia Navigator. Some of her volunteer activities included previously serving as a family readiness group leader for the Fort Lee Bravo Company, 832nd Ordnance Battalion, and as the leader for Fort Lee Girl Scout Troop 5391. In addition, she held three positions in the Fort Lee Area Spouses’ Club, and was named the president for 2015-2016. She received the President’s Volunteer Service award for five years and was honored as Fort Lee’s Heroes at Home Military Spouse of the Year in 2015. At VirginiaNavigator, Jessica is responsible for assisting with our community outreach and marketing efforts for VirginiaNavigator’s Family of Websites as a whole, and continues to be very involved in the content featured specifically on VeteransNavigator and its promotion across the Commonwealth. Jessica holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Human Resource Management and her passion is giving back to those less fortunate. 

 

Teresa

Teresa Lavinder Zeigler

Data Specialist

 

Teresa joined the organization in 2014 and lives in Vinton, Virginia. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from her work as a 2-1-1 Virginia Community Resource Specialist and with federal, state, and local disability and aging service agencies and programs. She enjoys serving caregivers, service providers, older adults and people with disabilities. She currently holds the CRS and CIRS-A/D certification given by the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS). Teresa is in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies at Hollins University.

 

Maggie

Maggie Menard

Data Specialist

 

Maggie joined VirginiaNavigator prior to launch in 2000 as one of the organization's first full-time employees. Maggie’s history with VirginiaNavigator provides a valuable perspective in understanding the evolution of the database. Maggie is responsible for entering, verifying and  updating information both on-line and by phone and assists in educating providers how to input changes regularly. Maggie also answers the Help Line for consumers who need help finding services in their city or county.  She previously served as billing clerk and bookkeeper. She attended the University of Mississippi and has completed several business and computer courses designed for non-profit agencies.

 

Alice

Alice Reiniger

Call Specialist

 

Alice joined the organization as a call specialist. Her primary focus is to assist those seeking assistance with finding local resources. Alice has over 15 years of experience in sales and training, predominantly in the pharmaceutical industry. In recent years she has been a community volunteer with several nonprofit organizations. She received a BA with honors from the University of New Hampshire.

 

Bonnie

Bonnie Scimone

Community Outreach and Marketing Specialist

 

Bonnie joined VirginiaNavigator in 2004 and serves as the Community Outreach and Marketing Specialist and as the community specialist for Central and Southside Virginia and works with 7 local government partnerships. Bonnie has over 20 years of experience in sales, training, and relationship development. Before joining the organization, Bonnie had a proven record of success in marketing communications. Previously, as an independent business owner, she designed and implemented comprehensive incentive programs and facilitated training programs focused on career development and team-building. She graduated from Longwood College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics and received her Elementary Education Teaching Certificate from Virginia Commonwealth University.

 

Kim

Kim Tarantino

Director of Communications and Community Partnerships, VirginiaNavigator Project Coordinator, The Lindsay Institute for Innovations in Caregiving

 

Kim joined the VirginiaNavigator Team in the fall of 2003 after earning her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Mary Baldwin College, and currently serves as Director of Communications and Community Partnerships. In this role, she leads SeniorNavigator’s Community Team, overseeing all marketing outreach initiatives and public relations. She produces all written communication pieces, develops educational collateral, leads several of the organization’s partnership programs, assists with fund development, and coordinates special events. Additionally, Kim serves as Project Coordinator of the Lindsay Institute for Innovations in Caregiving, which is managed and led by VirginiaNavigator. Kim proudly serves on the Greater Richmond Age Wave Readiness Leadership Coalition and as a member of the coalition’s Business for Life Work Group – representing VirginiaNavigator and its Lindsay Institute.

 

Erika Yssel

No Wrong Door Expansion Specialist and Special Projects Coordinator

 

Erika worked on the initial site development as a contractor and joined the team full-time in June 2001, four months after launch, with sixteen years experience as an Information Systems professional. In her original position of Web Administrator for VirginiaNavigator, she provided the back-end systems support for changes on the website, oversaw the technology contracts for server support, and was responsible for managing all web development. In her current role, Erika works on special projects and with private and non-profit providers on No Wrong Door -- a virtual single point of entry for accessing public and private health and human supports for older adults and people with disabilities in Virginia.

 

Ben

Benjamin Paul

Call Specialist

 

Benjamin is a call specialist at VirginiaNavigator. His primary focus is to help individuals across Virginia who are seeking assistance and connection to specialized local community resources. Benjamin has experience providing guidance and customer service over the phone and email through work at Liberty University in the Financial Aid department. Benjamin recently relocated to Richmond from Lynchburg and is attending Virginia Commonwealth University to complete his Bachelors Degree in Business. In his spare time, Benjamin can be found playing tennis, cooking or spending time with friends and family.

 

Meet the Regional Community Specialists

 

Katie

Katie Zawacki

Roanoke Valley-New River Valley  (email Katie)

 

Katie Zawacki received BA in Psychology/Sociology from Mary Baldwin College. She worked for the Community Service Board for the Roanoke Valley as a Certified Prevention Professional for 15 years. As a Community Specialist for VirginiaNavigator, Katie is responsible for building relationships with partners, supporting local Navigator Centers and promoting the VirginiaNavigator Family of Websites in the Roanoke & New River Valley, Allegheny & Bath County.

 

Allen

R. Allen Slagle

Southwest Virginia  (email Allen)

 

R. Allen Slagle was educated in the Bristol, Virginia School System, attended Criminal Justice Class and obtained certification as a Crime Prevention Specialist by the Department of Criminal Justice Services and the International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners. Allen created the Crime Preventions Unit for the Bristol Va. Sheriffs Office and has developed a number of programs for Seniors that received State Awards and served the State Triad Board in Southwest, Va. As a Community Specialist for VirginiaNavigator, Allen covers Southwest Virginia from Carroll County to Lee County which includes relationship management and support of forty-two Navigator Centers and three Local Government Partnerships.

 

Bonnie

Bonnie Scimone

Central and Southside Virginia  (email Bonnie)

 

Bonnie joined VirginiaNavigator in 2004 and serves the local community specialist for Central and Southside Virginia. Bonnie has over 20 years of experience in sales, training, and relationship development. Before joining the organization, Bonnie had a proven record of success in marketing communications. Previously, as an independent business owner, she designed and implemented comprehensive incentive programs and facilitated training programs focused on career development and team-building. She graduated from Longwood College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics and received her Elementary Education Teaching Certificate from Virginia Commonwealth University.