About Circle Center

Administration

Heather Turbyne-Pollard

Heather Turbyne-Pollard

Chief Executive Officer

Heather brings 20 years of experience in the local RVA nonprofit arena.  She started her career with United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, serving in various roles in her 15 years on staff.  Her first role at the agency as an Information and Referral Specialist allowed her to experience first-hand the many human service needs across the city. She worked directly with those experiencing homelessness, seeking employment, caregivers looking for help for their aging parent or parents looking for engaging programming for their teenager. That experience cemented her passion for the role non-profits play in serving communities.  Her role grew at United Way, working with volunteers in the Community Impact Division, where she oversaw an 8 million-dollar investment portfolio focused on impacting the education, health and income of residents across the region through investing in over 51 nonprofits. Her work at United Way later focused on strategic planning and relationship building with corporations and foundations.

In 2015, Heather became the Director of Resources and Philanthropy at Health Brigade, formerly Fan Free Clinic.   While there she executed a robust fundraising plan while overseeing various administrative functions such as HR, IT and volunteer management.

Heather is thrilled to join Circle Center and combine her years of non-profit experience with her passion for health and aging.

hpollard@circlecenterva.org

Stefanie King

Stefanie King

Director of Finance

Email: sking@circlecenterva.org

Stefanie joined our professional team in March 2017. Stefanie is a Florida native, who graduated from VCU with a BA in accounting. She enjoys hiking, going on adventures with her dog and serving in her church.

Lisa Pacelli

Lisa Pacelli

Director of Operations

Email: lpacelli@circlecenterva.org

Julie Antrim

Julie Antrim

Community and Development Director

Julie Antrim joined Circle Center in January 2019. Julie has worked in Development, Marketing and Community Engagement for a variety of organizations, from NYC to NC, and is excited to be working with the Circle Center team.  Originally from Louisville, KY, Julie and her family have lived in Richmond for 5 years and when not at work, she is busy running after her 5 year old daughter and 3 year old son!

Email: jantrim@circlecenterva.org

Social Work

Jay Burkhardt, MSW

Jay Burkhardt, MSW

MSW, Director of Social Work

Email: jburkhardt@circlecenterva.org

Jay joined the Circle Center in March of 2013. He coordinates the enrollment of new participants, handling all inquiries, tours, and introductions to the Center. He also works as part of the interdisciplinary team at the Center to provide care and support to participants and their families. Jay facilitates several groups, including the caregiver support group, men’s group, participant support group, and a Parkinson’s disease support group.

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Jay received his Masters in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2000 with a focus on aging studies and geriatric issues. Jay became a Certified Senior Advisor in 2016.

He believes that “Circle Center Adult Day Services is a leader and a model in adult day services, both in the local market as well as nationwide. I am proud and honored to be a part of this organization as it evolves to meet the needs of our growing older adult population.”

Jay was the Service Coordinator at the Beth Sholom Lifecare Campus in their independent living community, Beth Sholom Woods, before he traveled to Arizona in 2002 to work with a non-profit organization, The Foundation for Senior Living (FSL). It was with FSL that Jay came to appreciate the value of adult day services.  Jay served as the social worker and center director for one of the day centers operated by FSL. In 2006, he returned to Virginia and worked with Medi Home Health and Hospice as the Director of Social Services.

A native of Powhatan, Jay completed his undergraduate degree in psychology at Kenyon College. Jay’s interests are wide ranging: camping, hiking and running, maintaining a small row house in the Museum District with his wife, Courtney, and sharing parenting of their daughter, Audie, and son, Corbin.

Program

Sheila Selznick, OTR/L

Sheila Selznick, OTR/L

OTR/L, Participant Care Coordinator

Email: sselznick@circlecenterva.org

Sheila has a BS in Occupational Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Occupational Therapy School of Allied Health Professions. Sheila is a clinical instructor at VCU and an OT clinical supervisor for the University of Tennessee in Memphis and James Madison University in Harrisonburg.

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She helped open the Center in 1976 as the first Program Director. Currently as Participant Care Coordinator, Sheila coordinates therapy services, develops individualized care plans for the participants, supervises students and interns, and consults with activity staff to select and adapt activities to meet special needs.

As a licensed OT she realizes the importance of maintaining independence at the highest level possible and enjoys teaching older adults to be successful in achieving their goals.

Sheila enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Mary Branzelle, CTRS

Mary Branzelle, CTRS

CTRS, Program Director

Email: mbranzelle@circlecenterva.org

Mary joined the Circle Center staff in May 2015. She is a graduate of Longwood University with a BS in Recreational Therapy. She has over 28 years’ experience as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist with her focus in long term care, behavioral health and adult day services.

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As the Program Director, Mary is responsible for overseeing all of the center’s recreational programs, dietary functions and volunteer program. She supervises professional staff at the center to include the Recreational Therapists, Music Therapist, Activities Coordinators and Dietary Manager. She enjoys working with all of our participants, families and the Center staff.

Mary lives is Dinwiddie with her husband of 28 years. They have two sons; the oldest is a Mechanical Engineer for NASCAR’s premier series and the youngest attends NC State University majoring in Biological Engineering. Mary enjoys following NASCAR races and College Sports especially Hokie and Wolfpack football.

Jennifer Gray, CTRS

Jennifer Gray, CTRS

Certified Recreational Therapist

Email: jgray@circlecenterva.org

Jennifer earned both her B.Ed and MA from the University of Toledo in Ohio and has worked in a variety of professional environments throughout her medical career; these include long-term care facilities, assisted living, independent living, subacute care, and physical rehabilitation.

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Jennifer has been a practicing Recreational Therapist since 2002 and was hired at Circle Center in October 2016. She has always been passionate about working with the geriatric population and those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. This hits close to home for her since her own grandfather had Alzheimer’s.

Jennifer is married, has two boys, and is happy to have settled in Richmond. She enjoys reading, crafting, spending time outdoors, taking vacations, and being with her family.

Nick Meads, CTRS

Nick Meads, CTRS

Certified Recreational Therapist

Email: nmeads@circlecenterva.org

Nick is graduate of Old Dominion University where he received a B.S with and emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation. Before joining Circle Center, Nick completed a 560 hour internship at Westminster Canterbury on the Chesapeake Bay. After joining Circle Center, he obtained a Senior Personal Trainer Certification and also is a Certified Dementia Practitioner.

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Nick grew up in Fox Hill, Virginia which is a suburb of Hampton. In his spare time, he loves to go to the gym and work out. Another one of Nick’s passions is sports; his favorite sports teams are the Baltimore Ravens, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Baltimore Orioles. Nick utilizes his passion for sports by facilitating a weekly sports group.

One of Nick’s passive leisure activities is reading. He loves to read classic novels by authors such as Ian Fleming, Charles Dickens, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Elizabeth Perkins, CTRS

Elizabeth Perkins, CTRS

CTRS, Memory Lane Program Manager

Email: eperkins@circlecenterva.org

A life-long resident of Richmond and graduate of Old Dominion University with a BS in Therapeutic Recreation, Elizabeth has been a practicing Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) since 2009.

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Elizabeth joined our staff in 2013 with a background working in long-term care and psychiatric residential treatment. Elizabeth manages and leads programing in Memory Lane as the Memory Lane Program Manager, conducts 1:1 Multi-Sensory Environment sessions, and provides Reminisce Programs daily throughout the center. Elizabeth has received training in Multi-Sensory Environments and is a certified trainer in Montessori Inspired Lifestyle for Circle Center.

Elizabeth enjoys attending fitness programs throughout the week, spending time with her husband, family, and friends, and enjoying the new adventure of being a first time mom to her sweet baby girl Brit Marie.

Katie Carter, MT-BC

Katie Carter, MT-BC

MT-BC, Music Therapist

Email: kcarter@circlecenterva.org

Katie attended Radford University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy. She completed her internship in Detroit Public Schools working with children with severe and profound impairments.

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Her career in music therapy began in Michigan working with children with severe impairments, autism and Down syndrome. Katie moved back to Virginia to be closer to family in 2012. In a twist of fate, she found a home as the music therapist at Circle Center in 2016. She enjoys making people smile with her music as she travels around the center with her guitar. She provides a person-centered, fun atmosphere in her sessions both group and individual.

Katie enjoys spending time with her husband and two small children.  She also loves to work with power tools upcycling furniture and reclaimed wood.

Lauren Glaser

Recreational Therapist

Email: lglaser@circlecenterva.org

Nursing

Casey Warren, RN

Casey Warren, RN

Director of Nursing

Email: cwarren@circlecenterva.org

Casey Warren, a long-time registered nurse in home care and hospital systems, has joined Circle Center as our new nurse. Casey hails from Ashland, the “Center of the Universe.”  She’s happy to be moving from one center to another!

Charmione Alexander-Forbes

Charmione Alexander-Forbes

Certified Nursing Assistant

Charmione has been a CNA since 2014 and joined Circle Center in 2016, but she has been caring for family members most of her adult life. She works in the Memory Lane Program where she enjoys when her participants remember little things that allow her to see a certain spark in them that she doesn’t always get to see.

According to Charmione, “Circle Center is unlike anywhere I have ever worked before. It’s upbeat unlike nursing home settings.”

Charmione enjoys spending time with her family and friends in her spare time. She is from Richmond.

Alicia Johnson

Alicia Johnson

Certified Nursing Assistant

Alicia has been a CNA since 2016, a PCA since 2014 and joined Circle Center in 2017. Her favorite activity with participants is anything to do with music because music brings everyone together.

According to Alicia, “Working with the senior population is so gratifying because it gives you a chance to come into their world and find out about their past experiences.”

Alicia likes to spend time with family and friends in her spare time. She is from King William, VA.

Jeannette Thomas

Jeannette Thomas

Certified Nursing Assistant

Jeannette has been a CNA over 30 years and joined Circle Center in 2001. She enjoys working with and helping the participants –  getting to know them on a personal basis and forming bonds as if they were her own family.

Jeannette likes to spend time with her husband and son in her spare time. She is from Goochland County, VA.

Makeisha Wiggins

Makeisha Wiggins

Certified Nursing Assistant

Ashely Murphy

Ashely Murphy

Certified Nursing Assistant

Larry Sheets

Larry Sheets

Certified Nursing Assistant

Larry has been a CNA for three years and recently started employment at Circle Center in May of 2019. He finds it very gratifying to care for the Seniors at Circle Center and enjoys talking with them and providing the help they need. Larry enjoys traveling to historic places in his free time and loves baseball and football. Larry is from Sussex County Virginia.

Dietary

Dawn Stephens

Dawn Stephens

Dietary Manager

Email: dstephens@circlecenterva.org

Maintenance & Housekeeping

Mike Lewis

Mike Lewis

Maintenance

Reception

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