About Circle Center
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.
Director of Finance
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.
Director of Operations
Director of Development
DarrylLee VanOudenhove joined Circle Center in January 2023. DarrylLee comes to us most recently from the Branch Museum here in Richmond. Prior to that, she served as consortium manager for the Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts where she managed development work for seven nonprofit theatre and arts organizations across the nation. She is Circle Center’s first full-time Director of Development. In her spare time, DarrylLee enjoys spending time with her cats, reading, and enjoying all that Richmond has to offer.
Jay Burkhardt, MSW
MSW, Director of Social Work
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.
Mary Branzelle, CTRS
CTRS, Program Director
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.
Elizabeth Perkins, CTRS
CTRS, Memory Lane Program Manager
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.
Casey Warren, RN
Director of Nursing
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!
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.
Maintenance & Housekeeping
Dewayne served in the USMC after graduating from high school. He worked for the University of Richmond in the maintenance department for several years. In 1988, he began his career with Henrico County as a Deputy, then as a Police Officer, where he served for over 30 years. He has volunteered with Lab Rescue of Greater Richmond for 15 years, where he is one of the Board of Directors. Dewayne enjoys spending time with his family and K9 companions. He is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking and kayaking.