About Circle Center

Administration

Amy Bodman

Amy Bodman

MBA, OTR/L, Chief Executive Officer

Email: abodman@circlecenterva.org

Amy previously served as Regional Director of Operations for a national home care and rehabilitation provider. She comes with 22 years of health care management experience in varied acute and long-term care settings. She received a BS in Occupational Therapy from Keuka College and earned an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011.

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She is a licensed occupational therapist with a track record of successful business development. Her experience in the rehabilitation and community-based long-term care industry will help further develop our award-winning participant programs and services as well as address the increasing regulatory demands that our industry faces. Amy is a respected and caring practitioner who is well-qualified to provide continuing leadership for the care that our talented staff members provide every day for our participants and their families.

Amy is originally from the Pittsburgh area and is mother to twins, Maggie and Peter, and son Brian. She lives with her husband and children in Midlothian. Amy has spent the majority of her career addressing the needs of seniors and their caregivers. “I feel it is a privilege to be able to partner with families and other healthcare providers to ensure that the seniors in our community have every opportunity to age in place with dignity and purpose.”

Stefanie King

Stefanie King

Accountant

Email: sking@circlecenterva.org

Stefanie joined our professional team as our new accountant 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

Operations Manager

Email: lpacelli@circlecenterva.org

Dietary

Dawn Stephens

Dawn Stephens

Dietary Manager

Email: dstephens@circlecenterva.org

Carolyn Brown

Carolyn Brown

Dietary Aide

Email: cbrown@circlecenterva.org

Ed Wren

Ed Wren

Dietary Aide

Email: ewren@circlecenterva.org

Maintenance & Housekeeping

Mike Lewis

Mike Lewis

Maintenance

Elton Collins

Elton Collins

House Keeper

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!

Jena Lahocki, RN

Jena Lahocki, RN

Assistant Director of Nursing

Email: jlahocki@circlecenterva.org

Jenna joined the staff at Circle Center in November 2017. She started her career in the medical field as a volunteer certified EMT and then went on to graduate from nursing school and receive her LPN license. She worked for two-and-a-half years for general practitioners at a primary care/immediate care office. She returned to school and graduated in 2012 as a Registered Nurse.

She has a fun-loving three-year-old daughter who keeps her on her toes daily. Jena enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Venita Robinson

Venita Robinson

Licensed Practical Nurse

Email: vrobinson@circlecenterva.org

LaChelle Taylor

LaChelle Taylor

Licensed Practical Nurse

Email: ltaylor@circlecenterva.org

LaChelle is a Licensed Practical Nurse whose family is originally from Richmond, but as an Army Brat moved frequently throughout her childhood. She has a tender heart for both the geriatric population and pregnant women.

She began her nursing career in 2004 as a CNA and then proceeded to earn a national certification in massage therapy in 2005. Upon graduating in March of 2016 from Henrico County – St. Mary’s Hospital School of Practical Nursing, she was awarded the “Excellence in Nursing Award.” We are excited to have La Chelle as a full-time nurse.

Emily Lahocki, RN

Emily Lahocki, RN

Registered Nurse

Email: elahocki@circlecenterva.org

Emily joined our nursing team as a Registered Nurse in July. She was born and raised in Hanover County, VA, and earned her nursing degree from MCI University. She has spent the previous six years as a nurse in a skilled nursing facility.

In her free time, Emily enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach and camping.

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.

Quintoya Banks

Quintoya Banks

Certified Nursing Assistant

Quintoya has been a CNA since 2011 and joined Circle Center in 2017. She feels like she learns something new from the seniors every day and loves playing Wii bowling and charades with the participants, and also likes to do their hair and nails.

According to Quintoya, “I love to see other people come out of their shell, especially when they are shy. I get a thrill out of trying to do things people think are impossible.”

Quintoya likes to spend time with her family in her spare time and do outside activities. She is from Petersburg, VA.

Crystal Bradley

Crystal Bradley

Certified Nursing Assistant

Crystal has been a CNA since 2015 and joined Circle Center in 2015. She likes working with seniors because she learns new things each day. She loves playing trivia and Wii bowling with the participants.

Crystal likes to sleep 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.

Vanessa Newsom

Vanessa Newsom

Certified Nursing Assistant

Vanessa has been a CNA over 30 years and joined Circle Center in 2015. She enjoys working with friendly, understanding people.

According to Vanessa, “I can relate to some of the senior participants, I enjoy the good conversations.”

Vanessa likes to watch movies, tv shows, eat snacks, take naps and read books in her spare time. She lived in Scotland for two years and attended a Catholic school for two years. She is from Richmond.

Donny Norris

Donny Norris

Certified Nursing Assistant

Donny has been a CNA since 2014 and enjoys helping the participants at Circle Center. His favorite activity here is bowling dice.

Donny likes to play pool in his spare time. He is from Coal City WV.

Nancy Smith

Nancy Smith

Certified Nursing Assistant

Nancy has been a CNA since 2009 and joined Circle Center in 2017. She enjoys being able to make participants’ day better while they are here at the Center, with activities such as bingo.

Nancy likes to spend time on word search puzzles in her spare time. She is from Warsaw, 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.

Tonnesha Thomas

Tonnesha Thomas

Certified Nursing Assistant

Daphne Vann

Daphne Vann

Certified Nursing Assistant

Daphne has been a CNA since 2011 and joined Circle Center in 2017. She enjoys listening to the different stories of the participants and the knowledge they have. Trivia is her favorite activity at Circle Center.

Daphne enjoys spending time with family in her spare time. She is from New Jersey.

Angela Wise

Angela Wise

Certified Nursing Assistant

Angela has been a CNA since 2004 and joined Circle Center in 2016. She loves the family atmosphere and appreciates that participants are thankful for everything that the staff does.Trivia and chatting sessions are her favorite activities at Circle Center.

Angela enjoys spending time with her dogs in her spare time. She is from Virginia.

Makeisha Wiggins

Makeisha Wiggins

Certified Nursing Assistant

Ashely Murphy

Ashely Murphy

Certified Nursing Assistant

Program

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.

Mary Albert

Mary Albert

Activity Coordinator

Email: malbert@circlecenterva.org

Mary joined our staff in March 2008 as Activity Coordinator. She is a Certified Adult Day Health Care Aide with an art background, working 13 years in Retail Advertising and 5 years as a Physical Therapy Rehab Aide at Cumberland Hospital for Children & Adolescents in New Kent County.

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As Activity Coordinator, Mary is responsible for meeting with the Program Manager and other Professional Staff to plan and implement the daily activities schedule as well as producing the monthly activity calendar.

Mary leads seven Arts and Crafts programs a week, utilizing her art background to create a variety of projects to suit the different cognitive and physical levels of Circle Center’s participants. Mary also leads afternoon physical group activities in Wellness and supervision in the program.

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.

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.

Stephanie Beverly, CTRS

Stephanie Beverly, CTRS

Certified Recreational Therapist

Email: sbeverly@circlecenterva.org

Stephanie is originally from small town King George, Virginia where her family raised her with a lot of love. Stephanie graduated from Old Dominion University in 2016 (Go Monarchs!) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Therapy and shortly after became a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. She has volunteered her time with different diagnostic groups, but has always had a special place in her heart for seniors. She is so excited to share her expertise with us here at Circle Center. In her free time, she enjoys being with her family, trying new restaurants, and going on road trips

Lauren Glaser

Recreational Therapist

Email: lglaser@circlecenterva.org

Reception

Diana Peppler

Diana Peppler

Receptionist

Email: dpeppler@circlecenterva.org

Jennifer Spann

Jennifer Spann

Receptionist

Email: jspann@circlecenterva.org

Janet Taylor

Janet Taylor

Receptionist/Office Clerk

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.

Caitlyn Patey, MSW

Caitlyn Patey, MSW

MSW, Social Worker

Email: cpatey@circlecenterva.org

Caitlyn joined our professional team in August 2017. She graduated from VCU with a Masters degree in Clinical Social Work. Caitlyn completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Virginia Tech, during which she volunteered for a Crisis Hotline and worked for a Crisis Stabilization Center through New River Valley Community Services.

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While completing her graduate degree, she worked at VCU Health Systems in the Inpatient Geriatric Unit. She has also worked at the VCU Counseling Center, providing therapy to university students.

Having lived in the Richmond area for most of her life, Caitlyn enjoys spending time with family and close friends in the area. She also enjoys exploring the city, hiking, reading, watching Hokie football and going to the beach as often as she can.

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