We are very grateful to have the benefit of our Advisory Board members’ expertise and experience as we form and strengthen partnerships, broaden discourse, and spark innovation in aging.
J.B. Culpepper, Chair is an independent consulting planner. She has 30+ years of local government planning experience with 9 years as Chapel Hill’s Planning Director. She is on the Board of Directors at Carolina Meadows, a Continuing Care Retirement Community. Recently, she has been involved in community planning for an aging population and has helped arrange and conduct a series of work sessions on the topic.
Paul Klever is the Executive Director of Charles House Association, a nonprofit community eldercare organization in Chapel Hill. The Center for Community Eldercare supports caregiving families, enriches the lives of elders through the Daytime Program and provides opportunities for students and interns in the Bradley Program in Learning & Service. Charles House has also established a pioneering model of residential care in neighborhood eldercare homes.
Robert Aquilino is President of Accessible Design & Build. Bob’s career began in residential construction and he has now returned to the industry that inspired his desire to build. In the interim, he spent 16 years with PepsiCo as an executive, living and working abroad. Bob is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and has participated in extended executive study at Oxford University, Darden School of Business, and The Wharton School. Bob has also served his community as a board member and “Big Brother” for Big Brothers-Big Sisters, USO and Make-A- Wish Foundation. Bob is an adjunct professor at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business.
Yvette Garcia Missri is the administrator of the volunteer-based division at the Orange County Department on Aging. In this role, she serves as the project manager for several of the department’s community-based and peer-to-peer volunteer led programs. Prior to her to public health training, Yvette worked as a gender-based violence trial attorney for approximately eleven years. Her interests include all things community engagement, as well as using lifestyle to maximize our health outcomes, regardless of the genes we’ve been dealt. Yvette is working with UNC graduate students to advance the interests of seniors as they engage with the healthcare system and progress towards greater financial health.
Sharon Williams is currently an associate professor and director of UNC’s Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences. As an audiologist with expertise in gerontology, she applies her training and expertise to the scholarship of older adults living with life-limiting illnesses and to death and dying processes and outcomes. Dr. Williams received a BS and MS in Communication Disorders and a PhD in Human Development and Family Studies. She also completed a gerontology postdoctoral fellowship at The Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Dr. Williams’ research agenda focuses on older adults and their families who live with potentially life-limiting illnesses and end-of-life communication and advance care planning within families and with health care providers. She is an accomplished educator and incorporates her research expertise into the classroom and community settings.
Nick Allen is a UNC graduate student in Literature, Medicine, and Culture. His research interests surround the ways that we craft our last chapters—from later adulthood to end of life. He also serves on the Southern Oral History Program’s Medical Advisory Board, as a researcher on the SOHP’s Stories to Save Lives project, and as the graduate coordinator for HHIVE.