Who We Are
Cherie Rosemond, Director
Dr. Rosemond brings almost three decades of experience working on the social, physical, and political aspects of aging in the United States. Cherie views later life as a time for continued growth, contribution, and vitality. As such, she is a champion of interdisciplinary, intergenerational, community engagement as a way to ensure our homes and neighborhoods are great places for people of all ages to live. She also focuses attention on the arts and humanities as a way to expand and re-imagine new possibilities for later life.
In 2009, Cherie completed her PhD in Health Behavior at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. Cherie also holds a master’s degree in physical therapy from Duke and a bachelor of arts degree in biology from Wake Forest. She has worked as a geriatric physical therapist within many practice settings, including large health systems, senior centers, nursing homes, and retirement communities.
Since 2012, Dr. Rosemond has served as a consultant to the Orange County Department on Aging. In this capacity, she has worked with a team of aging services providers, UNC students, and community members to develop and implement Orange County’s Master Aging Plan. Her focus areas include senior housing, transportation, and caregiving.
In her free time, Cherie loves to dance, bike, and make beauty out of second-hand “stuff.”
Yvonne Mendenhall, MS; Community Advocate
Yvonne is longtime volunteer community advocate and community builder. Her most recent accomplishments are a post-retirement MS in gerontology, and completing Project EngAGE training to serve Orange County as a Senior Resource Leader. Her experiences and education in human development have suited a career as a post-paycheck worker focused on sharing the good news about aging in Orange County, NC. Yvonne works to ensure that Orange County aging news is good news by caring and helping in various roles. As part of the PAiP, her work focuses on the culture of long-term care in Orange County. She especially encourages person-centered comfort care in our professional long term care programs provided by both home care services and facilities offering assisted living, skilled nursing and palliative care.
Katherine Savage, Communications
Following a career that included 16 years at UNC’s School of Medicine in communications and faculty development, Katherine is working to bring the Partnership’s story to the broader university and the community. She is also a teacher and has taught at every level from middle school to college. As a resident of a continuing care retirement community, Katherine brings a unique perspective to the work of Partnerships in Aging. Katherine has a B.A. in English from Auburn University and an M.A. in history from UNC.
Julia Katz, Housing Analyst
Julia is a Housing and Community Development Planner at Triangle J Council of Government (TJCOG), the regional planning and aging organization for the Research Triangle Area. She works with the Partnerships in Aging Program to help understand the affordable housing landscape for older adults in Orange County. Julia is from New York City and is particularly interested in how to change the built environment to improve public health with a social justice lens. As a planner at TJCOG, she focuses on increasing and preserving quality affordable housing and improving communities’ livability for older adults. Julia holds a Masters in Public Health and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from UNC and a BA from Washington University in St. Louis.
Benjamin Ruiz Rosado, Bilingual Coordinator
Benjamin is a mental health, immigrant, and youth advocate. He received a BS in Psychology and Global Studies, and is currently pursuing a dual Master’s degree in Social Work and Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill. With Partnerships in Aging, Benjamin is assisting as a Bilingual (Spanish) Coordinator in collaboration with Orange County Department of Aging to enhance communication and engagement efforts with older Latinx adults. Benjamin aspires to become a clinical social worker and is interested in promoting mental health/illness literacy among the Latinx community.
Richelle Suttle, Intergenerational Housing Researcher
Richelle Suttle is a Masters student in Occupational Therapy at UNC. She works with the Partnerships in Aging Program to conduct research on intergenerational living in the Northside community in Chapel Hill. An Arizona native, she earned her BS in Psychology from the University of Arizona. She was awarded the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Career Development Grant for the 2016-2017 academic year. Richelle intends to work with people with dementia and their caregivers upon graduation. In her free time she likes to read the newspaper, hike, and listen to surf music.
Varsha Subramanyam, Intergenerational Housing Researcher
Varsha Subramanyam is an MPH student in the Health Behavior department at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is a summer fellow at the Marian Cheek Jackson Center and will be working on a collaborative project with the Partnerships in Aging to conduct focus groups to assess community interest in co-generational housing in the Northside community in Carrboro, NC.
Alli Little, Beyond Clinic Walls Coordinator
Alli Little is thrilled to be the new Program Coordinator for Beyond Clinic Walls. She will support the program by helping with logistics and communication, and she will connect teams with resources and strategies for problem solving along the way. Alli graduated with a degree in Sociology from Maryville College in 2012, and she has spent the last five years working closely with older adults and people living with dementia. In the fall, she will begin UNC’s Occupational Therapy program to pursue her master’s degree where she hopes to further develop her passion for Gerontology.
Stephanie Tepperberg, Healthy Aging Transportation Coordinator
Stephanie is a dual Master’s student in Public Health and City and Regional Planning at UNC, with a passion for community design that addresses physical and social determinants of health. This summer, in collaboration with the UNC Partnership in Aging, Stephanie is assisting Fearrington Cares, a non-profit community-care organization, with the development of a healthy aging transportation plan for the Fearrington community. Stephanie graduated from Duke University with her A.B. in Environmental Science and Policy, and has spent the past six years working in both the federal and private sectors to integrate health considerations into community planning.
Brittany Schwartz, Researcher
Brittany Schwartz is an MPH student in the Health Behavior department at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She works collaboratively with the Partnerships in Aging Program and the Chatham County Council on Aging to conduct formative research to help develop a comprehensive and innovative Master Aging Plan for Chatham County. Her interests include bridging the intergenerational gap (particularly with faith-based communities), caregiver support, and improving community infrastructures to better allow for healthy aging in place.