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 is board certified by the American Physical Therapy Association as a geriatric clinical specialist and has worked 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.
Angela Hensel, Intern
Angela is an MPH student in Health Behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. This past summer, she completed a practicum with Partnerships in Aging and the long term care collaborative in the implementation of COMFORT ZONE and palliative care activities. Currently, Angela is working to update information for the Orange County Senior Housing Report. Angela holds bachelor’s degrees in biology and journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has interests in health communication, quality improvement, and implementation science and is excited to explore these interests with Partnerships in Aging.
Sallie Allgood, Graduate Research Assistant
Sallie Allgood is a PhD student in the School of Nursing at UNC. As a member of the Partnerships in Aging team, she is helping analyze data as part of Orange County’s Master Aging Plan. Outside of the Partnerships in Aging work, Sallie’s research interests are related to cardiovascular disease prevention and enhancing primary care. Sallie completed her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from UNC in 2015. She also holds a Masters in Biology from Wake Forest University and a Bachelors in Biochemistry from Campbell University.
Michelle Gonzales, Coordinator: Housing for Well-Being in Later Life
Michelle is pursuing her MPH in Health Behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is assisting with the housing portion of Orange County’s 2017-2022 Master Aging Plan and organizing the Aging in Community Expo, an educational event on innovative housing options for older adults. Michelle received her BA in biology from Oberlin College. Her interests include occupational health and creating indoor spaces that prevent injuries and disease while also promoting mental health.
Elizabeth Hart, Program Coordinator
Elizabeth received her Masters in Occupational Therapy from UNC in 2014, and currently works as an occupational therapist at Carol Woods Retirement Community in Chapel Hill. She coordinates student outreach initiatives including Beyond Clinic Walls, which pairs interdisciplinary teams of students with older adults living in the community. A proud daughter of an Air Force officer, Elizabeth grew up throughout the South and earned her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College. Her lifelong affinity for older adults turned into a passion when she became a hospice volunteer in college. She looks forward to challenging students’ conceptions of aging and helping them to discover the many joys of working with older adults through her role with the Partnership.
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.
Chris Bendix, Online Content Manager
Chris Bendix is a Masters student in the Department of City and Regional Planning at UNC. He maintains and creates content for the Partnerships in Aging website, social media outlets, and promotes events and programs. A Seattle native, Chris earned a BA in Philosophy from Whitman College. Chris is striving to work at the nexus of real estate, housing, and transportation to create healthy, vibrant, and affordable places. In addition to working with Partnerships in Aging, Chris is on the Editorial Board for the Carolina Planning Journal and works part time with the UNC Center for Urban and Regional Studies and the UNC Parking and Transportation office. He will graduate from UNC in spring, 2017.