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.

Paul Klever, MHA, 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.

J.B. Culpepper 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.


Robert M. Aquilino is President of Accessible Design & Build. Bob possesses strong strategic planning, sales and marketing skills to open and develop new markets. He has led a variety of small to mid-cap companies and divisions of Fortune 500 firms as President. 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. He also served as a president of three United Technologies companies over a 10 year period in the security and fire prevention space. 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.

Janice Tyler is the Director of the Orange County Department on Aging and the past President of the N.C. Association on Aging. She is currently the Vice-President of the NC Coalition on Aging. She served two terms as the Chair of the N.C. Senior Center Alliance and remains an ex-officio member of the steering committee. She is also a member of the Southern Gerontological Society, the American Society on Aging, the National Council on Aging and the National Institute of Senior Centers.  Prior to being appointed the Director of the Orange County Department on Aging in 2011 she worked 24 years as the Senior Centers Administrator. In March, 2017, she will celebrate 30 years of service with Orange County Government. She is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, has completed advanced study in aging and is a graduate of the N.C. Division of Aging’s Ann Johnson Senior Center Institute.

Jenny Womack is an occupational therapist and folklorist who grew up in rural western North Carolina. She is currently Clinical Professor in Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science at UNC-Chapel Hill and consulting occupational therapist to the Orange County Department on Aging, where she coordinates the services of a three-year grant to build a dementia-capable community. Her interests and work experience span narratives of aging, home and environmental accessibility, community participation, transportation and clinical work in gerontology and neuro-rehabilitation.

Tiffany L. Young, PhD is a gerontologist in the Center for Health Equity Researach and the North Carolina Translational Research and Clinical Sciences Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her current research interest includes creating and using community-engaged approaches that involve older adults in the design, implementation, and evaluation of interventions that address broad community health issues. With over 15 years of evaluation experience in both the nonprofit sector and academia, her professional mission is to serve as a bridge between academia and the community in hopes of creating a synergistic relationship that advances the overall well-being of underserved older adults.

Jane Thrailkill, Ph.D, is a 16-year faculty veteran at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she teaches in the Department of English and Comparative Literature and in the School of Medicine. A specialist in nineteenth-century American literature, she is an active researcher and scholar of Health Humanities, with a particular interest in the topic of aging. She is co-director of HHIVE (hhive.unc.edu), the College of Arts and Sciences’ first health humanities lab, which supports cross-disciplinary, narrative-based research. Prof. Thrailkill recently teamed with colleagues in Occupational Therapy to conduct a Falls Narrative Study. Working with undergraduates and graduate students, the research team recorded older adults’ first-person accounts of fall experiences and documented the humor, wisdom, and practical insight embedded in the narratives. As a member of UNC’s Hubbard Project, she worked with health sciences trainees to bring humanities concepts and methods to the care of older adults. Prof. Thrailkill is UNC-Chapel Hill’s 2017 recipient of the Board of Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.