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. Charles House has also established a pioneering model of residential care in neighborhood eldercare homes.


Robert Aquilino is President of Accessible Design & Build.  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 for Big Brothers-Big Sisters, USO and Make-A-Wish Foundation. Bob is an adjunct professor at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business.


Janice Tyler is the Director of the Orange County Department on Aging and the past President of the N.C. Association on Aging. She currently serves on the executive committee of the NC Coalition on Aging.  She is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and is a graduate of the N.C. Division of Aging’s Ann Johnson Senior Center Institute.


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.


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.