Dennis W. Streets, MPH, MAT, LNHA
Dennis Streets is the Executive Director for the Chatham County Council on Aging. He brings almost four decades of experience working as a planner and aging specialist in North Carolina, most recently serving as the Director of the Division of Aging and Adult Services in the NC Department of Health and Human Services. Dennis has received numerous awards for his leadership and service in the aging community. He earned his BA in Political Science, a Masters in Public Health (with a concentration in Health Administration and Policy), and a Masters in the Arts of Teaching from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a licensed nursing home administrator.
For PiAP, Dennis mentored a UNC graduate student doing formative research for Chatham’s first community Aging Plan. He looks forward to mentoring other students to assist in implementing and evaluating the plan and promoting equity.
Susan Levy, MPH, MAT, LNHA
Susan Levy is the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, a position she has held since December 1992. During her tenure, Habitat for Humanity of Orange County has provided affordable homeownership opportunities and much needed repairs to nearly 350 local families, and has engaged thousands of community volunteers in carrying out Habitat for Humanity’s home and community building mission. Susan also currently serves on Chatham County’s Affordable Housing Committee. She has previously worked as a community organizer in Durham focusing on tenants’ rights, and was a founding member and Executive Director of the Durham Community Land Trustees, an affordable housing provider in Durham’s West End neighborhood.
Susan has been a passionate champion for affordable housing throughout her professional career. She is a proud Tar Heel, and holds a Masters’ Degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with a focus on housing and community development. Susan serves as a PiAP mentor to a master’s student from City and Regional Planning who is supporting the kick off of community events around Affordable Housing.
Ryan Lavalley, Community-Based Occupational Therapist
Ryan Lavalley is a community based occupational therapist with the Orange County Department on Aging and a Doctoral Candidate in Occupational Science at UNC – Chapel Hill. Ryan supports older adults in the community by offering dementia education and training, home safety assessments and fall prevention strategies, and other general occupational therapy consultation. Ryan currently provides mentorship in supporting access to aging services for Spanish speaking older adults in Orange County.
Elizabeth Olson, PhD, Beyond Clinic Walls Planning Mentor
Elizabeth Olson is a Professor in Geography and Global Studies and founder of the Bookend Caregiving network. Her research focus on family caregiving and care support that is provided by children, adolescents and young adults. She serves as a member of the Beyond Clinic Walls planning team, and is also a group mentor for that program.
Peggy Cohn, RN, PhD, Beyond Clinic Walls Mentor Leader
Peggy oversees the Beyond Clinic Walls mentorship team from Carol Woods Retirement Community. She has been a voice for wellness approaches, interdisciplinary teamwork, and “deeper” mentorship of student teams. Prior to her retirement, Peggy was faculty at the Nursing School, and served communities of older adults as a Private Geriatric Care Manager.
Yvette Garcia Missri, MPH, Orange County Department on Aging Program Administrator
Yvette Garcia Missri holds an MPH in Health Behavior from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and a J..D. from Boston College. Yvette serves as the Administrator of the volunteer-based division, and the project manager of several community-based and peer-to-peer, volunteer led programs, at the Orange County Department on Aging in North Carolina. Prior to her to public health training, Yvette worked as a gender-based violence trial attorney for approximately eleven years. Yvette’s 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 seeking and securing employment.