Centralina employs a team of experts that work collectively to further the mission of the organization. Interested in joining this dynamic team of professionals? Visit our Insights page for available job opportunities. 

 

Administration and Finance + Government Affairs and Member Engagement (GAME)

Geraldine Gardner

Executive Director, Centralina Regional Council

Geraldine Ide Gardner began her role as Executive Director of Centralina Regional Council in January 2019. She previously served as Director of Urban and Regional Policy at German Marshall of the United States (GMF) in Washington, D.C. At GMF, Geraldine the led program’s transatlantic initiatives to convene policymakers and practitioners from U.S. and European cities to explore key issues in the transatlantic urban agenda. Her expertise lies in the integrated policies and cross-sector partnerships needed to build sustainable and inclusive cities…

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Narissa Claiborne

Services Specialist
704-372-2718
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Emily Hickok

Marketing & Communications Manager
704-348-2702

Emily Parker

Senior GAME Coordinator
704-688-6507

Gracie Pyke

MPA Fellow
980-260-0696

Robin Smith

Accounting Technician
704-348-2716
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Martha Steen

Accounting Manager
704-348-2727

Grace Stevens

GAME Fellow
704-385-4517
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Denise Strosser

Finance Director
704-348-2704
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Kelly Weston

GAME Coordinator
704-348-2728
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Venecia Rock White

Operations & HR Manager
704-348-2733

CENTRALINA AREA AGENCY ON AGING

Linda Miller

Director, Centralina Area Agency on Aging

Linda Miller is the Director of Centralina Area Agency on Aging. She has more than 30 years of experience in the aging field and has been a part of the Centralina team for 22 years. Linda served as a Long-Term Care Ombudsman for the first nine years with Centralina and was instrumental in developing Centralina’s evidence-based health program that has been delivering wellness programs in the community since 2007. She is one of 12 nationally certified Matter of Balance falls prevention workshop trainers, training hundreds of master trainers over the past decade…

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Laurie Abounader

Aging Program Administrator
704-348-2739

Katie Ballard

Aging Program Manager
704-499-6392

Austin Caton-Isham

Aging Specialist
704-348-2708
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Patricia Cowan

Regional Ombudsman
704-688-6503
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Cindy Englert

Ombudsman Program Coordinator
704-348-2715
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Hillary Kaylor

Regional Ombudsman
704-348-2724

Rachel Kiel

Regional Ombudsman
704-348-2739
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Katie Kutcher

Assistant Director, Aging Programs
704-348-2705
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Debi Lee

Assistant Director, Aging Programs
704-348-2714

Kelsey Lieungh

Family Caregiver Support Specialist
704-348-2710

Kelly Mach

ARPA Aging Specialist
704-688-6509

Caitlin McElrath

Aging Program Specialist
704-348-2726

Molly O’Day

Aging Specialist
704-385-4461
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Evelyn Pressley

Aging Programs and Services Technician
704-688-6505

Kristen Scarano

Aging Program Specialist
704-348-2729
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Lindsay Tice

Regional Ombudsman
704-688-6504

Kamiya Williams

Aging Specialist
704-688-7036

CENTRALINA COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Christina Danis

Director, Centralina Community Economic Development

Christina Danis, Ph.D., AICP, is the Director of the Centralina Community Economic Development Department. She is responsible for Centralina’s work related to regional and community economic growth with a focus on urban-rural prosperity, economic resilience and the creation of equitable housing and communities. Her work is dedicated to empowering local governments and regional stakeholders to work collaboratively to create a prosperous and globally connected greater Charlotte region for all.

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Kate Fersinger

Community Economic Development Fellow
704-385-7555

Zsuzsanna Kadar

Senior Community Economic Development Coordinator
704-688-7033

Sam Leggett

Construction Inspector
704-458-7019
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James Luster

Senior Community Economic Development Coordinator
704-348-2706

Joe Salicco

Community Development Coordinator
704-348-2720
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Anna Lu Wilson

Community Economic Development Coordinator
704-385-4790

CENTRALINA REGIONAL PLANNING

Michelle Nance

Director, Centralina Regional Planning

Michelle Nance, AICP, is the Director of the Centralina Regional Planning department. She directs Centralina’s work related to land use and transportation, with a focus on regional and local mobility, healthy community initiatives, placemaking, resiliency and community engagement. Her work is dedicated to helping local governments address shared, long-term issues through collaboration and partnerships.

 

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Matthew Gallman

Regional Planner II
704-348-2734

Luke Lowry

Regional Planner
704-385-7556

Reaghan Murphy

Regional Planner
704-348-2731

Sarah Niess

Project Manager
980-355-2022
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Jason Wager

Assistant Director, Centralina Regional Planning
704-348-2707

CENTRALINA WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BOARD

David Hollars

Director, Centralina Workforce Development Board

David Hollars is the Director of Centralina Workforce Development Board (WDB). In his role he provides the expertise and resources to support the work of Centralina WDB, partnering with economic development, education and businesses, creating innovative strategies to serve job seekers and employers and investing in the future of the community…

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Vaquacious Queen Lundy

Communications Coordinator
704-348-2732
Solomon McAuley

Solomon McAuley

NextGen Specialist
704-348-2719
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Sherika Rich

Program Services Leader
704-348-2719

Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the ongoing policy and practice of Centralina to provide equal opportunity in employment to all employees and applicants. No person shall be discriminated against in any condition of employment because of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, genetic information, disability, veteran status or any other status protected by applicable law.