Contributors

Chuck HansenChuck Hansen (12)

Chuck Hansen is an award-winning author and humorist. In addition to his books, Chuck’s writing has appeared in publications in Virginia and across the country. Chuck also speaks frequently, bringing his unique, thoughtful humor to business and community group meetings and conferences. Chuck and his wife Stacy have two adult children (Daniel and Madison) and live in beautiful Midlothian, Virginia. For more information, or to contact Chuck, visit his website atchuckhansen.com.

Evelyn AllenEvelyn Allen (4)

Guest blogger Evelyn Allen is the owner of a unique business called Hearts-R-Mending, in which she utilizes special greeting cards and messages geared to mending relationships, to encourage people to forgive, reconnect, and move forward. What a wonderful mission!

Yolanda GrayYolanda Gray (2)

Yolanda Gray works with professional and business women to guide them on the journey inside to get out of overwhelm, stress, chaotic thinking and destructive habits and finally take control of their lives with a fresh perspective for what matters most-- living life “out loud”—authentically and confidently-- in all that God created them for.

Her own path on the way to God and her life’s mission started where many of the women she works with begin—feeling defeated, in despair—and desperately wanting happiness and love and meaning in her life.

Yolanda earned a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development, a Master’s degree in Human Relations and certified as a holistic life coach.

Through the years she shares the message of it’s never too late to “Take Back Your Life” as a personal coach, in coaching groups, retreats and as a speaker for organizations, businesses, and churches.

Karen LacyKaren Lacy (2)

Karen Lacy has a Business Administration degree from Radford University and served the Commonwealth of Virginia 31 years in areas of auditing, accounting and risk management (retired 2017). DBA Carin Jayne Casey since 2012, she strives to educate and encourage people to conquer life’s challenges through her writings and podcasts. She has written 3 books and shares 2 podcasts weekly.

Michael BoykinMichael Boykin (2)

A native of Chesterfield, currently a resident in Richmond, Michael Boykin
has enjoyed a varied career mostly in the mass communications fields. After
graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University (in the first class to go
through VCU as VCU), he worked in journalism for several community
newspapers. Later, he worked for advertising firms and operated his own public relations office, and did marketing for healthcare companies. Currently, he operates Inside Your Business offering cadre of services to his clients, but health and healthcare are his personal passions.

Beverly AndersonBeverly Anderson (2)

Beverly Anderson is the proud mother of two and BeBe (grandmother) of two lovely girls. She and her husband Tom are looking forward to celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary later this year. Beverly is very happily semi-retired. She has always enjoyed exploring and learning about the world.

Kathy RomanKathy Roman (2)

Kathy Roman is the Director of Dreams at Business Owners Institute and the creator of the R.E.S.E.T. Process (TM), helping people rewrite their life stories. As a successful business coach, for the past 11 years, she has been studying, training and guiding people on how to navigate through the difficult seasons in their life. She is a native Virginian who loves spending time with her family and friends, traveling and everything outdoors. She is also a cancer survivor and is on a mission to give people hope beyond their circumstances.

Susan HoltSusan Holt (1)

Susan is the mother of two grown children and has lived in Richmond for 25 years. She is Lower School Dean of Students at the Steward School in Richmond, Virginia. She is also a Family/Life Coach with training endorsed by the International Coach Federation.

Her passion is nurturing the social/emotional health of her children at school, the joy of family and friends, and a very interesting and talented husband of 32 years with whom she now shares an empty nest.

Carolyn BooneCarolyn Boone (1)

My expertise is in coaching individuals who are struggling with unexpected life challenges and changes: to discover clarity as well as the courage to push through the tough spaces and make the big decisions, to continue moving toward their dreams and goals.
We often wrestle with the emotional tug of decision making out of fear and anxiety, because we don’t know the outcome of the decisions we make or how we are going to feel as a result. The future is only revealed to us as we go through the process.
We all seek peace and harmony. As we navigate through the challenges in our lives, we need support, encouragement, inspiration and hope that lets us know there is light at the end of the tunnel. We all have an amazing internal potential for success. When given the right kind of support, tools and inspiration, we find that the correct solutions have been within us all along-- We just needed a beacon of light to take the first step.

Gravatar imageSue Brown (1)

Sue moved to Richmond in 1996; she has also lived in New York, Ohio, Missouri, North Carolina and Indiana. She worked in the banking, distribution, retail, manufacturing and mortgage industries, spending most of her career in the area of business software systems implementation, specializing in the areas of training and writing user documentation and procedures manuals. The creation of the first chart that she discusses in her blog came about as a result of realizing that both she and her husband had too much critical information to remember individually, much less for both of them. She created these charts for her husband, her parents and herself. Sue’s husband passed away in 2009 from cancer. About a year ago she became the proud parent of a four-legged son named Charlie who will celebrate his 7th birthday this month. Charlie is a rescue dog in training to be a therapy dog.

Gene GarnerGene Garner (1)

Gene Garner is a U.S. Air Force Veteran and family man. He served in Berlin, Germany as an Electronic Intelligence Officer, and went on to manage the Home Oxygen program at McGuire VA hospital for 15 years. Gene is now an independent insurance broker and Vice-President at John Pate & Associates, a Richmond-based brokerage with over 200 agents, licensed and appointed in 12 states and the District of Colombia, and contracted with over 30 different Insurance carriers. Gene lives in Glen Allen with his wife and 2 cats, and is active in his church and the community.

Joy WhitehurstJoy Whitehurst (1)

Joy Whitehurst is a Richmond native who recently moved back to Richmond from New York City, and she is loving it! She attended NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study where she concentrated in Sociology and Visual Art. She then took a job merchandising product and fabricating window displays on the visual team at Anthropologie’s flagship in Rockefeller Center. After two years, she was ready for more mission focused work and wanted to transition to a non-profit environment. Her job at Habitat is perfect for her, because she can combine her passion for creating connections with her love of retail and DIY. She lives in the Fan, drinks way too much Lamplighter coffee, and loves to explore new places in Richmond and all over the world.

Susan CampbellSusan Campbell (1)

For 20 years, Susan Campbell has worked with seniors and their families during difficult transitions. She is a pioneer in the senior move management industry and now uses her compassion and training to work with families and professionals during the end-of-life celebrations and transitions. Susan is the Community Outreach Coordinator for Dignity Memorial in Richmond, VA. Dignity Memorial provides funeral, cremation, and cemetery services for a “Life Well Celebrated.”

Elton BrownElton Brown (1)

Elton started Boomers Transitions in October of 2017 after retiring from professional basketball in memory of his grandmother who passed in 2010.

The reason for starting the company was for personal reasoning. While playing basketball Elton, wasn't around to spearhead the process of downsizing or transitioning, which took a toll on his family. Instead of being with his grandmother and making her comfortable, the family was in heated debates on selling of the home, sharing items, deciding what senior community to place his grandmother in, deciding who was going to do the packing and unpacking, and the move.

Elton always felt that once basketball was finished he would love to start a company that would relieve the stress of moving while dealing with families of seniors and baby boomers. That's how Boomers Transitions was started.

Lurene ReckLurene Reck (1)

Lurene Reck is a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)®. She is the Owner and Care Manager at Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services, Chesterfield, Virginia. Seniors Helping Seniors fosters relationships between seniors seeking employment and seniors who require help with daily non-medical personal needs and household tasks and chores to continue living in their own homes.

Jan MuscarellaJan Muscarella (1)

Jan Muscarella is the owner of Seniors Helping Seniors®/Richmond, a service that provides household and companion services to seniors who wish to age in place. She matches seniors who need help with seniors who want to help and who understand the challenges of aging. Jan’s office serves the West End of Richmond, Henrico and Goochland.

Dee BogettiDee Bogetti (1)

Boomer Dee Bogetti left the corporate world to follow her passion: dogs. She is now a professional dog trainer, published author, and public speaker. She specializes in training service dogs, as well as in-home training and behavior modification for family pets of all ages. Check out the dogs she works with on her YouTube channel, website (http://www.deethedogtrainer.com/) and blog (http://browndogtales.blogspot.com/). Questions? Contact Dee at deethedogtrainer@gmail.com.

Diane AndrewsDiane Andrews (1)

DIANE ANDREWS, REALTOR®
(804) 873-1928
Diane.Andrews@VASelectRealty.com

Soon after relocating to Richmond in 2008, I realized I’d moved to a really special city. The history and culture of Richmond and its surrounding areas, complimented my love of home renovation and historic preservation. Before becoming a Virginia resident, I was a REALTOR® in Florida for 13 years. There I mastered the technique of matching buyers to their perfect home. I was able to gain experience and considerable knowledge on the home renovation process, property flipping and investing. My goal is to understand my clients’ needs and provide an ideal experience worthy
of telling all of their family and friends. When I’m not selling real estate, I enjoy sailing, gardening, traveling, and fishing. I also participate with several organizations, such as the Chesterfield Council on Aging, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Rebuilding Together Richmond, Byrd Theater Foundation, the Richmond Chamber and Osher at the University of Richmond. I look forward to meeting you and helping you with all of your real estate needs.

“My goal is to understand my clients’ needs and provide an ideal experience worthy of telling all of their family and friends.”

Loralee SwabLoralee Swab (1)

I am easily fascinated. I look around me and I see beauty everywhere. I get a lump in my throat, my eyes get big--it excites me. Photography is a way to capture that beauty. It is immediately gratifying. I grew up in wild rural Pennsylvania, immersed in nature. I would describe myself as 50% arty and 50% country; these elements come together in me and have defined my vision. In nature, for example, I see and love to capture light and shadow, circles and other shapes, color and contrast. But nature is ephemeral, its elements changing and disappearing with the seasons, and photos are a way for me to record it before it is gone, to be replaced by something else beautiful and fascinating.

Julie CampbellJulie Campbell (1)

Julie Campbell, a writer and editor, retired in June after 15 years at Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia, as the editor of the university magazine and associate director of communications and public affairs. Before that, she spent eight years as editor of Virginia Cavalcade, the magazine of history and culture published by the Library of Virginia, in Richmond, and seven years as associate editor of The Journal of Arizona History, at the Arizona Historical Society, in Tucson, Arizona. She began her editing career in Denver, Colorado, with a lifestyle magazine and with trade magazines for the plastics industry. She has a B.A. (Arizona State University) and M.A. (University of Arizona), both in history, and has written a textbook, Studies in Arizona History, and The Horse in Virginia: An Illustrated History, which won the People's Choice Award for Nonfiction from the Library of Virginia in 2011.

Kevin ParksKevin Parks (1)

Kevin Parks, a licensed Assisted Living Facility (ALF) Administrator, has spent many years in the senior housing industry, serving seniors in various capacities, from Community Relations to Executive Director. As a senior advocate and active member of several organizations focused on improving quality of life for seniors, Kevin champions quality of life issues in senior housing and recognizes the importance of offering choice and involving seniors in the decision-making process when a more supportive environment is being considered.

Deborah HallDeborah Hall (1)

Deborah Hall is the “Resource Specialist” for goodChoice Financial Stability and Family Strengthening Program at Goodwill Central and Coastal Virginia. In 2013 Deborah created and organized Goodwill of Central Virginia first food pantry. Her passion to help people led her to create and organize the first food pantry for Goodwill Central Virginia in 2013. She has written articles for Goodwill Central Virginia and other non-profit organizations.

Deborah is a graduate of the University of Kansas where she studied Journalism at the William Allen White School of Mass Communication and Journalism. Deborah Hall proudly served her country in the United States Marines for three years. She worked as a Communication Center Man, where she was responsible for reading, transmitting and guarding top secret messages.
She moved from Kansas to Richmond, Virginia in 2001 where she presently resides with her husband of 42 years and their two dogs. Deborah has one son, who is presently employed by the U.S. Senate in Washington, D.C.
In her free time, Deborah enjoys writing. Her first love is hearing her words live on stage. She also enjoys dancing and is often teased by her non-baby boomer friends for doing the two-step.
She hopes to join in the fight to eliminate “Sex Trafficking”.

Ayanna McMullenAyanna McMullen (1)

Ayanna McMullen, Professional Organizer and owner of Harmony Organizing, has a Master’s degree in Public Administration and over 10 years of experience in the organizing and administrative fields. Her passion for order as a means to help others enjoy life has led her to successfully work as an educator, non-profit program director, community organizer, executive administrator and human resources manager. Ayanna’s diverse experience, varied skills and unique talents qualify her to design an organizational plan for any home, work or life.