Contributors

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.

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.

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”.

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.”

Evelyn AllenEvelyn Allen (3)

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!

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.

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.

Kathy RomanKathy Roman (1)

Kathy is the Director of Dreams at My Business Community, whose mission is to be the collaborative voice of the small business community, while promoting growth among small business owners through engaging collaboration, results-driven education, meaningful connections and community contribution.

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.

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.

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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.

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.