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Staff

We are proud of the wonderful team of professionals who serve the older adults of Durham.

Leadership

Seanyea Rains Lewis, MS

Executive Director
Phone: 919-688-8247 Ext. 106

Monica Weaver, MS HRM, PHR

Director of Human Resources, Compliance & Safety
Phone: 919-688-8247 Ext.128 

Debbie Ball

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
PHONE:
 919-688-8247 EXT. 109

Thomasina Colbert

director of Programs
Phone:
919-688-8247 Ext. 122

Gillian Hayden

Director of development
Phone: 919-688-8247 Ext.123 

Email: ghayden@dcslnc.org 

 

Sharon Conyers

Adult Day Health Director
Phone: 919-688-8247 Ext.125 

Melissa Black, MPH

Dementia Care & Services Director
Phone:
919-688-8247 Ext. 113

Thomas R. Vanhook, Jr.

Facilities Operations Manager
Phone: 919-688-8247 Ext. 140

Niya Carrington

 Support Services Manager
Phone: 919-688-8247 Ext. 103
Email: ncarrington@dcslnc.org

Staff

Barbara Algood

REceptionist
Phone: 919-688-8247 Ext. 100

Donna Frederick

receptionist
Phone:
919-688-8247 EXT. 110 

David Henkens

Adult Day Health Receptionist 

 

Diane Carter

ADULT DAY HEALTH RECEPTIONIST 

Phyllis Massenburg

Technology Connections Coordinator 
Phone:
919-688-8247 EXT. 127 

Tamika Pinkey

Nutrition Coordinator 
Phone:
919-688-8247 EXT. 141 

Harold O. Anderson

Satellite Coordinator Little River
Phone: 919-477-6066

John Williams, MS

Outreach Coordinator
Phone: 919-688-8247 Ext: 120

Helen Carrington

Nutrition Specialist
Phone: 919-477-6066

Noah Penny

Health Promotions
& Programs Coordinator

Phone:
919-688-8247 EXT. 114
 

Danny Lightheart

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VOLUNTEER & PROGRAM COORDINATOR

PHONE: 919-688-8247 EXT. 124

 

Clarence Thompson

Program Coordinator

Phone: 919-688-8247 EXt. 141

Liz Merritt

Development Associate

Phone: 919-688-8247 EXt. 131

Mika Bukowski

Marketing & Communications Specialist

Phone: 919-688-8247 EXt. 126

Tonya Jones

Finance Specialist

Phone: 919-688-8247 EXt. 108

James E. Neal

Porter

Beau Johnson

Porter

Malik Smith

Porter

Regina West, MSW

Dementia Care Manager

Phone: 919-688-8247 Ext. 115 

Madeline Brandy, RN

ADH Registered Nurse

 

Melissa Nunn, CNA

Certified Nursing Assistant

Wyvonia Perry, RN

Registered Nurse

Mahogany Gaddy, CNA

Certified Nursing Assistant

Patricia Burton, PCA

Personal Care ASSISTANT

Chanda Ross, LPN

Licensed Practical Nurse

 

Janet Robinson, RN

Healthcare Coordinator

 

Tracey Fields, PCA

Personal Care ASSISTANT

Shatocka Carlton, CNA

Certified Nursing Assistant

Sherri Walker, CNA

Certified Nursing Assistant

Nicole Cates

Personal Care ASSISTANT

Selena Parker

Personal Care ASSISTANT

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Seanyea Rains Lewis

Executive Director

Seanyea is a native of Durham, NC, and has worked in the nonprofit sector for 20+ years. She holds a Master’s in Administration of Human Services from Wilmington University and a Bachelors of Social Work from Shaw University,  as well as a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University.  She is currently completing her dissertation for a Doctorate in Human and Social Services. 

Her favorite color is purple; she enjoys cooking; and her pride and joy are her six children and husband, Jamal.

Monica Weaver

Director of Human Resources, Compliance and Safety

Monica is a native of Manhattan, NY (New York City) but has enjoyed living in North Carolina for many years. She has worked in Human Resources for 20+ years and has a Master of Science degree in Human Resources from Troy University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Hampton University and a Professional in Human Resources Certification. She most loves spending time with her husband, children, very large family, and dear friends! She also loves traveling, time at the beach, dancing and listening to many genres of music.

Debbie Ball

Director of Finance

Debbie has spent 10 years in the nonprofit sector of Finance and 20+ years in the private sector. She holds a BS in Accounting from Old Dominion University. She loves spending time with family, friends, and her two dogs.

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Tiara Hargrove, MHA

ADH Program Administrator

Tiara Hargrove, MHA-is a native of North Carolina. She is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University’s Master of Healthcare Administration program. Tiara joined DCSL in 2018 as the Program Assistant and later transitioned into her current role. Tiara oversees the day-to-day operations at the Adult Day Health Center. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her loved ones, visual and performing arts, and traveling.

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Gillian Hayden

Director of Development

Gillian has spent 15+ years in the nonprofit sector and Development in particular. She holds a BA from Florida State University, and she is currently obtaining a Masters in Public Administration at UNCG. She joined the DCSL team in 2020 and currently oversees fundraising and donor engagement opportunities for the Center. She enjoys time with family, bird-watching, traveling, and all trivia games.

Sharon Conyers

Sharon Conyers

Adult Day Health Director

Sharon is a native of Raleigh, NC. She is a graduate of American Public University Systems with a Bachelors Degree in Public Health Administration and currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration. Sharon has 12 years of experience as a Program Director working with the Senior and IDD population and a total of 20+ years in the Health & Human Services field.

Sharon enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She has a son name Trey who she truly adores, and her favorite food is Sushi.

Melissa Black

Dementia Care & Services Director

Melissa Black has a Master’s degree from UNC in Public Health and has served the aging community for many years throughout her career.  Melissa is no stranger to the Durham Center as she has worked with directly with DCSL partners in her work as an Aging and Disabilities professional. Melissa enjoys time with her husband, two boys, and you can find her on a baseball field during the spring and summer.    

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Thomas Vanhook

Facilities Operations Manager

Thomas has served as the Facilities Operations Manager at the Durham Center for Senior Life since 2018.  As Facilities Operations Manager, he provides direct management and supervision to personnel involved in the building operations of maintenance and service.  Thomas serves as point-person for all day-to-day office and building operations responsibilities, procedures, and IT support.

 

Thomas attended North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. He is a new author and has published and released his first book, “Pebbles on The Journey!” He   enjoys motivational speaking, singing, music and event planning.

Niya Carrington

Interim Support Services Manager

Niya is a native of Durham, NC and received her Bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University in Public Health with a concentration in Community Health in 2019. She recently completed an internship with the Durham County Health Department and began working as a Support Service Coordinator for DCSL in July of 2020. She is excited by the opportunity serve the Seniors of the Durham community. Niya played soccer in school and was nick named “Super Foot” for scoring goals from half field. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and shopping.

Barbara Algood

Receptionist

Barbara Jean Algood, graduated from Durham Business College with a degree in Secretarial Science. She spent (37) years at North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company in Customer Service and has been with DCSL 10 plus years as the Main Receptionist. Barbara favorite colors are white and orange.

Noah Penny

Health Promotions & Program Coordinator

Noah has a B.S. in Recreation Management with a focus on Outdoor Recreation from Lock Haven University.  Noah most recently worked implementing wellness programs with Alder Health Services in Harrisburg, PA and has extensive experience running outdoor youth empowerment programs. He moved to Chapel Hill NC in the past year and enjoys canoeing with his dogs and family.

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David Henkins

ADH Receptionist

Diane Carter

ADH Receptionist

Phyllis Massenburg

Technology Connections Coordinator

Hello! My name is Phyllis Massenburg, and I am the Technology Connections Coordinator at DCSL. After IT Certification from Durham Technical Institute, including HTML and CSS Coding, I am currently obtaining a Master’s at the North Carolina Central University School of Education Graduate E-Learning Program. The E-Learning Instructor Certification prepares professionals to teach interactively, design content, and maintain learning management systems for corporate training and distance learning.

 

My longevity and experiences allow me to translate the “old school” habits into “new world” technology. I now specialize in Information Technology after a successful entrepreneurial journey as the founder of a cosmetology company. www.phyllisatperfection.com/home
I came to DCSL as a volunteer and served as a Technology Trainer licensed by Senior Planet. With a unique perspective, I have committed to helping seniors use technology to improve their lives!

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Harold O. Anderson

Satellite Coordinator, Little River

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John Williams

Outreach Coordinator

John Williams is the Older Adult Outreach Coordinator. John comes to DCSL with 15+ years of working and making connections with local organizations in the Triangle. John has a solid community-relationship-building background, working at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) and with his church. John holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from North Carolina Central University.

 

Fun facts: John is newly married and has a two-year-old son. He also has a background in culinary, so he enjoys cooking and entertaining friends. When time permits, John enjoys fishing in the ocean.

Helen Carrington

Satellite Coordinator

Daniel Lightheart

Volunteer and Program Coordinator

Danny holds a Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin and is a licensed occupational therapist. He has more than ten years of experience working with families and children with special needs. His passion for partnering with people to create enriching, health-promoting experiences led him to DCSL. He is a Certified Instructor of Tai Chi for Arthritis and Tai for Falls Prevention and Arthritis. Danny is grateful that he gets to benefit from the wisdom and friendship of DCSL members on a daily basis. In his free time, Danny enjoys cooking, making music and seeking out new ice cream shops with his family. 

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Clarence Thompson

Program Coordinator

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Liz Merritt

Development Associate

Mika Bukowski

Mika Bukowski

Marketing & Communications Specialist

Mika Bukowski recently relocated to North Carolina from San Francisco, California. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, with summa cum laude honors. She has been working in the nonprofit sector for 5+ years, and she is dedicated to serving her community.

 

Mika enjoys singing, writing, photography, playing music, traveling, and gardening.

Beau Johnson

Porter

James E. Neal

Lead Porter

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Malik Smith​

Porter

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Regina West

Dementia Care Manager

Madeline Brandy, RN

ADH Registered Nurse

Melissa Nunn, CNA

Certified Nursing Assistant

Melissa has been a Certified Nursing Assistant for 27 years, and her specialty areas are geriatrics, dementia, hospice care, and home health. Melissa graduated from Gericare Home Healthcare in 1995. Her favorite colors are pink and black.

Erin Burns

Erin Burns

Personal Care Assistant

Sequova McMannus, PCA

Personal Care Assistant

Patricia Burton

Patricia Burton

Personal Care Assistant

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Janet Robinson, RN

Healthcare Coordinator

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Shatocka Carlton, CNA​

Certified Nursing Assistant

Sherri Walker, CNA

Certified Nursing Assistant

Sheri has worked in nursing for two years, and she graduated from Gericare Home Healthcare. She has had her CNA license for one year. Sheri’s favorite color is black, and she enjoys networking.