I live in Gore, VA with my husband John and daughter Josie. We have two dogs and an indoor cat. We are avid bird feeders in the winter, and enjoy a good-sized garden in the spring and summer. I have been with the Center since the beginning – way back in 1993! I still love being here.
Marilyn Hamilton, RN
I became a Registered Nurse in order to provide nursing care at the Center. I have four children, who are thriving in their different careers.
Dana Ankers, RN
I became a Licensed Practical Nurse in 1985 and a Registered Nurse in 2000. I live in Luray with my husband, Steve, a dog and a cat. We have two married children, Julie and David. I have been at the Center for 14 years. It is an uplifting, happy place to be for me and I know it is for many other people too.
Huei-Yi (Whitney) Lan
I was an elementary school teacher and music teacher for four years after I graduated from college in Taiwan. In 2012, I came to the U.S. from Taiwan to earn my Masters Degree. In 2017, I graduated from the Master of Music Therapy program at Shenandoah University. I began working at the Center in 2014 after completing my internship here. I love our participants; for me they are my family! I like traveling, taking challenges, and experiencing new things.
I have been married for 19 years, I have two children and four dogs. Nothing makes me happier than family time! I started as a volunteer at the Center in late 2009 and became a team member in 2010. I am thankful for my second family!
Certified Nursing Assistant
I have been a CNA for 27 years. I am the proud mom of one son and grandma to four beautiful grandchildren. I have been with the Center for five years.
I graduated from Shenandoah University in 2016 with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Public Health. My husband and I welcomed our first baby into the world on January 30, 2018. I have been with the Center since September 2018.
Board of Directors
Thomas Turner, Ph.D., President
Physical Therapy Faculty Shenandoah University
I have served on the Board for eight years. I am an Assistant Professor in the Division of Physical Therapy at Shenandoah University. I live in Strasburg with my wife Katie and two children, Josephine and Silas.
Rebecca G. Morrison
I am a clinical psychologist specializing in health and wellness as well as psychotherapy for issues such as depression, anxiety, and trauma history. I particularly enjoy working with patients who have chronic health issues and their family members/caretakers. Born and raised in Winchester, VA and Inwood, WV areas, my love of family, friends and community have kept me close to home. I am active in the community and stay busy with my nine-year-old twins.
It is an honor and a privilege to be a Board Member of the Adult Care Center of the NSV. My family, Church and the community are important to me. They are an integral part of my mission in serving others.
Retired CPA (partner Yount, Hyde & Barbour).
Married to Nancy and living at Westminster Canterbury.
I have lived in the area since 1978. I got married in 1980 and had our one and only child, a son, in 1984. In 1989 when he started kindergarten, I decided to go to college. I was in the first Physical Therapy class at Shenandoah University, graduated in 1993, and have been a practicing therapist since. I love my work! I have twin four year old grandsons and another one on the way. I truly appreciate all that the Adult Care Center does for our community and am happy to be a part of it!
Ann B. Colson
RN, CCRN, BSN
I am married with two grown children, and two grandchildren. I have lived in this area most of my life. After 40 years, I have recently retired as a Registered Nurse from the Winchester Medical Center ICU. I have two siblings, Sally Booth Stryker and David Booth, also members of this board!
Certified Public Accountant
I am a CPA and managing partner of Hottel & Willis, P.C., located in downtown Winchester, Virginia. I have spent over 16 years with the firm. I am an active member of the Winchester Rotary Club, and of St. Joseph Catholic Church. I reside in Martinsburg, WV with my husband, Larry, and our son, Nick. I have been involved with the Adult Care Center since 2001.
Dr. Mariecken Fowler
I head the Memory Care Clinic of Winchester Neurological Consultants and am one of three Neurologists in the U.S. who is triple boarded in: Neurology, Behavioral/Cognitive Neurology, and Neuroimaging. In my free time I enjoy running with friends (including a yearly half marathon), traveling, and relaxing with my husband Jeff, two sons and golden retriever, “Dutch”.
A very proud momma of two very beautiful children, inside & out. A wife to the most supportive husband on earth. The outside is my sanctuary, it’s my peaceful escape. Family & nature my true loves!
I am the President and Chief Executive Officer at Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury. SVWC is a lifecare retirement community located in Winchester, VA. I attend Paynes Chapel United Methodist Church and am a member of the Winchester Rotary Club. I also serve on the LeadingAge Virginia Board. I am a graduate of Shepherd College with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and am a certified aging services professional. My favorite thing is spending time with my family especially my grandchildren. I live in Bunker Hill, WV with my husband of 31 years.
I have been the chairman of the fundraising committee at the Adult Care Center for three years. I am a retired Speech Language Pathologist. I volunteer at the Center one to two times a week helping with activities including the Music Program. I am very active in my church, Braddock Street United Methodist Church. I have two grown sons and a granddaughter in California and two cats that keep me company.
I work at BB&T as an Area Operations Officer Team Leader, currently a member of Kiwanis Club of Old Town and Braddock Street United Methodist Church. I am married with two “adult” children and three Granddogs!
MSN, MS, RN, FCN
I moved to Winchester, VA in 2003 and for the first time in my life, live very close to my work. I have two grown sons and two adorable granddaughters that keep me on my toes! I have a real passion for nursing which has been a 47 – year, amazing adventure. New to the ACC Board, I look forward to working with very talented professionals that support a great cause – our aging population.
I am a native of Frederick County and a graduate of James Wood High School. Also I’m a graduate of Mary Washington College and have a Master’s Degree from Georgetown University. I held positions at the Korean Embassy and the Organization of American States in Washington, D. C. I’m a retired middle school teacher, having much fun and caring for 32 years. I am currently a circulation aide at the Handley Library. I have two sons and eight grandchildren, five of whom are adults and three youngsters. My husband and I adore our two golden retrievers, Kate and Grace. I became a great-grandmother recently, and I still live in Frederick County.
Varina “Vee” Tavenner
I have lived in the Winchester area since 1970. I have a husband, Steve, and two adult sons. I graduated from JMU in 1983 with a double major in psychology and social work. I retired in 2017 after having worked thirty-three years for the Social Security Administration. I enjoy sports, music, spending time with family and friends and walking our dog, Sadie. The ACC provides wonderful services to adults in our community. It is an honor to be serving on the board of the ACC with such dedicated staff and board members.
I am originally from New Jersey where I was a Remedial Reading Teacher and an elementary grade teacher for 29 years. My husband, of 43 years, and I retired and moved to Winchester five years ago to be near our two girls and our three granddaughters. My passion for singing includes church choirs, a women’s choir for 20 years and a SATB choir for 12 years. I attend Braddock Street UMC and sing in the sanctuary choir. I work with the Backpack feeding program and Reading Buddies through the church. I look forward to working with the Adult Care Center.
I became involved with the Adult Care Center when I brought my Dad to the Center in 2004. He attended for three years; the Center’s activities and staff brought joy to his life during a difficult period. My background is in health services administration. I became a member of the Board of Directors and subsequently served as Board Chair and Secretary. After serving the maximum number of terms on the Board, I have continued my involvement as a volunteer. I did quilting with the ladies for several years. Now I play Life Stories with participants on Wednesday mornings. My husband Chris and I are Honorary Members of the Board of Directors.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Shepherd University in 1993. I live in Winchester, VA with my son. I am the Owner and Instructor of Boyce’s Martial Arts since 1990. I hold a 5th degree Black Belt in Mixed Martial Arts. I enjoy hiking, kayaking, running, reading and traveling. I started volunteering in May of 2017 at the Adult Care Center. I enjoy spending time getting to know all of the participants at the Adult Care Center and giving back as much as I can.
Much of my life, professionally-speaking, has been spent in my head, creating marketing campaigns and writing advertising copy for clients in the DC area ranging from National Geographic Society to IBM. So, when it came time to downshift into a slower lane, I sought a different kind of work — the sort that engages one’s heart. Happily, I found it as a volunteer at the Adult Care Center. Watching the staff assist those we serve, has shown me the incredible power of even the smallest gesture, when it’s done with a smile; how looking directly into someone’s eyes is the surest path to their heart, and a daily serving of loving kindness is the most powerful medicine on earth. The lessons now inform my life — a steady reminder to open my heart and be present to those around me … especially those who need my love and care.