Meet Our Volunteer Board of Directors & Staff

Meet Our Volunteer Board of Directors & Staff

CHAIR - David M. Merritt

Dave is a retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel who began his career in 1972 as an Army Private and served for 27 years. After serving as Battalion Commander, he retired from the Army and subsequently managed large-scale IT projects for IBM, retiring in 2017. He served in a part time capacity starting in 2019 as an IT Project Manager at the Virginia Department of Transportation and returned to full retirement in 2023. Dave, and his wife Shelia, have two children and five grandchildren.

Zach Holt, Chief Executive Officer

Crater Community Hospice is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors has selected Mr. Zach Holt as Chief Executive Officer, effective August 3, 2020. Zach has worked in the hospice industry for many years and has strong leadership skills. His experience includes both operations as well as marketing and he is well known in the Central Virginia market. He has an extensive background in working with multidisciplinary teams to provide clinical excellence, which includes a commitment to serving our nation’s veterans. He is a resident of Chesterfield County.

VICE CHAIR - Brenda Mitchell

A Registered Nurse with a certification in Hospice & Palliative Care retired after serving nearly 20 years as the CEO of Crater Community Hospice, now giving back in a volunteer role. A resident of Midlothian and very active in several local and state-wide civic and professional healthcare related organizations.

SECRETARY - Jeanne E. Holmes

Jeanne spent 39 years in Higher Education Financing, served two terms (8 years) as a gubernatorial State of Virginia appointee on the Virginia Board of Nursing as a citizen member, and currently serves as the Director of Corporate Services for Caracal Products and Services – a certified minority business enterprise.

TREASURER - Paul Glowinski

Currently working for Capital One Bank as a Director of Finance. Paul graduated with an MBA from William and Mary.

JoAnn Glazier

Board Member Emeritus

Rita G. Baldwin

Retired former Regional Director of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). Rita is a lifetime resident of Central Virginia now living in Chesterfield County.

Max Bornstein

Max is a Retired Director of Prince George Fire & EMS; he has an extensive background in emergency medical management, fire, Critical Incident Stress Management and Suicide Awareness. He has also served as an Emergency Medical Instructor. He is a resident of Prince George County.

Mike Coleman

Mike Coleman’s entire career has been in public service which included 34 years in the Virginia National Guard, then 11 years working for the Commonwealth of Virginia. His experience in the Virginia Guard began as a traditional guardsman, serving one weekend a month and two weeks in the summer. In 1991, he transitioned to full-time employment with the Guard and retired in October 2007 as the Army Chief of Staff at the rank of Colonel. Mike then was asked to apply for a political appointment in the Governor’s cabinet as a Military Relations Liaison. He served in that capacity under 4 Governors, serving both Republican and Democrat administrations, to work with the military communities and installations to ensure Virginia was doing all it could to care for those serving our nation in uniform and their families. He retired in late 2020. Mike received his degree and military commission from VMI. He serves on the Virginia Veterans Services Foundation, the Virginia National Guard Foundation, and as the Finance Chair for Highland United Methodist Church in Colonial Heights. He and his wife, Linda, have lived in Colonial Heights going on 25 years.

Wendal Givens

Actively employed Manager and licensed funeral director – Petersburg Chapel of Johnson and Son Funeral Home. A native and lifelong resident of Dinwiddie County, Wendal is very active in his church, and in local youth and gospel music ministries.

Jane Elliott Huffman

Retired Registered Nurse formerly serving on the board of the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Nursing & former Associate Director of the Southside Regional Medical Center School of Nursing. Married, resident of South Chesterfield.

Robert W. Huffman

Retired Military; formerly in charge of military
funeral honors and
Survivor Outreach Services
for all branches of the Armed Services.
Married, resident of South Chesterfield.

Penny Nunnally

A former Crater Community Hospice Director of Clinical Services, now actively employed as the Richmond Market Lung Cancer Navigator/Lung Screening Coordinator with Bon Secours Southside Regional Medical Center. Resident of Dinwiddie County.

Nancy Odum

Retired School Counselor with the Prince George County Public School System and a resident of Dinwiddie County.

Bud Yerly

Actively employed as Senior VP and Market Lending Executive with the Bank of Southside Virginia. Married with two children, Bud is a resident of Midlothian.

Debbie Wall

Debbie is Director of Finance for Mundet Inc US based in Colonial Heights VA, which is a division of Delfort Group an Austrian company. Debbie has over 35 years in management, operations and accounting. Debbie is a graduate of Averett University with MBA, and holds two undergraduate degrees, B.S. Management from Virginia Tech and B.S. in Accounting from Bluefield University. Debbie and her husband Stan have a dog, Niko. Debbie and Stan are actively involved in Rotary and currently serve at the club and district level giving aback to the community and around the world, as well Debbie served as Rotary District Governor 2021-2022.

Leah Brantley

I am a native of the area, growing up in Petersburg and Colonial Heights.

After attending UNC-Greensboro and Virginia Commonwealth University where I studied marketing, I began my banking career in 1976 with The Bank of Virginia. I worked for other banking organizations in credit administration and management before joining The Bank of Southside Virginia in 1997. I was a VP Regional Manager when I retired in 2020.

Throughout my career, I was a member of several civic and professional organizations, holding board and leadership roles. The last 20 plus years have and continue to find me serving the region with the HBA of Southside Virginia, Sussex County Department of Social Services Advisory Board, and my church, Oakland Baptist.

My late husband and I settled in Sussex County in 1988 where I still reside. I have siblings, family, and friends in the area with which I enjoy spending my time. I hope to serve and give back to the community and those in it that supported me.

Staff Directory

Physician & Community Liaisons
Bill Humphreys
Renee Mann
Jan Carrington

Communications Coordinator
Pruitt Resources

Director of Development
Cindy A. Hamlin

Administrative Assistant
Joyce Taylor
Patient Care Coordinator
Tabatha Mitchell
Anthony Dance

Office Manager
LaShonda Chambers

Intake Coordinator
Alice Faye Taylor

Social Workers
Mary Ekundayo, MSW
Amy Peters, BSW
Haleigh Hearn, LMSW

Bereavement/Outreach Assistant
Angie Morriss

Admissions Nurse
Lanie Buterler, RN
Teresa Riggs, RN

Director of Clinical Services
Eileen McNamara, RN, BSN, CHPN

Director of Compliance &
Quality Care

Donna Brown, RN, CHPN

Chaplain / Bereavement Coordinator
Father Thierry Hakpon
Father John Ayres
Igmara Sanchez-Prunier

Coordinator, Community Outreach/Education & Volunteer Services
Teresa Brockwell
Business Office Specialist
Charles Thompson
Hospice Nurses
Tabatha Mitchell, RN
Karren Bevan, RN
Crystal Andrews, RN
Susan McGee, RN
Keita Banks, RN
Shannon Cook, RN
Nataliya Badowski, NP

Eileen McNamara, RN, BSN, CHPN
Teresa Riggs, RN
Madison Ackard, RN
Josie Bivans, RN
Brandy Bennett, RN
Donna Brown, RN, CHPN

Chiquita Thomas-James, FNP
Lanie Butler, RN
Lindsay Patrick, RN
Robert Antonoff, RN
Scott Deyo, RN
Yvonne Harris, RN
Mary Beth Vincent, RN
Lori Llewellyn, RN
Natalie Rice, RN
Tanya Bentick, RN


Hospice Aides
Tracee McKensie, CNA
Tracie Ruffin, CNA
Grace Williams, CNA
Mary “Peggy” Lanier, CNA
Kimberly Coleman, CNA
Jewell Grizzard, CNA
Zelda Peterson, CNA
Caia Spencer, CNA

Petersburg Thrift Shop
Joseph Sousa, Manager
Trina Fountain, Manager
Melissa Smith, Sales Associate
Morgan Walmsley, Sales Associate
Jenna Simpson, Sales Associate
Brittany Via, Sales Associate
Amara Martinez, Sales Associate
RJ Freeburn, Sales Associate
Linda Vaughan, Sales Associate

Midlothian Thrift Shop
Rick Bowman, Manager
Catherine Smith, Manager
Carolyn Michalek, Sales Associate
Ben Delahaye, Sales Associate
Marcia Plumley, Sales Associate
Laura Joseph, Sales Associate
Teresa Kile, Sales Associate
Fran Treger, Sales Associate
Bobie Holman, Sales Associate
Shaun Fountain, Sales Associate
Terry Johns, Sales Associate
Kira Marlow, Sales Associate

Tracy L. Taliaferro, JD, RRT, RPFT