Board Members' Page

Board of Directors, Advisory Council, Staff

Board of Directors

Mel Hurston, President
Senior VP, Professional & Support Services, UNC Health Care

Sheryl Zimmerman, Vice President
Distinguished Professor, Associate Dean, School of Social Work; Co-Director, Program on Aging, Disability, and Long-Term Care, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research

Sheana Whelan Funkhouser, Secretary
RN and Family Caregiver

Brad Fox, Treasurer
President, Medical Claims Rx

Jesse Basnight, Jr.
V.P., S.H. Basnight & Sons


Michael Hill, MD 
Professor, UNC Department of Psychiatry

Nancy Jones
Carol Woods Resident

Suzanne Kalbas
Community Leader

Norman Klase
Director of Human Resources, UNC Healthcare

Joel Levy
Joel I. Levy, CPA, PLLC

Beth Tillman
Tillman, Hinkle & Whichard, PLLC

Mil Witt
Psychologist, UNC Campus Health Services

Advisory Council

Dickie Andrews
Susan Bernstein
Jan Busby-Whitehead, MD 
James Bryan, MD
Duval Byrd
James Copeland
Phyliss Craig-Taylor
Lisa Gwyther
Nina Hackney
Nortin Hadler, MD

Patty M. Hill
Joan Huntley
Norman Klase
Allison Lee
Lillian Lee
Chad Lefteris
Tony Lindsey, MD
Carol Lucas
Susan Moeser

John Morris, III
Georgia Nelson
Bonnie O’Quinn
Caroline Resnick
Luke Riggsbee
Linda Riggsbee
Jerry Salak
Maria Scanga
Cindy Scocik
Robert Seymour


Paul Klever is the Executive Director of Charles House.  He brings a personal commitment to services for people with aging issues, along with experience and administrative skills honed in his previous positions. Paul holds a Masters Degree in Hospital Administration from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelors of Social Work from the University of Kansas. He began his career with a focus on eldercare and aging services, as a social worker and activities director in long-term care facilities in the Midwest. Paul gained experience as an administrator, leading the development of geriatric services for a hospital system in Colorado, notably heading up the establishment of adult day services similar to the Charles House program.
    Paul and his wife, Sally Freeman, came to know first hand the challenges facing caregiving families when together they cared for Sally’s parents in their home through the last two years of her parents’ lives. Sally and Paul have led adult day care programs in the past.  Paul and Sally have two sons and live near Hillsborough. Paul's e-mail address is

Amanda Borer is Associate Director at Charles House.  Amanda is a 2009 graduate of the Healthcare Administration program in the School of Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill. As an undergraduate at the Ohio State University in gerontology, Amanda also worked in an assisted living facility in Columbus. Her educational and work experience gives Amanda the passion for making her career in long-term care and aging services. Amanda's role as Associate Director provides support and leadership to the Charles House program and to the new projects Charles House Association is undertaking to better serve our community elders and their caregiving families. Amanda also serves as the Administrator for the Charles House Eldercare Homes.  Amanda's e-mail address is

Chuck Fleming is the Program Administrator for Charles House. He holds a Master’s of Social Work and a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of Houston. He has a background in restaurant management, organizational development, nursing home administration, as well as being a family caregiver. This experience has helped him discover his passion of working with elders, being of service to them, their families, and the community at large. Chuck and his wife, Susan, recently moved to Durham from Houston, Texas.

Susan Siegel, Communications Director, has been leading health education and communication programs for over 25 years. She is responsible for the Charles House website and newsletter, and helps with media and events. She also plays flute at Charles House with the Satin Dolls. You can reach her at:

Dean Fox, Program Director, holds a Masters of Social Work and a Bachelors in Psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill.  He also completed an Interdisciplinary Certificate on Aging while in graduate school at UNC.  Before becoming a program director, he spent several years at Charles House as a program facilitator and a semester as a student intern. Dean also spent several years working in nursing home quality improvement research.

Sally Freeman, Program Director, became part of the program team after homeschooling her two sons. Sally began a day program for people with dementia in Denver in the 1980s. She authored Activities and Approaches for Alzheimer's in 1987 as a resource for activity leaders and caregivers. The ideas presented in her book parallel those set forth in our own Charles House Method.

Fiona Allen, Program Director, has a Masters degree in Therapeutic Recreation  from the UNC-Greensboro and a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology from California Polytechnic State University. She is a Licensed Recreational Therapist and Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. Fiona found Charles House through an internship with A Helping Hand in 2010 and returned to Charles House as a Program Director in 2016. Fiona believes in using recreation and leisure interests of Charles House participants to enhance quality of life and maintain levels of independence. In her free time Fiona enjoys being outside and spending time with her husband and new baby, Caroline.

Melissa York, Program Facilitator, has a BFA in art from East Carolina University and a BA in art education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  She has worked as an art teacher in the Durham public schools, an art director in advertising and publishing, and most recently, as a studio artist concentrating in clay sculpture. Melissa enjoys sharing her creativity, her love of singing, dancing, and storytelling with the Charles House community.

Sherril Koroluk, Program Facilitator. Sherril and her husband arrived in Chapel Hill from Canada the summer of 1998. In 2012 Sherril fell in love with Charles House as a volunteer and a year later joined us as a part time program facilitator. She holds an Honour's Degree in Physical Geography and a Masters of Science degree. Her diverse background, including working in the fields of art, tourism and historic preservation, provides the material for many stories the participants love to hear.

Davida Eidukas, Program Facilitator, comes to Charles House with a background in movement, visual and performing arts. After a career as a ballet dancer in Europe, she returned to the US, working in organizational management and community development. She finds her work at Charles House meaningful and rewarding. Davida enjoys interacting and doing programs with the elders.

Walter Moczygemba, Program Facilitator, is currently a senior at Duke University studying Biology and Religious Studies and first became involved at the Charles House through a volunteering with A Helping Hand. He hails from Southern Oregon and is interested in pursuing a career in social work following graduation.

Rachelle Strachar, Program Facilitator, has years of caregiving experience in a variety of settings., She has worked as a Health Specialist volunteer with NC State AARP and is certified by NC Office of Aging to teach several different classes that are helpful to caregivers and elders. Rachelle has a BA in Sociology/Psychology and a concentration in Social Work, along with graduate coursework in Social Work and Aging. In her free time Rachelle enjoys reading, gardening, the outdoors and spending time with family, friends and her dog.

Deborah Wallace, Program Facilitator, has a B.A. in Religious Studies from UC Berkeley, and a Master’s degree in Information Management from the University of Maryland. She brings a diverse professional background in the technology and legal industries, with adventures in animal welfare, professional pet sitting, and volunteer work in hospice programs. Deborah comes to Charles House with a desire to serve others during the most vulnerable part of their adult lives and hopes to contribute to the nurturing, stimulating environment at Charles House. 

An important addition to the regular staff, Charles House has several wonderful volunteers from the community and university who give so freely of their time and energy to help with programs and interact with participants. To name some of these great volunteers: Betty Gardner, Mary Jenne, Mike Massey and Norm Pendergraff.