Board of Directors
Jennifer B. Aulgur
Jennifer is the Legislative Assistant for Senator Mark D. Obenshain. She served as Deputy Secretary of the Commonwealth for Governor Bob McDonnell. In this capacity she managed the clemency, notary, lobbyist, community relations and service of process divisions of the Secretariat and assisted the Governor with appointments to the college and university board of visitors. She previously served the Governor as Director of Gubernatorial Appointments. Jennifer spent five years in the Office of the Attorney General as the Director of Triad & Citizen. The Triad partnership in Virginia is between seniors, law enforcement, and service providers and works to protect the growing elderly population through crime prevention trainings and educational outreach. Under Jennifer’s leadership she expanded the program to over 55 active Triad partnerships and oversaw the implementation of regional and statewide conferences for seniors, law enforcement, and senior service providers. She frequently traveled the Commonwealth giving presentations to senior groups on crime prevention topics. Before working with Triad, Jennifer served as Director of the Victim Notification Program under Attorney General Jerry Kilgore; working with identity theft victims and victims of felony crimes during the appellate process. She also has worked in the government relations field and for former Lt. Governor John Hager. Jennifer is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Virginia Crime Prevention Association and the Virginia Coalition for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. She is also a graduate of the FBI Richmond Citizen’s Academy. She is an alumna of Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a graduate of the Virginia Executive Institute at VCU. She and her husband Mike reside in the Shenandoah Valley.
Jim is the President & CEO of Response Marketing Group, a consumer-data focused marketing agency in Richmond, Va. As such, he is responsible for relationship development and account strategy at the 12 person independent agency, which offers branding, marketing strategy/planning, public relations, data analytics and interactive services. The agency serves a number of clients in the financial services, hospitality, healthcare, and real estate development sectors.
Prior to Response Marketing Group, Jim was Senior Vice President at The Allant Group in Chicago, IL. He led the Strategic Consulting practice that delivered marketing strategy and high-level research to CMOs and brand managers at clients such as GM, Comcast, Nationwide Insurance, US Tennis Association, US Cellular, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Wells Fargo.
Jim served as Executive Vice President and Partner at RightMinds before joining Allant. RightMinds provided planning, development, implementation and management of marketing communications programs for consumer and business-to-business marketers. RightMinds served a variety of regional and national clients such as Marriott, Ritz Carlton, Special Olympics, Genworth, Dominion Power, and The Virginia Bankers Association, developing the Bankers Insurance branding in 2008.
Jim was with Brann Worldwide for more than eight years, serving as Executive Vice President of National Accounts. Brann is the world’s largest direct marketing agency, part of the $2.2 billion Havas Agency Network. Jim was responsible for account strategy and brand planning in developing retained relationships with clients such as Disney, Marriott, US Bank, SunTrust Bank, Hard Rock, and Ameritrade.
Richard L. Grier
Richard Grier is currently a director in the law firm Thompson & McMullan, P.C., and was formerly a partner with the law firm of Troutman Sanders LLP where he served as partner for 27 years. He has previously served as Chairman and board member of the Greater Richmond Technology Council, the Virginia Health Care Foundation and Richmond Memorial Health Care Foundation. He is past Chairman of the Health Law section of the Virginia State Bar and his professional affiliations include the Virginia and Richmond Bar Associations. Mr. Grier is a graduate of Duke University and the University of North Carolina Law School.
John H. Hager, Chair
John Hager graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering and from Harvard University with a Master's Degree in Business Administration. He served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves, rising to the rank of Captain. He is a member of the American Legion. A lifelong athlete, Hager has participated in many wheelchair races and marathons.
Hager married the former Margaret Dickinson Chase in 1970. Maggie and their two sons, Jack and Henry, have long supported John's quest to build a better Virginia.
A business executive who started at the bottom of the career ladder, John rose quickly through the ranks of The American Tobacco Company to the position of Executive Vice President. After a near-fatal bout with Polio, John rebuilt his life and his career. He continued to work for the Company in several capacities and retired as Senior Vice President for Leaf and Specialty Products when the corporation was sold in 1994. During this time he also expanded his service role across Virginia and led some 30 civic charity and community organizations.
Hager was elected to Virginia's second highest office, that of Lieutenant Governor, in 1997 and served in that position for four years. His election proved that perseverance and determination in the face of daunting obstacles lead to victory in an election or in one's life. Hager's full time approach to serving the people of Virginia redefined the role of Lieutenant Governor for that state. He served as Chairman or Vice-Chairman of five active state Commissions and continued to lead many statewide initiatives.
Hager became the Director of Homeland Security for Virginia soon after the events of September 11, 2001 and served in that position until May 1, 2004. Initially serving with Governor James Gilmore, Hager led the transition and then assumed the Cabinet level position of Assistant to the Governor for Commonwealth Preparedness under newly elected Governor Mark Warner, He was responsible for the management, structure and organization of and funding for the state's security. Under his guidance, Virginia's security strengthened in many areas and became a role model for other states.
He was nominated by President George W. Bush on June 1, 2004 to the position of Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services and confirmed by the Senate on November 21, 2004. In his position of Assistant Secretary, he was responsible for the Office of Special Education, the Rehabilitative Services Administration and the National Institute of Disability Research with a Budget of some $13 Billion dollars. He worked closely with all the states and pioneered an aggressive approach to transition of young people with disabilities to independence and a better life and a national emphasis on the use and reuse of assistive technology. Hager completed his work with the Department of Education on August 1, 2007.
He was elected Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia on July 27, 2007 and served to complete the unexpired term of Ed Gillespie in June 2008. He led the party to financial stability and a rebirth of grassroots emphasis. Hager now serves on non-profit Boards and travels widely with his wife Maggie.
Seth Levy is an accomplished Chief Information Officer with over 30 years of experience aligning technology with strategic goals. He is proud to have built and led successful organizations, working with whom he considers the highlight of his career. Seth has held executive management positions in information technology, e-commerce and logistics. An expert in the Retail industry, Seth began his career in merchandising before making an early switch to information technology. He held numerous positions with May Department Stores (now Macy’s) before his first CIO position with the EB Games specialty retailer, helping grow that company to a global enterprise with over 2200 stores in twelve countries. At EB, Seth held the positions of SVP Logistics and President of EB Games Online in addition to CIO. He subsequently held CIO positions at Hollywood Video and Lumber Liquidators. Leveraging his experience in the areas of technology and organizational management Seth worked as a management consultant prior to his retirement. Seth now enjoys working with organizations dedicated to serving the community. Seth holds a BA from the University of California, San Diego.
Richard W. Lindsay, M.D.
Dr. Richard W. Lindsay is Professor Emeritus of Internal Medicine and Family Practice at the University of Virginia and former Head of Geriatric Medicine at the University. Dr. Lindsay’s first faculty responsibility was to develop the Department of Family Medicine. As Acting Chairman, he was selected as one of the first seven Geriatric Medicine Academic Awardees by the National Institute of Aging and developed the geriatric curriculum, fellowship training program and continuing education program in geriatrics.
He served as the President of the American Geriatrics Society, and then Chairman of its Board of Directors. He served as a member of the former Governor’s Advisory Board on Aging for the Commonwealth Virginia under 5 Governors and as its Chairman, under Governor Allen.
A recipient of numerous honors and teaching awards, Dr. Lindsay continues to be involved in the teaching of geriatrics to medical students and residents. He is also a sought after speaker and expert on aging issues at the National level. He has testified before the United States Senate on aging issues and the problems of shortages of providers.
Dr. Lindsay recently participated in a national TV course on Caregiving and the responsibilities of the caregivers. This is currently available on Public TV. He is also co-hosting a TV series from Harrisonburg on the WVPT on Aging.
He serves as a member of the Steering Committee of the Jefferson Area Board for the Aging’s (JABA) 2020 campaign and also served as a member of the Health subcommittee and was recently elected to the Board of Directors of JABA.
Additionally, he is a co-founder of The Lindsay Institute for Innovations in Caregiving – a major initiative of SeniorNavigator that is dedicated to improving caregivers' self-care and their ability to manage emotional stressors and tough decisions while bolstering their access to the latest technologies and community resources. The Institute was formally launched in September 2014 and, at that time, renamed for Dr. Lindsay and his significant contributions to the health, aging and caregiving fields in Virginia and beyond.
Deborah D. Oswalt
Since graduation from Rutgers University School of Law in 1979, Debbie Oswalt has worked on issues related to health and human resources. Her Richmond work began at the Virginia Poverty Law Center, where she worked as a staff attorney for four years. She then served as Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Resources in the Cabinets of Governors Baliles and Wilder. For seven years she worked closely with state agencies that regulate, deliver and monitor health services, including the Departments of Health, Health Professions, Medical Assistance Services (Medicaid), and Behavioral Health and Developmental Services; as well as the Health Services Cost Review Council.
In 1992, she became the founding Director of the Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF). Created as a public-private partnership by the Virginia General Assembly and its Joint Commission on Health Care, VHCF’s mission is to increase access to primary and preventive health care for uninsured and medically underserved Virginians. Under Ms. Oswalt’s leadership, VHCF has funded 172 projects providing health services to 476,000 medically underserved and uninsured Virginians.
Experienced professional in all aspects of strategic online marketing: Web site design, development, usability and tracking, mobile application and social media. As well as a proven entrepreneur, Fran has 25 years of diversified marketing communications experience, integrating information technology with traditional marketing to create high-impact campaigns that create trackable opportunities, results and revenue for his clients and employees alike. With a concentration in targeting the mature (55+) market, he has implemented integrated marketing strategies for hundreds of organizations from senior living to healthcare that target the boomers and beyond.
For 13 years, Mr. Palma had been the Executive VP of Digital Strategies at Martino & Binzer, where he led a team of over 30 project managers, programmers, designers, digital strategists and online marketing experts. Growing the company until it was purchased by a private equity firm. Several years later Joining the 6th largest not-for-profit senior living organization in the country, Covenant Retirement Communities as Senior Vice President of Digital Strategies.
Frequent speaker at events such as the Sims & Ziegler Conference and LeadingAge, as well as state and industry conferences around the country.
Katie M. Roeper
Katie Roeper served as Assistant Commissioner for the Virginia Department for the Aging and Rehabilitative Services. Her focus was to expand resources for the Aging Network, assist with community-readiness and age wave planning, and expand Virginia’s ADRC initiative called “No Wrong Door” in order to increase access to services, promote person-centered practices, and maximize independence and quality of life.
Previously she served as Executive Director of SeniorNavigator for six years where she worked in partnership with the public, non-profit, and private sectors and was responsible for marketing, development, and overall operations of the organization.
Holding a B.A. in Communications from Syracuse University, Ms. Roeper has a strong background in marketing and public relations having previously owned and managed a full-service marketing firm which centered on non-profits and public-service agencies. Her creative direction produced award-winning campaigns and publications and she has been honored for her in-kind contributions to the non-profit sector.
Additionally, she served as the Marketing Chair and Website Co-Chair on the Board of Directors of The Virginia Foundation for Women; a member of the Marketing Advisory Committee for the Richmond Hospital Hospitality House; and has facilitated local, regional, and national workshops on membership recruitment and retention and marketing non-profits.