Meet Our Staff
We rely on dedicated staff with diverse experience, education, and backgrounds to ensure we meet the unique needs of the people we serve. Our staff is small in number, but closely connected with a vast community of social workers, nurses, psychologists, elder law attorneys, financial planners, advocates, and other professionals who may be of assistance to you. Together, we aim to provide the highest quality services to those we serve.
Dorian Sylvester, Executive Director, joined the CoG team in May 2014. As Executive Director, Dorian ensures all operations within the organization are consistent with CoG’s values, mission, goals and policies. Dorian received a BA in Political Science and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Gerontology from UNC-Greensboro. Dorian earned her Master of Social Work with a concentration in Aging from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
She has a background in geriatric mental health and community-based social work practice with older adults. She has also served as an adjunct instructor teaching Elder Law at Guilford Technical Community College and at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro teaching Social Services for the Aging. Prior to CoG, Dorian served for 11 years as Long-Term Care Program Manager and Senior Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman at the Piedmont Triad Regional Council Area Agency on Aging.
Sonya Tomlinson, Administrator, has been with CoG for almost 30 years. Originally hired as a Case Manager, she now serves as Administrator and oversees CoG’s fiduciary responsibilities. Sonya works closely with clients to assess their financial needs and ensure appropriate use of their resources. Sonya graduated on the Dean’s List from NC A&T in 1984 with a BA in Sociology and a Minor in Psychology.
Prior to CoG, she worked in supportive housing with individuals diagnosed with autism, mental illness, mental retardation, and/or aggressive behavior. She also worked at Goodwill Industries as an Industrial Services Supervisor.
Anne Johns, Director of Care Management, officially joined the CoG staff more than 10 years ago, although she worked as a consultant beginning in 1983. Anne began her education at UNC-Chapel Hill in the Pre-Med program and completed a BS in Nursing from UNC-Greensboro. While working as a Public Health Nurse, Anne finished a 1-year Nurse Practitioner’s Program and became a Clinical Regional Director. She also received a Graduate Certificate in Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Her professional background includes serving as School Health Nurse for Greensboro City Schools and later becoming the Health Director for the Exceptional Child Services Department. While working for the school system, she received a BA in Special Education with an emphasis on Learning Disabilities and Autism from Greensboro College. She has pursued additional graduate studies in Education at UNC-Greensboro and received certification as a Neuro-Feedback Practitioner from UCLA.
Maria Gonzalez, Care Assistant, has been with CoG for more than 10 years. As Care Assistant, Maria assists clients with a variety of needs including transportation to appointments, house cleaning, running errands, and providing companionship. Originally from Puerto Rico, Maria is fluent in Spanish and provides translation services for CoG’s Spanish-speaking clients. Maria has a background in personal care and private duty caregiving and has dedicated her career to caring for others. She says that her favorite aspect of her work at CoG is “knowing that I can make a difference in the client’s lives, especially those who have no one else.”
Lisa Huffman, Office Manager, joined the team in October 2014. Lisa performs a wide range of duties at CoG including clerical tasks, office administration, and assistance with bookkeeping and financial management. Lisa graduated from Elon University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Finance.
Upon graduation, she began working for GMAC Insurance in management and marketing for over 10 years. Lisa also served in administrative assistant positions with the Piedmont Triad International Airport Authority and, most recently, with the Piedmont Triad Regional Council for 7 years.
One strength is CoG’s experience and skill that is focused on the clients by adhering to person-centered principles. The staff is also committed to exercising fiduciary duties that protect and enhance the financial supports available to provide clients with a higher quality of life in the least restrictive environment.- Attorney