Blue Ridge Care Team Members

InnovAge Virginia PACE

Regional Executive Director

Having served the majority of my professional experience in the field of aging, I understand the need to provide quality long-term care options that allow our elders, and eventually ourselves, the privilege to grow and age in our own home.

Wanda Cooper joined InnovAge in 2019 and is responsible for overseeing four PACE centers in Virginia. Wanda has more than 20 years of experience working in the field of senior care. Most recently, she worked for the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services, where she oversaw compliance with federal health and safety regulations for PACE participants enrolled in programs throughout the state. Wanda has also managed PACE programs for Lutheran Senior LIFE in New Jersey, as well as the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing in Philadelphia. Wanda attended Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where she earned her master’s degree in healthcare administration and management.
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Executive Director

I’m grateful that I had the opportunity to care for my grandmother, which helped her age in place and manage her home. I love that InnovAge allows me to continue helping other seniors stay in their homes and sustain their independence.

James Sawyer serves as executive director for InnovAge’s Blue Ridge PACE center in Charlottesville, Virginia. James has spent over 20 years working in the healthcare field, with extensive experience providing care to seniors and those with developmental disabilities. Previously, James served as a center director for LIFE programs in Pennsylvania, where he provided operational oversight and worked to increase the number of participants in the program. James received his MSW from Temple University, his MBA from Eastern University, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in healthcare administration. Outside of InnovAge, James sits on the board of directors for several organizations in both Pennsylvania and Virginia.
 
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Regional Medical Officer – Eastern Region

What attracted me to LIFE is its founding philosophy of aging gracefully in place. I believe it takes a village to keep an elder safe at home. My favorite part of my job is interacting with participants. I value the opportunity to care for them, as I learn so much from their experiences, which makes me a better physician and person.

Dr. Luz Ramos-Bonner earned her Doctor of Medicine from the University of the East Philippines and her Master of Business Administration in Healthcare from George Washington University. She completed her internal medicine residency at St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton, NJ and her geriatric medicine fellowship at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. Dr. Ramos-Bonner is board certified in geriatric medicine. Previously, Dr. Ramos-Bonner served as the Network Medical Director of NewCourtland Senior Services in Philadelphia. She is a faculty member for the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care (AMDA) and an active member of the Pennsylvania chapter of the AMDA. Dr. Ramos Bonner loves to travel—she was born and raised in the Philippines and still has family there, exploring foods from around the world, and spending time with her family.
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Nurse Practitioner

PACE is a unique care model that supports overall wellness. It is all-inclusive, so I don’t have to worry if my patients can afford the medicines, tests or procedures they need. They can concentrate on more important things like their family, faith and health.

Sarah Wilkins is a geriatric nurse practitioner and earned her nursing degrees from Duke University. She is board certified as a Primary Care Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. Sarah has special training and experience in multiple sclerosis, memory conditions, neurology and epilepsy. She enjoys working with people with dementia and exploring non-drug treatments for behavior problems. Sarah is married and has a young son. They also have a special family companion –a German shepherd mix. Sarah lived in North Carolina, California and Vermont before settling in Charlottesville. Her hobbies include reading, cooking, knitting, hiking, running and snowboarding.
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