Dr. Marvel Williamson, Executive Director
Marvel Williamson, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, began as Executive Director in 2016. She was formerly a nursing school dean, university professor, and clinical nurse. Her honors include Oklahoma City University naming its new conference center the “Marvel L. Williamson Center for Excellence” in 2013 and her selection as an inaugural Fellow of the national academy for nursing education. Dr. Williamson has authored three books, many professional journal articles, book chapters, and other publications. She specializes in grant writing and revitalization of organizations. Dr. Williamson and her family physician husband, Dr. Paul Williamson, moved to Lawrence from Ireland. They have two outstanding sons, Marcus and Seán.
Heidi Briery, Director of Senior Wheels and Senior Meals
Heidi is married and has two grown children and a Border collie. She grew up in western Kansas, the oldest of eight children, and still tends to call it home. When she’s not in the office, she prefers to be outside gardening, hiking, camping, or canoeing. She also likes to embroider, knit, crochet, and occasionally paint–water color being her preferred medium. During the auto racing season she can be found with her husband at the race track. Sometimes she just watches and other times she helps with her husband’s favorite pastime: photographing the race. Once a year she herself even participates in a local road rally.
Johnetta Brown, Senior Meals Coordinator
Johnetta was born and raised in Lawrence. She has three grown daughters, six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Johnetta has long-term experience as a cook and other areas of food service. Johnetta likes to sew and and is very knowledgeable about plants. She is the resident “green thumb” of SRC!
Jerry Guffey, Director of Operations
Jerry is a Kansas native, attended Baker University, and recently moved back to Lawrence after living in Cleveland, Ohio, for 24 years. Jerry and his wife, Edith, enjoy traveling (especially cruising), live theatre, and movies. Jerry is an avid sports fan and enjoys attending KU basketball games.
Charlene Haines, Receptionist
Charlene has lived in Lawrence for about 33 years now and loves it here. She has worked here at the SRC for about 5 years and loves it as well. She is cheerful, outgoing, and loves people. Obviously, Charlene is a loving person!
Debra Hougham, Senior Wheels Coordinator
Debra is married and is a graduate of De Soto High School. She worked for the last two years as the trucking scheduler for Sysco in Olathe before starting at SRC on Jan. 22, 2018. Before that she worked as an assistant manager for retail bridal sores for many years. She enjoys painting, fixing things, and amateur photography.
Janet Ikenberry, Director of Health & Human Services
Janet is a lifelong Douglas County resident. She grew up in Baldwin City and attended Baker University before moving to Lawrence to attend the University of Kansas, where she earned her degree in Sociology and Psychology. Janet celebrated 25 years with the agency in November 2017 and has a passion for serving others. She leads the SRC Caregivers Support Group and is the resident contact for supports and services for seniors in the area. Janet is a true dog lover and enjoys life with her beloved sidekicks Lola and Gus.
Stefanie Macfarlane, Executive Assistant
Stefanie is new to Lawrence after moving to Kansas from Germany with her husband, a 25-year Army veteran. She has considerable experience in a variety of settings, including screen printing skills, a diploma in pre-press techniques and graphic design. She has experience working with seniors and is bilingual with fluency in German and English. Previously, Stefanie worked for 11 years as Transportation Assistant for the Army motor pool fleet at three different Army bases in Germany. In 2009 she received the Employee of the Year award from the US Army Europe, Department of Logistics.
Michelle Meier, Director of Community Engagement
Michelle Meier has a background in all things marketing and has spent her career in the nonprofit segment where she finds passion in making a difference in the community. Previously Michelle served for six years on the Board of Directors for the Arc of Douglas County, and she continues to work with and advocate for individuals with disabilities. Michelle has two degrees from the University of Kansas, including a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism (Advertising focus) and a Master’s degree in Journalism (Marketing Communications focus). She also has certification from Fort Hays State University as a grant writer. Michelle and her husband have known each other since grade school in western Kansas and were married in 2011.
Lori J. Phillips, Health Resources Coordinator
A fourth generation Kansan and graduate of the University of Kansas, Lori is proud to call Lawrence, “Home”. Having worked a combined total of 26 years for General Dynamics Information Technologies and the University of Kansas, she is eager to share her Medicare knowledge, administrative skills, and customer service experience with well-established and new residents of Douglas County. When not espousing the benefits of living in the Wakarusa Valley, Lori can be seen downtown at restaurants and bookstores or kayaking and playing disc golf with her avid outdoorsman mate, Dave. Together they have raised a fine young man, George, and are still feeding four scruffy cats.
Larry Woydziak, Program Specialist, Health and Human Services
Larry is a native Kansan and has lived in Lawrence since 1978. He was a member of the Lawrence Fire Department for over 28 years and retired with the rank of Fire Captain in the spring of 2005. Following retirement from the Fire Service he worked at various local non-profits before accepting a position at DCSS (now SRC) in the spring of 2013. His work here affords him the opportunity to meet and assist numerous people and thus has allowed him to extend his career in public service in a community he has come to call home.
Senior Wheels Drivers: To reach one of our drivers on staff, contact Debra Hougham.
R. L. Smith