Peninsula 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

My grandparents and parents have all benefitted from programs like PACE. So many helping hands contributed to their journey and it’s a blessing to help others and return the favor.

Sarah Simoncini serves as executive director for our Peninsula PACE center. Sarah joined InnovAge in 2018 after more than 25 years of experience in marketing and fundraising for healthcare organizations, including the National Osteoporosis Foundation, March of Dimes, Alliance for Aging Research, and more. She also spent four years prior operating an independent living center and memory care community for seniors. Sarah earned her bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University, and holds an administration license in Virginia. Sarah is from a proud Navy family, and previously lived in the Philippines, California, and Hawaii. She is married with two stepdaughters.
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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 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 is board certified in geriatric medicine. Previously, Dr. Ramos 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 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

I believe in the PACE model of care because it helps elders stay in their homes while a team provides them high-quality medical care.

Nichole earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University with an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner specialization. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and prior to joining InnovAge, Nichole spent 10 years as a home health and hospice nurse. Nichole was born and raised in Virginia and enjoys working on cars and spending time with her daughter and Chihuahua.
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Primary Care Doctor

I feel it is a privilege to serve older adults. The PACE program allows me to allows me to help provide for their medical, social and spiritual needs.

Dr. Evans received his Doctor of Medicine degree (MD) from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and completed a residency in family medicine at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center where he was chief resident. He is board certified in family medicine and has spent his career serving patients in primary care settings, including PACE programs, private practice, geriatrics and palliative care. Dr. Evans grew up with his grandmother on the island of St. Lucia in the Caribbean. He is married with six children and three grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with his family and pets. Sailing is one of his favorite hobbies. 
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Primary Care Doctor

It’s a privilege to care for patients throughout the aging process. I enjoy being part of a talented and passionate team of professionals.

Dr. Mack earned his Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA and a Bachelor’s Degree in medieval studies and cognitive science from the University of Virginia. Dr. Mack also completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Colorado and a fellowship in geriatrics at the University of North Carolina. He is board certified in internal medicine and geriatrics. Dr. Mack has a special interest in dementia care.

As a father to two young children, he currently spends most of free time doing family activities. He hopes to someday have time to return to his interest in exploring the outdoors.
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Nursing in PACE

InnovAge nursing professionals share their thoughts on what it's like to work in the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly, or PACE.