Board & Volunteers

Common Ground is grateful for the leadership of our Board of Directors, and the countless hours logged each month by our awesome team of volunteer professionals:

Board of Directors:

Julie Connelly, MD – UVA Professor (emeritus) Internal Medicine and Center for Bioethics and Humanities

Max DiStefano – Treasurer, Controller, Red Light Management

Megan Bloom – Community Activist

Melissa Meece – Board SecretaryRethreads, Firefly, owner

LD Perry – Community Activist

Sarabeth Whedbee – Acupuncturist, Common Ground Healing Arts & Sober Dragon

Zoe Krylova – Community Activist


Advisory Board:

Lilly Bechtel – Board Vice President, Body Song Yoga, owner & founder

Diane Bloom

Kate Hallahan Zuckerman –  Founder, Common Ground Healing Arts and Co-Owner of Barefoot Bucha

Ken Horne – MSW, LCSW, Licensed Psychotherapist at Horne Psychotherapy

Lili Powell – Assistant Professor Leadership and Management Communication, University of Virginia, Darden School of Business

Vivi Rogers – The Mind and Life Institute, Director of Administration and Finance



Staff Members:

Elliott Brown, Executive Director,

Amanda McMillen, Customer Service Associate,

Lisa Moon, Customer Service Associate,

Paige Ryan, Marketing & Outreach Director,




Outreach Massage Therapists and Yoga Teachers

Cate Caldwell, massage therapist

JoAnn Christy, massage therapist

Jay DeMaio, massage therapist

Courtenay Evans, yoga teacher

Kelsey Gillan, yoga teacher

Jessie Tosto, massage therapist

Patty Gray, yoga teacher

Sarah Handley, massage therapist

Susanna Nicholson, Duke Integrative Health Coach

Lauri Ross, massage therapist

Julia J. von Briesen, yoga teacher

Ann Wachtel, massage therapist