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The Via Center Board of Directors has named long-time Executive Manager Deanna Murphy as the organization’s Executive Director.  Murphy previously served as Director of Membership and Center Director for more than seven years. She has served as Interim Executive Director since April of 2017.


 “Our organization continues to move in a positive direction,” Board President Ola Anise (Azalea City Credit Union) said.  “Opening on Saturdays, increasing community programs, such as Pickleball, and our future Veterans Daycare program are all new initiatives that are growing Via,” he continued.  “Deanna is the right person to lead our organization as we serve our new members, part of our 50% increase in membership in the last 8 years,” he concluded.


Murphy has a business degree and 20 years of experience in organizational management, finance and operations in both the private and public sectors.  Past positions have included management for national retail and clothing manufacturers and business management at the Mobile-based Murray House assisted living facility.


“I’m eager to lead and grow our new programs at Via,” said Murphy. “I look forward to working with our leadership, staff, membership and the community to continue to be a community-based Center, meeting the needs of members and our citizens,” she added.


The Via Center serves more than 49,000 members and community users through health, fitness and enrichment programs and Community Needs Division services.



Senior Citizens Services, Inc. (SCS) was one of the first five senior programs funded in Alabama through the Older Americans Act. SCS was established in 1971 to help older adults live independently in their own neighborhoods, with access to the resources they need.   SCS operates the Via Health, Fitness and Enrichment Center (Via Center), a 42,000 square foot community-based center for older adults, promoting mental and physical health, continuous learning and socialization. The Via Center provides more than 60 health, fitness and enrichment programs. The Community Needs Division manages: the Grandfriends Adult Daycare Program; an Emergency Food Pantry; an Emergency Resource Center; transportation services; Information & Referral; specialized Veterans programs; an annual Healthy Living Expo; and a community Rental Program. 


Leadership: Ola Anise (President), Azalea City Credit Union; Ben Meisler (In-coming President), Holiday Inn Express; Cathy Wagner (Treasurer), Community Volunteer; Jani Handwerger (Secretary), Community Volunteer; Randy Fausak, Fausak Tires (retired); Audrey Goldberg, Community Volunteer;

Dr. Roma Stovall Hanks, Professor and Department Chair, Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work, 

USA Programs in Gerontology; F. Grey Redditt, Jr., Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C.; Beth Thomas, Alabama Power; Ellen Alves, Your Premier Healthcare; Charlie Brown, Century Bank; Melissa Zoghby, Independent CPA; Dr. Norman Berger, DDS Dentistry; Tim Gaston, Smith, Dukes & Buckalew, LLP; 

Dr. Michael Maitre, Jr.; Mr. Selwyn H. Turner, III, SCRG, LLC;  Arlene Mitchel, Community Philanthropist; Herbert Meisler, Community Philanthropist.

Center for Generational Studies Receives $25,000 Grant to Explore Policies that Improve Quality of Life for Seniors

The Center for Generational Studies (CGS) was founded in 2011 through a partnership with the Via Center and the University of South Alabama's Programs in Gerontology.  The Via Center is used as a living laboratory to research and create solutions for similar issues (disease, social problems) among youth, older adults and families.  Initiatives include: internships, and health and wellness programs, an annual resiliency conference and intergenerational activities such as a song ministry, art projects, dances and a yearly Mardi Gras parade.

The project, "Intergenerational Relationships, Liveable Communities and Health Outcomes Impact," was funded by the Gulf States Health Policy Center (GSHPC) of the National Institutes of Health.  GSHPC is led by former U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin.   Via Center members will have the opportunity to participate in focus groups and a Town Hall meeting to determine which policies are best to improve quality of life for seniors.  Data will be compiled and an awareness campaign launched to educate elected officials and business and community leaders on the results of the research.  For more information, contact Barbara at 251.470.5229 or

The Graying of Alabama

Brendan Kirby:

The senior population  in Alabama will grow by 80% through the year 2040, according to the University of Alabama's Center for Business and Economic Research.  In Mobile County, currently seniors make up 13% of our population - 412,992 total population and 53,321 seniors.  In 2040, the senior population will increase by 69%.

 Click Here for a link to the full article. 

Via Forms Partnerships to Increase Benefits for Members

In order to provide more benefits for our members, the Via Center has partnered with the following organizations. Click on the organization listing to access websites.

National Council on the Aging (NCOA)

The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA)

National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC)

Consider Making a Gift to the Via Center

Congress has reinstated the IRA Charitable Rollover. The new tax law provision allows direct transfers to a charity from your IRA in any amount up to $100,000 before February without reporting it as taxable income. This provision applies to people age 70 1/2 or older at the time the transfer is completed. 

 In addition, individuals who personally received an IRA distribution may treat that distribution (or a portion thereof) as an IRA charitable rollover if the individual transfers the amount in cash to an eligible charity.

Please check with your personal advisor to determine whether and how a rollover may help advance your own tax and philanthropic interests.   

USA and the Via Center Create Center for Generational Studies

By building on an existing 25-year collaboration, the two organizations hope to secure additional funding to support research, training and program delivery on aging and intergenerational relationships through this new, innovative partnership. The Center for Generational Studies will allow USA and Via to develop into national leaders in community-based research on these topics.

 The Center for Generational Studies will foster a unique “living – research environment” for programs, research and education. Future program development priorities will include increased community based services, professional and volunteer training, multi-generational approaches in research and program delivery, and research to keep people and families healthy across generations.