Richmond 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 Richmond PACE center in Richmond, Virginia. James has spent over 20 years working in the healthcare field, with extensive experience providing care to seniors and those with developmental disabilities. Prior to joining the team at Richmond, James was executive director at InnovAge's Blue Ridge PACE center. 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 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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Medical Director

I know first-hand both the challenges and the joys of being a caregiver, and I love how PACE uses real teamwork to care for our older loved ones.

Dr. Ferrance received his Doctor of Medicine from the Medical College of Virginia and his Doctor of Chiropractic from Life Chiropractic College. He completed his residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the Medical College of Virginia. He is board certified in internal medicine, pediatrics, and hospice and palliative medicine. Prior to joining InnovAge, Dr. Ferrance was a hospitalist medical director and emergency room physician at Riverside Tappahannock Hospital. He is also an adjunct clinical faculty member at the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System department of pediatrics, as well as the Via College of Osteopathic Medicine department of geriatrics. Dr. Ferrance enjoys wordworking, particularly pen-making, and performs as a DJ for special occasions—including PACE center events. He has been married for 32 years, and has three grown children.
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Nurse Practitioner

I believe that teamwork and collaboration with participants, families, and other disciplines makes a difference in achieving our goals.

Jordan received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from James Madison University and her Master of Science in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Prior to joining InnovAge, Jordan worked as a registered nurse at the VCU Medical Center Progressive Care Unit. She is also a member of the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Jordan enjoys traveling, being outdoors, listening to live music, spending time with family and friends, and taking walks with her Labrador, Layla.
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Nurse Practitioner

I am happy to be a part of a program that makes a difference in the lives of so many people in our community.

Signey received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Lynchburg College and her Master of Science in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She is board certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Prior to joining InnovAge, Signey worked as a registered nurse on a medical surgical unit with a primarily geriatric population. She also worked on the Digestive Health Unit at VCU while she worked to complete her master’s degree. Signey enjoys reading, being outdoors and spending time with her spouse and two young children.
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Primary Care Doctor

Throughout my career, I’ve experienced that many seniors have health conditions that require care beyond that of the physician alone. I love that PACE uses the skills of the entire interdisciplinary team to provide the best care of our participants.

Dr. Arnold earned her medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Anthropology from Virginia Commonwealth University. She completed a residency in family medicine at Columbia University Medical Center in New York. Dr. Arnold is board certified in family medicine.

Prior to joining InnovAge, she was a physician at Patient First. Her clinical interests include primary care in an urban setting, women’s health, and home visits.

Dr. Arnold is married and has a young child. Her family also includes a “pandemic puppy”. In her spare time she enjoys trying new foods, live music and dancing, and renovating her 100 year old home.
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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.