Blue Ridge 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

Seniors have a special place in my heart. John Hoeven said, 'caring for our seniors is perhaps the greatest responsibility we have. Those who walked before us have given so much and made possible the life we all enjoy.' I truly believe that. As a child, I enjoyed going with my mom to visit nursing facilities and seniors' homes in the community. We would sit and read together, sing, and deliver small care packages. After years of doing that, I knew I wanted to work with seniors.

Malaika Mason is the executive director for InnovAge's Blue Ridge PACE center. She was previously center director for InnovAge’s Richmond PACE center. Throughout her 20 years of experience in the geriatric field, Malaika has served in a range of positions, including as site director for a PACE center in Virginia. Prior, Malaika managed recreation departments for multiple adult day centers, retirement communities, and nursing home facilities. Malaika graduated from Virginia Commonweath University with a bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation and an occupational therapy track. She is currently working toward her master’s in health administration from Strayer University. Malaika is married with two daughters, loves music, and enjoys volunteering with seniors.
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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

“Our participants are the reason we do what we do and why we love our jobs so much. Connecting with them makes them feel like family."

Donna earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Chamberlain University in Illinois and her master’s degree in nursing from Daemen College in New York. She also completed a residency in adult geriatrics. Donna is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in Adult Gerontology Primary Care, Nurse Practitioner.
Prior to joining InnovAge, Donna worked in leadership positions at long term care facilities and skilled nursing facilities. Her duties also included oversight of hospice care.
Donna is from Fredericksburg, Virginia. When she married, she moved to her husband’s hometown, Buffalo, New York. They recently relocated to Madison, Virginia to be near their grown children and young granddaughters. She and her family are avid Buffalo Bills fans. They still have season tickets and have been to more than a dozen different stadiums to watch the Bills play away games. Donna and her family enjoy family cookouts, playing board games, and spending time together.
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Nurse Practitioner

It is absolutely my honor and privilege to assist in providing quality care to every participant who entrusts me with their care.

Laura earned her master’s degree in Family Practice Nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing in Illinois. She is board-certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Prior to joining InnovAge, Laura worked as a nurse practitioner with another PACE program. She also has experience as a home care coordinator and as director of nursing with a large health system in Virginia. She has clinical interests in diabetes management, heart failure, and dementia.

Laura strongly believes in the PACE model of care and the importance of the interdisciplinary team. She enjoys working with participants and their families to achieve their care goals.

Laura is married and has six children and six grandchildren. She has a dog who thinks he is the baby of the house. She enjoys going on walks in the woods, playing piano, and spending time with her family. She lived in West Virginia and Virginia most of her life and she loves being in the mountains.
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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.