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LIZ
ACKLEY

NOEL
ANDERSON

3 8 YE AR S OLD
Brian H. Thornhill Associate Professor in
Health and Human Performance, Roanoke

3 5 Y E A R S OLD
Music Therapist, Anderson Music Therapy

" I L O V E T H E C O L L A B O R AT I V E N AT U R E O F T H E
ROANOKE COMMUNITY."

"IT'S SO IMPORTANT TO CONTINUE TO
STRENGTHEN THIS SENSE OF COMMUNITY."

Dr. Liz Ackley developed the Roanoke Valley Community Healthy Living Index
in 2011, a community health census that allow partners in city government, the
nonprofit and private sectors to better understand how Roanoke's diverse city
neighborhoods impact the health of our residents, and the only known youth
health census in existence that spans an entire city. Ackley has also generated
more than $300,000 in grant funding for various nonprofits. In 2018, Ackley
founded the Center for Community Health Innovation at Roanoke College to
ensure partners had access to a neutral support organization to encourage crosssector collaboration as a means to improve the health of the residents. "We live
in a city that supports and encourages involvement in community decisionmaking, and I value every opportunity I have to work with change-makers at all
levels - from neighbors, to nonprofits, to elected officials," says Ackley.

Noel Anderson's love of music has transcended her own talents on the guitar,
piano and flute. She has been a music therapist for over a decade, working
closely alongside speech, occupational and physical therapists, as well as
teachers and paraprofessionals. She eventually founded and directs the only
full-time music therapy practice in the Valley, serving others throughout
Southwest Virginia, though she has shared her passion for music therapy
globally, as she has also worked with children in Africa and India. Anderson
developed an online program to help busy moms use music at home to boost
brain development in an effort to reach families of all abilities, and also helped
develop the Music Therapy-Informed Wellness Arts program at the Roanoke
Symphony Orchestra. "Empowering our special needs families and clients to
grow, heal and find a community to lean on ... I couldn't ask for a more fulfilling
career than this!" she says.

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2 0 1 9 "PR OF E S S ION A L LIF E AWARD " FROM ROANOKE C OLLEG E
2 0 1 9 ME DN ICK ME MOR I A L AWARD, V IRG INI A FOU NDATION FOR IND EP END ENT
C OLLE GE S
2 0 1 5 "R IS IN G S TA R " H A R RIS AWARD FOR EXC ELLENC E IN U ND ERG RAD UAT E
TE AC H IN G BY T H E VIR GIN I A FOU NDATION OF IND EP END ENT C OLLEG ES

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ROB
BINGLER

WESLEY
BELL

3 4 Y E A R S OLD
Assistive Technology Professional,
Trustcare Home Medical Equipment

3 5 YE AR S OLD
Program Director, Impact Living
Services

"I LOVE THE GIVING SPIRIT OF THIS CITY."
After five years at Roanoke City Department of Social Services as a foster care
worker, Wesley Bell began work for Impact Living Services in 2015. He has
assisted in initiating programs throughout the state, including Lynchburg,
Harrisonburg and Richmond, in addition to Roanoke. Going above and beyond
to ensure the youth in our community are receiving the services they need for
a successful transition into adulthood, Bell also celebrates their successes with
them. In 2018, he hosted a graduation celebration for those youth who had
graduated high school and received foster care services. He wants this to be
an annual event in both Roanoke and Lynchburg. "My passion is focused on
improving the future for youth aging out of foster care," Bell says. "These youth
can be a forgotten group, and I love being able to help them grow and develop
into members of the Roanoke community. We are helping to mold the next
generation of potential community leaders, business owners and advocates."
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AWA R DE D S OCI A L WO R K E R OF THE YEAR, ROANOKE D SS
A LTE R N AT E R E P F OR R OA NOKE C OU NT Y FAP TEAM
M E M BE R OF BE AT PR ACT ICES C OMMIT TEE

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020

EA RNED M A ST ER OF M U SIC T HERA P Y F ROM T EM P LE U NIVERSIT Y, 2 0 1 3
M U SIC T HERA P IST- B OA RD CERT IF IED, NOVEM B ER 2 0 0 7
CREAT ED A SU CCESSF U L I N- SCHOOL M U SIC T HERA P Y P ROG RA M

"I WANTED A TIGHT-KNIT COMMUNITY TO LIVE
A N D W O R K A N D R A I S E A FA M I LY I N ! "
Rob Bingler began the Trustcare HME branch in Roanoke, assisting disabled
and elderly patients to obtain a quality of life most take for granted; he assesses
their conditions and needs before designing, building (or obtaining) and
delivering the necessary equipment. From disabled children playing at recess
and fathers walking their daughters down the wedding aisle, to navigating
complicated insurance coverage and caring for his own disabled brother, Bingler
has helped countless people in their time of need. He works closely with the
Muscular Dystrophy Association and the ALS society in their local clinics, and
has counseled kids at the MDA summer camp. "I love what I get the unique
privilege to do," Bingler says. "I get to give people back their mobility and
independence. In a small way I help them gain a life that makes living in a world
not designed for differently-abled people a little bit easier and more fulfilling."
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T HE P REFERRED P ROVID ER F OR T HE M DA A ND A LS CLINICS AT C A R ILION
WORK S CLOSELY WIT H T HE M U SCU L A R DYST ROP HY A SSOCI AT ION A N D
T HE A LS SOCIE T Y

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