Being employed with UMAR is more than just a job, it is a mission. From humble beginnings to a team of over 200, we continue to develop to meet the needs of our participants. We are blessed to have so many dedicated and passionate members working to make UMAR the best every day.
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President and CEO
Marilyn Garner became the president and Chief Executive Officer for UMAR in January 2014 after serving for four years as the non-profit’s Chief Development Officer. She has a diverse experience base in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors with more than 25 years of leadership experience.
Before joining UMAR, Marilyn was the Chief Advancement Officer at the American Red Cross in Charlotte, held sales and managerial positions with BellSouth and managed a 500-seat restaurant in Winston-Salem. She earned a bachelor’s degree in religion from Wake Forest University and her Master of Business Administration from Queens University in Charlotte.
Born in Oregon, Marilyn grew up in a military family but has lived in North Carolina since the age of 12 when her father retired to Southern Pines, NC. She is married with no children and credits her membership in a national service fraternity during college as the catalyst for living out her Christian commitment to service. Today UMAR is blessed to have such a tremendously talented leader guiding us into the next phases of growth.
Chief Financial Officer
Michael Linker has been UMAR Services since September 2021. Mike has over 40 years of experience in senior leadership positions (Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer) in nonprofit acute healthcare, continuing care retirement/nursing care/ assisted living and adult day care, hospice care, and services for young children (Smart Start and NC PreK). He earned his bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University and his Master of Business Administration/Master of Health Administration degrees from Pfeiffer University. He is married and has two grown children, four dogs, and at least that many cats.
Director of Human Resources & Corporate Compliance Officer
John Weatherford has been with UMAR since 2013 and serves as its Executive Human Resources Director / Corporate Compliance Officer, and Leadership Team Executive. John holds credentials as a SHRM -CP & PHR – Certified Licensed Professional in HR and is also a Qualified Mental Health Professional & Intellectual Developmental Disability Professional with 23 years of experience working in the MH/IDD field.
Quality Assurance and Training Coordinator
Kim Jonas has worked with children and adults with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities for over 20 years, and has worked in the public school setting as a Special Education Teacher, specializing in Autism, as well as private practice and non-profit environments. Since joining UMAR in June of 2016, Kim has shown how extremely passionate she is about supporting all persons to achieve independence and reach their goals. She is a lover of health and wellness, and enjoys spending time with her husband and her two young boys.
Co-Director of Program Services (West)
Jonathan Briggs grew up in Austin, Texas, and graduated in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work. He has 30 years of health care experience as a Social Worker, Nursing Home Administrator, and Assisted Living Executive Director. Jonathan was hired with UMAR as a Quality Professional in July 2010, and has moved his way up, serving as our Director of Program Services since 2016. Jonathan is married to Jan, and they have 4 children, 4 dogs, and two cats.
UMAR’s BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Chairman of the Board
Immediate Past Board Chair
Archie Pertiller, Jr.