Midlothian, VA. 804.378.2527

Lifelong Learning Chesterfield

About Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield

How much? 
Membership is required in order to register for courses. The annual membership fee of $150 per person allows individuals to participate in all of the courses, lectures, activities and planned social events available during their 12 months of membership. You can become a member at any time throughout the year.  A limited number of scholarships are available. 

Click here for more information about membership and to complete the membership form.

Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield is located in the Watkins AnnexThe Village of Midlothian School building, one block north and west of Sycamore Square Shopping Center in Midlothian, VA. Address: 13801 Westfield Road, Midlothian, VA 23113.
Click here for directions.

Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield
Officers and Board of Directors

John Lemza, PhD, 
President (
LLI Member, Faculty, VCU)

Wayne Phillips, Vice-President (LLI Member)

Steve Kunnmann,
LLI Member, Faculty)

Lewis Levi,
(LLI Member, Faculty)

Ed Ansello, PhD (Virginia Center on Aging at VCU)

Adrienne Byrne (VCU Health

James E. Davidson Jr., CFP©, Ex-Officio (Davenport & Company LLC)

Bob Ferguson, PhD (LLI Member, Faculty)

Patrick Held, EdD (Chesterfield County Public Schools)

Rev. Pernell Johnson (First Baptist Church Midlothian)

Debbie Preston (Chesterfield County Senior Advocate)

Annebel Lewis, Emerita (LLI Member, Faculty)

Bud Martindale (LLI Member, Faculty)

Christopher M. McCarthy, Certified Elder Law Attorney (ThompsonMcMullan, P.C.) 

Lillie Stratton (LLI Member, Faculty)

Judy Sweet (LLI Member)

Rachel Ramirez, MPA (Executive Director)

What is LLI?

The Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield is
a member-supported organization designed to meet the educational, fitness and social enrichment needs of adults age 50 and "better."

The Institute is a learning community of peers who are committed to ongoing education and their own intellectual development. 

Members want to stay current, curious about the world of ideas, and involved with their own learning. The Institute develops and offers daytime courses, lectures, activities and special events on a wide range of topics; there are no exams, no credits and no college degrees required.

In addition to the academic-type courses, we offer fitness opportunities, social activities such as lunches, trips, cards and games and the arts.


The Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield (LLI Chesterfield) is administered and operated by its volunteer members and its sponsors, the Virginia Center on Aging at Virginia Commonwealth University, Chesterfield County Public Schools and Chesterfield County.

The Institute has partnered with John Tyler Community CollegeHCA/CJW Medical Center, and several Ruritan and Rotary Clubs in the area.

LLI Chesterfield is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that is equal opportunity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national or ethnic origin. Our Institute is a member of the Road Scholar Institute Network (RSIN), an umbrella organization for Lifelong Learning Institutes in the United States and Canada.

The Lifelong Learning Institute is accessible to persons with disabilities and will try to accommodate special physical needs. Please contact the office if you have special needs.

You can be further involved at LLI by being on a committee. Committees are available in many interest areas.

The LLI runs a year-round program which consists of spring, summer and fall sessions. Classes range from one time activities or lectures to courses of multiple weekly sessions, or activities that meet weekly. Each class may run from one to two hours and occur between 8AM-4PM, Monday-Friday.