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Office locations, phone numbers and areas we serve

About us

The Alzheimer’s Association Southeastern Virginia Chapter has been proudly helping those in need for the last 30 years. We serve the community on a local level with a main chapter office in Norfolk and three branch offices reaching deep into the 7,400 square mile area. Our goal is to provide help for today and hope for tomorrow for those living with Alzheimer's disease and their families. We offer educational classes, monthly orientations, support groups, and fundraising activities. View our calendar or email us for more information.

We proudly serve the following cities and counties:
Accomack, Brunswick, Charlotte, Chesapeake, Emporia, Franklin, Greensville, Halifax, Hampton, Isle of Wight, James City, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Newport News, Norfolk, Northampton, Nottoway, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Prince Edward, South Boston, Southampton, Suffolk, Sussex, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, and York.

Our mission
To eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Our vision
A world without Alzheimer's disease.

Financial Information

The Alzheimer's Association Southeastern Virginia Chapter is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, donor-supported organization. Programs and services are made possible through contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations. The chapter uses 75% of funds raised for programs, services and research efforts. FY2013-990, FY2014-990

Annual Report

View our FY 2015 Annual Report - PDF
View our FY 2014 Annual Report - PDF

View our FY 2013 Annual Report - PDF
View our FY 2012 Annual Report - PDF

View our FY2011 Annual Report -
PDF 

View our FY2010 Annual Report - PDF

Board of Directors

Board Officers


Chair
Shannon DS Kane
EWR Management Group

 

 
Secretary
Katrina Parker
The Memory Center
 

Board Members
 

 

 

Scott N. Alperin
Alperin Law

 
 George P. Wakefield Buxton
Trust Builders Law Group
 

Lisa DeCoste
Union First Bank

 
Micah Hunt
Senior Advocate
 
Glenn A. Jenner
Brothers Printing
 
Mary Ann Moreau
Canon Virginia
 

Heather Pasko
SeniorCorp

 
Kelley Pearson
TD Madison & Associates
 
Eric Stein
U.S. Navy
 
David R. Stephens
Stephens & LaRoche
Financial Partners, LLC
 

Randy Thompson
VistaGraphics, Inc.

 
Ann K. Walters
Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital
 

Board Emeriti
Lucille Cartwright
John H. Kellam
Marcie McMillin
Joan Rothrauff
Kay Van Cleave

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Chapter Staff

 

Executive Director

Gino V. Colombara, Ed.M.

gcolomba@alz.org

Director of Development  Rebecca Plate rplate@alz.org

Programs Manager

Debra Davis

ddavis@alz.org

Education & Family Services Coordinator- Peninsula/Williamsburg  Douglas Panto dpanto@alz.org

Development Manager

Jennifer Chavez

jchavez@alz.org

Communications Specialist

Sean Shields

sshields@alz.org

Development Specialist - Peninsula & Williamsburg

Barbara Monteith

bmonteith@alz.org

 Development Coordinator Christine Warfel  cwarfel@alz.org

Office Operations Manager

Sherry Warren

swarren@alz.org 

 Accounting Assistant  Sharon Pullman spullman@alz.org

General Information

All Staff

InfoSEVA@alz.org

 Walk Help - General Questions Development/ Communications Staff  SEVAwalkhelp@alz.org

Our history
Over thirty years ago if you said the words “Alzheimer’s disease” people would be silent with confusion, not knowing to what you were referring. Although Alzheimer’s disease wasn’t as well known as it is today, it was equally as devastating. Only then, people really had nowhere to turn.

In 1981, a young local doctorial candidate, Terry Jenkins, was deep in the trenches with individuals suffering from this bewildering illness. Recognizing a severe need in the community, Dr. Jenkins began what was the first support group in the area. The meeting took place in June with 8 participants and grew in a matter of months to approximately 65 attendees. It was during one of these meetings in 1982 that a steering committee was formed to initiate work to establish a chapter of the National Alzheimer’s Association.

Lucille Cartwright, an essential member of that committee, was instrumental in bringing what was then the Hampton Roads Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association to life. Today she recalls a time when even leaders in the medical community were unaware about this disease that seemed to be affecting more and more individuals. With foresight and willingness to serve a dedicated few have helped thousands throughout our service area over the past quarter-century.

Four offices, and more than 30 years later, there is no question that there is still much work to be done, but we are proud to say that today there is a place to turn. As we celebrate our many years of service, we reflect on all those who have called upon our services. Many have since succumbed to the battle against Alzheimer’s - but we do not. In their memory, we remain steadfast in our vision of a world without Alzheimer’s.

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