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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.

Annual Report

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 -

View our FY2010 Annual Report - PDF

Board of Directors

Board Officers

David R. Stephens
Stephens & LaRoche Financial Partners, LLC


Vice President
Marion E. Backus
Data Cable Technologies

Glenn A. Jenner
Brothers Printing
Shannon DS Kane
EWR Management Group

Board Members

Jamie Albano
Albano Cleaners

Scott N. Alperin
Alperin Law

Lisa DeCoste
Union First Bank
Linda Dyer
The Hurrah Players
Kimberley Green
Community Solutions
Lee Jamerson
The Parrot Head Club of Tidewater
Katrina Parker
The Memory Center

Heather Pasko

Kelley Pearson
TD Madison & Associates
Randy Thompson
VistaGraphics, Inc.



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

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Chapter Staff

Executive Director

Gino V. Colombara, Ed.M.

Director Programs & Public Policy

Patricia Farish Lacey, MBA

Director of Development  Rebecca Plate

Programs Manager

Debra Davis

Education & Family Services Coordinator- Peninsula/Williamsburg  Douglas Panto

Development Manager

Jennifer Chavez

Communications Specialist

Sean Shields

Development Specialist - Peninsula & Williamsburg

Barbara Monteith

 Development Coordinator Christine Warfel

Office Operations Manager

Sherry Warren 

 Accounting Assistant  Sharon Pullman  

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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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Alzheimer's Association

Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.