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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 2016 Annual Review - PDF
    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 -

    View our FY2010 Annual Report - PDF

    Board of Directors

    Board Officers

    Shannon DS Kane
    EWR Management Group




    Katrina Parker
    The Memory Center


    Board Members



    Scott N. Alperin
    Alperin Law


    Susan Ayala
    Kings Grant House of Commonwealth Assisted Living & Memory Care

    George P. Wakefield Buxton
    TrustBuilders Law Group

    Lisa DeCoste
    Fulton Bank

    Robin G. Gordon, LPN
    Director of Nursing
    Beth Sholom Village
    Micah Hunt
    Senior Advocate
    Glenn A. Jenner
    Brothers Printing
    Mary Ann Moreau
    Canon Virginia

    Heather Pasko

    Kelley Pearson
    TD Madison & Associates
    Eric Stein
    U.S. Navy
    David R. Stephens
    Stephens 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.


    Director of Development

    Rebecca Plate


    Director of Programs
    and Public Policy

    Katie McDonough



    Family Program Manager

    Debra Davis

      Community Programs Manager

    Douglas Panto

    Alisa Reed-Lofton

    Community Program Specialist



    Development Manager

    Jennifer Chavez



    Communications Specialist

    Sean Shields



    Development Specialist
    Peninsula & Williamsburg

    Barbara Monteith

      Development Coordinator

    Christine Warfel


    Office Operations Manager

    Sherry Warren

     General Information

    Walk Help - General Questions Development/
    Communications Staff

    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.