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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.

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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

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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 - PDF

View our FY2010 Annual Report - PDF

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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
Beth Sholom Village
Micah Hunt
Senior Advocate
Glenn A. Jenner
Brothers Printing
Faith Belote
Christopher Newport University

Rachel Francis Sumitomo Corporation of America

Kelley Pearson
TD Madison & Associates

Heather Pasko

Randy Thompson
VistaGraphics, Inc.

Ann K. Walters

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 Programs Manager

Tracy Erlandson

Community Programs Manager

Douglas Panto

Community Programs Specialist

Alisa Lofton

Development Manager

Jennifer Chavez

Communications Specialist

Ashley Lund

Special Event Specialist


Development Coordinator

Christine Warfel

Office Operations Manager

Sherry Warren

Accounting Assistant

Tara Moscopulos

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.


Alzheimer's Association

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