St. Mary’s CFO Wayne Jones to Become CEO

2016-10-12-wayne-jones-headshotNORFOLK, Va. (Oct. 17, 2016) — Wayne Jones, chief financial officer of St. Mary’s Home, has been selected by the Board of Directors to become CEO of the nonprofit residence serving children and and adults who have severe disabilities.

Jones will succeed William C. Giermak, who will retire Oct. 28 after 12 years as CEO.

“Mr. Jones has worked closely with Mr. Giermak,” said Board President Nancy Wilcox. “He is well prepared to take over the day-to-day operations at the Home and create with the Board a strategic plan for St. Mary’s future.”

Jones, 60, has been CFO of St. Mary’s since June 2005. He has devoted his career to health care finance and administration, including more than 20 years at Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center in Portsmouth, Va.

“I am very proud to work at St. Mary’s, an organization with an incredible mission,” Jones said. “I am really looking forward to this new position. Mr. Giermak has done a wonderful job as CEO, and he has set a high bar.”

Jones holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the College of William & Mary and a master’s degree in health care administration from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University.

Jones grew up in Smithfield, Va., where he lives with his wife, Fran, a retired teacher. They have two sons and a grandson.

Giermak, who turned 65 in April, said he was pleased that the Board selected Jones as the new CEO.

“This allows for some measure of continuity,” Giermak said. “More important than continuity is a new voice in leadership to help St. Mary’s staff accomplish even more to give the children and adults here a good life.”

About St. Mary’s Home: St. Mary’s Home, formerly St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children, in Norfolk provides around-the-clock, specialized residential care for 88 children and 12 adults from throughout Virginia who have multiple, severe disabilities. For more information, visit www.SaintMarysHome.org.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Sonja Barisic, APR
Director of Marketing Communications
St. Mary’s Home
(757) 352-2700 | cell (757) 412-7071
sbarisic@smhdc.org

Download a PDF of the news release.

Fall Celebration Raises $27,000 to Support Individuals with Disabilities

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Brandon, who lives at St. Mary’s Home, and Julie Clyburn, a member of St. Mary’s recreational therapy department, were among close to 400 people who enjoyed the “It’s Fall, Y’all” fundraiser and celebration on Sept. 23. (photo courtesy of Hampton Roads Photography)

It's Fall, Y'allNORFOLK, Va. (Oct. 14, 2016) — About 400 people jammed to bluegrass and enjoyed BBQ, oysters and craft beer at the first “It’s Fall, Y’all” celebration at St. Mary’s Home, which raised nearly $27,000 to support children and adults with disabilities.

PRA Group, Inc., a longtime supporter of the nonprofit, donated $25,000 and was the presenting sponsor of the event, which took place Sept. 23 on the grounds of St. Mary’s.

“It was wonderful to see so many of the children and young adults who live at St. Mary’s have fun in their own front yard and connect with our friends and supporters in the community during this great event,” said William C. Giermak, St. Mary’s CEO.

Tradition Brewing Co., a new craft brewery in Newport News, partnered with St. Mary’s to provide adult beverages. Guests also enjoyed BBQ from Malbon Bros., salty seaside oysters from Welton’s Seafood, vegetarian food truck fare, cornhole and other family friendly activities, a tour of St. Mary’s and live bluegrass music by More Perfect Jones.

In addition, Kid2Kid, St. Mary’s youth volunteer group had desserts for sale and a silent auction table, and volunteers from Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach, Inc., were on hand to feature their cookbook and assist with pouring wine.

To the delight of guests of all ages, Spiderman, Captain America and Iron Man also appeared during the event, courtesy of the Hampton Roads Superhero Squad, a group dedicated to children with special needs.

Additional sponsors of It’s Fall, Y’all were The Norfolk Sertoma Club; Peter Decker Children’s Charity,  Coastal Prosthetics and Orthotics; The Norfolk Stationery Co., Inc.; National Seating & Mobility; Strayseed Landscaping & Design; MRI-CT Diagnostics and Birsch. Media partners were 92.9 FM The Wave and 97.3 The Eagle.

About PRA Group: As a global leader in acquiring and collecting nonperforming loans, PRA Group, Inc. returns capital to banks and other creditors to help expand financial services for consumers in the Americas and Europe. With almost 4,000 employees worldwide, PRA Group companies collaborate with customers to help them resolve their debt and provide a broad range of additional revenue and recovery services to business and government clients. For more information, please visit www.pragroup.com.

About St. Mary’s Home: St. Mary’s Home, formerly St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children, in Norfolk provides around-the-clock, specialized residential care for 88 children and 12 adults from throughout Virginia who have multiple, severe disabilities. For more information, visit SaintMarysHome.org.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Sonja Barisic, APR
Director of Marketing Communications
St. Mary’s Home
(757) 352-2700 | cell (757) 412-7071
sbarisic@smhdc.org

Download a PDF of the news release.

St. Mary’s Community Liaison Connects Children, Volunteers

2016-09-21-carlton-farmer-headshotNORFOLK, Va. (Oct. 13, 2016) — Carlton Farmer has become the community liaison for St. Mary’s Home, coordinating volunteers who assist in many ways with the children and young adults who live at the nonprofit.

Farmer has been with St. Mary’s in various capacities since 2010. He has worked as a recreational therapy assistant, recreational therapy team leader and a direct support professional, or DSP. Most recently, he worked as a part-time DSP for St. Mary’s while also working as a teaching assistant and lead teacher during the summers at the Home’s school, which operates under a partnership with the REACH (Raising Expectations and Abilities for Children with Complex Health Needs) program of Southeastern Cooperative Educational Programs.

“My days of work do not feel like work at all and are filled with connecting those who live at St Mary’s with people from the community,” Farmer said. For example, volunteers may read to the children, spending one-on-one time with them or help with programs at the Home that include music, art, dance, pottery and more.

Farmer holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Old Dominion University. As community liaison, he succeeds Shirley Justice, who retired earlier this year.

About St. Mary’s Home: St. Mary’s Home, formerly St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children, in Norfolk provides around-the-clock, specialized residential care for 88 children and 12 adults from throughout Virginia who have multiple, severe disabilities. For more information, visit www.SaintMarysHome.org.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Sonja Barisic, APR
Director of Marketing Communications
St. Mary’s Home
(757) 352-2700 | cell (757) 412-7071
sbarisic@smhdc.org

Download a PDF of the news release.

St. Mary’s Social Worker Promoted to Director of Social Work

christine-parker-headshotNORFOLK, Va. (Oct. 13, 2016) — Christine Parker, MSW, was promoted to director of social work for St. Mary’s Home, which cares for children and adults who have severe disabilities.

Parker has been with St. Mary’s for about 14 years, working as an activity assistant for six years before moving into the role of social worker. As director of social work, she is the main liaison among St. Mary’s, the children and and young adults who live at the nonprofit and their families and legal guardians. She succeeds Melanie Pérez-López, who retired earlier this year.

Parker earned her undergraduate degree in human service counseling from Old Dominion University and her master’s degree in social work from Norfolk State University.

“I enjoy coming to work every day because I know the ultimate goal is to enrich the lives and the families of the young people we serve,” said Parker, whose passion for working with children started at an early age through babysitting and volunteering for others.

About St. Mary’s Home: St. Mary’s Home, formerly St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children, in Norfolk provides around-the-clock, specialized residential care for 88 children and 12 adults from  throughout Virginia who have multiple, severe disabilities. For more information, visit www.SaintMarysHome.org.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Sonja Barisic, APR
Director of Marketing Communications
St. Mary’s Home
(757) 352-2700 | cell (757) 412-7071
sbarisic@smhdc.org

Download a PDF of the news release.