Liz McCuean Joins St. Mary’s Home as Director of Nursing

Liz McCuean is the director of nursing for St. Mary's Home and The Albero House.
Liz McCuean is the director of nursing for St. Mary’s Home and The Albero House.

NORFOLK, Va. (May 1, 2019)— Liz McCuean, a registered nurse with extensive experience in emergency and intensive care and a strong background in healthcare risk management, is the new director of nursing of St. Mary’s Home. 

“I was drawn to the St. Mary’s family to be a part of an organization with such an apparent and strong passion for helping the individuals they serve,” McCuean said.

McCuean was a risk manager for Sentara Healthcare from July 2017until she joined St. Mary’s earlier this year. She also served as an external consultant to customers and collaborated with leadership teams and staff of healthcare facilities to evaluate environment, policies and procedures and regulatory and quality concerns. Before that, shewas a risk analyst for Sentara for four years. 

She previously provided emergency nursing care to patients throughout the Sentara system, worked as a nurse in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Sentara Norfolk General Heart Hospital, operated as a charge nurse, triage nurse and staff nurse in the emergency department at Sentara Leigh Hospital and was a clinician caring for cardiac patients and individuals dependent on ventilator care at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters. 

McCuean holds bachelor’s degrees in biology and nursing from Old Dominion University and she is pursuing a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Louisiana State University.

At St. Mary’s, McCuean succeeded Ann Sparkman, who was acting director of nursing for 16 months while continuing to serve in her role as director of medical records. 

About St. Marys HomeSt. Mary’s Home in Norfolk provides around-the-clock care for 88 Virginia children and 12 adults with 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

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Beazley Foundation Grant to Help Replace Nurse Call System

Payten and other children and young adults at St. Mary’s Home will benefit from a new nurse call system made possible with generous support from The Beazley Foundation and other organizations and individuals. (photo by Tony Cece)

NORFOLK, Va. (April 16, 2019)— A $100,000 grant from The Beazley Foundation will help St. Mary’s Home replace its nurse call system, enhancing the care that the nonprofit provides for young people with disabilities. 

Significant improvements in technology have made St. Mary’s current nurse call system obsolete. The upgraded system will provide a quick, reliable method of communication, improving workflow and staff response time. 

Staff will be able to easily receive medical alerts, have two-way communication with team members and route requests as needed to others on the care team. The system also can be linked to medical equipment to provide additional information to caregivers when responding to calls.

“The improved technology of a new nurse call system will enhance our ability to provide superior quality care and real-time support to the individuals we serve, their families and staff,” said Liz McCuean, RN, St. Mary’s director of nursing. 

“Meeting these needs more efficiently means that the children and young adults spend less time focusing on healthcare-related tasks, leaving them more time to learn, laugh, play and enjoy all of good things that a day at St. Mary’s Home brings,” McCuean said. “This call system will aid us in our mission to foster individual growth, health, independence and overall happiness for all of the people we are so lucky to support.”

In addition to the Beazley Foundation in Portsmouth, St. Mary’s also has received funding from the following to support the new call system:

  • Bank of America
  • Southeast Virginia Community Foundation
  • Suffolk Foundation
  • Kiwanis Club of Chesapeake
  • TowneBank
  • Capital Group 
  • Carl M. Albero, honorary member of St. Mary’s Board of Directors 

About St. Marys HomeSt. Mary’s Home in Norfolk provides around-the-clock care for 88 Virginia children and 12 adults with 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      


                                                    


    

                                  



Michelle Depelteau Heads Human Resources at St. Mary’s Home

Michelle Depelteau moved from Massachusetts to join the nonprofit St. Mary’s Home in September 2018 as director of human resources.

NORFOLK, Va. (Oct. 12, 2018)Michelle Depelteau has joined St. Mary’s Home as director of human resources. Her background gives her insight into the kind of work provided by the nonprofit, which cares for individuals with severe disabilities.

Depelteau most recently spent more than four years as director of human resources for Sunshine Village, a 260-employee health and human service agency in Chicopee, Mass., that supports adults with disabilities.

At Sunshine Village, Depelteau reduced employee turnover, developed and coordinated training programs for staff and managers, coached managers in areas including team dynamics and morale building, and developed and analyzed employee surveys to determine areas of improvement with benefits, awards and recognition.

She previously held executive positions with Insurance Center of New England and United Personnel, both in Massachusetts. She also has an extensive background in project, operations and account management.

Depelteau earned a bachelor’s degree ineconomics from Regis College. Her awards include the Remarkable Woman Award-Next Generation Leader, Business West 40 under 40, Business West Difference Maker and Chicopee Chamber Volunteer of the Year.

She has been very active in community leadership, holding board and other positions for organizations including Harmony House, the Human Resource Management Association, Women’s Fund of Western Mass, Chicopee Chamber of Commerce, West of the River Chamber of Commerce and the American Cancer Society.

At St. Mary’s, Depelteau succeeds Mary Hecht, who retired on Sept. 28 after 12 years of service.

 “My husband and I have long dreamed of a move south to the Virginia area to be near the water where our family would enjoy visiting,” Depelteau said. “I could not have anticipatedthe joy I would feel in being offered this role at St. Mary’s Home.”

About St. Marys Home: St. Mary’s Home in Norfolk provides around-the-clock care for 88 Virginia children and 12 adults with 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 this release.

Celebrate Fall and Support Kids with Disabilities

Rachel and her family at the 2017 It’s Fall, Y’all. (photo courtesy of Hampton Roads Photography)

NORFOLK, Va. (Aug. 9, 2018) — A family-friendly event that helps to ensure children with disabilities receive essential support services is returning to St. Mary’s Home just in time to celebrate the change of season.

The third annual It’s Fall, Y’all will take place Friday, Sept. 21, from 5-8 p.m. on St. Mary’s grounds, across from Sentara Leigh Hospital. PRA Group is the presenting sponsor.

Guests will enjoy food generously provided by Baker’s Crust Artisan Kitchen, craft brews from Tradition Brewing Co., cornhole and other family-friendly activities, plus tours of St. Mary’s. More Perfect Jones will be back by popular demand to play live bluegrass.

Additional sponsors include Johns Brothers Security, Peter Decker Children’s Charity, Sertoma Club of Norfolk, Coastal Prosthetics and Orthotics, Children’s Specialty Group, R.D. Lambert & Son and Taylor’s Do It Center.

Tickets can be purchased on St. Mary’s website at http://bit.ly/IFYA18tix until Sept. 19 at 5 p.m. Prices are $35 for adults, $20 for youth and $100 for a family pack (two adults and up to three children). Prices go up Sept. 1.

“We are so grateful to the Hampton Roads community for always stepping up to support St. Mary’s Home,” said Wayne Jones, St. Mary’s CEO. “Any contribution, whether it’s your time as a volunteer or a donation, is a gift that helps young people with severe disabilities live well and receive the best care in a warm, homelike environment.”

About St. Mary’s Home: St. Mary’s Home 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

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Boutique Bestows Fashionable Gift to St. Mary’s Home

Mercedez, seated, who lives at The Albero House for adults at St. Mary’s Home, greeted Terrie Mitchell, owner of Bella Tu Boutique, right, when Mitchell presented St. Mary’s with a donation for more than $600 from a special consignment event. Also on hand were, from left, Jenna Crumley, a founder of the Kid2Kid youth volunteer group at St. Mary’s Home, and Kathleen Kaurup, St. Mary’s director of philanthropy.

NORFOLK, Va. (Aug. 1, 2018)Bella Tu Boutique donated more than $600 to St. Mary’s Home for children and adults with disabilities after what started as a one-day fashion fundraiser turned into a multi-month consignment event.

Terrie Mitchell, owner of the upscale Virginia Beach consignment shop, had invited the St. Mary’s Kid2Kid youth volunteer program to collect clothes for a special sales rack to benefit the Home.

Mercedez, who lives at The Albero House for adults on St. Mary’s campus, was on hand to greet Mitchell when she visited St. Mary’s to deliver the donation.

About St. Marys Home: St. Mary’s Home in Norfolk provides around-the-clock care for 88 Virginia children and 12 adults with 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 this release.

 

Kathleen Kaurup Heads Fundraising for St. Mary’s Home

NORFOLK, Va. (Dec. 12, 2017) —Kathleen Kaurup has joined St. Mary’s Home as director of philanthropy.

Kaurup comes to St. Mary’s with more than 20 years of experience with a focus on fund development. She most recently was the corporate and foundation relations officer at the Chrysler Museum of Art. Before that, she was the corporate and foundation relations manager for the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast.

Kaurup holds a bachelor’s degree from Mary Washington College. She is a graduate of LEAD Peninsula, a 10-month community immersion program of the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.

“St. Mary’s Home has an amazing mission,” Kaurup said. “I am proud to be a part of this incredible staff that changes the lives of children, young adults and their families every day.”

About St. Mary’s Home: St. Mary’s Home in Norfolk provides around-the-clock care for 88 Virginia children and 12 adults with 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 this release.

PRA Group Donates $20,000 for St. Mary’s Fall Celebration

Jackson, left, and Braeden, right, welcomed Chris Lagow, senior vice president, general counsel, PRA Group, during a visit to St. Mary’s Home. PRA Group donated $20,000 to be the lead sponsor of the It’s Fall, Y’all celebration to be held Sept. 22, 2017, on the grounds of the Norfolk nonprofit. Lagow recently joined the St. Mary’s Home Advisory Council.

NORFOLK, Va. (July 11, 2017) — PRA Group, Inc. has donated $20,000 to be the lead sponsor of the second annual It’s Fall, Y’all celebration to support individuals with disabilities who live at St. Mary’s Home. Additionally, Baker’s Crust generously will provide a delicious menu for the event, including pulled pork BBQ, smoke beef brisket, pork belly tacos, oysters on the half shell and vegetarian items.

It’s Fall, Y’all will take place Friday, Sept. 22, from 5-8 p.m. on the grounds of St. Mary’s Home, across from Sentara Leigh Hospital. Guests will enjoy live bluegrass music by More Perfect Jones, craft beer from Tradition Brewing Co., tours of St. Mary’s and family-friendly activities including face painting, cornhole and a visit from the Hampton Roads Superhero Squad.

PRA Group, a longtime supporter of the nonprofit, also was the presenting sponsor of the 2016 It’s Fall, Ya’ll event. Additional sponsors to date this year include Baker’s Crust, Children’s Specialty Group, Coastal Prosthetics and Orthotics, London & Norfolk Ltd., Mermaid Factory, Peter Decker Children’s Charity, Sertoma Club of Norfolk, Strayseed Landscaping, Tradition Brewing Co. and an anonymous donor.

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 more than 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 clients.

About St. Mary’s Home: St. Mary’s Home 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 about St. Mary’s Home and It’s Fall, Y’all, 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 this release.

Auxiliary Gala Raises $80,000 for Individuals with Disabilities

Colton, who lives at The Albero House for adults on St. Mary’s campus, was a special guest at the St. Mary’s Auxiliary Gala and Auction on April 1, 2017, at the Peter G. Decker Jr. Half Moone Center. The Gala raised $80,000 for St. Mary’s. With Colton are his mother, Roxane Ward, center, and Nancy Wilcox, immediate past president of St. Mary’s Board of Directors and co-chair of the 2017 Gala. (photo courtesy Carl Anderson of Hampton Roads Photography)

NORFOLK, Va. (June 6, 2017) — Individuals with disabilities who live at St. Mary’s Home will benefit from more community outings and much-needed medical equipment because of the generosity of sponsors and donors who helped St. Mary’s Auxiliary Board Gala and Auction raise $80,000.

About 300 people attended the Auxiliary Board’s 12th annual Gala this spring at the Peter G. Decker Jr. Half Moone Center on Norfolk’s downtown waterfront.

For the seventh year in a row, presenting sponsor Checkered Flag Auto Group donated a car for the Auxiliary to raffle off at the end of the event. The raffle raised $23,000, with the 2017 silver Toyota Corolla going to Cathy Engesser of Virginia Beach.

Cathy Engesser, center, of Virginia Beach won a raffle for a 2017 Toyota Corolla donated by Checkered Flag. With Engessser are, from left: Kristen Nelson, St. Mary’s annual giving manager; Mary Helen Hilton, St. Mary’s director of development; Ann Gimbert, president of St. Mary’s Auxiliary Board; and Marie Siebeking, treasurer of St. Mary’s Auxiliary Board. (photo courtesy St. Mary’s Home)

Additional Gala sponsors were PRA Group, Kerneos Inc., TowneBank, Kaufman & Canoles P.C., George and Linda Consolvo, PF&A Design, Mercer, Roof Engineering, TS&W, Teamsters Local 822 and Vandeventer Black.

The Norfolk Strolling Silver Strings provided musical entertainment for the evening.

The Auxiliary Board plans to hold its 13th Gala and Auction on April 14, 2018, at The Founders Inn and Spa in Virginia Beach.

About St. Mary’s Home: St. Mary’s Home 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 this release.

St. Mary’s Home Names Controller

Laura Godfrey, CPA, is the new controller for St. Mary's Home. NORFOLK, Va. (Jan. 30, 2017) — Laura Godfrey, CPA, has joined St. Mary’s Home in the new position of controller for the nonprofit, which cares for children and adults who have severe disabilities.

“Laura’s strong financial background coupled with her previous experience as an accounting volunteer at St. Mary’s makes her ideally suited to oversee budgeting, financial statements, Medicaid cost reimbursement and other accounting-related activities,” said Wayne Jones, St. Mary’s former chief financial officer, who became CEO last fall.

Previously, Godfrey worked in financial and audit consulting for Accenture Federal Services and in public accounting for Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP. In 2008, she was an accounting volunteer at St. Mary’s.

She holds a bachelor’s degree of business administration in accounting with a minor in studio art and art history from The College of William and Mary and master’s of science degree in accounting from Old Dominion University.

“I am happy to be back at St. Mary’s, working with the great staff here helping to make a difference for individuals with disabilities,” Godfrey said.

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 Names Director of Operational Support

Shannon Edsall is the new director of operational support.NORFOLK, Va. (Jan. 30, 2017) — Shannon Edsall has been promoted to the new position of director of operational support of St. Mary’s Home, which cares for children and adults who have severe disabilities.

Edsall has been with the nonprofit for more than five years, starting as an intern, and currently works on coordinating and managing projects, as well as writing grants as a member of the development department. Edsall’s new responsibilities include overseeing human resources, maintenance, security and staff development. She also will work closely with other departments throughout the Home to evaluate and update processes.

“With her wide experience at the Home, Shannon is the perfect person to help St. Mary’s staff collaborate to become even more effective at providing complex care,” CEO Wayne Jones said.

Before coming to St. Mary’s, Edsall worked at Navy Federal Credit Union as a member service representative and as the business manager for Guam Harley-Davidson. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Guam and a master’s degree in business administration-health care administration from the University of Phoenix.

Edsall said having a childhood friend with physical and intellectual disabilities sparked her interest in St. Mary’s. After she completed her internship, she knew she wanted to develop her career at the Home.

“I am both excited and honored to continue my journey at St. Mary’s and I look forward to working even harder, alongside a great team, to ensure that the children and young adults we serve have a happy, healthy, and exciting life,” she said.

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.