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.

St. Mary’s Names Annual Giving Manager

Kristen Nelson is the new annul giving manager for St. Mary's Home. NORFOLK, Va. (Jan. 30, 2017) — Kristen Nelson has been promoted to annual giving manager for St. Mary’s Home, which cares for children and adults who have severe disabilities.

Nelson joined St. Mary’s in June 2016 as development coordinator. Her expanded role as annual giving manager will include donor relations, database management, grants, special events and community involvement with the Home.

Previously, she was a philanthropy associate with Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast in Chesapeake, volunteer coordinator with the Massachusetts Service Alliance in Boston and director of training and technology with Volunteer Hampton Roads in Norfolk.

“Kristen brings a wealth of experience to her position here at St. Mary’s Home,” said Mary Helen Hilton, St. Mary’s director of development. “Her keen sense of donor database management and her excellent relationship skills make her a rare asset to any development team. We are lucky to have her on board.”

Nelson holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and human resource development from James Madison University. After school, she committed to a year of national service with AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps). She completed over 1,700 hours of community service while participating in a team-based residential program with projects focusing on disaster relief, education, environment, public safety and unmet human needs. She served in Florida, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

“St. Mary’s Home is an incredibly special place,” Nelson said. “I am overjoyed for this growth opportunity working alongside amazing staff and kids who steal your heart. It doesn’t feel like work when every day is spent at ‘Home.’ ”

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 here.

Mary Helen Hilton Promoted to Development Director

NORFOLK, Va. (Jan. 30, 2017) — Mary Helen Hilton has been promoted to director of development for St. Mary’s Home, which cares for children and adults who have severe disabilities.

Hilton has worked at the nonprofit for more than 10 years, first as marketing communications manager for one and a half years and then as director of annual giving. She worked side by side with Martha Price Stewart, who retired as director of development on Dec. 31.

“Mary Helen’s work with annual donors, as well as her close working relationship with St. Mary’s Auxiliary Board will serve her — and the Home — well in her new position,” CEO Wayne Jones said in announcing Hilton’s promotion.

Hilton served on the board of the Hampton Roads chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals for five years, including two as secretary. She currently serves as secretary for the AFP Virginia Caucus, the statewide organization of Virginia AFP chapters.

Before coming to St. Mary’s, Hilton worked at The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News for more than seven years as the marketing communications manager. She graduated from Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C., with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

“I continue to be amazed by our staff and how they look at our young people in terms of what they can do instead of what they can’t,” Hilton said. “It is a gift and privilege to be here at St. Mary’s, and I look forward to working even harder to provide the children and young adults 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.

Meet New Support Coordinator Sarah Lobstein

Sarah LobsteinSarah Lobstein is the new qualified intellectual disabilities professional (QIDP)/support coordinator working with children on Unit 1 at St. Mary’s Home.

Sarah hails from Flagstaff, Ariz. She attended Augusta State University in Augusta, Ga., where she played collegiate volleyball, earned a degree in psychology with a minor in social work and met her husband, Brian.

After college, the newlyweds headed to Europe, since Brian is active-duty Navy. They spent three years in Belgium and got to travel the world. They moved back to the United States and ended up in Hampton Roads. Sarah started working for the City of Virginia Beach as a direct support professional and then a behavior specialist at SkillQuest Services Day program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. After a few years, Sarah moved to the West Neck intermediate care facility, where she continued to work with adults as a QIDP/support coordinator.

Sarah is excited to get to know every one at St. Mary’s Home and to help enrich the lives of the children and young adults. “My goal is to be the best QIDP I can possibly be for all of the children,” she said.

 

For Auxiliary President, “It’s All About the Children”

Adrian, left, and Sierra, right, with Auxiliary President Ann Gimbert.

Adrian, left, and Sierra, right, with Auxiliary President Ann Gimbert.

Ann Gimbert was controller for Roof Engineering when she had the opportunity to choose a charity for the company to support. She selected St. Mary’s Home, which she knew about from living in the area. “I was very impressed with all I heard about the Home,” she said.

That was about five years ago. Roof Engineering has continued to support the children and young adults and has been a sponsor of the Auxiliary Board of St. Mary’s annual Gala and Auction.

Ann since has retired and, looking for an opportunity to give back to the community, she joined the Auxiliary Board about two years ago. In 2016, she was elected president.

“I believe very much in the Board’s commitment to St. Mary’s,” Ann said. “The Board’s mission is to support the children. It’s all about the children, and I don’t think you can have a better mission or a better goal than that.”

Ann worked in construction accounting for 40 years and served as president of the Tidewater chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction. Originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., Ann and her husband of six years, Cliff, now call Virginia Beach home. She has two sons and two granddaughters. Ann, who is of Italian descent, travels to Italy almost every year to visit a friend who lives in Rome.

Ann said she especially enjoys the camaraderie of the Auxiliary Board. As president, she’s looking to bring in some new members and to make the Board’s Gala even more successful.

Save the date: Please join us on April 1, 2017, at 6 p.m. for the Auxiliary Board’s Gala and Auction, at the Peter G. Decker Jr. Half Moone Center, 1 Waterside Drive, Norfolk. For more information about the Gala or about the Auxiliary Board, contact: Mary Helen Hilton, (757) 446-6793 or mhilton@smhdc.org.


Eds note: A version of this article originally appeared in the Winter 2016-2017 issue of our Journeys newsletter. You can read that issue and others on our website here

Steve Kraly Baseball Card Donated to The Albero House

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Bob Kraly, right, with his son, Ty, and Martha Price Stewart, St. Mary’s former director of development. Ty is holding memorabilia including a signed photo of his grandfather, former Yankees pitcher Steve Kraly.

Ty Kraly holds the baseball card of his grandfather, former Yankees pitcher Steve Kraly.

Ty Kraly holds the baseball card of his grandfather, former Yankees pitcher Steve Kraly.

Carl M. Albero, who recently retired from St. Mary’s Board of Directors and joined our Honorary Board, is a huge Yankees fan. He gave St. Mary’s a treasure trove of Yankees memorabilia to go on display at The Albero House, our home for adults with disabilities; Carl and his wife, Carol Anne, were the home’s main benefactors.

Bob Kraly, a partner with Image Business Interiors, one of St. Mary’s staunchest corporate supporters, recently dropped by with his son to add something personal to the collection: the baseball card of his father, Steve, who pitched for the Yankees in 1953. His father passed away in 2016 at the age of 86.

“St. Mary’s is truly a special place!” Bob’s 12-year-old son, Ty, wrote in a thank-you card after he and his father visited.

Thank you to the Kraly family for your generosity!


Eds note: A version of this article originally appeared in the Winter 2016-2017 issue of our Journeys newsletter. You can read that issue and others on our website here

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.