​​​​​​​​​​​Georgia's Healing house


Susan Hess, Executive Director

Heather Kellams, Marketing, Fundraising and Program Specialist

Kimberly Wilson, Office Administrator and Volunteer Coordinator

Georgia’s Healing House was, and still is a home for women during their initial stages of recovery from alcohol and/or drug dependency. Residents must be over age 18, (with no direct responsibility for children) Most of the women are usually referred to us by a mental health professionals, organizations or professionals in the criminal justice system.  The women must be willing to participate in a development of an individualized treatment plan, seek and maintain employment soon upon entry or school, follow all house rules, participate actively in a cooperative living environment and attend 12-step meetings regularly. Our target is that approximately 45% of resident income will help support the operation of Georgia’s Healing House. Our program is designed to help women create and maintain a healthy way to live clean and are integrated back into our society as productive, active and happy 

I was trying to decide what I should wear for my Halloween costume; this is my very favorite time of year!

I hope your Halloween 

​was fun and safe!

On warm days I lay here and dream, just dream.


Dorothy Tompkins,MD, President : Certified by and Fellow of  American Society of Addiction Medicine, American Academy of Pediatrics and American College of Cardiology; Co-founder and retired Medical Director of Blue Ridge First Step; Retired Associate Professor U. Va.  School of Medicine; Founder of Pantops Methadone Clinic; Past Associate Medical Director of The Farley Institute; current volunteer at ACRJ.

Ruth Wadlington, Vice President: Past president of the League of Women Voters, Past Chair of the Board of Youth Commission, Outreach Counseling Services and Community Attention, past and present volunteer on many boards.

Olivia Hart, Secretary: Transition and Reentry Coordinator at ACRJ, Degree in Criminal Justice.  Member of the Crisis Intervention Team.

Gerri Carr, Treasurer: [professional bio to follow soon.]

Tom Albro: Practiced law since 1972.  Past President, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, Former Councilman, Charlottesville City Council.  Member, Lawyers Helping Lawyers.  Former member, Albemarle Charlottesville Jail Board.

Camille Burnett,PhD, MPA, APHN-BC, RN, DSW: Current Academic Director Community Engagement and Partnerships at UVa School of Nursing, Assistant Professor, UVa School of Nursing.  Past experience in US and Canadian Public Health management and consulting. Primary research addresses policies related to vulnerable groups.

Neal Goodloe: Has 34 years of experience in community corrections, with 25 years in direct client services.  Currently is a Criminal Justice Planner for the Thomas Jefferson Area Community Criminal Justice Board.  Previously employed as a consultant for Northpointe, a national criminal justice consulting firm, 2003-2008.  Deputy Chief Probation Officer 2000-2003, Senior Probation Officer 1995-2000, Probation Officer 1985-95.  BA from UVA, and MPA from VCU.

Anne Y. Sartori: Currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Charlottesville Symphony.  Founded Insiders Network to College, an advisory service for college bound students with learning disabilities.  Served on several boards and volunteered in organizations supporting scholarships for students.

Page Gilliam: Senior Legal Administrative Coordinator of Hunton & Williams/UVA Associate of Scott/Kroner. Associate of Hunton & Williams. Lawyers Helping Lawyers 2005-Present. State Board 2001-2005. Editorial Assistant to T.R. Johns MD, UVA School of Med. 1974-1977. UVA JD Degree. 

Karen Turner: ​Karen is a graduate of UVA. She successfully started and continues KTK Design in Charlottesville. Karen has also been very active with the women and GHH as a whole.

Sometimes I just like to think...

Happy 2nd Birthday

Georgia's Healing House

Our Healing Cat, Cleo

Blessings come in many ways, and last year one came in a furry, four-legged package. Cleo adopted us and has made Georgia's Healing House her forever home.

Cleo has her own email address and would love to hear from you: cleoghhcville@gmail.com