​​​​​​​​​​​Georgia's Healing house

Georgia’s Healing House is a home for women in their initial stages of recovery from alcohol and/or drug dependency. Residents must be 18 or above, (with no direct responsibility for children.) Most of the women are usually referred to us by mental health professionals, organizations or professionals in the criminal justice system. The women must be willing to participate in development of an individualized treatment plan, seek and maintain employment or school soon upon entry, 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 sober lives, and are become productive and useful members of our community. 


Dorothy Tompkins,MD, President : Certified by and a 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 UVA.  School of Medicine; Founder of Pantops Methadone Clinic; Past Associate Medical Director of The Farley Institute; current volunteer at ACRJ.

Karen Turner,Vice President: ​Karen is a graduate of UVA. She started her her own business several years after graduating. KTK Design. Her primary focus and experience is design, drafting and project coordination of residential kitchens, bathrooms and specialized work spaces. 

While raising her 3 children, Karen focused on volunteer work in their schools with her primary interests teaching ArtPrint. Other areas of community partnership have included charitable design work for Live Arts, Habitat, Christ Episcopal Church and Elk Hill School.

Gerri CarrTreasurer: Gerri joined Hantzmon Wiebel in 2003 and has 30 years of public accounting experience, with particular knowledge in individual and small business taxation. B.A. With Distinction, The University of Virginia;
B.S. with Honors, University of North Carolina at Charlotte. A member of Piedmont Master Gardeners.

Olivia Dillon, Secretary: A graduate from Radford University, Olivia is currently the Director of Programs at the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail. There, she collaborates with staff to provide risk-based services to male and female offenders while addressing different needs ranging from Anger Management to Cognitive Behavioral. All with the end goal of reducing recidivism and improving public safety.


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.

Amanda Norris Ames: Amanda is an attorney at the law firm of Womble Bond Dickinson, where she practices in the fields of litigation and education law.  She previously served as a Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice.  Amanda volunteers in the community and maintains an pro bono practice, assisting individuals and non-profits with projects aimed at reducing domestic violence, improving women's health, increasing civic engagement, and promoting access to justice.  

Camille Burnett, PhD, MPA, APHN-BC, RN, DSW: Dr. Camille Burnett (PhD, MPA, APHN-BC, RN, BScN, DSW) Academic Director, Community Engagement and Partnerships is an Associate Professor and Scholar at the University of Virginia School of Nursing and the Vice-President for the Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International. She has extensive professional experience in public health including board appointments, management, research and consulting. Her portfolio centers on community engagement within a population and public health framework aimed at mitigating health disparities and inequity to improve health outcomes of the most vulnerable populations. Using a population and public health perspective Dr. Burnett’s scholarship considers not only the issue of structural violence but also the contextual and intersecting factors determining health that has informed her seminal work into the emerging domain of structural justice.

Dr. Burnett collaborates across UVA grounds and the community with various partners, research centers, institutes and agencies.Dr. Burnett is an appointed member of the AACN faculty policy think-tank, an affiliate of the University of Virginia Center for Health Policy, and is on the Board of Directors for the Nursing Network on Violence Against Women, International, the advisory board of the Charlottesville Sexual Assault Resources Agency, steering committee of the Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition, member on the National Health and Human Trafficking Advocacy Collaborative Group and a representative on the National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse in Washington, DC​

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. 

Neal Goodloe: Neal is a criminal justice professional with 35 years of experience in the field, beginning in the District 9 Probation and Parole Office in Charlottesville, where he worked for 25 years, including five years as the Chief Probation Officer.  Neal was among the first chiefs in Virginia DOC to implement an evidence-based practice (EBP) model beginning in 2004, in partnership with OAR and Region Ten Community Services. Neal supervised clients at some point in his career in every jurisdiction served by District 9 (City of Charlottesville and Counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Louisa and Goochland).

Upon his retirement from state service in 2008, Neal joined Northpointe, a nationally-recognized criminal justice consulting and technology firm.  In his second career, Neal provided consulting, technology implementation and data management services in support of statewide EBP implementation efforts in Virginia, Wisconsin, South Carolina and Massachusetts, in addition to a number of counties and municipalities.  His consulting services focused on jail population management, prison reentry planning, implementing improvements in community corrections practice, and working with drug courts, pretrial agencies and the Courts.

Neal accepted the position of Criminal Justice Planner for the Thomas Jefferson Area in January 2015. In this role, Neal coordinates the work of the Community Criminal Justice Board and facilitates the various planning, data-integration, research and grant-writing efforts of its constituent members.

Neal received his BA from the University of Virginia and holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.  

​Marilyn Minrath: Marilyn Minrath, has a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Virginia School of Nursing. She has a private psychotherapy practice as well as a forensic psychology practice. She conducts psychological evaluations for courts throughout the Commonwealth. She also conducts psychological evaluations for departments of social services. 

Annie Y. Sartori: Annie serves on the Board of Directors of Charlottesville Symphony. She founded Insiders Network to College, an advisory service for college bound students with learning disabilities. Annie has also served on several boards and has volunteered in organizations supporting scholarships for students.

Ruth Wadlington: Ruth is a 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.


Stephanie Brown

​Diane Brownlee

Carol Wise

September 2018 is our

3rd Birthday.

Happy Birthday

Georgia's Healing House!

Our Healing Cat, Cleo

Blessings come in many ways, and in 2016 one came in a furry, four-legged package. Cleo, (short for Cleopatra) 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

Georgia's Healing House; Recovery; Healing; Addiction; Drugs; Alcohol


                                              Susan Hess, MSN, RN, Executive Director

                                                                                  Heather Kellams, Marketing, Fundraising and Program Specialist

                                                                                  Kimberly Wilson, Office Administrator and Volunteer Coordinator