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​​​​​​​​​​​Georgia's Healing house

Georgia’s Healing House  serves women during their initial stages of recovery from alcohol and drug dependency. Participants must be over age 18, with no direct responsibility for children,   who are usually referred to us by a mental health professional/organization or by professionals in the criminal justice system.  They must be willing to participate in development of an individualized treatment plan, seek and maintain employment soon upon entry, follow all house rules, complete assigned chores and meet weekly with an assigned mentor. 45% of resident income will help support the operation of Georgia’s Healing House, with an additional 45% deposited into a personal savings account.


Susan Hess, Program Director

Heather Kellams, Marketing, Fundraising and Program Specialist

Kimberly Wilson, Office Administrator and Volunteer Coordinator

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:


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.