Meet the Board Members and Staff at The Alyssa House! Together, we have energy and passion to make a difference in the lives of children suffering from medical crisis.
Ryan Jacoby, Treasurer, has 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience and provides business consulting to area nonprofits in human capital management, organizational development, and strategic planning. Ryan is a former neighbor and close friend of the Divers family…Read More
Lynn Divers, Board Member & Alyssa’s Mom, brings her experiences as a public speaker and Development Director to the team. Lynn is also Alyssa’s Mommy. Lynn cherishes time with her surviving daughter, Alyssa’s sister, Lexie. Love for dance still fills much of their free time.
Jeff Divers, Board Member & Alyssa’s Dad, is a bilingual editor and translator. American born, but raised in Argentina, he is fluent in Spanish and intimately familiar with the cultures of Latin America. Jeff has experienced first hand the divisive pressures of caring for his family during Alyssa’s illness while working full time… Click to Read More
Lexie Divers, Director of Children’s Hospitality & Alyssa’s sister, is a self proclaimed fangirl, gaming nerd, avid reader, dancer, and fundraiser for pediatric cancer research. Lexie’s passion for The Alyssa House comes from her own time as a scared sibling during Alyssa’s treatment. Lexie is determined to help siblings and families find a bit more comfort during their stay at The Alyssa House.
Sarah Cooper, Secretary, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and currently is employed with Region Ten Community Services Board. Sarah has worked with children and their families for over 20 years, and has vast experience working with non-profits. Sarah’s oldest child was one of Alyssa’s first playmates, making involvement in The Alyssa House a labor of love…Read More
Julia Davis, Administrator, has a background in communications, journalism, social media management, and photography. She became involved in Alyssa’s story as a fellow dancer at Wilson School of dance, and became inspired by her strength. In her free time she enjoys traveling and hiking.
Holly Duke, Board Chair, is the Director of Leadership and Engagement with Ron Brown Scholar Program. She attends Sojourners United Church of Christ
where she first met Alyssa and her family in 2010. Alyssa’s exultant spirit and fierce perseverance is an inspiration to Holly, as it is to everyone touched by the life of this remarkable girl… Read More
Barbara Stevens, Vice Chair, recently retired from a 40 year career in the healthcare technology industry, has a BA in Social Work and has always had a passion for involvement in community service. Barb is our newest member of The Alyssa House board, as well as a neighbor of the The Alyssa House. Barb enjoys her time with family, travel, gardening, skiing and as much time as possible in the sun and surf at the beach.
Holly Hueston, Board Member, is the Director of Finance and Administration at the Southern Environmental Law Center and has 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience. Holly is impressed with the mission and focus of The Alyssa House and is pleased to be joining the board. Holly’s husband, Vasilis Geronymakis is a Realtor with Keller Williams and they have three daughters, Catherine, 25 and Associate Director of The Wharton School’s Communications Program, Rita, 18 and a Biology/French major at the University of Virginia and Chloe, 11 and a 6th grader at Culpeper Middle School.
Pat Coldewey, Board Member, has a strong background in hospitality housing. After losing her husband Leon Coldewey to cancer in 1988, Pat started Serenity House, a hospitality house that offered affordable housing for families of patience undergoing treatment at the Texas Medical Center. Pat also served on the Board of Directors for Anayat House, another medical hospitality house serving patients and their families in Beaumont, Texas area. She served as the directory of Anayat House until 2013.
Pat recently moved to the Charlottesville area to be closer to family. She became involved with The Alyssa House mission after meeting Jeff Divers through Virginia Master Naturalists.
Stacy Shaver Williams, Board Member, Stacy Williams has been a Pediatric ICU nurse since 1999. She met the Diver’s Family when all of the kids were very little. Alyssa and Stacy’s oldest daughter were good friends throughout Alyssa’s treatment and they continue to remember her humor, intelligence, and wit fondly.
Stacy is inspired by the strength that Alyssa showed and watching Lynn, Jeff, and Lexie honor Alyssa’s memory through the Alyssa House. Working within UVA Children’s Hospital Stacy is acutely aware of the need for the type of housing provided through The Alyssa House.
When Stacy isn’t taking care of kids at work she enjoys spending time with her three girls, ages 9, 13, and 15, her husband, and her dog, Alfie. She loves to travel too!