HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (Feb.23, 2015) – Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia has
announced the recent appointment of six new members to its board of directors.
Representing the city of Norfolk, Dr. Robert M. Palmer is the John Franklin chair of geriatrics
and director of the Glennan Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology at the Eastern Virginia
Medical School, where he is also professor of internal medicine and division chief of geriatric
Dr. Palmer is the author of many research articles, geriatric textbooks, book chapters and
scientific reviews. He also is associate editor of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
and chair of the society’s Acute Hospital Care Special Interest Group. In May 2015, he will
receive the society’s prestigious Edward Henderson Award for his longstanding and valued
contributions to the field of geriatrics.
Representing Southampton County, Debbie Wilson Agate is an administrative assistant
supporting the director of operations at Keurig Green Mountain in Windsor. The Portsmouth
native spent 23 years in hotel sales and marketing before moving to Franklin, where she then
worked as a human resources manager for Farm Fresh and as human resources assistant for
Money Mailer LLC.
Agate lends her time to other community organizations, including the Blackwater Arts League
and Salvation Army and has worked diligently for animal rights by supporting area shelters. She
is a published author of children’s books and a talented photographer, having received multiple
awards for her nature photography.
Representing the city of Chesapeake, Joan Cooper, a community volunteer, is retired from
Volunteers of America for which she served as an executive assistant in the White Plains, N.Y.,
administrative office. She tutors reading at the P.B. Young Sr. Elementary School in Norfolk
through the nonprofit Life Enrichment Center, is an active member of the Virginia Beach section
of the National Council of Negro Women and a former member of the Chesapeake Committee
Representing Isle of Wight, Joseph Spratley, now spends time as a community volunteer,
having retired after 29 years as an aircraft painter with the Naval Aviation Depot Norfolk, Fleet
Readiness, Norfolk Naval Air Station. (No photo available.)
Lisa Turner, R.N., representing the city of Franklin, is the administrator for assisted living and
the new 16-bed memory unit at the Village at Woods Edge. She was director of resident care at
the Village before moving to her current position. Previously, she worked at Sentara Obici
Hospital in Suffolk for five years.
Representing Franklin, Sanya Adams is director of housing management for the Franklin
Redevelopment and Housing Authority. Originally from Durham, N.C., she worked in the
private sector until relocating to Virginia in 2008 to serve as a senior property manager for the
Newport News Housing and Redevelopment Authority. She went to the Norfolk Redevelopment
and Housing Authority in 2011, where she stayed until moving to Franklin a year ago. She holds
low-income housing tax credit and fair housing certifications.
Adams is an active member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority through which she volunteers
efforts in the Franklin and Southampton County community. (No photo available.)
Director of Development and Community Relations