Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia has announced the recent appointment of six new members to its board of directors.
HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (Feb.23, 2015) – Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia hasannounced 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 geriatricsand director of the Glennan Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology at the Eastern VirginiaMedical School, where he is also professor of internal medicine and division chief of geriatricmedicine.Dr. Palmer is the author of many research articles, geriatric textbooks, book chapters andscientific reviews. He also is associate editor of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Societyand chair of the society’s Acute Hospital Care Special Interest Group. In May 2015, he willreceive the society’s prestigious Edward Henderson Award for his longstanding and valuedcontributions to the field of geriatrics.Representing Southampton County, Debbie Wilson Agate is an administrative assistantsupporting the director of operations at Keurig Green Mountain in Windsor. The Portsmouthnative spent 23 years in hotel sales and marketing before moving to Franklin, where she thenworked as a human resources manager for Farm Fresh and as human resources assistant forMoney Mailer LLC.Agate lends her time to other community organizations, including the Blackwater Arts Leagueand Salvation Army and has worked diligently for animal rights by supporting area shelters. Sheis a published author of children’s books and a talented photographer, having received multipleawards for her nature photography.Representing the city of Chesapeake, Joan Cooper, a community volunteer, is retired fromVolunteers 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 Norfolkthrough the nonprofit Life Enrichment Center, is an active member of the Virginia Beach sectionof the National Council of Negro Women and a former member of the Chesapeake Committeeon Aging.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, FleetReadiness, Norfolk Naval Air Station. (No photo available.)Lisa Turner, R.N., representing the city of Franklin, is the administrator for assisted living andthe new 16-bed memory unit at the Village at Woods Edge. She was director of resident care atthe Village before moving to her current position. Previously, she worked at Sentara ObiciHospital in Suffolk for five years.Representing Franklin, Sanya Adams is director of housing management for the FranklinRedevelopment and Housing Authority. Originally from Durham, N.C., she worked in theprivate sector until relocating to Virginia in 2008 to serve as a senior property manager for theNewport News Housing and Redevelopment Authority. She went to the Norfolk Redevelopmentand Housing Authority in 2011, where she stayed until moving to Franklin a year ago. She holdslow-income housing tax credit and fair housing certifications.Adams is an active member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority through which she volunteersefforts in the Franklin and Southampton County community. (No photo available.)