Alyssa House Board of Directors
Committed to the Helping Families
Holly is the Director of Leadership and Engagement with Ron Brown Scholar Program – a highly competitive national scholarship program and leadership community for African American youth.
Holly worked in higher education as a college counselor for over a decade at UNC, Duke, and University of Virginia School of Law before changing careers to the nonprofit sector in 2013.
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.
Lynn's favorite title remains 'Alyssa's Mommy,' and lends her experiences as a public speaker and Development Director to be our "Spokes-mommy."
Lynn cherishes time with her surviving daughter, Alyssa’s sister, Lexie. Love for dance still fills much of their free time.
Alyssa's Dad, Board Member, Operations
Jeff Divers, 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. Additionally, he spent several years counseling children in both hospital and wilderness settings.
Jeff has experienced first hand the divisive pressures of caring for his family during Alyssa’s illness while working full time, including the financial and logistical challenges of procuring housing while seeking treatment for Alyssa a long way from home.
His family has also experienced the blessings of having housing prepared and provided for them with minimal effort and cost.
Vice Board Chair, Advancement Chair
Barbara Stevens 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 enjoys her time with family, travel, gardening, skiing and as much time as possible in the sun and surf at the beach.
Barb is a neighbor to The Alyssa House, and shares her compassion and care with our guests.
Julia has a background in communications, journalism, social media management, and photography. Julia manages contact with our Alyssa House guests, and maintains all web and social media. She works in communications at the University of Virginia School of Law.
Julia became involved in Alyssa’s story as a fellow dancer at Wilson School of dance, and became inspired by her strength.
Board Member, Volunteer Coordinator
Pat Coldewey, 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.
Board Member, Advancement
Ashley Merritt is the Director of Admissions at the University of Virginia School of Law. Ashley earned her undergraduate and juris doctor degrees from the University of Virginia and recently moved back to Charlottesville after practicing law at a corporate law firm in Washington, D.C.
As a former elementary school teacher, she is passionate about the interests of children and community building. She was deeply moved after hearing about the mission and work of The Alyssa House and is thrilled to be joining the board. In her spare time, Ashley also enjoys spending time outdoors and going on adventures with her husband, Charlie, and rescue pup, Paddy.
Stacy Shaver Williams
Board Member, Operations
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, her husband, and her dog, Alfie.
Holly 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.
Board Member, Operations
Bibi graduated from UVa in
2015 with a bachelor in anthropology. As a graduate of UVa and a 15 year
resident of Charlottesville, Bibi values the importance of giving back and
encouraging civic engagement among community members. She is
passionate about making a difference and coming into contact with people
of varying backgrounds and learning about the different cultures, religions,
and ways of life around the world.
Bibi’s passion for The Alyssa House
comes from her experience as someone that witnessed a family member go through tremendous challenges and recovery at the hospital.