Liz McCuean Joins St. Mary’s Home as Director of Nursing

Liz McCuean is the director of nursing for St. Mary's Home and The Albero House.
Liz McCuean is the director of nursing for St. Mary’s Home and The Albero House.

NORFOLK, Va. (May 1, 2019)— Liz McCuean, a registered nurse with extensive experience in emergency and intensive care and a strong background in healthcare risk management, is the new director of nursing of St. Mary’s Home. 

“I was drawn to the St. Mary’s family to be a part of an organization with such an apparent and strong passion for helping the individuals they serve,” McCuean said.

McCuean was a risk manager for Sentara Healthcare from July 2017until she joined St. Mary’s earlier this year. She also served as an external consultant to customers and collaborated with leadership teams and staff of healthcare facilities to evaluate environment, policies and procedures and regulatory and quality concerns. Before that, shewas a risk analyst for Sentara for four years. 

She previously provided emergency nursing care to patients throughout the Sentara system, worked as a nurse in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Sentara Norfolk General Heart Hospital, operated as a charge nurse, triage nurse and staff nurse in the emergency department at Sentara Leigh Hospital and was a clinician caring for cardiac patients and individuals dependent on ventilator care at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters. 

McCuean holds bachelor’s degrees in biology and nursing from Old Dominion University and she is pursuing a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Louisiana State University.

At St. Mary’s, McCuean succeeded Ann Sparkman, who was acting director of nursing for 16 months while continuing to serve in her role as director of medical records. 

About St. Marys HomeSt. Mary’s Home in Norfolk provides around-the-clock care for 88 Virginia children and 12 adults with disabilities. For more information, visit

Sonja Barisic, APR  
Director of Marketing Communications
St. Mary’s Home     
(757) 352-2700 | cell (757) 412-7071

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Beazley Foundation Grant to Help Replace Nurse Call System

Payten and other children and young adults at St. Mary’s Home will benefit from a new nurse call system made possible with generous support from The Beazley Foundation and other organizations and individuals. (photo by Tony Cece)

NORFOLK, Va. (April 16, 2019)— A $100,000 grant from The Beazley Foundation will help St. Mary’s Home replace its nurse call system, enhancing the care that the nonprofit provides for young people with disabilities. 

Significant improvements in technology have made St. Mary’s current nurse call system obsolete. The upgraded system will provide a quick, reliable method of communication, improving workflow and staff response time. 

Staff will be able to easily receive medical alerts, have two-way communication with team members and route requests as needed to others on the care team. The system also can be linked to medical equipment to provide additional information to caregivers when responding to calls.

“The improved technology of a new nurse call system will enhance our ability to provide superior quality care and real-time support to the individuals we serve, their families and staff,” said Liz McCuean, RN, St. Mary’s director of nursing. 

“Meeting these needs more efficiently means that the children and young adults spend less time focusing on healthcare-related tasks, leaving them more time to learn, laugh, play and enjoy all of good things that a day at St. Mary’s Home brings,” McCuean said. “This call system will aid us in our mission to foster individual growth, health, independence and overall happiness for all of the people we are so lucky to support.”

In addition to the Beazley Foundation in Portsmouth, St. Mary’s also has received funding from the following to support the new call system:

  • Bank of America
  • Southeast Virginia Community Foundation
  • Suffolk Foundation
  • Kiwanis Club of Chesapeake
  • TowneBank
  • Capital Group 
  • Carl M. Albero, honorary member of St. Mary’s Board of Directors 

About St. Marys HomeSt. Mary’s Home in Norfolk provides around-the-clock care for 88 Virginia children and 12 adults with disabilities. For more information, visit

Sonja Barisic, APR    
Director of Marketing Communications
St. Mary’s Home   
(757) 352-2700 | cell (757) 412-7071      




Be a Part of the Good Life!

Are you a nurse? Join us on Friday, March 1, from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. and 3 p.m.-5 p.m. at St. Mary’s Home to learn about career opportunities.

We are seeking LPNs and RNs on all shifts to join our dynamic nursing team. Meet our nursing management team and take a tour.

For more information, contact Nicole Hoskins Jones, (757) 622-2208 ext. 351 or

St. Mary’s Home is located at 6171 Kempsville Circle in Norfolk, across from Sentara Leigh Hospital.


Phones to be Down Temporarily Today

UPDATE: Our phone service has been restored and you can call our regular number, (757) 622-2208, if you need us. Thanks for your patience!

Cox Communications is scheduled to move our phone lines to a new platform today (Jan. 30) from 10 a.m. to noon. During this time, the phones at St. Mary’s Home and The Albero House will not be able to accept incoming calls or make outgoing calls.

If you need to reach St. Mary’s or The Albero House during this period, please call the cell phone that will be at the receptionist’s desk. That number is (757) 390-0779. The receptionist will relay your message.



Michelle Depelteau Heads Human Resources at St. Mary’s Home

Michelle Depelteau moved from Massachusetts to join the nonprofit St. Mary’s Home in September 2018 as director of human resources.

NORFOLK, Va. (Oct. 12, 2018)Michelle Depelteau has joined St. Mary’s Home as director of human resources. Her background gives her insight into the kind of work provided by the nonprofit, which cares for individuals with severe disabilities.

Depelteau most recently spent more than four years as director of human resources for Sunshine Village, a 260-employee health and human service agency in Chicopee, Mass., that supports adults with disabilities.

At Sunshine Village, Depelteau reduced employee turnover, developed and coordinated training programs for staff and managers, coached managers in areas including team dynamics and morale building, and developed and analyzed employee surveys to determine areas of improvement with benefits, awards and recognition.

She previously held executive positions with Insurance Center of New England and United Personnel, both in Massachusetts. She also has an extensive background in project, operations and account management.

Depelteau earned a bachelor’s degree ineconomics from Regis College. Her awards include the Remarkable Woman Award-Next Generation Leader, Business West 40 under 40, Business West Difference Maker and Chicopee Chamber Volunteer of the Year.

She has been very active in community leadership, holding board and other positions for organizations including Harmony House, the Human Resource Management Association, Women’s Fund of Western Mass, Chicopee Chamber of Commerce, West of the River Chamber of Commerce and the American Cancer Society.

At St. Mary’s, Depelteau succeeds Mary Hecht, who retired on Sept. 28 after 12 years of service.

 “My husband and I have long dreamed of a move south to the Virginia area to be near the water where our family would enjoy visiting,” Depelteau said. “I could not have anticipatedthe joy I would feel in being offered this role at St. Mary’s Home.”

About St. Marys Home: St. Mary’s Home in Norfolk provides around-the-clock care for 88 Virginia children and 12 adults with disabilities. For more information, visit

Sonja Barisic, APR
Director of Marketing Communications
St. Mary’s Home
(757) 352-2700 | cell (757) 412-7071

Download a PDF of this release.

Celebrate Fall and Support Kids with Disabilities

Rachel and her family at the 2017 It’s Fall, Y’all. (photo courtesy of Hampton Roads Photography)

NORFOLK, Va. (Aug. 9, 2018) — A family-friendly event that helps to ensure children with disabilities receive essential support services is returning to St. Mary’s Home just in time to celebrate the change of season.

The third annual It’s Fall, Y’all will take place Friday, Sept. 21, from 5-8 p.m. on St. Mary’s grounds, across from Sentara Leigh Hospital. PRA Group is the presenting sponsor.

Guests will enjoy food generously provided by Baker’s Crust Artisan Kitchen, craft brews from Tradition Brewing Co., cornhole and other family-friendly activities, plus tours of St. Mary’s. More Perfect Jones will be back by popular demand to play live bluegrass.

Additional sponsors include Johns Brothers Security, Peter Decker Children’s Charity, Sertoma Club of Norfolk, Coastal Prosthetics and Orthotics, Children’s Specialty Group, R.D. Lambert & Son and Taylor’s Do It Center.

Tickets can be purchased on St. Mary’s website at until Sept. 19 at 5 p.m. Prices are $35 for adults, $20 for youth and $100 for a family pack (two adults and up to three children). Prices go up Sept. 1.

“We are so grateful to the Hampton Roads community for always stepping up to support St. Mary’s Home,” said Wayne Jones, St. Mary’s CEO. “Any contribution, whether it’s your time as a volunteer or a donation, is a gift that helps young people with severe disabilities live well and receive the best care in a warm, homelike environment.”

About St. Mary’s Home: St. Mary’s Home in Norfolk provides around-the-clock, specialized residential care for 88 children and 12 adults from throughout Virginia who have multiple, severe disabilities. For more information, visit

Sonja Barisic, APR Director of Marketing Communications
St. Mary’s Home
(757) 352-2700 | cell (757) 412-7071

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Boutique Bestows Fashionable Gift to St. Mary’s Home

Mercedez, seated, who lives at The Albero House for adults at St. Mary’s Home, greeted Terrie Mitchell, owner of Bella Tu Boutique, right, when Mitchell presented St. Mary’s with a donation for more than $600 from a special consignment event. Also on hand were, from left, Jenna Crumley, a founder of the Kid2Kid youth volunteer group at St. Mary’s Home, and Kathleen Kaurup, St. Mary’s director of philanthropy.

NORFOLK, Va. (Aug. 1, 2018)Bella Tu Boutique donated more than $600 to St. Mary’s Home for children and adults with disabilities after what started as a one-day fashion fundraiser turned into a multi-month consignment event.

Terrie Mitchell, owner of the upscale Virginia Beach consignment shop, had invited the St. Mary’s Kid2Kid youth volunteer program to collect clothes for a special sales rack to benefit the Home.

Mercedez, who lives at The Albero House for adults on St. Mary’s campus, was on hand to greet Mitchell when she visited St. Mary’s to deliver the donation.

About St. Marys Home: St. Mary’s Home in Norfolk provides around-the-clock care for 88 Virginia children and 12 adults with disabilities. For more information, visit

Sonja Barisic, APR
Director of Marketing Communications
St. Mary’s Home
(757) 352-2700 | cell (757) 412-7071

Download a PDF of this release.


Salim’s Dream Team Makes LeBron James Pizza

Salim’s favorite food is pizza, and his favorite basketball player is LeBron James. So when Chef Ron Badach of Ron Badach Callicoon Kitchen dropped by St. Mary’s Home this summer to teach Salim how to make a vegan pizza, naturally they used some of the NBA star’s favorite toppings.

“So much fun visiting you guys,” Ron said. “Big congrats to Salim. You were fabulous!”

The duo shot a video of the cooking demo, which you can watch above. You also can check out more photos of the pizza-making lesson on Facebook.

Happy Better Hearing & Speech Month!

Vicki Dixon has worked at St. Mary’s as our speech language pathologist since August 2016. Her job involves providing communication evaluations and therapeutic sessions for the children and young adults who are exhibiting speech and language deficits.

Vicki works primarily with the children in Neighborhood 2 and with the adults in The Albero House, but she also has worked with some of the children in other neighborhoods at St. Mary’s.

“I love the teamwork at St. Mary’s and how everyone is focused on providing each child or young adult with the best possible life they can have,” Vicki says. “Each individual is amazing, and their smiles light up my day every day. Hearing a little four-year-old finally say ‘hi’ to teaching a young adult to use her eyes to tell me what she wants – these experiences make each day worthwhile.”

Vicki has worked with people with intellectual disabilities for almost 25 years. She had the opportunity to work as a volunteer with people with communication needs throughout her teen and college years, working in an adult day program, working at a residential facility with persons with intellectual disabilities, and with children with language deficits.

“Once I started spending time with these amazing individuals, I was hooked and could not imagine doing anything else,” she says.

Happy Better Hearing & Speech Month, Vicki! Thank you for providing life-altering treatment that means communication for all!

Congratulations to the Winner of Our Auxiliary’s Car Raffle

From left: St. Mary’s Auxiliary Board President Ann Gimbert, St. Mary’s CEO H. Wayne Jones, raffle car winner Pepe Yanez and wife Margie Yanez, Auxiliary Board Treasurer Marie Siebeking and St. Mary’s Director of Philanthropy Kathy Kaurup.

As a teen, Pepe Yanez of Norfolk volunteered at what was then St. Mary’s Infant Home. The former linebacker and fellow members of Norfolk Catholic High School’s football team spent two or three weekends a year at the Home, painting, cleaning and raking the yard.

On April 20, Pepe got reacquainted with St. Mary’s when he and his wife, Margie, picked up their new car. Pepe bought the winning ticket for a raffle by the Auxiliary Board of St. Mary’s Home. He purchased the ticket from longtime Auxiliary Board member Betty Bade, whom he knows through Blessed Sacrament Church.

“It’s incredible,” Pepe said about St. Mary’s after touring the building, which opened in 2005. This was his first visit to the “new” St. Mary’s, which is bigger and brighter than the old building he remembered in downtown Norfolk.

Happy driving, Pepe and Margie, and thank you for supporting the children and young adults of St. Mary’s Home and The Albero House. And thank you to Checkered Flag Toyota for so generously donating the new Toyota Corolla LE!