Debra Griggs, President and ART Founder
Debra founded ART in 1999 because the Virginian Pilot wrote an article about the individual rescue efforts of her and her husband, Steve Ballard. That article provoked others in the community to call her and share that they, as individuals, were also dedicated to saving homeless animals in the community. Believing in the power of association, Debra invited everyone to a meeting in January of 1999, and ART was born. Debra is extremely proud to be associated with an organization that recognizes the importance of working closely with area shelters, SPCAs and other rescue groups, creating collective successes that would be unattainable by any singular group. Debra is also passionate about the importance of advocacy in generating change, and spends a great deal of time networking with policy makers at the local, state and national level. She was the founding Chair of the Animal Welfare Coalition of Hampton Roads, a regional body of service providers who work collaboratively to address the needs of animals. Debra is also President of the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies, a state body whose Vision is to be the leading advocate for ending unnecessary euthanasia of cats and dogs and advancing animal welfare throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Debra serves as Vice Chair of the Animal Advisory Board for the City of Norfolk, a City Council appointment. She is the Managing Broker of the Norfolk office of RE/MAX Ambassadors and is a past member of the Board of the Hampton Roads REALTORS® Association.
Jean Linman, Vice President
Jean has been involved with animal welfare issues in Hampton Roads for over 10 years. Jean is a member of ART’s spay/neuter committee. Jean works on most aspects of ART’s Project Spay Hampton Roads (SpayHR) which provides funding for those needing assistance with the costs for spay/neuter services. Spay HR also involves a broad-based marketing plan educating our citizens about low cost spay/neuter services available in Hampton Roads. Jean’s family has been involved with the Norfolk Animal Care center for years and currently has one dog adopted from Norfolk’s city shelter.
Christine Korkalo, Treasurer
Christine has been a member of ART since 2002. She was drawn to ART by a need to do more for the animals in her community. She knew ART to be a reputable and respected animal rescue group in the South Hampton Roads area. Before she was a member, she fostered a dog whom she ended up adopting and still has today. The two cats that currently reside with the Korkalos were trapped ferals that the family grew to love and eventually adopted as well. Besides the dog and cats, Christine shares her home with her husband and two beautiful daughters. Christine and her husband, Chris, own their own business specializing in dimensionally accurate 3D models created from data captured via laser scanning. Christine can often be found working at her computer with her cat curled up in her jacket.
Susan Corbitt, Foster Coordinator/Community Fund Manager
In 1999 Susan’s involvement with ART began when she agreed to foster a dog for founder Debra Griggs. Susan loves being able to make a difference in the lives of dogs, one at a time, as well as being a part of an organization who strives to improve the lives of dogs and cats in the Hampton Roads community. She is the foster care coordinator and manages ART’s Community Fund which aims to keep pets in homes by providing medical assistance for families going through a difficult time. Her other interests include reading, animal behavior, and walking her own dogs. For the past thirty years Susan has been entertaining children of all ages with her storytelling in libraries, churches, schools, and special events.
Tina Pittman, Secretary
Tina has been a member of ART since the fall of 2004. She is involved with ART not only as the Membership Secretary but answers emails sent to the group, works with Facebook as well as supporting ART events. Tina feels that ART is a group of people that are genuinely dedicated to helping animals and they are more than happy to get involved at any level to do so. When she’s not busy with her ART activities, Tina likes to devote time to photography, woodworking, gardening, and crafts. At home Tina has 2 dogs and a cat, all rescues of course.
Shelly Sisco, Member at Large
Shelly Sisco was first introduced to Animal Resources of Tidewater through its Pit Bull Awareness Coalition after being a life long advocate for the breed. She has helped re-home countless animals and supports responsible pet ownership in her local rural community. She has worked as a nanny for over twenty years, has spent countless hours participating in the therapy dog program, and continues to grow as a companion pet owner through ongoing training with her current two dogs. When she is not out advocating for the animals in the Hampton Roads area, she enjoys spending time on her farm.