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 serves as Treasurer of the Board of the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies, a state body whose Strategic Plan aims to end the killing of healthy, adoptable dogs & cats in VA by 2016. She is also on the Animal Welfare Review Board for the City of Norfolk, a City Council appointment. She is a top Real Estate Broker with RE/MAX Allegiance, serves on the Board of the Hampton Roads REALTORS® Association and leads her own real estate team proudly known as “the Housedogs”! In her spare time, she is happy just sitting on the deck with her husband Steve enjoying their beloved dogs.
Bobbie Gribble, Immediate Past President
Bobbie has been with ART since 1999. She is member of ART because she believe in it’s mission to work towards creating a ‘No Kill’ Community. Bobbie is impressed with ART’s tremendous diversity; being involved in cat and dog adoptions, political advocacy, outreach to the local community and working to promote moving towards a ‘no kill’ community.In addition to being President of ART, Bobbie is the President of her local neighborhood association. She has 3 children, one husband, 4 dogs and one cat. Bobbie’s favorite thing to do is to sit on the back porch with her animals while she reads a book or to work in her garden with her animals all around.
Sandra Marangoni, Vice President
Sandra has been a member of ART since 2005, but was drawn to animal rescue in 2003 after adopting a very sick toy poodle from the Norfolk Animal Management Center (NAMC). She was so committed to the growing need of foster homes for homeless animals that she convinced her husband to sell their condo. They purchased a home with a big fenced yard so that her fosters would have room to run and play. Because of Sandra’s commitment to animal rescue, it was not long before she volunteered her accounting background for the Treasurer position. When not working with numbers or counting how many more days to her Outer Banks vacation she enjoys time with her husband Edward, Arnold (Bird), Patty, Hannah, Burton, China (dogs), gardening, photography and piano.
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.
Tina Pittman, Member at Large
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 the newsletter, is Chairperson for our involvement with Festevents in downtown Norfolk, and is starting to work on getting involved with State Legislation for animal rights. 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 and her husband Tim have 2 dogs and 2 cats, all rescues.
Jean Linman, Member at Large
Jean has been involved with animal welfare issues in our area 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 targeted neighborhoods free 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 is a physical therapist with Norfolk Public Schools. Her family has been involved with the Norfolk Animal Care Center for years, and currently has 2 rescued dogs from the Norfolk shelter.
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 part of an organization who strives to improve the lives of dogs and cats in the community Hampton Roads. She is the foster care coordinator and oversees voice mail. She also manages ART’s Community Fund which aims to keep pets in homes. Her other interests include reading, animal behavior, and walking her own dogs. For the past twenty-five years Susan has been entertaining children of all ages with her storytelling in libraries, churches, schools, and special events.