Christine Korkalo, President
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. Christine has fostered both dogs and cats for ART. The two cats that currently reside with the Korkalos were trapped ferals that the family grew to love and eventually adopted. Christine also has a wonderful dog adopted from another local rescue. 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 one of her cats nearby.
Sarah Crawford, Vice President
Sarah grew up in Hampton Roads and joined ART in 2008 as a foster mom for dogs and cats. It didn’t take her long to find her niche in program management and development and in 2010 she helped form ART’s spay/neuter committee, Spay Hampton Roads, and Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Program. As Chair of Spay Hampton Roads, Sarah pursues funds for and manages collaborative projects that provide spay/neuter financial assistance for underserved communities, and finds creative ways to encourage pet parents across Hampton Roads to spay/neuter. Sarah also works as a Community Educator at HRSD, but when she is not building relationships in the community, she enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 daughters, 2 dogs, and rabbit.
Jean Linman, Past President
Jean has been involved with animal welfare issues & advocacy in Hampton Roads for over 10 years. Jean is a member of ART’s spay/neuter committee and 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 recently moved to the Portland Oregon area.
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 at ART events. Tina feels that ART is a group of people that are genuinely dedicated to helping animals in the community in multiple capacities. When she’s not busy with her ART activities, Tina likes to also volunteer with the Portsmouth Humane Society and devote time to renovating her home, photography, gardening, and crafts. Tina shares her home with her boyfriend and her rescue dogs, Ben & Jerry.
Julie Sokolowski, Treasurer
Julie has been involved with ART since 2010. Julie is a CPA and maintains the financial records for ART. As a CPA, she works with clients in a variety of industries but has a heavy specialization with nonprofits. Julie is a multi-year winner of Virginia Business’s “Super CPA” award in the area of Government and Not-for-Profit. Julie also serves as the treasurer for the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies and is a Past President of the Tidewater Chapter of the Virginia Society of CPAs. Julie has been an animal lover all her life but decided to become more involved with animal welfare organizations after discovering a momma cat and her litter of kittens living under her home’s deck. She was able to trap, spay/neuter and find loving homes for the kittens, including keeping a couple as her own. Julie lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia with her crew of rescued kitties.
Susan Corbitt, Member at Large
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.
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.
Debra Griggs, Founder and Member at Large
Debra Griggs is the President of the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies. She founded Animal Resources of Tidewater, and was the founding Chair of the Animal Welfare Coalition of Hampton Roads. Previously she was President of the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach, Chair of the Ryan White Care Consortium, Chair of the Women’s Multicultural Coalition and served on the Board of the Hampton Roads REALTORS Association. Her volunteerism was recognized when she received the 2010 Converse College Alumni Community Service Award.
Debra is a committed advocate for the underserved and has a personal passion for ending discrimination – whether it is based upon gender, race, ethnicity, or those marginalized by circumstance as in the case of homelessness and AIDS. In her current role as an animal welfare advocate, she is a leader in the effort to end dog breed discrimination.
Debra is the Managing Broker of RE/MAX Ambassadors in Norfolk and shares her home in Norfolk with husband, Steve, a retired Engineer and their beloved dogs Cotton, Marley, Chewie and Ralph.