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News from the Hampton Roads Region

Board and Officers

President: Corrine Alvey, BSN, RN, CWOCN
President-Elect: Ferne Elsass, MSN, RN, CPN, CWON
Secretary: Virginia Benko, BSN, RN, CWON
Treasurer: Eva Sauls, BA, RN, CWOCN
Member at Large:
Karen Houchins, BSN, RN, CWCN
Public Policy
Ferne Elsass, MSN, RN, CPN, CWON
Outgoing President Kathy Merkh, MS, RN, CWON  
  We are a small but active group. We meet the 2nd Tuesday every month except June and October; either a luncheon or a dinner meeting. Locations vary.

Supporting our Ostomy Patients
Celebrating Ostomy Awareness Day 2017

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Cynthia Adsitt Dowd December 20, 1952 – January 24, 2017

Cynthia Adsitt Dowd passed away January 24, 2017 at her home. She was born to Harold and Joan (Sumrall) Adsitt on December 20, 1952 in Clifton Springs, NY. click here to read entire obituary



  • Ferne Elsass for new role of Clinical Practice and Education Specialist of Wound and Ostomy at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters. She is the only WOC Nurse in the Affiliate that specializes in pediatric care.
  • Heidie Humpf for certification as a COCN.
  • Deborah Brand for recertification as CWON and for obtaining her MSN.
  • Sheryl Bailey for recertification as a CFCN and CWOCN.
  • Kathy Merkh won “WOC Nurse of the Year” for the Affiliate. She has demonstrated and shares her professional qualities and skills every day with the nursing staff, patients, caregivers, Physicians and her WOC nurse peers.
  • Ferne Elsass won registration to National Conference 2016 from Steadmed at National Conference 2015.
    She will be presenting two posters at National Conference in Canada. She is also the Co-Chair of Public Policy and Advocacy for the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Karen Houchins will be attending NIWI in March.
CONTACT US: Karen Houchins