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Mission statement

VCPEA is a Coalition of individuals and organizations working cooperatively through public awareness, advocacy, and education to assure older Virginians a life free of abuse, neglect, and exploitation. 

Since 1993, VCPEA has been a leader in promoting awareness, training, and advocacy on behalf of Virginia's abused, neglected, or exploited adults. VCPEA seeks to:

  • Promote a greater public understanding and awareness of the problems of elder abuse.
  • Promote improvement of the quality and the availability of services to vulnerable adults.
  • Encourage the development of services and programs to protect elders and adults with disabilities who are abused, neglected or exploited, or at risk of abuse, neglect or exploitation.

The Virginia Coalition for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, Inc. (VCPEA) is a non-profit, all  volunteer coalition of individuals and agency representatives committed to improving the lives of older Virginians. Our Board of Directors represents a variety of organizations and professions. We are service providers, practitioners, educators, and trainers. We represent the areas of law enforcement, social services, community mental health, academic programs, programs for the aging, health professions, state and local government and legal advocacy.


Board Members

Susan Umidi - President
Retired Adult Protective Services Supervisor Henrico County Dept. of Social Services

Marjorie Marker - Vice-President
Adult Services Regional Consultant
Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services

Courtney O’Hara - Secretary
Project Manager, Central VA Task Force on Domestic Violence in Later Life VCoA - VCU

Joyce Martin - Treasurer
Retired Adult Protective Services Supervisor Charlottesville Dept. of Social Services

Cathy Devore, MSSW
Clinical Social Worker - Dialysis Kidney Center Dialysis Program University of Virginia Health Services

Diane Hoffman
Jefferson Area Coalition to End Elder Abuse
Charlottesville DSS

David Hominik
Legal Services Developer
Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
Division for the Aging

Gwen Ingram
AARP - Volunteer
Retired CSR at Reynolds Metals Co.

Howard Mason
Family Services Specialist II
James City County DSS

Irene Osei, MSSW
Director, Lifeline Home Care, Inc
Centerville, Va

Bridgette Roseman
Retired Legal Advocate
Transitions Family Violence Services

Michele Sorenson, RN, JD
Adjunct Professor
Regent University School of Law, Bio-ethics

Chris Stone
Long Term Care Ombudsman
Elder Rights Director
District Three Governmental Cooperative

Joyce Walsh
Retired Director Victim/Witness
Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office

Join VCPEA and work with others in Virginia to assure that older adults and adults with a disability live a life free of abuse, neglect, and exploitation.  Your membership in VCPEA makes you an active participant in the effort to ensure the rights and safety of vulnerable adults. Together we can accomplish more than we can alone!

Membership Brochure

VCPEA is a 501(c)(3) organization under the federal tax code and is also registered with Virginia’s Office of Consumer Affairs.  Membership dues are tax deductible.