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About LINK

LINK was founded in 1990 in Newport News by leaders from the interfaith, civic, and business communities with a vision to break the cycle of poverty. LINK is a nonprofit volunteer organization that exists to help people help themselves through education, direct services, advocacy, and outreach programs. More than 130 organizations have worked collaboratively to provide unduplicated and duplicated coordinated services.




Monday - Friday: 9:00AM - 5:30PM



Monday - Friday: 10:00AM - 2:00PM

 Board of Directors

Board Of Directors:

Executive Committee

Marsha Curtis - Chairperson 

Retired FBI Unit Chief

Colonel, US Army Reserves

Jennifer Brooks - Vice Chairperson

Clinical Counselor

Servant Community Leader, City of Newport News

Certified QMHP, Virginia Board of Counseling

NAACP Executive President

Dawn Everton - Treasurer

Branch Manager, AVP Atlantic Union Bank

Dawn Locke - Secretary

Old Point National Bank

Community Volunteer UW, Foodbank, NAMI

LEAD Peninsula Program Class of 2024


Jessie Allen

CANLINK Representative

Landscaping Business Owner

Employed with City of Newport News

Rev. Boone Clayton

Associate Pastor Denbigh United Presbyterian Church

Master of Divinity and Master of Social Work

James Greene

CANLINK Men's Group Co-Leader

CANLINK Representative

Formerly Homeless

Lisa Harper

Community Free Clinic of Newport News Office Manager


Senior Admissions Representative Centura College

Rabia Jafri

Physician Rock Landing Psychological Group

Doctor of Medicine (MBBS)

Virginia Refugee Mental Health Advocate 2018

Virginia Lopez

Notary Public for Commonwealth of Virginia

Life & Health Insurance, Annuities Licenses

Property & Casualty Insurance License

Assistant Branch Manager, Old Point National Bank

Ronald Rivera

Masters in Business Administration

Bachelors in Intelligence Studies

Associates Degree in Electrical Engineering

Real Estate Company Owner / Broker

Rodney Spratley

Project Manager / Riverside Health Care

LEAD Peninsula Graduate

Board Member of Hampton Federal Area

Development Authority

Charleen Widener

Ferguson Project Manager

Art Unplugged Founder

Tori Eleonora

VP of Operations, Langley Federal Credit Union

Director of Operations


Elizabeth Parker

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Program Director



Ann Ruffin

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Development Manager  

HMIS Data Specialist


Victoria Cossitt

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Operations Manager

Emergency Services


Scott Sprowl

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Program Director



Sarah Hastings

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Senior Case Manager



Tyler Prince

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Case Manager



Candice Wilson

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Bookkeeping Assistant


Jamira DeWeese

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Cindy Roe

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Executive Director


Lynne Finding

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Office Assistant


Jazmine Rascoe

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Program Manager

Veterans Bridge Housing


Michael Kessler

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House Manager

Veterans Bridge Housing

Edward Vincent III

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Case Manager



Christin Jones

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