The Healing Place of Hampton Roads is a non-profit 501(c)(3) non-medical recovery and rehabilitation facility where homeless individuals with alcohol and other drug addictions can recover and lead self-sufficient lives in permanent housing.


Meet the Team

Executive Director and Board of Directors

Nicholas Eisenberg Member

Nick currently works for Anthem's Government Business Division in Norfolk where he is a Network Development Director and has worked for Amerigroup/Anthem for more than a decade. He was born and raised in Hampton Roads (Virginia Beach and Norfolk) and currently resides in Norfolk with his son Noah. Nick is a graduate of Virginia Tech where he received a BS in Business Information Technology and a graduate of William and Mary where he received his MBA.

Karen Wilds Secretary

Karen R. Wilds is the Executive Director of the Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NNRHA). Ms. Wilds is on the Virginia Community Development Corporation Board, served on the 2010 Governor’s Virginia Housing Policy Workgroup and is a past president of the Virginia Association of Housing and Community Development Officials, the Hampton Roads Housing Consortium, and the Hampton Roads Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. She is an active member of the Newport News Rotary Club. Ms. Wilds received a Bachelors degree from Christopher Newport University and a Masters degree in Urban Studies from Old Dominion University.

Frank Heath Treasurer

Frank Heath was born and raised in Hampton Roads. He attended East Carolina University and ODU. During his career, he worked at various technology firms from Pittsburgh to Raleigh and then back to Hampton Roads. Frank currently is employed at Savant, Ltd. and most recently is assisting the firm with growing the sales team. Savant just provided the state of the art technology for the new Slover Public Library in Norfolk, Virginia, resulting in Slover becoming one of the most technologically advanced libraries in the country. He currently lives in Norfolk with his wife and newborn daughter and is committed to supporting person’s needing recovery.

James Gray Member

James Gray recently retired from the City of Hampton, serving as the Assistant City Manager for four years. He has 36 years of fire service and local government experience. He recently served as chair of the Urban Area Working Group, was also appointed by Hampton City Council to serve on the Animal Control Advisory Committee, Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities, and the Hampton Neighborhood Commission. James Gray is a member of the Hampton City Council, President of the Hampton Roads Committee of 200+ Men, and The 200+ Men Foundation. He also serves on various boards, including on the Board of Trustees for LEAD Hampton Roads. James lives in Hampton with his wife Dana. They have four children and one grandchild.

Edward Ladd Member

A native of Pulaski, Tennessee Ladd studied at Tennessee State University and Indiana University, where he majored in the Russian language and Political Science. After using his linguistic skills in the U S Air Force Security Service during the Vietnam War, he went on to a successful career in retailing culminated with his leadership in bringing MacArthur Center on line. A resident of Norfolk, he has been actively involved with numerous business and non-profit organizations.

Amy L. Harman Member

Amy L. Harman, Esq., is an attorney with the law firm of Kaufman & Canoles, working primarily out the firm’s Chesapeake office; her practice primarily focuses on commercial real estate development, leasing and finance transactions. Ms. Harman is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach, a member and officer of Soroptimist International of Hampton Roads (as well as a member of Soroptimist International’s South Atlantic Region governing board), a member of the City of Chesapeake’s Utility Review Board, and a member of several other community and professional organizations. Ms. Harman grew up in Chesapeake, and earned her bachelor’s and juris doctor degrees, cum laude, from the University of Richmond.

Thelma Drake Member

Thelma Drake is former member of Congress who represented Virginia’s 2nd district 2005-2008. She also represented the 87th District in the Virginia House of Delegates 1996-2004. She served as the Director of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation from 2010-1014. Thelma Drake brings a wealth of experience and influence to The Healing Place of Hampton Roads board of directors, specializing in government relations, strategic planing and fundraising. Her resume also includes experience in public affairs, 24/7 crisis response, financial analysis, project planning and community relations. Drake currently serves as the regional director for Community and Member Outreach with the Virginia Hospital and Health Care Association. Drake oversees outreach to VHHA member hospitals and health systems as well as other health care providers and associated organizations in the Hampton Roads Region. Drake also serves as a Transportation Strategic Planner for the City of Norfolk and is engaged with major transportation projects for the City.

Dannette Smith Member

Ms. Smith was selected to be the Director for the Virginia Beach Human Services effective July 1, 2013. She leads over 1,200 employees across eight divisions and manages a budget in excess of $108 Million. This budget funds approximately 65 programs offering Virginia Beach citizens the opportunity to achieve the highest level of self-sufficiency, safety, and quality of life possible, through an array of coordinated services which are delivered in a climate of dignity, respect, and accountability. Ms. Smith has over 25 years of leadership experience in human services including: Director of Human Services for the City of Seattle, Washington; Regional/County Director of the Fulton County Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS), Atlanta Georgia; Director of Youth and Family Services Division of the Department of Social Services, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina; Several non-profit organizations serving children and families, Chicago, Illinois. Ms. Smith has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Eastern Michigan University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois.

Christina Goode Member

Christina is a single mother of twin 2 year old boys who recently relocated to Norfolk from Delray Beach, Florida. She graduated from Boston University with a degree in Psychology. Christina’s portfolio includes working as a recovery coach in the addictions field and training as a Trauma Therapist in Florida. Christina is involved with many non-profit boards and devotes herself and her time to giving back to the community. She is also President of the Goode Family Foundation.

The Healing Place of Hampton Roads is a non-profit 501(c)(3) non-medical recovery and rehabilitation facility where homeless individuals with alcohol and other drug addictions can recover and lead self-sufficient lives in permanent housing.