A Message from the CEO

Welcome to Sheltering Arms Institute, a collaboration with VCU Health. Sheltering Arms Institute is the ultimate resource for patients and families in need of inpatient rehabilitative care. The foundation of academic medicine and cutting-edge research fuels exceptional clinical care delivered in a healing environment. Our goal is to personally guide you or your loved one on the journey from disability to a life beyond limits. We specialize in providing acute inpatient rehabilitation services to people who have survived stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, amputation and other neurological and debilitating illnesses and disorders.

Sheltering Arms Institute operates the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) model system of care in Virginia. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awards this designation to institutions that are recognized as national leaders in medical research and patient care. As stated by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research, “These institutions provide the highest level of comprehensive specialty services from the point of injury through eventual re-entry into full community life.”

Our transdisciplinary team models their care and behavior on our core values: Courage, Integrity, Positivity, Community, Discovery and Accessibility. We are relentless in our exploration of the art and science of rehabilitation, driven by our passion for care and cures.

Best regards,

Alan Lombardo
CEO Sheltering Arms Institute

Administrative Leadership

Alan Lombardo, FACHE

Chief Executive Officer

Richard Kunz, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Jim Litsinger

Chief Financial Officer

Matt Wilks, PT, MSPT, NCS

VP, Chief Rehabilitation Officer

Misty Woodward, RN, BSN, MSM

VP, Chief Nursing Officer

Amanda Worley

VP, Human Resources

Stephanie Sulmer

VP, Marketing and Business Development
Public Information Officer

Alex Grisham, CISSP, ITIL

VP, Information Technology
Information Security Officer

Linda Tiemens

VP, Quality and Care Coordination

Roberto Diesta

Director of Facilities

Tanza Westry

Director of Finance

Hospital Unit Leadership

Kristie Barnette, RN

SCI/Complex Care Nurse Manager

Joanna Moore, PT, DPT

SCI/Complex Care Therapy Manager

Katie McDonnell, RN, CRRN

Traumatic Brain Injury Unit Nurse Manager

Brie Kilmartin, CTRS, CBIS

Traumatic Brain Injury Unit Therapy Manager

Amborah Liggan, RN, CRRN

Stroke Unit Nurse Manager

Melissa Banta, PT, DPT

Stroke Unit Therapy Manager

Pam McGee, RN

Multispecialty Unit Nurse Manager

Meredith Mayton, MOT, OTR/L

Multispecialty Unit Therapy Manager

Board Members

Lawrence E. Gibson


Paul Wesolowski


Ryan Raisig, M.H.A., FACHE

Secretary and Treasurer

Dr. David X. Cifu, M.D.

Leslie Wyatt, R.N., M.S.

Karah Gunther, JD, MHA

Dr. Ilvy Cotterell

Ashby R. Hackney

Dr. Dianne V. Jewell, P.T., D.P.T., Ph.D.

Dr. Peter A. Zedler, MD