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 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 hospital and outpatient physical 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) and Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) model systems 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

James S. Litsinger, CPA

VP, Chief Financial Officer 

Matt Wilks, PT, MSPT, NCS

VP, Chief Rehabilitation Officer

Misty Woodward, MScM, BSN, RN 

VP, Chief Nursing Officer 

Alex Grisham, CISSP, ITIL

VP, Information Technology
Information Security Officer

Linda Tiemens

VP, Quality and Care Coordination

Amanda Worley

VP, Human Resources

Bryan Gilreath, PT, DPT, OCS 

AVP, Outpatient Therapy Services 

Tanza Westry

AVP, Hospital Operations

Patrick Zuniga, MBA, CRCE-I 

AVP, Revenue Cycle and Health Information Management 

Hospital Unit Leadership

Meredith Mayton, MOT, OTR/L

Multispecialty Unit Therapy Manager

Pam McGee, RN

Multispecialty Unit Nurse Manager

Kristie Barnette, RN

SCI/Complex Care Nurse Manager

Joanna Moore, PT, DPT

Spinal Cord Injury and Complex Care Service Director

Melissa Banta, PT, DPT

Stroke and Brain Injury Service Director

Amborah Liggan, RN, CRRN

Stroke Unit Nurse Manager

Brie Kilmartin, CTRS, CBIS

Traumatic Brain Injury Unit Therapy Manager

Katie McDonnell, RN, CRRN

Traumatic Brain Injury Unit Nurse Manager

Medical Directors

William Carter, MD

Medical Director – SCI/Complex Care Unit

Jessica Hupe, MD

Medical Director, Multispecialty and VCU Department of PM&R Residency Program Director

Gregory Leghart, MD

Director of Medical Informatics

James P. McGowan, MD

Director of Hospital Operations

Board of Managers

Dr. Dianne V. Jewell, PT, DPT, PhD

SAC President & CEO

Karah Gunther, JD, MHA


Kimberly Baine, CPA

Dr. David X. Cifu

Dr. Muhammad Saeed

Edward F. Gerardo

Ashby R. Hackney

Ryan Raisig, MHA, FACHE

Michael Roussos

Dr. Peter A. Zedler