About Adira

Power in shared experience: Cheryl Sullivan Staveley

When I was asked to be on Adira’s board of directors at its inception in 2019, the idea of starting out fresh with a brand-new nonprofit foundation was enticing and challenging at the same time. The name Adira means “strong, noble and…


Sandy’s story: One of courage, determination and hope

Sandy Rock, 1949-2020 Sandy Rock left this earth as she lived it, with gratitude and with a legacy of comforting others and giving hope for a brighter day. Like many people who live with complex health conditions, Sandy faced each day with a…


Evenson and Gomez side by side.

Adira Foundation announces two board additions

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA — Adira Foundation announced today the appointment of two board members: Cynthia Gómez, behavioral health scientist and health equity consultant, and Todd Evenson, president of access.mobile, International and founder of…


Investing in better lives for people with neurodegenerative disease

Working overseas in 2013, I landed face-first on concrete in a high-speed cycling accident biking down a mountain road in South Africa. After a 15-year career in health policy, I was an expert in teaching others to advocate for themselves. Yet…