Our 2014 Chapter Elections are complete and results submitted to National ONS:

Meg Helsley, President 

Tara Albrecht - President Elect

Linda Calkins and Susanna Bedser- Co Secretary

Dale Collier - Treasurer

Leeann Yingling - Program Chair

Mary Mateer - Membership/Web Mistress

Mindy Boyd/Lorraine Waltz - Historians

Mia Gomes/Vicky Wilson - Nominating Committee








Elections for 2013 coming soon!


Each candidate for President of our local chapter has submitted a short autobiography for chapter members to learn a little more about them.  Elections coming soon!!

Meg Helsley has been an oncology nurse for 12 years and currently works as the Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist at the Cancer Center of Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, serving as the Program Coordinator for the Breast Oncology Program and the High Risk Cancer Genetics Program.  She earned her BA in Biology from Roanoke College in 1998, her BS in Nursing in 2000, and her Master’s in Nursing from the University of Virginia in 2004.  While in Charlottesville, she joined ONS as a student in 1998 and remained a member since then. During her 8 years of local involvement, she served a term as President and a term of Newsletter Editor for the Blue Ridge Chapter of ONS.   She was certified as an OCN in 2005 and an AOCNS in 2009.  Her work history has included inpatient nursing on a hematology-oncology unit at UVA, nurse coordinating a cancer clinical trials program at Martha Jefferson Hospital, and more recently supporting and educating patients who are at high risk for breast cancer, or who are working through the continuum of breast cancer care.   She has been involved with leading the oncology nurse navigation strategy for the hospital network to develop, standardize and justify the role of the nurse navigator.  In her free time, she loves spending time with her family, which of course include her husband and three young children. 

Tricia Cox graduated from JTCC with an Associate's Degree and later went back to school to get her Bachelor's Degree, finishing in 1998 and then her Master's Degree in 2002.  Her oncology career started in 1991 in Petersburg.  After 7 years, she went to Hopewell to start an oncology program.  Tricia also server on City Council in Colonial Heights for 12 1/2 years, with one term as Vice-Mayor.  Tricia has been involved in the community in a variety of roles: treasurer of the Junior Woman's Club, Missions Coordinator at her church.  She is a member of the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners, Virginia Nurses Association, of the course the Oncology Nursing Society.  She has taught on a wide variety of oncology topics, including the ONS Chemotherapy and Biotherapy course.  She began working with cancer survivors after attending a nursing leadership meeting in Washington, DC in 2006.  At that meeting the plight of and opportunities for survivors was discussed.  Subsequently, Tricia helped develop a survivorship case management software system with a Canadian firm.  She has spoken around the nation on survivorship navigation and care planning and most recently in Montreal at the World Cancer Congress.  She has been working with ONS on the development of their regional Survivorship curriculum and has been asked to assist with the post Master's web course on survivorship.  Most importantly,she has a ridiculously cute grandson that just turned one at the end of August, a daughter (the mother of said grandson) and a son who hasn't given any grandchildren yet!