Chesapeake Service Systems (Chesapeake, VA)


  • Name:Thomas Swanston
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Chesapeake Service Systems
  • Address:1100 Executive Blvd
    Chesapeake, VA 23320
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:757-312-0456

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User Phone

  • Mobile phone:757-312-0456

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  • Mission:
  • Chesapeake Service Systems’ mission is two-fold. First, it is to provide meaningful work opportunities to people with mental retardation and other severe disabilities, enabling them to reach their full potential in a least restrictive environment that maximizes independence. Second, it is to advocate for changed perceptions and inclusion of people with mental retardation and other severe disabilities in the community so that the community sees their ability rather than the disability.

  • History:
  • CSS was incorporated in January of 1985 and served 30 people. Over the past 23 years, CSS has served 593 people with mental retardation and other special needs in the seven cities in Virginia. As a result of our growth, CSS now has many different work models to meet the diverse needs of people with copious levels of functioning.

    CSS has two locations, 1100 Executive Boulevard in Chesapeake and 710 7th Street in Portsmouth. It also has offices at the Naval Air Station, Oceana, the Dam Neck Fleet Combat Traning Center and the Northwest Annex of the Norfolk Naval Base. CSS started its first Galley contract in 1991 and now operates three galleys where people with severe disabilties do all the work at the galleys except preparing the food.

    CSS is unique in that it seeks to provide work opportunities to people with the most severe developmental disabilities who are normally in adult day care. Its results have been so significant that it should lead to a sift in the paradigm in the feild. We now know, given the right environment that development that was thought not possible or that had been dormant for decades, can be "jump started" with the right environment!

  • Year established:1985
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:10
  • Advisory board size:5
  • Staff size:71

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Jill Beard, CEO Beard Photography, President
    Tom Dana, Insignia Thalhimer, Vice President
    John Henry Martin, Century Realty, Secretary
    Dale Feltes, Old Dominion university
    Kafi Rouse, CW 27, WGNT-TV, Portsmouth
    John Cannon, Northwest Annex of the Norfolk Naval Base
    Chan Thorpe, Bank of America
    Robert Bagley, Robert G. Bagley & Associates
    Thomas Reese, VMASC
    Anne Donnal, St. Nicholas Catholic Church
    Thomas Swanston, Executive Director

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Tom Swanston

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Teri Arnold, (FT) Assistant Director
    Patricia Tobin, (FT) Cheif Financial Officer
    Tonica Rickett, (FT)Cleint Advocate Director
    Jeannette Cochran, (FT) GM Laundry
    John Hopkins, (FT) Chief Engineer Laundry
    Travis Johns, (FT) Food Service Director
    Kurt Hohorst, (FT) Production Manager (1100 Executive Blvd)
    Shwanda Harrison, (FT) Consumer Services Manager (1100 Executive Blvd)


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
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