Colleen Luksik is originally from Pittsburgh, PA where her family fostered infants through Catholic Social Services. She and her husband, Lance, moved to Virginia Beach on military orders in 2008. They have three sons, ages 20, 18 and 13. Colleen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Development from Penn State University and completed her Master of Arts degree in Applied Developmental Psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, specializing in Child Abuse and Neglect. Colleen worked with Joy Rios for several years on the Holiday Project and has served as the Vice President of Connect With a Wish since its inception in 2014. Additionally, Colleen chairs the Wish Program, which leverages the incredible generosity of the Hampton Roads community to provide wishes for children in foster care. She is continually inspired by the volunteers and donors she works with, and with the unbelievable resilience of Virginia Beach’s foster children.
Asst. Executive Director
Joy Rios has been married to Ralph Rios for 27 years and is the proud mother of three children they adopted;now ages 21, 20, and 15 as well as a former foster parent. Mrs. Rios graduated from ODU in 1998 with a Bachelor's degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and a minor in Special Education. She worked as a Special Education teacher while working on her Master's degree in Special Education until their first child arrived two years later. Mrs. Rios began volunteering with the Holiday Project program through Virginia Beach Human Services 16 years ago. After receiving years of support, doing her research, choosing officers, and developing a mission, Connect With a Wish was ready to take off in 2014. Mrs. Rios has since been awarded the Hope Humanitarian Award in 2015 by the Salvation Army's Women's Auxiliary, and in 2016 was the recipient of the People Taking Action Award from News Channel 3, as well as an Exemplar Award Honoree in 2017. The Virginia Beach Human Services Department recognized Mrs.Rios for her outstanding and dedicated service to Virginia Beach foster care children in 2017. Mrs. Rios also accepted the Coastal Virginia Giving Back Award for Connect With a Wish in the years 2017 & 2018. Most recently recognized in April of 2019 for her Partnership and Teamwork with the Virginia Beach Department of Human Service. In addition she is currently on the Community Policy and Management Team for the City of VA Beach. a board member at Tidewater Friends of Foster Care, a member of the Affinity group for family violence & child advocacy with Hampton Roads Community Foundation and a member of the Human Services Advisory Committee at Old Dominion University.
Tonya Volk is an Alabama native that has lived in Virginia Beach for the past 10 years with her husband Kris; they share three children, two girls and one boy ages 31, 26 and 18 as well as two grandchildren. Tonya earned a BS from the University of Montevallo, in Alabama double majoring in Human Services and Sociology. She began her professional career working with the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce as an event coordinator. She then was employed as a Deployment Specialist working for Fleet and Family Support Services at Little Creek Amphibious Base, assisting Sailors and Marines with life skills and also supporting family and deployment readiness.
She found her passion for working with at-risk youth while with the State of Alabama. There she assisted the youth in her district with employment goals and training needs, particularly those in Group Homes and Foster Care.
In 2012 Tonya found herself back in Virginia volunteering her photography services for CWW Prom Event and later Santapalooza, wanting to give back to her community but particularly this vulnerable population.
After owning a successful photography business for 18 years she will be closing it this year with the sole purpose of helping to grow the CWW programs as the Program Coordinator. She is excited to share her experience and artistic talents with Connect With a Wish and the beautiful children in foster care that we support.
Colin is always ready to help with whatever we need to keep us running smoothly. His good hearted nature and helpfulness make him someone we love having on the team! We'll share more about him once it's ready.
Shawn works as CWW's chief Inventory Manager. Her leadership and eye for detail help some of our programs like Birthday Brigade and Clothes Closet shine! We'll share more about her once it's ready.
Handle With Care, Birthday Brigade Program Manager
Alison was born and raised, and continues to reside in Virginia Beach. She graduated from Longwood University with a Bachelor's of Science in Criminal Justice. She hopes to get her Masters in Crime Scene Investigation at George Mason University in the Fall with the plan of becoming a CSI Photographer.
Ali has been a continued supporter of Connect With a Wish since it was founded, which she interned with us in Summer 2021. She was granted a job shortly after as the Program Manager for our Connect to Careers Program! She is grateful for all the opportunities that this work has brought to her and also getting to help our community on a daily basis.
She enjoys photography, going to the beach with friends during the summer, walks with her dog, Kingsley, eating ice cream, and LOVES iced coffee!
Sue is a native Chicagoan that relocated to Virginia Beach with her family (husband Mike, son Liam and daughter Maggie) in 2017. Sue comes to CWW after having worked at the City of Virginia Beach as a Supervisor in the after-school programs in Parks & Recreation for 4 years.
Sue developed a passion for volunteerism from her mother who never stopped giving back to her community throughout her life. Starting in her 20’s working weekly with the homeless in Chicago at a shelter and then preparing and delivering meals to homeless vets living on the streets.
Prior to moving to VA Sue was a founding board member & former vice president of Two Rivers Nation, a 501c3 organization that promoted family life & nurturing parent/child relationships all while learning and experiencing the history of Native Americans. Sue was a 15 year member of Lombard Junior Woman’s Club, a philanthropic group that founded and implemented a week long cancer camp for kids every summer. She was the chair of many large fundraising events and looks forward to using those experiences to further the mission of CWW.
Sue enjoys spending time with her family cooking, hiking, exploring Virginia and gardening. Her daughter is on a swim team so just about every Saturday is spent next to a pool. Her son is in the US Navy pursuing his dream of being a nuclear submariner.