Passion Into Action

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Please join us on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 for our Passion Into Action dinner and talk featuring JLNVB’s past presidents, Emily Filer and Dawn Peters.

Dawn Peters will be exploring the history of our Passion Into Action series, and Emily Filer will share her inspiration story about how she used her JLNVB leadership experiences and training to turn personal loss into a positive impact on our community with the founding of Lee’s Friends, a non-profit which provides free emotional and practical services, such as transportation, to cancer patients and their families in the Hampton Roads area.

Town Center City Club
222 Central Park Avenue, Suite 230
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

March 27, 2018
Merry Minutes from 6:00 to 6:30 pm
Dinner Begins at 6:30 pm

Please click here to register for this event.

The cost for dinner is $35.


Emily Filer started out at The John Hopkins Hospital, first as a registrar from 1955 to 1957 and then as the secretary of the Hearing and Speech Center from 1957 to 1958. She proceeded to advance to positions like president of Distaff Wives, vice president of the board of directors of The Planning Council in Tidewater, Va., president of the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach, founder, coordinator, and executive director of Lee’s Friends, and director of development for YWCA South Hampton Roads.

In 2006, Ms. Harkins Filer decided to move into the religious end of the spectrum, becoming an associate chaplain and clinical pastoral education resident for Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, a PRN chaplain for Bon Secours Maryview & DePaul Hospitals, and an associate chaplain at Sentara Bayside Hospital. She on the Board of Directors for Virginia Wesleyan College for 20 years and served on the Westminster Canterbury Board for 8 years. She also held titles like chair of the practice council for the Sentara Chaplaincy Department and member of the clinical pastoral education professional advisory group at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. She is currently lending her services to the Lee Harkins Endowment Committee as a secretary.

Ms. Harkins Filer prepared for her career by earning a degree from Villa Julie Medical Secretary School in 1955 and certification as a volunteer administrator in 1985. She became a CPE Level I through Sentara Healthcare in 2003 and a CPE Level II through Sentara Healthcare in 2009, as well as a Sentara advanced care planning facilitator in 2014. She was granted an honorary LHD from Providence Bible College and Theological Seminary in 2010.

As a testament to her hard work and dedication, Ms. Harkins Filer received a Health Care Hero Award from Inside Business in 2017 and a Hampton Roads Volunteer Achievement Award for Outstanding Community Service in 2014, and was included in “Successful Women Speak Out: A Collection of Personal Experience and Wisdom from Successful American Women,” by Stan Shur in 2011. Further, in 2005, she was honored with a Leading Edge Adopter Award, and in 2004, she was honored with a First Woman in Business Achievement Award from Inside Business, a Community Achievement Award from the Lee’s Friends Foundation of Hampton Roads, and the Jefferson Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service to the Hampton Roads Community from WAVY 10. Other accolades include an Eckerd Salute to Women Award, a Public Citizen of the Year Award from the Virginia Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, an Outstanding Community Service Award from the Norfolk Alumnae Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and a Distinguished Merit Citation from the National Conference of Christians and Jews, as well as many others. Her achievements were highlighted in numerous editions of Who’s Who in Finance and Business, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of American Women.

Dawn Peters has been a financial advisor since 1998 where she started her career at Smith Barney and later joined Merrill Lynch and LPL Financial. She joined Lincoln Financial Advisors in August 2012 and Envision Wealth Management in October 2016..  Prior to moving into financial services she was an attorney with the Norfolk firm of Breeden, MacMillan & Green. She served on active duty in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps from 1991 to 1995.

Dawn graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and the Campbell University School of Law. She is an Associate Member of the Virginia and North Carolina Bars.

Dawn served as President of the boards of the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach and Volunteer Hampton Roads. She was elected in 2012 to serve a three year term representing Virginia on the University of North Carolina Alumni Association. She served on the selection committee for the 2008 “First Citizen of Norfolk.” Dawn founded two Girl Scout troops and has served as a leader for over twelve years. She graduated from Leadership Hampton Roads in 1996. Dawn volunteers at her church, Christ & St. Luke’s, and daughters’ schools, Maury High School and the Governor’s School for the Arts. She served as President of Blair Middle School’s PTA. She is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Great Bridge Chapter.

Her awards include the Walter E. Hoffman Outstanding Community Service Award in 1998 from the Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association, Outstanding Young Woman in America 1997, and the Naval Commendation Medal. Dawn is only person honored twice as the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach’s Sustainer of the Year in 2005 and 2007. She was named to Inside Business’ first “Forty Under 40” list in 1999. Dawn was also named an “Outstanding Volunteer” by the Girl Scout Council of the Colonial Coast in 2009. She lives in Norfolk with her husband, Bob Matthews Finke, and their two daughters, Madison and Julia.