A Virginia that supports family driven care where families of children and youth have shared responsibility with equal partnership and support systems towards achieving and sustaining their full potential.

Our team seeks to promote the provision of an array of services that are community based, strengths focused, effective, culturally competent, family driven, youth guided, and individualized across Virginia.

Our team seeks to promote family driven care across systems of care in Virginia guided by the following values:

Embracing Family and Youth Voice & Choice:

  • We recognize that all families and youth have strengths and expertise and their input is critical for improving policy & practice.

Encouraging and Respecting Cultural Influences

  • We promote cultural sensitivity, diverse representation, and perspectives that are essential to effective outcomes.

Focusing on Outcome-based Work

  • We focus on solution-focused work that demonstrates sustainable realistic outcomes towards system change.

Fostering Collaboration

  • We promote collaboration by breaking down silos, encouraging creativity, and supporting transparency.

The Systems of Care (SOC) Expansion Advisory Team is an ongoing collaboration between the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS), parent representatives and agency/organization partners. The team was initially developed during earlier Systems of Care grant initiatives to inform and bring awareness to SOC across the Commonwealth. In 2017, the team engaged in a strategic planning process with the goal of restructuring itself to one which focused on family engagement as well as cross-agency and community collaboration centered on family engagement. This was done to help the group align activities to areas within SOC that a majority of members were already actively engaged. In collaboration with technical consultants and agency partners, the planning process included the following:

  • Development of a mission, values, and goals to solidify team identity and purpose
  • Development of a decision-making structure to discuss and bring forth initiatives

From this, the group actively works to identify key ways to promote engagement and increase family voice and choice within Systems of Care. Read More

Members Contact Information

First Name Last Name Advisory Team Organization
Alexis Pinos Youth Support Partner/Youth & Young Adult Representative Middle Peninsula Northern Neck Community Services Board
Amanda Snidow SOC Region 3 Family Lead/ Parent Representative New River Valley Community Services Board
Angela Valentine Chief Deputy Director Department of Juvenile Justice
Angie Williams Managing Director, Development/ Parent Representative The Open Table, Inc.
Anna Antell Program Consultant Office of Children’s Services
Anthony Davis Family Support Partner/ Parent Representative Region Ten Community Services Board
Ashaki McNeil Reentry Program Manager Department of Juvenile Justice
Ashley Everette Policy Analyst Voices for Virginia’s Children
Bernnadette Knight Virginia Mental Health Access Program Coordinator Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
Brandi Tinsley SOC Clinical Lead United Methodist Family Services
Charlotte Talley SOC Family Support Partner/Parent Representative United Methodist Family Services
Christina Mummau SOC Region 3 Task Lead/ICC Facilitator New River Valley Community Services Board
Cornell Hubbard Vice President and General Manager Magellan of Virginia
Cristy Corbin SOC State Family Lead, Parent Representative United Methodist Family Services
Dawn Hudgins SOC Family Support Partner/ Parent Representative Region Ten Community Services Board
Em Parente Assistant Director of Family Services Virginia Department of Social Services
Emma Yackso Director of Youth Programs and Services Side by Side
Erica Mann SOC Project Director United Methodist Family Services
Glencora Gudger Behavioral Health Equity Consultant Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
Jessica Abboud SOC Region 1 Family Lead United Methodist Family Services
Joel Walkley SOC Lead Evaluator Virginia Wraparound Implementation Center, Evidence-Based Associates
Julie Rivnak-McAdam Families Forward Virginia/Parent Representative Families Forward Virginia
Karen Grabowski SOC Program Manager Middle Peninsula Northern Neck Community Services Board
Kourtney Herndon SOC Family Support Partner/ Parent Representative United Methodist Family Services
Krista Johnson SOC Evaluation and Data Coordinator Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
Laura Reed Behavioral Health Program Manager Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services
Malcolm King Project Coordinator/YSAT Grant Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
Martha Montgomery School Psychology Specialist Virginia Department of Education
Mary Beth Walsh Director Virginia Family Network
Melissa Smith Education Coordinator Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice
Melody Popp SOC Region 1 Task Lead/ Parent Representative United Methodist Family Services
Nancy Fowler Program Manager Virginia Department of Social Services
Nina Marino SOC Principal Investigator Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
Pam Fisher SOC Project Director Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
Patrice Beard Mental Health and Data Integration Specialist/ Parent Representative Virginia Commonwealth University
Rachelle Butler Director of Community Engagement/ICC Facilitator Coach The Open Table, Inc.
Richard Firth Project Coordinator/YSAT Grant Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
Robin Church New Path Director/Parent Representative Arc of Virginia
Sayyeda Hall SOC Family Support Partner/ Parent Representative United Methodist Family Services
Sophie Fontaine Youth and Young Adult Programs Coordinator Youth Move Virginia
Stephanie Lomax SOC Region 4 Family Lead/ Parent Representative United Methodist Family Services
Susan Barry SOC Region 5 Family Lead/ Parent Representative Middle Peninsula Northern Neck Community Services Board
Ted Lewis Executive Director Side by Side