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State Board of Social Services
VDSS/Office of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs
801 East Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219-2901
Phone:(804) 726-7011  Fax:(804) 726-7015
E-mail: state.board@dss.virginia.gov

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Avula, Dr. Daniel TK Chair Healthcare Professional

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Avula, Dr. Daniel TK
Danny.avula@vdh.virginia.gov 06/30/2021
Willis, Kent Vice Chair VDSS Northern Region

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Willis, Kent Kent Willis was born in Hampton, Virginia, and is a graduate of Hampton High School and the College of William and Mary (A.B., Philosophy, 1971). He has spent his career protecting and advancing civil rights and civil liberties in Virginia.
In 2012 Kent retired after 25 years with the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia, the last 23 years as its executive director. Prior to the ACLU, Kent was employed for ten years at Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) in Richmond, the last five as its executive director. An earlier job included advocating for persons with disabilities at Richmond Goodwill Industries.
At HOME, Kent promoted racial equality in Richmondís housing market through public education and litigation programs. He was twice called upon to testify before U.S. congressional committees charged with strengthening the nationís fair housing laws, and he served as a plaintiff in a U.S. Supreme Court case that expanded the legal rights of fair housing activists and organizations. Under his leadership, HOME brought the first case in the nation requiring housing marketers to use racial minorities in pictorial advertisements.
At the ACLU, Kent employed a wide range of litigation, public education and legislative strategies to promote constitutional rights, including freedom of speech and assembly, religious freedom, due process for criminal defendants, and the fair treatment of incarcerated persons. During Kentís tenure, the ACLU of Virginia brought important cases advancing LGBT rights and utilized both litigation and grassroots organizing to expand the voting rights of racial minorities throughout the state. The ACLU also led a statewide coalition of groups in a multi-year project to reform Virginiaís racially discriminatory felon disenfranchisement law and published the first comprehensive study on racial and judicial inequities in the administration of the death penalty in Virginia.
Kent lives in Arlington with his wife Dr. Sheila Crowley, who is President of the National Low Income Housing Coalition. He has two stepdaughters and six grandchildren.
rkentwillis@gmail.com 06/30/2018
Washington, Veronica Secretary VDSS Piedmont Region

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Washington, Veronica Veronica O Washington is an accomplished, skilled senior professional with extensive experience in supportive counseling, human services, and social work settings. She has solid and proven abilities to educate and train in the fields of social work and human services methods, values of critical thinking, problem solving, organizational skills, and conflict resolution as well as in the importance of constructing accurate, timely documentation. Her quest for higher education includes currently working toward a Master of Social Work degree, earned a Ph.D. in Human Services, a Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration as a foundation for current, prior, and future professional work. Dr. Washington is the Director of VOW Village, LLC, an organization of volunteers that donate and distribute new, warm winter clothing to children ages 0-17 years of age to assist families, promote self-esteem in youth, and decrease bullying.
ronniewash@aol.com 06/30/2020
Ali, Lou Member VDSS Central Region

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Ali, Lou Ms. Ali is a local government executive with over 10 years of management experience which includes providing oversight in the following areas: budget, research and analysis, legislative services and policy development. Ms. Ali has a Bachelorís degree from the University of South Carolina, a Masterís in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Richmondís TC Williams School of Law.
Lba55@hotmail.com 06/30/2018
Malik, Mona Member VDSS Eastern Region

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Malik, Mona Mona Malik is the President of Peaceful Families Project (PFP), an organization devoted to ending domestic violence in Muslim families. As social worker with over 15 years of experience, she has worked with abused children, recent immigrants, youth and victims of domestic violence. Under her leadership, PFP has expanded greatly by facilitating awareness workshops for Imams, mosques leaders and communities, providing cultural sensitivity trainings and technical assistance for professionals, conducting research, and developing resources. She is a Founding Member of Muslim Mothers Against Violence (MMAV) and Director of the Washington DC Chapter. MMAV educates communities about bullying and teaches nonviolent conflict resolution skills to Muslim teenagers. She serves as a Commissioner for the County Office of Human Rights in Fairfax County, VA. Mona also served as the social worker for one of the largest mosques in America and worked as crisis counselor serving ADAMS under FEMA. Ms. Malik has received M.A. and B.A. degrees in Social Work from the University of Cincinnati. She resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and three children.
monazmalik@gmail.com 06/30/2018
Santana, Clyde Member VDSS Eastern Region

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Santana, Clyde Retired from the Va. Dept. of Alcoholic Beverage Control (VABC) as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge and the U. S. Naval Reserves as a Commander (Surface Warfare Officer Qualified), prior to both the Navy and Law enforcement employment, Clyde has worked as an artist / writer / muralist for the New Jersey State Arts Council and later, the New Jersey State Dept. of Education as the Artists in Schools project Coordinator. A graduate of Springfield College with a BS in Art in Urban Life and a MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Clyde designed, co-designed and / or coordinated approximately 22 mural projects in New York City, Massachusetts and New Jersey in public schools, a medical center, several colleges and universities and community centers from 1972 to 1981. Also, during that time, Clyde began learning how to write stage plays taking classes at several prominent NYC based theaters. Clyde continues to use his writing and filmmaking skills to teach aspiring playwrights and screenwriters in Norfolk, Va. Philadelphia, Pa. and Atlanta, Ga. He has taught the Crispus Attucks Theater Playwrights Workshop for the past 5 years teaching both adults and teens how to write plays. Currently, the Attucks Theater is developing its first season of plays written by the playwright workshop members. Also, in his past employment with VABC, Clyde has penned 8 PSAís (several that involved two Miss Virginiaís and one Miss Virginia later crowned Miss America) written, filmed and aired by VABC and the Navy Safety Afloat Command including the departmentís flagship training film titled ďASK 4 IDĒ Also, he co-designed itís poster which is still distributed by VABC. These training materials focused on ďResponsible Consumption of Alcoholic BeveragesĒ and ďZero ToleranceĒ for persons under 21 years of age. During his tenure as a Special Agent / Assistant Special Agent in Charge, he penned 13 published newsletter articles for the T.I.P.S. (Training Intervention Procedures for Sellers And Server of Alcohol) internationally renowned program housed in Tysonís Corner , Va.
cvs1213@aol.com 06/30/2018
Kines, Jr., John G. Member VDSS Eastern Region

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johnkinesjr@yahoo.com 06/30/2020
Brennan, Joan Member Child Care Center

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jkurtzkeb@msn.com 06/20/2020
Boyd, MaryAnn Member Child Care Center

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maryannboyd38@gmail.com 06/30/2020
Boone, William Member VDSS Western Region

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boonebuckey@gmail.com 06/30/2021
Heck, Andrew Member VDSS Northern Region

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aheck@geropartners.com 06/30/2021
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