SBSS Members
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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) 726-7905  Fax:(804) 726-7906

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(map showing VDSS regional boundaries)
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Spadaccini, Robert Chair VDSS Eastern Region

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Spadaccini, Robert Senior level executive with experience in government Health and Human Services and Health Care program operations. Experience includes working with legislative bodies and senior level executives in the public and private sectors as an elected and appointed official with a successful history in reducing costs and improving performance. Responsibilities include program and project management, financial operations, financial reporting and business process reengineering. Current position with Amerigroup Corporation responsible for coordination of operations for the States of Washington and Kansas and is a certified Project Manager Professional and Six Sigma Green Belt. Previous experience includes managing the financial operations for the California Healthy Families program and working with Health and Human Service agencies in four additional states. A resident of Virginia Beach with his wife Barbara with service on several boards in the tidewater area including the Boy Scouts of America, FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association and the Community Organization of Grants for the City of Virginia Beach. 06/30/2014
Greene, Willie Vice Chair VDSS Western Region

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Greene, Willie A seasoned and skilled Safety and Loss Prevention professional with the ability to lead and motivate the development of employee safe work practices resulting in a significant reduction of experience modification factor for the two plants that I was responsible for and a 55% reduction is cost per capita. I am as effective communicator and skilled trainer.
A Virginia Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Professional Experience

FARA Loss Control Consultant

Currently, I am a Loss Control Consultant at FARA, ( FARA is an insurance services provider of risk management solutions and benefits administration
to insurance companies, self-insured corporations and governmental entities). My
primary responsibilities include inspecting properties such as buildings, industrial operations, vehicles, and recreational facilities to evaluate physical conditions, safety practices and hazardous situations. I am required to prepare written reports of findings and generate system recommendations for correction of unsafe conditions.

Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Co. Inc. Galax, Virginia

2006- 2008 Corporate Director of Safety

Responsible for overall safety compliance of 2 division 1100 employee case goods furniture manufacturer reporting directly to the President and CEO. Duties included total OSHA Compliance, Workers Compensation administration in Virginia and North Carolina, Fire Protection and Emergency Response, safety strategy and implementation. Served as Chairman of the Plant Employee, Asst. Supervisor, Supervisor and Corporate Executive Safety Committees. Represented Company at all mediations, OSHA legal proceedings and industrial commission hearings.

Galax High School Graduate
Wytheville Community College Business Management

Professional Affiliations and Community Service

• Serves as member and trustee of Galax Volunteer Fire Department
• Adjunct Instructor for Surry Community College, Dobson, NC
• Instructor for the Virginia Department of Fire Programs EEO/AA Council
• 1403 Safety Compliance Officer
• Rooftop Board of Directors
• Local Red Cross Chapter
• Past President Virginia Head Start Parent Policy Association
• Past President Galax Parks & Recreation Commission
• Elected to Galax City Council in 1994 to present
• Currently serves as Vice Mayor for past 8 years
• Member of Galax Social Services Board
• Member Mount Rogers Planning Commission Executive Committee/Treasure
• Chairman of the Mount Rogers Budget Committee
• Virginia Association of Planning District Commissions Executive Committee Member
• Appointed to 4-year term of the Virginia State Board of Social Work by Governor Mark Warner
• Re-appointed in 2008 for another 4-year term by Governor Tim Kaine
• Appointed to 4-year term to the Virginia Social Services Board by Governor Tim Kaine
• Served as Chairman of National Bank of Blacksburg’s Advisory Committee
• Owned and operated a restaurant for 4 years and a Day Care Center for 10 years
• OSHA General Industry Outreach Trainer- Authorized to conduct 10- and 30- hour General Industry outreach training in accordance with guidelines provided by the OSHA Training Institute.
• Virginia Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
• National Safety Council Emergency Care Public Instructor
• National Safety Council Emergency Care Private Training Center 06/30/2017
Atwood, Thomas C. Secretary VDSS Northern Region

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Atwood, Thomas  C. Thomas C. Atwood has directed and consulted with public policy research, education, and advocacy nonprofits for more than 25 years. At various times, he has been responsible for all aspects of such organizations, including CEO and spokesperson, government and media relations, research and publications, events, fundraising, strategic planning and administration.

In 2012 Governor Robert McDonnell appointed Mr. Atwood to the Board of the Family and Children’s Trust Fund of Virginia, where he continues to serve as Trustee and Chairman of the Fund Development Committee.

Mr. Atwood served as President and CEO of the National Council for Adoption from 2002-2008. Highlights of his leadership in that capacity include:
• Expert witness in hearings on foster care, adoption, child protection, and child welfare:
o U.S. Senate (once)
o U.S. House of Representatives (four times)
o U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (once)
o State legislatures (nine times)

• Author and editor of numerous publications on adoption, foster care, and child welfare, such as:
o Executive editor, Adoption Factbook IV
o Co-author, The Whole Life Adoption Book
o Author of numerous policy briefs, such as “Performance Measures for Courts: The Next Step in Foster Care Reform,” with Virginia C. Ravenel, and “Guarding Adoption while Subsidizing Guardianship,” with Marc Zappala

• Conference director, Families for All Parent Recruitment Summit and six National Adoption Conferences

• Media spokesperson on adoption, foster care, and child welfare in diverse major media, including Associated Press, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Izvestia, Voice of America, E!, Primetime, Larry King Live, Today Show, Family News in Focus, National Public Radio, and CNN International

• Advocate for children with government officials of 17 countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Eurasia, and Latin America leading delegations to brief foreign governments on adoption and child welfare programs

• Outside group coalition leader in drafting and enactment of the landmark, bipartisan Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008

Mr. Atwood worked for The Heritage Foundation for 11 years as Director of Coalition Relations and Executive Editor of Policy Review. In March 2011 he wrote the Heritage Backgrounder, “Foster Care: Safety Net or Trap Door?” For four years to the present he serves as Principal in his own nonprofit consulting firm.

Mr. Atwood earned his MA in Public Policy and MBA at Regent University in Virginia Beach and his BA in Psychology at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. 06/30/2014
Avula, Dr. Daniel TK Member Healthcare Professional

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Henderson, William C. Member VDSS Piedmont Region

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Henderson, William C. William “Bill” Henderson has thirty plus years of Executive level experience in Corrections, Auditing/Inspecting, Policy Development, Program Management and all aspects of Security-Based Programming and Institutional Detention. His expertise includes Emergency Preparedness Response (as well as providing training in that area), Environmental Health and Safety Standards and all other major components within the Emergency Planning realm. During his early management years in the Federal Prison System, he established Special Operations Response and Hostage Negotiation Teams as well as Institution Emergency Preparedness Plans. He is known for his abilities to amicably resolve issues and received numerous awards while in prison management. He currently serves on the Governor’s Board of Social Services. Bill and his wife reside in Roanoke, VA. 06/30/2016
Johnson, Reverend Dr. Ray Member VDSS Eastern Region

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Johnson, Reverend Dr. Ray As a concerned practitioner of community development and human services Dr. Ray Johnson has served the community in Hampton Roads in several different capacities. A former directer of community development for The Office of Human Affairs and President of the Newport News Neighborhood Federal Credit Union leadership and serving people is not foreign to Ray Johnson. He has served on Virginia’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission and the Family Foundation’s Pastors for Family Values and is a Hampton Roads Urban League 2010 decade MLK award recipient.

Education and life-long learning is among Ray Johnson greatest continuums. He earned a Bachelors degree in Business and Economics from the University of Maine. He holds a joint Master's degree on the graduate level an MBA and Master of Arts in Law and Public Policy from Regent University. He has also completed his Master's of Divinity and a earned Doctorate in Leadership and Theology, from Fuller Theological Seminary.

As a leader in the faith community Ray Johnson expanded Calvary Revival Church-Norfolk to the Peninsula in 2008. As the Senior Pastor of Calvary Revival Church-Peninsula the ministry has grown from 13 to hundreds of weekly attendees and is now one church in two locations with a physical presence in both Hampton and Newport News. Pastor Johnson has previously served the church as youth pastor, elder, and church administrator. He brings over 26 years of practical ministry experience to the least of these with a heart to serve the community Ray Johnson is a second generation Pastor. 06/30/2014
Jordon, Jr. , Darrell "DJ" Member VDSS Northern Region

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Jordon, Jr. , Darrell Since July of 2008, Darrell “D.J.” Jordan has worked as a Congressional Aide in the U.S. House of Representatives, currently serving as the Communications Director for the Small Business Committee under the Chairmanship of Congressman Sam Graves (MO-06). Before his time on Capitol Hill, he worked in broadcast journalism at the Washington D.C. bureaus of Fox News and CNN. As a committed and compassionate public servant, D.J. has volunteered with various nonprofits in the Washington D.C. area, including with the child mentorship organization, Everybody Wins! D.C. He has also served on the Board of Directors of a crisis-pregnancy center and on a Government Advisory Council for Buckner International, a global orphan care charity. He obtained two bachelors’ degrees from Liberty University and is scheduled to complete a Master’s degree in Public Management at The Johns Hopkins University in December 2013. In the Fall, he is an on-air TV analyst for his alma mater’s football games on the Liberty Flames Sports Network. Along with his wife, Glorya, they are parents of four children, including a child adopted from the foster care system. They regular speak to groups about foster care, adoption, mentoring and the impact of stable families on society. Born and raised in Hampton Roads, he now lives in Woodbridge, Virginia. 06/30/2017
Knapp, Jack Dr. Member Child Care Center

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Knapp, Jack Dr. Dr. Jack Knapp is a native of Kalamazoo, Michigan. He graduated with BA and MA Degrees from Bob Jones University in 1964 and 1965. He has also received a Doctor of Divinity Degree from the Atlantic Baptist Bible College in Chester Virginia in 1987. After college graduation, he ministered in four different churches in Michigan and Indiana. He was Pastor of one of the churches and Assistant Pastor in the other three. In 1978 the Knapps to moved to Chesapeake Virginia where he became Assistant Pastor and Christian School Administrator of Great Hope Baptist Church and School.

From 1984 to 2010 he worked as Executive Director of The Virginia Assembly of Independent Baptists. He continues his work with them as Executive Director Emeritus. He also served as Executive Director of the Old Dominion Association of Church Schools for 19 years. He served as a citizen member on the Board of Counseling for 8 years. He was also serving on the Child Day Care Council before its duties were assumed by the Board of Social Services.

The Knapps have two adult children. One living in Chesterfield, VA and one in Chattanooga, TN 06/30/2016
Metcalf-Little, Heidi Member VDSS Central Region

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Robertson, Lisa Member VDSS Eastern Region

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Robertson, Lisa Smart Beginnings South Hampton Roads, Norfolk, VA September, 2005 - Present
Board Member & Founder & Chair of Faithful Beginnings

Founded Faithful Beginnings, an initiative of Smart Beginnings, that partners with over 75 congregations in the region to make congregations aware of the importance of the early years and supports parents in their congregation.

Developed the Faithful Beginnings School Readiness Guide, which combines basic faith values, family activities, and kindergarten readiness milestones for parents and their children. To date, over 4,000 copies have been distributed to 35 congregations and schools.

Changing Seasons, Virginia Beach, VA September 2007 - Present
Founder and Advisory Board Member

Co-founded Changing Seasons, a luncheon series for women, which features nationally renowned speakers designed to encourage and equip women to successfully navigate their season of life. To date, Changing Seasons has welcomed over 2,700 guests to various events.

ITSERA Freedom, Virginia Beach, VA August, 2005-August, 2010
Senior Advisor

Launched ITSERA Freedom, a nonprofit microenterprise that empowers women in Thailand impacted by the tsunami and at-risk of human trafficking by providing skills, resources, and designs to produce high-end, leather handbags.
National Author and Speaker

Author of Advent: Making Christmas About Christ and several articles featured by Proverbs 31 Ministries and CBN Ministries.

Speaking Engagements include: Willow Creek Church, Spring Branch Community Church, Virginia Beach Community Chapel, and Burke Community Church.

Additional Experience and Leadership:
Galilee Church, Virginia Beach, VA January, 1984-Present

Women’s Bible Study Teacher for over 27 years.

Additional leadership includes:
Advisory Board of Child Abuse and Neglect from 2011-2012

Vestry Member, Search Committee Member, and Sunday School Teacher
Teen Mania Ministries, Garden Valley, TX July, 2001-2011

Board Member
Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), Virginia Beach, VA 2003-2006, 2009-2010

Mentor and Speaker
Norfolk Academy, Norfolk, VA 2001
Field Day Co-Chair

Sweet Briar College
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, May 1976

Woman’s Leadership Award, United Way South Hampton Roads 2011

Tennis, skiing, and family—wife to one, mother to five, and grandmother to two. 06/30/2016
Webster, Josie Member Child Care Center

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