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State Board of Social Services - Board Member Roster

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

Name Position Representing
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Ali, Lou Chair VDSS Central Region

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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 Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina, a Master’s in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond’s TC Williams School of Law. 06/30/2022
Boyd, MaryAnn Vice Chair Child Care Center

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MaryAnn Boyd was born at Ft. Hood, Texas into a military family. MaryAnn has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from University of Maryland and graduate studies in Special Education from University of Hawaii. MaryAnn holds Montessori credential for teaching children from three to six years old and taught for many years.

MaryAnn began her career working for the Texas Department of of Social Services in Child Abuse and Neglect prevention programs. She later worked with programs directed toward education and assistance for families with dependent children, with a focus on food insecurity.

MaryAnn is the Founder of The Boyd Schools, seven Montessori schools in the Northern Virginia area serving infants through 6th grade. The school was established in 1994 and provide education and care for children and their families. The schools are currently being operated by another organization. MaryAnn continues to serve as a consultant to the organization. MaryAnn is involved with various organizations that advocate and support the education and care of young children. She has lead numerous school accreditation teams and is a strong advocate for quality care for children.

MaryAnn lives in Haymarket, Virginia with her husband, Tim Beckworth. She has three children and four grandchildren. 06/30/2020
Boone, William Secretary VDSS Western Region

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William B. “Buckey” Boone was born, raised and has spent most of his life in Southwest Virginia. He attended Pocahontas High School and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the College of William and Mary in 1972. Buckey began his career teaching young children (Kindergarten, preschool, and infant/toddler). He then worked for a number of organizations that served families and communities of Southwest Virginia, including People, Incorporated, Washington County Office on Youth, and the Region I Perinatal Coordinating Council. His longest service was with Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society and his last work was as Director of Smart Beginnings of Southwest Virginia at the United Way of Southwest Virginia from where he retired in 2017. Buckey served three terms on the Washington County School Board. He presently serves on the Board of Directors of the Appalachian Peace Education Center and the Washington County Community Advocacy Committee. Buckey lives in Meadowview, Virginia with his wife Joan. He has two daughters, Birdie and Katie, and two grandchildren, Colin and Wren. 06/30/2021
Avula, Dr. Daniel TK Member Healthcare Professional

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Dr. Danny Avula is the Director of the Richmond City and Henrico County Health Departments. He is a public health physician specializing in pediatrics and preventive medicine, and he continues to practice clinically as a pediatric hospitalist. After graduating from the University of Virginia, he attended medical school at the VCU School of Medicine, and completed residencies at VCU and Johns Hopkins University, where he also received a Master’s in Public Health. He is an Affiliate Faculty member at VCU, where he regularly serves as an advisor and preceptor to graduate and medical students.

Dr. Avula was appointed by Governor McAuliffe to the State Board of Social Services in 2013 and served as Board Chair from 2017 2019. He currently serves on a number of community boards including Communities in Schools and the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation.

At home, Danny’s time is devoted to life with his wife and five kids, and to learning how to be a good neighbor in the rapidly changing community of Church Hill, where he has lived for the past fifteen years. His work has been featured nationally by the CDC, MSNBC, Christianity Today, and on the TED circuit with his TEDx talk entitled "Dependence isn't a Dirty Word". 06/30/2021
Brennan, Joan Member Child Care Center

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Heck, Andrew Member VDSS Northern Region

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Dr. Heck is a clinical psychologist (geropsychologist), educator, trainer, and administrator, and is an owner and clinician with GeroPartners, LLC—a Richmond-based private mental health private practice serving older adults and their families. Holding degrees from Wabash College and the University of Indianapolis, he holds dual board certification through the American Board of Professional Psychology in both Clinical Psychology(2005) and Geropsychology (2013; founding board member). He spent 17 years as a clinician and administrator at Piedmont Geriatric Hospital in Virginia’s public mental health system, and has held clinical faculty appointments in the Departments of Gerontology, Psychiatry, Psychology and Pharmacy at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has briefed members of the U.S. Senate on Geropsychology Training Funding issues, and is a founding board member and President-elect of the American Board of Geropsychology, an organization that governs specialty certification for psychologists working with older adults.

Dr. Heck has undertaken national speaking tours on geriatric mental health in both the United States and Australia. He is the co-editor of the textbook, Forensic Geropsychology: Practice Essentials (published through the American Psychological Association), which is the first text that comprehensively addresses the interface between geriatric psychology and the legal system. He was named Alumnus of the Year by the University of Indianapolis School of Psychology (2014) and was the 2018 recipient of the American Board of Professional Psychology’s annual Geropsychology award for services to the field. Dr. Heck’s particular areas of professional interest include clinical training and supervision, dementia evaluation, decision-making competency and capacity, behavioral treatment, and ethics in working with the elderly. 06/30/2021
Kines, Jr., John G. Member VDSS Eastern Region

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John G. Kines, Jr., served as County Administrator of Prince George County, Virginia for 25 years. Prince George is a suburban-rural county providing a full range of public services to its citizens. Before serving as County Administrator, Kines was Deputy County Administrator/Director of Planning for Prince George County. Kines also served concurrently as the county’s Board of Social Services along with his duties as County Administrator beginning in 1984 and continuing throughout his remaining years as County Administrator before retirement.

Before employment in Prince George, Kines served as the Town of Culpeper’s Planning and Zoning Administrator from April 1974 to August 1979. Kines has served a total of 35 years in local government management and administration.

During his lifetime in local government, he served on numerous public boards and commissions, including the Virginia Commission on Local Government through appointments by Governors Warner, Kaine and McDonnell. He also served on state-level commissions, including the Virginia Citizens Planning Association, Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association, Virginia House of Delegates’ Subcommittee Studying Conditional Zoning, National Association of Counties’ Intergovernmental Affairs Steering Committee, and the National Association of Counties Lands Steering Committee. He was a Board Member and Vice Chairman of the U.S. Selective Service Board of Appeals of the Eastern District of Virginia for 20 years. Also, he is a life member of the International City/County Management Association and the Virginia Local Government Management Association.

He has enjoyed his years of service with the Federal, State and Local levels of government. He considers the Virginia Board of Social Services a challenging responsibility serving citizens’ needs throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. 06/30/2020
Malik, Mona Member VDSS Eastern Region

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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. 06/30/2022
Santana, Clyde Member VDSS Eastern Region

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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 PSA’s (several that involved two Miss Virginia’s and one Miss Virginia later crowned Miss America) written, filmed and aired by VABC and the Navy Safety Afloat Command including the department’s flagship training film titled “ASK 4 ID” Also, he co-designed it’s poster which is still distributed by VABC. These training materials focused on “Responsible Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages” and “Zero Tolerance” 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 Tyson’s Corner , Va. 06/30/2022
Washington, Veronica Member VDSS Piedmont Region

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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. 06/30/2020
Willis, Kent Member VDSS Northern Region

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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 Richmond’s housing market through public education and litigation programs. He was twice called upon to testify before U.S. congressional committees charged with strengthening the nation’s 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 Kent’s 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 Virginia’s 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. 06/30/2022

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