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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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Kines, Jr., John G. Secretary 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 countyís 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 Culpeperís 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 Delegatesí Subcommittee Studying Conditional Zoning, National Association of Countiesí 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 citizensí needs throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. 06/30/2024
Boone, William Member VDSS Western Region

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William B. ďBuckeyĒ 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. 06/30/2025
Slack, Jennifer Member VDSS Piedmont Region

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Present Professional Engagements
Founder and CEO of Our Neighborhood Child Development Center, Inc. EST 2011, a reggio inspired early childhood program in Charlottesville, Virginia.
➔ Independently implemented business start-up, secured financing, marketed new school to
families, and built
➔ Establishing a learning culture for children, families, and teachers. Read my writing:
➔ Led the school in achieving NAEYC Accreditation the highest standard of quality in early
childhood educational programs, 2014
➔ Led successful Holacracy Implementation to adopt a governance system aligned with the
values of Our Neighborhood, 2016
Early Childhood Presenter through engagement with VAAEYC, Young Child Expo, Alternative
Education Resource Organization, SECA, CVAEYC, and Our Neighborhood Community.
➔ Reflect best practices in adult learning theories in presentation of current child development
research and best practices in early childhood education.
➔ Engage educators in critical self reflection to enhance practices when engaging with children.
Board Member of Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children (VAAEYC), Central
Chapter of VAAEYC, and City of Charlottesville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
➔ Offering my experience, support, and expertise to the community through advocating for
young children in diverse contexts.
Areas of Interest
Education - Social Constructivism, Learner-Centered Practices, Inquiry-Based Learning, Reggio
Emilia Approach, Anti-Bias Education, Free School and Unschool, Nature-Based Education, Parent
Engagement in Education, Reforming Public Systems, Social and Emotional Development
Business - Alternative Business Structures, Holacracy, Getting Things Done (GTD) Practice, Crucial
Conversations, Influence, Motivation, Inclusive Practices
General - Reflective Practice, Mindfulness, Nonviolent Communication, Interpersonal
Neurobiology, Resilience, Brain Research
Education and Certification
Bachelors of Science, University of La Verne, Business Administration and Child Development, 2009
Certified Holacracy Coach, 2018 06/30/2024
Miloser, Megan Member At Large

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Santos, Zulma Member VDSS Northern Region

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Garland, Sheryl Board Member Healthcare Professional

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Sheryl Garland, MHA, FACHE
Chief of Health Impact, VCU Health System
Executive Director, VCU Office of Health Equity

Sheryl Garland is a native of Richmond, Virginia who received an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University in 1982 and a Masters in Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1988. Since joining the VCU Health System in 1987 as an administrative resident, she has served in various leadership roles including Vice President for Health Policy and Community Relations, Vice President for Community Outreach, Director of Ambulatory Care Services, and Director of Planning. In her current role as Chief of Health Impact, Sheryl is responsible for building programs and partnerships to improve the health of populations and communities served by VCU Health System. In this position, she provides leadership for the health systemís Division of Community Health that focuses on advancing health equity and addressing health disparities for patients. Projects to date have included initiatives to identify and address social determinants of health such as housing instability, food insecurity, employment, and transportation needs. In addition to her health system responsibilities, Sheryl serves as the Executive Director of Virginia Commonwealth Universityís (VCU) Office of Health Equity. This office is responsible for integrating the principles of health equity into VCUís core missions (education/training, research, and service). Previous positions within the University include Director of Community Outreach for the VCU Institute for Women's Health, Administrative Director of the VCU Center on Health Disparities, and Director of the VCU Office of Health Innovation.

Sheryl is the recipient of several awards including the American College of Health Care Executives Regentís Early Career Healthcare Executive Award, the VCU Presidential Award for Community Multicultural Enrichment (Administrator Award), VCU/MCV School of Medicine Deanís Award for Community Service, YWCA of Richmond Outstanding Woman of the Year Award in the field of Health/Science, the VCU Department of Health Administration Alumni of the Year Award, the First African Baptist Church Community Leaderís Award, and the MCV Foundationís Jerome F. Strauss III Award. She participated in Leadership Metro Richmond, the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systemsí (Americaís Essential Hospitals) ambulatory fellows program, the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, and LEAD Virginia. Sheryl is a fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives and a member of SisterFund, an African American Womenís Giving Circle. She currently serves on the Virginia Board of Social Services as well as the boards of the MCV Foundation, University Health Services-Professional Education Programs, American Heart Association Mid-Atlantic Affiliate, The Community Foundation for a Greater Richmond, and the Institute for Public Health Innovation (Board Chair). 06/30/2025
Sizemore Heizer, Rachna Member At Large

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Benjamin, Maria Board Member VDSS Central Region

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A native of Richmond, VA, she graduated from Huguenot High School and attended Georgetown University for ophthalmology. She is married to her soul mate and partner in ministry, Apostle Leon Benjamin, Sr., and through their union they have three beautiful children Ė Delcarmen and Leon Jr., and Destiny Benjamin

Pastor Maria accepted her call into ministry at a very early age of 14, serving as lead drummer (set) in her church at Ebenezer Church of our Lord Jesus Christ. Her interest in music also gravitated to singing in various choirs at national conventions. Her love for the word of God caused her to accept her call to preach and currently she leads a womenís movement call Women of Power Ministries. She has also taught both of her daughters and her son to appreciate music. Her son plays the keyboards in our worship services and her youngest daughter, Destiny, plays the drum set, while her oldest daughter, Delcarmen, leads the praise and worship team. Pastor Maria works alongside of her husband, Apostle Leon Benjamin, as Executive Pastor for New Life Harvest Church, Inc., formerly Jireh Ministries International, a multi-cultural church that ministers to the inner-city youth through the churchís daycare and before and after school programs. 06/30/2026
Carey, Don Board Member VDSS Eastern Region

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A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Don Carey graduated from Booker T. Washington High School and Norfolk State University (NSU), before becoming the first NSU football player drafted into the NFL in the Division I era. Over his 10 year professional playing career, Carey received numerous awards for accomplishments both on the field and in the community. Among these was the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, presented by the Detroit Lions.

Following his retirement from the NFL, Carey founded The Don Carey REECH Foundation, Inc., which uses sports as a catalyst to connect with and educate students about careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. Carey speaks at many schools of every level, challenging, teaching, and inspiring the next generation of leaders around the country.

A published author, Careyís first book, ďItís Not Because Iím Better Than You,Ē shares his personal story and the principles he and others have used to achieve success. The book, released in 2017, has been met with extremely positive reviews.

In 2018 Carey received Norfolk State University's Graduate of the Last Decade award and, in 2019, was inducted into the NSU Athletic Hall of Fame. He continues to serve the community of Chesapeake, sitting on various boards and participating in several organizations that spearhead positive change across the city.

Carey was elected to Chesapeake City Council for a four-year term commencing July 1, 2020 06/30/2026
Ford, Leslie Board Member VDSS Northern Region

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Leslie Ford is a policy researcher with ten years of experience including leadership roles as a domestic policy advisor to the President at the White House and a legislative advisor to Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) on Capitol Hill. Ford is focused on transforming U.S safety-net policies to empower vulnerable citizens. Leslie lives with her husband and three children in Alexandria, Virginia. 06/30/2026
Short, DeRonda Board Member VDSS Eastern Region

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Partner, Short, Short, Telstad & Kerr, PC, Newport News, since 1978.

DeRonda Miniard Short has been listed as a reputable Lawyer by Marquis Who's Who.

Member Virginia Symphony Guild, Newport News, 1975-1984, Virginia State Ballet, Newport News, 1977-1981, Peninsula Estate Planning Council, since 1983. Commissioner Penisula Ports Authority Virginia, Newport News, 1977-1986. Board visitors Christopher Newport College, 1979-1983.

Member American Bar Association, Virginia State Bar Association, Newport News Bar Association, American Trial Lawyers Association, Virginia Trial Lawyers Assn, Peninsula Women's Network. Clubs: Towne Point (Norfolk, Virginia). 06/30/2026
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