At Our Richmond Office:
Chief Executive Officer
Nadine enjoys many strong connections to CHS. She is a CHS adoptive parent, former member of the CHS Board of Directors, and attorney who provided legal counsel to families adopting through the agency. Prior to joining the CHS staff, she served as the Executive Director of Volunteer Emergency Families for Children (VEFC). Before working at VEFC, she practiced law at Hill, Tucker & Marsh Law Firm. Nadine has also served on several nonprofit boards, including the National Network for Youth Policy Council, the Mid Atlantic Network for Youth (MANY), the Old Dominion Bar Association, and Richmond Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).
Nadine has also served on the alumni associations for both the University of Richmond and the T.C. Williams School of Law. Nadine has been a presenter at the National Network for Youth Symposium in Washington D.C., the Business Women's Network Leadership Summit, the National Host Homes Conference sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond.
Best part of my job: Seeing the smiles on the faces of the families we create
Favorite color: Teal
Favorite magazine: National Geographic
Someday I want to: Visit Hawaii and Tahiti
Favorite children's book: The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss
Why I chose to work for CHS: Because I am passionate about the mission and I am energized everyday by having the opportunity to tell the CHS story.
Chief Operating Officer
Dale joined CHS in January 2014. She has spent the majority of her career working with nonprofit organizations. Her focus has been helping nonprofits increase their program impact and improve their financial health. She has a Master's degree in Social Work, a Master's degree in Business Administration, and a Certificate in Fund Development. Dale is a strong advocate of the importance of strategic management and performance measurement. She has worked as a Social Worker, Program Manager, Deputy Director, Interim Executive Director, and Organizational Development Consultant in the nonprofit sector.
Best part of my job: Working for an organization with such a great purpose/mission
Favorite movie: The Muppets
Favorite magazine: Cooks Illustrated
My pet is: I have four – 2 great dogs and 2 great cats who are very loving and have lots of personality
Someday I want to: Have a farm for animals who need help/rescue
Dream vacation: Rainforest in Costa Rica
Favorite family activity: Taking an outdoor hike together
Chief Program Officer
Director of Social Work
Laura is a licensed clinical social worker with more than twenty years of experience. In the past, she supervised the independent living program in Baltimore County's Department of Social Services, worked in medical social work, as well as in private practice. She joined CHS in October 1999 to work with the foster care adoption program. Today, Laura supervises all of the CHS social work programs as the Director of Social Work.
Favorite color: Purple
Favorite ice cream: Anything chocolate :)
My pet is: My sweet dog Macy
Favorite magazine: Southern Living
Favorite family activity: Being together and doing anything with my husband and best buddies (my boys)
Why I chose to work as a social worker: Because at CHS, we truly care about families
Chief Marketing Officer
Amy joined CHS in September 2012. She attended Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, where she achieved a Bachelor of Science in Magazine Journalism and was a member of the University Honors Program. Her career path has included positions in publishing, agency, non-profit, healthcare, and corporate marketing and communications. Amy is an active volunteer with the American Marketing Association, both locally and nationally, and is an award-winning Past President of the AMA-Richmond chapter. She is married and has two boys.
I collect: Teapots
Favorite snack: Popcorn made the old-fashioned way, on the stovetop
Someday I want to: Take my kids to the Grand Canyon
Favorite sport: Baseball
Favorite children's book: Charlotte's Web
Why I chose to work in marketing: For me, it's all about the words and the opportunity to tell stories, share information, educate, motivate, and inspire -- which comes from my background as a journalist and passion as a writer.
Infant Program Manager
Child Placing Supervisor
Debra joined Children's Home Society of Virginia in November 2006 as the Child Placing Supervisor. Prior to joining CHS, she worked at Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia, Inc. from 1994 to 2006, first as a social worker and then as the Director of Child Welfare. In addition, Debra was employed by New York Foundling Hospital in New York City for 14 years as an adoption social worker, supervisor, and Director of the Adoption Unit. Debra is also a member of ADOPT - Adoption, Development, Outreach, Planning Team - a voluntary child advocacy group committed to promoting and assuring the right of Virginia's children to have permanent homes.
The best part my job is: Placing an infant in an adoptive home knowing that baby is going to have many more opportunities in life to succeed.
Favorite cereal: Honey Nut Cheerios
Favorite movie: Happy Feet
Favorite pizza topping: Extra cheese and sausage
Dream vacation: Cruise to Hawaii
Favorite family activity: Taking my grandson to the Bounce House and train shows
Foster Care Adoption Program Manager
Laura first became involved with Children's Home Society in September 2011 as a social work student intern. During this time, she helped prepare families to adopt children from foster care and worked diligently to meet the needs of adult adoptees. After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University in May 2012 with a Master's degree in Clinical Social Work, Laura joined the Foster Care Adoption team full-time.
Favorite color: Green
Favorite snack: Chips and salsa
Favorite movie: The Lord of the Rings series
Dream vacation: Visiting Italy and Greece
Favorite children's book: The Phantom Tollbooth
Why I chose to be a social worker: I love teaching and encouraging families as they look forward to an adoption
The Possibilities Project Program Manager
Lavinia joined CHS in September 2015 as manager of The Possibilities Project, a new program offering housing and services to youth who have aged out of foster care. She has devoted most of her career to organizations that serve young people, advance their opportunities, and support their education and growth. Prior to joining CHS, she worked in strategic planning and marketing in Washington, D.C. as well as social entrepreneurship in Mexico City. Before that, she directed a coalition of youth-serving organizations, ran her own successful tutoring and tutoring consulting organization, and managed several tutoring centers in South Carolina. Lavinia has a master’s in international business from the University of South Carolina and bachelor degrees in English and French & International Trade from Clemson University.
My happy place is: The dusty, colorful streets and lively beaches of Sayulita, Mexico
Favorite children's book: Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
Favorite ice cream: Pralines and Cream
Favorite spot in Richmond: The swimming hole and diving rock just across from the pipeline
Favorite family activity: Traveling and exploring the world together
Why I chose to work as manager of The Possibilities Project: I am passionate about helping young people develop their talents, skills, and abilities to build thriving, happy lives.
Post-Adoption Social Worker
Sara is a graduate of James Madison University with a B.S. in Psychology and a Minor in Family Studies. After graduation, she spent a year volunteering in Americorps’ NCCC program and during this time solidified her wish to become a social worker. Sara then attended VCU’s Master’s of Social Work program, from which she graduated in 2010 and was awarded the VCU School of Social Work 2010 Service Award. Sara pursued a career in medical social work and later worked as a therapist for children and teenagers who have experienced acute trauma. Sara joined CHS as a social worker with the Foster Care Adoption team in 2014 and then moved to lead the Post-Adoption Program in 2015.
I collect: Postcards from wherever I travel, the cheesier the better
Favorite ice cream: Vanilla soft serve with rainbow sprinkles
Favorite magazine: Real Simple
My happy place is: Bethany Beach, Delaware… I’ve been vacationing there with the same friend for over 10 years
Favorite spot in Richmond: Kayaking on the James
Why I chose to be a social worker: The need for people to adopt children from foster care is great and there is so much that is misunderstood about adoption and foster care. I wanted to help those who have an interest in adoption break things down and meet their goals.
Wendy's Wonderful Kids Recruiter
Krista graduated from Mary Baldwin College in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in child psychology. After graduation, she worked as a kindergarten teacher and then a Head Start teacher. Krista then became interested in child welfare and took a position as a family stabilization worker with the Richmond Department of Social Services. Before joining CHS in August 2009, Krista was a child mental health family case manager with Richmond Behavioral Health Authority. As the Wendy's Wonderful Kids Recruiter, Krista focuses her efforts on finding permanent families for children in foster care.
The best part of my job is: Getting to spend time with kids
Favorite snack: Chex Mix
Favorite movie: When Harry Met Sally
Favorite magazine: VegNews
Someday I want to: Skydive!
My happy place is: At home with my husband and son
Favorite spot in Richmond: Maymont
Beverly joined CHS in October 1969 as the fund clerk. In that position, she kept track of donor lists and handled the mailing of our direct mail appeals. At the time, records were kept on small cards in a file cabinet and the addressing of envelopes was done by an antique Addressograph. In 1987, Beverly became secretary/registrar and was responsible for providing secretarial services to our social workers. She was also responsible for the legal work necessary to finalize adoptions. She was named executive administrative assistant in October 2006 and provided administrative support to the management team, social workers and the board. Most recently, Beverly was promoted to Office Manager in 2015.
The best part of my job is: That we are like a family
Favorite color: Yellow
Favorite movie: Overboard
Someday I want to: Win the lottery
Favorite pizza topping: Green olives
My happy place is: Myrtle Beach
Favorite family activity: Christmas night at my house
Special Events and Volunteer Manager
Laura joined the CHS team in August 2013. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Radford University and her career path has included working for the Chesterfield County Department of Public Affairs and, more recently, Richmond Region Tourism. There she held many roles, including Creative Services Manager, where she was editor, graphic designer, brand strategist and a B2B marketing mastermind. She is the former VP of Collegiate Relations for the Richmond Chapter of the American Marketing Association, and served on the chapter’s Strategic Vision and Branding Task Force. Laura is married to her college sweetheart and is the doting mother of one daughter.
Best part of my job: Bringing folks together for one great cause
Favorite snack: Raw almonds or jelly beans
My pet is: A super cute Havanese puppy dog named Sammy… or Sammy-lamie; Sam Sam; or my personal favorite, Mr. Cutie McCutiecans
Someday I want to: Travel to all seven continents! I’ve logged four so far: North America, South America, Europe and Asia
Favorite children's book: Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
Favorite family activity: Game Night!
Outreach and Training Specialist
Lauren joined CHSVA in 2015 as the Outreach and Training Specialist. Lauren has a Masters Degree in Social Work from VCU and has previously worked for the department of social services and in private foster care. Lauren is pleased to share her passion for children through her outreach and advocacy work on behalf of the agency.
My favorite color: Yellow
Favorite ice cream: Cookies and cream
My pet is: A destructive but sweet beagle mix named Baxter
Someday I want to: Travel to Egypt and stand next to a pyramid
My happy place is: Cape Charles on the Eastern Shore
Why I choose to work as the Outreach and Training Specialist: I enjoy working with and educating others to help children to achieve permanency and stability within a loving family.
Foster Care Adoption Social Worker
Emily graduated from Grove City College in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. After graduation, she moved to China and worked as an English and Special Education teacher at a foster home as she prepared children for adoption. Through her work overseas, Emily became passionate about foster care and adoption. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University for her Master’s of Social Work degree and gained experience working with international foster care, child protective services, and refugee resettlement. After graduating, Emily joined the Foster Care Adoption team at CHS in 2015.
Favorite color: Turquoise
Favorite snack: Smoothies
Favorite movie: Les Miserables
Someday I want to: Travel throughout Asia
Favorite spot in Richmond: Belle Isle
Why I chose to be a social worker: I love working on behalf of children and families to help create positive change and achieve permanency.
At Our Fredericksburg Office:
Infant Program Social Worker
Berkeley is a native of Richmond and a graduate of VCU's Master of Social Work program. She has a comprehensive background in adoption services including birth parent counseling, home studies, and adoption placements. Berkeley has experience in both the private and public sectors, having previously worked with the juvenile court system, United Methodist Family Services (UMFS), and the Franklin County Department of Social Services in North Carolina. Berkeley works primarily out of the CHS Fredericksburg office. Berkeley lives in the Fredericksburg area with her husband and two children.
The best part of my job is: Helping to connect families & children or connecting birth/adoptive families to other families like them
Favorite color: Pink
Favorite cereal: Golden Grahams or Apple Cinnamon Cheerios
Favorite sport: I like to watch Olympic figure skating
My happy place is: Gardening in my backyard with my girls and dog or canoeing on Squam Lake, New Hampshire in the summer
Favorite family activity: Traveling for vacation