At Our Richmond Office:

Nadine Marsh-Carter

Children's Home Society of Virginia


Nadine enjoys many strong connections to CHS because 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 serves on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Foundation President's Council. She was recently appointed as a Hull Fellow in Philanthropy by the Southeastern Council of Foundations. Nadine is also a member of the Virginia State Bar. She has 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).

She 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.

Nadine may be reached by e-mail or by calling the Richmond office at (804) 353-0191 ext: 260.

Dale Johnson-Raney

Children's Home Society of Virginia

Director of Operations

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 worked as a Social Worker, Program Manager, Deputy Director, Interim Executive Director, and Organizational Development Consultant in the nonprofit sector. In these roles, she has helped over 25 nonprofit organizations address service delivery, financial, and operations challenges. She has a Master's degree in Social Work, a Master's in Business Administration, and a Certificate in Fund Development. Dale is a strong advocate of the importance of strategic management and performance measurement. As a consultant, she provided strategic planning services for organizations with budgets as high as $350 million and two of the larger organizations she helped with strategic planning won national awards for their strategic planning efforts: the City of Durham and the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority.

Dale may be reached by e-mail or by calling the Richmond office at (804) 353-0191 ext: 320.

Laura Ash-Brackley

Children's Home Society of Virginia

Director of Social Work
Program Director, Partnerships for Adoption

Laura is a licensed clinical social worker with seventeen 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 grant-funded program, Partnership for Adoptions.

Laura may be reached by e-mail or by calling the Richmond office at (804) 353-0191 ext: 190.

Debra A. Wilson

Children's Home Society of Virginia

Child Placing Supervisor

Debra joined Children's Home Society of Virginia in November 2006 as the Child Placing Supervisor. She primarily works from our Richmond office, but also serves clients in the Williamsburg area. Prior to joining CHS , she worked at Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia, Inc. from 1994 to 2006 as a social worker and then as the Director of Child Welfare. She continuously carried a caseload providing pregnancy counseling and adoption services. In addition, Debra was employed by New York Foundling Hospital in New York City for 14 years as an adoption social worker, supervisor, then Director of the Adoption Unit. There she provided adoption services, worked with birth parents who voluntarily placed their children as well as those birth parents who involuntarily had their rights terminated. The children ranged from toddlers to school age.

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 children in Virginia to permanent homes through advocacy, education, legislative activities, and examination of practice issues.

Debra may be reached by e-mail or by calling the Richmond office at (804) 353-0191 ext: 310.

Amy Gerhart Favreau

Children's Home Society of Virginia

Marketing and Communications Director

Amy joined CHS in September 2012. Amy 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. She launched her career as an award-winning reporter for a weekly community newspaper in Kutztown, Pa., and later was an editor and national columnist for Tuff Stuff Publications' suite of sports-related titles, including the flagship Tuff Stuff magazine. Her career path has included positions in publishing, agency, non-profit, healthcare, and corporate marketing and communications. Most recently she was Communications Strategist and Project Manager for Allianz Global Assistance, where she managed all internal and external communications for the global rebrand of this U.S. division of the world's 20th largest company. Amy is a Past President of the Richmond Chapter of the American Marketing Association and currently serves as Chair of the Past President's Council for the chapter. In addition, she serves on the AMA's national Professional Chapters Council as Membership Chair and is a mentor to chapter leaders throughout the U.S. and Canada. She is married and has two boys.

Amy may be reached by e-mail or by calling the Richmond office at (804) 353-0191 ext: 160.

Kristy Taylor Frick

Children's Home Society of Virginia

Placement Resource Specialist
Adult Adoptee Social Worker

Kristy graduated from Longwood University in 2004 and began her social work career as a mental health case manager for the City of Richmond. In 2007 she joined the CHS family part time as the Adult Adoptee social worker, performing search and reunions for adopted adults. Just a few months later, Kristy joined CHS full time as the Wendy's Wonderful Kids recruiter. Working with kids in foster care and adoption confirmed that this would be a lifelong career, so she returned to school to obtain her master's degree in social work from VCU. Kristy graduated in 2011 and has rejoined CHS to develop post adoption services for families in Virginia. In her new role, Kristy will help increase the likelihood of successful adoptions. Kristy enjoys time with her boxer, Dixie, running and coaching.

Kristy may be reached by e-mail or by calling the Richmond office at (804) 353-0191 ext: 330.

Krista McCulloch Watson

Children's Home Society of Virginia

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. Krista is excited to take on the role of Wendy's Wonderful Kids recruiter. As a recruiter, she focuses her efforts on finding permanent families for children in foster care.

Krista may be reached by e-mail or by calling the Richmond office at (804) 353-0191 ext: 240.

Laura Pitts

Children's Home Society of Virginia

Social Worker

Laura first became involved with Children's Home Society in September 2011 as a social work student intern. As an intern, 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 Partnership for Adoptions team at CHS full-time. Laura grew up in the Richmond area and received her undergraduate degree in 2010 from the College of William and Mary. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her dog, and staying up on new technology. Laura is excited to help find permanent homes for kids as a member of the CHS team.

Laura may be reached by e-mail or by calling the Richmond office at (804) 353-0191 ext: 290.

Sara Buckheit

Children's Home Society of Virginia

Social Worker

Sara joined the CHS team in May 2014. She 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 Partnership for Adoptions team. In her role, Sara will work with children in foster care and adoptive parents throughout the adoption process. Sara lives in Richmond and enjoys the outdoors, volunteering, and experiencing all that the River City has to offer.

Sara may be reached by e-mail or by calling the Richmond office at (804) 353-0191 ext: 200.

Beverly Baker

Children's Home Society of Virginia

Executive Assistant & Office Manager

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 that time, records were kept on small cards in a file cabinet and the addressing of envelopes was done by an antique Addressograph.

In August 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.

Beverly was promoted to client services coordinator in July 2011. In this position, she is our client advocate and will work with adoptive and birth families and adult adoptees to make sure they receive outstanding services.

In addition, Beverly is a notary public who sometimes accompanies social workers to take releases from birth parents. When not at work, Beverly can often be found at flea markets/antique stores looking for that one-of-a-kind bargain.

Beverly may be reached by e-mail or by calling the Richmond office at (804) 353-0191 ext: 100.

Laura Beck

Children's Home Society of Virginia

Donor Relations and Database Manager

Laura joined the CHS team in August 2013. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Radford University and was among the first group of students to complete the Radford University LEAD Scholar Program. Upon graduating in 2004, Laura accepted an invitation for Chesterfield County’s Diversity Internship Program. After its completion, Laura was immediately brought on as Public Affairs Specialist, where she spent the next three years working for the Chesterfield County Department of Public Affairs, thus launching her career in the public and nonprofit sectors. In March 2007, Laura went to work for Richmond Region Tourism, formerly the Richmond Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau. There she held many roles, the most recent being Creative Services Manager, where she was editor, graphic designer, brand strategist and a B2B marketing mastermind.

Laura has held a variety of leadership positions in her personal and professional life. 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.

Laura may be reached by e-mail or by calling the Richmond office at (804) 353-0191 ext: 130.

Caroline Townsend-Neal

Children's Home Society of Virginia

Adult Adoptee Social Worker

Caroline joined CHS in September 2013. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2006 with her Master's degree in clinical social work. Since graduation, Caroline has worked primarily with children involved in the public child welfare system. The primary focus of her work has been the use of teaming in child welfare and increasing family connections for children and families involved with Child Protective Services or the foster care system. As an adult adoptee social worker at CHS, Caroline looks forward to collaborating with adult adoptees, adoptive families, and birth families as they work through the birth family search and reunion process.

Caroline was born and raised in the City of Richmond and then went on to graduate from Longwood University in 2005. Caroline keeps busy mastering bug catching, ninja turtle training, and finding the best playgrounds in town with her two young sons.

Caroline may be reached by e-mail or by calling the Richmond office at (804) 353-0191 ext: 250.

At Our Fredericksburg Office:

Berkeley Whitley

Children's Home Society of Virginia

Senior Social Worker

Berkeley is a native of Richmond, Va., and a graduate of VCU's Master of Social Work program. She comes to CHS with a background in adoptions both in the private and public sectors.

In graduate school, she interned with the 15th District's Juvenile courts and later with United Methodist Family Services (UMFS) in Richmond. Berkeley also worked for several years with the Franklin County Department of Social Services in North Carolina. She counseled birthparents on their options for dealing with an unplanned pregnancy and assisted them with resources to help them make the best decision for their baby's future. She also had a caseload of children in foster care who needed a forever family. She prepared these children for adoption and recruited, trained and prepared home studies for adoptive families who were seeking to enrich their family relationships through adoption.

In June 2010, Berkeley, her husband and two children relocated to Fredericksburg from Hanover County. Berkeley is excited to once again partner with birthparents, adoptive families and community agencies to create the best supported family situations for children in Virginia.

Berkeley may be reached by e-mail or by calling the Richmond office at (540) 226-0583.